Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mystery Spot

This is an image of the "Mystery Spot", a popular tourist destination near Santa Cruz, California.

It's essentially a bunch of structures that are built on an incredibly steep incline which allows for the illusion that gravity is somehow distorted at the location. There are gift shops were books are sold testifying to the scientific nature of the "gravitational anomaly" and generally it's a lot of fun because the illusion is very convincing.

The reason why I think that it's beautiful is because the mystery the tourist trap tries to sell is why the gravity is "different" there, when really the real mystery is whether or not there's any mystery at all.

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