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BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?

Ebbie 05 Oct 08 - 03:47 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Oct 08 - 04:34 PM
JohnInKansas 05 Oct 08 - 04:36 PM
Rapparee 05 Oct 08 - 04:39 PM
Bee 05 Oct 08 - 04:44 PM
Don Firth 05 Oct 08 - 04:46 PM
GUEST,lox 05 Oct 08 - 05:25 PM
Peace 05 Oct 08 - 09:41 PM
Rapparee 05 Oct 08 - 09:42 PM
Peace 05 Oct 08 - 10:40 PM
Gurney 06 Oct 08 - 02:00 AM
David C. Carter 06 Oct 08 - 06:19 AM
Paul Burke 06 Oct 08 - 06:40 AM
Bee 06 Oct 08 - 08:19 AM
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Subject: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Ebbie
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 03:47 PM

I've read only the one article so far so maybe in time I will find that it is true but from just below the top of my head this sounds impossible: Just how big is it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 04:34 PM

I think it is a badly written article. Later on they mention a 'newly discovered' pyramid with base of 300 x 328 feet.
They seem to be referring to the area of structures indicated on the image (black arrows) as well as the pyramid. They also speak of the 'world's largest mud city.' The article is as clear as mud.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 04:36 PM

Via Quickbird, Masini and colleagues collected hi-resolution infrared and multispectral images. After the researchers optimized the images with special algorithms, the result was a detailed visualization of a pyramid extending over a 9,000-square-mile area.

Later in the article:

Featuring a 300-by-328-foot base, the newly discovered pyramid consists of at least "four degrading terraces which suggest a truncated pyramid similar to the Grand Pyramid."

The pyramid is about 300 x 328 feet = 98,400 square feet(?).

Nobody uses proofreaders - or copy editors = anymore.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 04:39 PM

I think that folks would have noticed it without satellite technology. Aerial photography, for instance.

The article is unclear, to be kind. Nor do I think that all of the facts are included or even yet available.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Bee
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 04:44 PM

Bad math and bad journalism. Someone noted a pyramid that big would be something like ninety miles high, and though the first dozen or more comments have been basically saying 'get your math right', msnbc has not bothered.

I hate articles done like this. here you have a news org. that has the money, the bodies and the resources to report an interesting story, but they don't report it, they get their facts wrong, they mix up the main story with completely different stories, and make mistakes a nine year old would notice.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 04:46 PM

With a 300-by-328-foot base, I wonder how they came up with a "9,000 square mile" pyramid. I wonder if someone's slide-rule slid a bit. . . .

And if it were a classic pyramid shape (like the ones in Egypt), that would make it about 95 miles on a side and--um--lemme see:   95 x 95/2 . . . er . . . a2 + b2 = c2 . . . uh . . . pretty damned tall!!

Most peculiar. Does Erich Von Daniken know about this?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: GUEST,lox
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 05:25 PM

"I wonder if someone's slide-rule slid a bit",

Perhaps it was a wes' ginny slide rule ...

(runs for cover before Bobert catches him)


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Peace
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 09:41 PM

If ya get inside it will it cure headaches?


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 09:42 PM

Yes, and it will also keep all of your razor blades sharp.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Peace
Date: 05 Oct 08 - 10:40 PM

Coooooool. I hope nobody calls for his mummy at 2:30 PM.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Gurney
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 02:00 AM

Razor blades? This is a music site, who uses razor blades?


Except to tune irish drums when the owner isn't looking.....


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: David C. Carter
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 06:19 AM

Sounds like one of Rich Von Heiniken's drunken ravings.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 06:40 AM

It actually works out at a slightly less impressive 0.0035 square miles.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Bee
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 08:19 AM

I see they got around to changing the math in the story and leaving a little blurb about the change on the bottom.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Mr Red
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 01:00 PM

Sounds like a bad case of pyramid celling to me!


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 05:33 AM

Ah, light begins to dawn.
It was shown as 9,000sq.ml.(miles) It is now shown as 9,000 sq.m.(metres)

Someone misread the abbreviation!


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 01:27 PM

Oh! I was just going to say, did someone change things. This is the first time I've read the article and I thought you all were misquoting when I read: the result was a detailed visualization of a pyramid extending over a 97,000-square-foot (9,000-square-meter) area.


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Subject: RE: BS: Preposterous- 9,000 sq. mile pyramid?
From: Bee
Date: 07 Oct 08 - 02:35 PM

At the bottom of the changed article, kat, the correction is noted.

And yup, somebody, likely in a hurry and not familiar with metric abbreviations goofed. Common sense did not kick in, where a person would normally think 'That measurement looks ridiculous'.

Reminds me of the gas station attendant in Florida when I was a kid, looking musingly at the Manitoba car ahead of us and saying "That's a funny way to spell Montana". Why, yes, it is!Sometimes what you see is a horse of a different colour - not a zebra.


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