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Nov 14, 2011, 10:41 AM
 
Any ideas what these could be? I'm pretty sure that some of them involve bomb testing.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 10:51 AM
 
If you look at it, you'll see that the white (silver?) stuff follows the contours of the ground.

It's big piles of money. Your money. The Great Money Wall of China.

Those squares of metallic stuff? Gold. Your gold.

The other stuff? Aliens.
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Nov 14, 2011, 10:51 AM
 
My first thought is some sort of irrigation.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 10:52 AM
 
They've become rich enough to **** with google maps on a whim.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 10:59 AM
 
Not gonna lie...kinda freaks me out.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 11:08 AM
 
the little squares definitely seem blown up, as does the circle with outward lines. Target practice.

What the odd white grid is, who knows? covered roads or buildings?
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 11:15 AM
 
When zooming in, it looks like painted over the natural rock and hill structures.
Whatever it is, it's not "levelled" like a street or irrigation would be.

To be honest, it looks more photoshopped than anything else.

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Nov 14, 2011, 11:16 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
the little squares definitely seem blown up, as does the circle with outward lines. Target practice.
Definitely looks bomby.

Originally Posted by the article
Some conspiracy theorists have suggested this pattern matches the layout of streets in Washington, DC.
I guess if you've never looked at a map of Washington, DC, that would make sense.

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Nov 14, 2011, 11:40 AM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
When zooming in, it looks like painted over the natural rock and hill structures.
Whatever it is, it's not "levelled" like a street or irrigation would be.

To be honest, it looks more photoshopped than anything else.

-t
You're right.

If it was a bombing run for practice, there would be structures around it, as well as roads. There aren't any here. It also appears to be a very long way away from any airport.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 11:58 AM
 
As you know, the M25 orbital motorway in England is a generator of evil, the secret of which was unveiled to us by Terry Pratchett:

Originally Posted by Good Omens
Many phenomena - wars, plagues, sudden audits - have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man, but whenever students of demonology get together the M25 orbital motorway is generally agreed to be among the top contendors for Exhibit A. Where they go wrong, of course, is assuming that the wretched road is evil simpy because of the incredible carnage and frustration it engenders every day. In fact, very few people on the face of the planet know that the very shape of the M25 forms the sigil odegra in the language of the Black Priesthood of Ancient Mu, and means 'Hail the Great Beast, Devourer of Worlds'. The thousands of motorists who daily fume their way around its serpentine lengths have the same effect as water on a prayer wheel, grinding out an endless fog of low-grade evil to pollute the metaphysical atmosphere for scores of miles around.
These objects on display here are simply ancient Chinese sigils designed to attract export sales of inferior grade foodstuffs and toothpaste.
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Nov 14, 2011, 12:44 PM
 


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Nov 14, 2011, 12:52 PM
 
Those are subterranean leaded honey bunkers.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 12:52 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 12:53 PM
 
As for the odd white structures, some kind of super awesome paintball arena is my guess.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 01:05 PM
 
My guess is millions of beehives.
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Nov 14, 2011, 01:59 PM
 
It looks like old strafing targets. Zoom out a bit and you'll see something that could easily be an abandoned WW2 style airstrip.

What about these?

40.452107,93.742118 - Google Maps

That's a few miles away on the other side of the air strip.

Also nearby:

40.452107,93.742118 - Google Maps

Those definitely look like the got struck by a bomb.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 02:09 PM
 
Zoom out even further and you can see all of them.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 02:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by King Bob On The Cob View Post
It looks like old strafing targets. Zoom out a bit and you'll see something that could easily be an abandoned WW2 style airstrip
One would think, but that topography is way too uneven for an airstrip.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 02:54 PM
 
Probably not an actual airstrip. Just lines drawn to look like an airstrip for target practice.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 03:01 PM
 
^^^ Yes, you can clearly see that the "airstrip" is not flat, but rather, follows the general geographical surface.

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Nov 14, 2011, 04:24 PM
 
10 miles to the west, more funkiness.

40.457528,93.39263 - Google Maps
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Nov 14, 2011, 04:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
10 miles to the west, more funkiness.

40.457528,93.39263 - Google Maps
There are three parked aircraft on what look like another firing range due west of there (but I'm not smart enough to figure out how to bookmark it).

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Nov 14, 2011, 05:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
There are three parked aircraft on what look like another firing range due west of there (but I'm not smart enough to figure out how to bookmark it).
And some armored vehicles a bit west too. With roads connecting it to the aircraft, which is most assuredly at a bombing range. That's what the bombing ranges in Colorado look like almost exactly. But that still doesn't explain the odd lines.

