Undertoad Tuesday Jan 11 02:19 PM
1/11/2005: Big ass boulder
Bitman Tuesday Jan 11 02:50 PM
What's an "ass boulder"? And why's it look like a photoshop job? Maybe it's just the bad lighting..
chainsaw Tuesday Jan 11 03:52 PM
I hate my first post to be a correction...
It really doesn't matter, but I noticed that this is actually Topanga Canyon Road... Not Topeka. Anyway, amazing photo. And hello to everyone.
perth Tuesday Jan 11 04:09 PM
I'm pretty sure it's not shopped, it was on the front page of the Rocky Mountain News this morning (yesterday?). Of course, that doesn't prove much.
lookout123 Tuesday Jan 11 04:09 PM
i saw that on one of the news sites so i believe it is legit... cuz i believe everything a newsman tells me.
Nutbar Tuesday Jan 11 04:17 PM
That's a real pic. I drive that road a couple times a month.
Undertoad Tuesday Jan 11 04:51 PM
Welcome chainsaw... I've correctly the entry, thanks!
dar512 Tuesday Jan 11 05:14 PM
capnhowdy Tuesday Jan 11 05:18 PM
I must say that is the biggest ass boulder I've ever seen. I guess the bucket truck is the power co. as the power lines look pretty mangled.
dar512 Tuesday Jan 11 05:56 PM
Remember in old movies when some tough guy would say he'd spent time making little rocks out of big ones?
The Mad Hatter Tuesday Jan 11 06:01 PM
I believe those are power lines, not skid marks.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jan 11 07:21 PM
Probably real, the Washington Post has it up. Most places the double yellow line is in the middle of the road but this looks like it's on the edge? Anybody know why? Chainsaw? Nutbar?
Happy Monkey Tuesday Jan 11 07:49 PM
That is the middle of the road. The black lines are power lines laying in the oncoming lane.
Griff Tuesday Jan 11 09:02 PM
Somebody got a link to the ass?
capnhowdy Tuesday Jan 11 09:08 PM
It would require an election to decide which ass would get the link here, Griff.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jan 11 09:15 PM
I knew that.....it was a test.....yeah, that's it...a test.
capnhowdy Tuesday Jan 11 09:32 PM
I guess you have to be there. I am not convinced the marks on the road are powerlines. Even after a major zoom on the image, I can't justify that. Gimme a clue?
lumberjim Tuesday Jan 11 10:16 PM
they're not parrallel for one thing, and there are 7 of them........7....tires usually come in multiples of ..........two
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jan 11 10:36 PM
You can even see the wrapping .
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jan 11 10:39 PM
capnhowdy Tuesday Jan 11 10:54 PM
Thanks, L. J., great observation. (why didn't I think of that?) They just seem to be too neatly arranged. Something that is unusual in a disaster/accident scene. Evidently that's what caught my eye.
Of course, they could be the NEW lines which are about to be installed.
I'd love to follow up on this one.
UPGRADE DRAMA LEVEL:
Under this boulder COULD be a car and a motorcycle with a sidecar.
capnhowdy Tuesday Jan 11 10:58 PM
Cyber Wolf Wednesday Jan 12 07:30 AM
Unless there's another Big Ass Boulder™ sitting on a mountain road out there that looks just like this one. Actually I wouldn't be too surprised, considering all the of many mudslides happening recently.
irishqueen Wednesday Jan 12 08:16 AM
My friend Greg lives in Oxnard California and sent me a picture of this boulder, which was blocking his route to work. Yes, it's one big assed boulder and it's not a photoshop. They were drilling holes into it yesterday to prepare to blow it up and yes, those are power lines on the road.
I guess there's a price to pay for living in 'paradise'. Me? Nah..i'll stay safe here in the midwest where all I have to worry about is tornados LOL
magilla Wednesday Jan 12 10:01 AM
I don't think that's grass on the left of the picture. I think that sucker flattened a tree, along with the power/telephone lines.
404Error Wednesday Jan 12 11:24 AM
I found these pictures of the boulder being blown up on a local news site.
garnet Wednesday Jan 12 11:53 AM
It's odd that it happened to land perfectly in the middle of the road. You'd think the momentum from its enormous weight would have carried it off the side of the road.
Troubleshooter Wednesday Jan 12 12:32 PM
I'm betting that it had been sitting next to the road for as long as the road had been there and just decided that it couldn't take it anymore.
Elspode Wednesday Jan 12 12:57 PM
It almost certainly didn't roll...it just slid down from its resting place at the side of the road.
lumberjim Wednesday Jan 12 01:10 PM
the thread could have been titled:
"Suicidal boulder throws itself into oncoming traffic! "
but UT went the "big ass" route instead of the dramatic flair route. it is what it is, i guess.
Beestie Wednesday Jan 12 01:55 PM
Well, well, well. Look what they found underneath the boulder:
LabRat Wednesday Jan 12 02:43 PM
that's what LENO had on last night...yawn
Beestie Wednesday Jan 12 02:56 PM
Griff Wednesday Jan 12 05:50 PM
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jan 12 11:34 PM
Hello...Geico....yeah..um..er...this rock jumped out in front of me....no, I am not...
mcenut Sunday Jan 16 10:30 PM
A buudy and I were talking on the train on our way home the other night. I came up with a funny idea what to have done with the boulder. If it could have been moved I would have wanted it moved to my front yard. Then I could tell everyone that visits me for the first time to look for the house with the boulder in the front yard.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Jan 16 11:52 PM
How would they know there was a house behind it?
BigV Wednesday Jan 19 10:19 PM
just a guess, but
first off, this is probably the new guy, and second, I'm damn sure he isn't paid enough.
jaydeekay Wednesday Jan 19 10:40 PM
Here's a boulder
Taken in Mahabalipurim, India - washed up, perhaps, by a previous tidal wave....
404Error Wednesday Jan 19 10:46 PM
Yup, I'd say that definitely qualifies as a *big ass boulder*!
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jan 20 05:02 AM
C'mon admit it....you tried didn't you.....I know you did. Nobody could hang out there and not try to push that rock over.