40.457528,93.39263 - Google Maps
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 06:44 PM
 
Those intersecting lines remind me of the Bird's Nest stadium they built recently:

     
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Nov 14, 2011, 06:53 PM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
I guess if you've never looked at a map of Washington, DC, that would make sense.
I dunno, that's what it sometimes feels like driving around DC... Also, there's that one continuous, convoluted NW-SE line that actually kinda matches up with Beach Dr. NW from Chevy Chase to Adams Morgan.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 06:53 PM
 
My wife thinks it's all artwork, something akin to crop circles. I think she's right.
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Nov 14, 2011, 07:22 PM
 
Just joining in to say that whoever hasn't read Gaiman & Pratchett's "Good Omens" really, really needs to.

Not really a fan of Pratchett's, but that book had me in stitches.
     
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Nov 14, 2011, 07:37 PM
 
It looks like military testing grounds for drills on and/or perfecting bombing accuracy. IMO, not something bizarre or particularly scary. I mean... other than the lack of ground impacts to explain the scattered debris.

I don't think you're really hiding it if it's less than 100 miles from your space program's launch site.
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Nov 14, 2011, 07:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
I'm on the floor.
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Nov 14, 2011, 09:49 PM
 
Originally Posted by Sealobo View Post
sealobo how bout runnin out to go have a look for us?
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Nov 14, 2011, 11:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by el chupacabra View Post
sealobo how bout runnin out to go have a look for us?
i don't see the upside; if i happen to find out anything, i will be in jail.
     
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Nov 15, 2011, 08:47 AM
 
It could be the next F1 racing tracks?
     
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Nov 15, 2011, 09:10 AM
 
Originally Posted by stonec66 View Post
It could be the next F1 racing tracks?
Nope, too many places to overtake and thus cause fun for the spectators. That'd never do.
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Nov 15, 2011, 10:20 AM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
10 miles to the west, more funkiness.

40.457528,93.39263 - Google Maps
It's obvious that the Chinese love math problems.

Count the number of triangles and rectangles. I have the exact problem to solve back in Junior HS.
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Nov 15, 2011, 11:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by Sealobo View Post
the horribly gone wrong love child of Jamie and Adam? [/mythbusters]
     
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Nov 16, 2011, 05:00 AM
 
it's the same dude who figured out Area 51.
     
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Nov 16, 2011, 05:47 AM
 
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Those wankers don't count. They haven't figured it out in 5 years of trying. In just a couple days we already determined the signs say "all major credit cards accepted" in Alienese.
     
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Nov 16, 2011, 01:53 PM
 
A big ass alien QR code for Earth?
     
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Nov 18, 2011, 04:14 AM
 
The strange symbols in the Gobi Desert recently imaged and indexed by Google Maps of grids of zigzagging white lines seen in two of the images — the strangest of the various desert structures — are spy satellite calibration targets, according to one NASA scientist."

Google Maps Mystery Actually Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says | Fox News
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Nov 18, 2011, 11:17 AM
 
An info link to Fox News?
     
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Nov 18, 2011, 06:41 PM
 
Nice burn reader! We all now that fox news knows squat.
     
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Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
Nice burn reader! We all now that fox news knows squat.
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And I debated not providing a link at all originally
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Nov 21, 2011, 04:55 PM
 
It's a painted reflective coating. Clearly seen following the geographical profile.

Most likely a Satellite Targeting Sensor Grid.

Zoom from this link. Clearly a coating.

40.452107,93.742118 - Google Maps
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Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
Nice burn reader! We all now that fox news knows squat.
Their viewers know even less:

Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind Poll Shows Fox News Viewers Less Informed on Major News Stories

Amazing. Fox News viewers are LESS informed than people who don't watch news or read newspapers regularly.
     
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Nov 22, 2011, 08:10 AM
 
Typical MSM lies.

(Big Mac, Fox News Watcher Club President)

Seriously though, I refuse to believe the average FNC viewer is less informed than the average Obama voter. That's unpossible.

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Nov 22, 2011, 08:25 AM
 
Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
Typical MSM lies.

(Big Mac, Fox News Watcher Club President)

Seriously though, I refuse to believe the average FNC viewer is less informed than the average Obama voter. That's unpossible.
It's probably not *less* informed. More likely *mis*informed. The problem with Fox News is that they blur the line between News and Entertainment, with quite a few shows described as "Entertainment" which present opinion in a "News" fashion.
     
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Nov 22, 2011, 09:07 AM
 
Still, I question the veracity of that article. FNC viewers should know the headlines of the day, unless perhaps they only watch O'Reilly and Hannity (O'Reilly and Hannity's second halves being especially full of fluff). Anyway, I don't understand how this thread became a discussion of Fox News.
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