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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act 48

Capt.Albatross (1301561) writes "The flat surface of the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley is littered with rocks, some weighing hundreds of kilograms, each at the end of a track indicating that it has somehow slid across the surface. The mechanism behind this has been the subject of much speculation but little evidence, until a trio of scientists caught them in action with cameras and GPS."
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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

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  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @10:48AM (#47774055) Homepage
    as a member of the illuminati im disheartened to see this. We'd gone to great lengths to insist to the public these rocks were being moved in order to control the ghost of ronald reagan in a hideous plot to destroy the secret bald eagle buried in the head of the lincoln statue that funds "president" obamas fema death camps. when does this inquisition stop? the secret transciever in your left molar has made it explicitly clear that under no circumstance were you to question the rocks. Next thing you know, people are going to start asking about chem trails and how they always make sure gary busey eats exactly one almond joy candy before meeting with the council of serpents to steal painted lines from the roads through the mojave desert that planned the shariah law anchor baby abortions after the covert resurrection of sadam hussein.
  • by Joe Gillian ( 3683399 ) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @11:05AM (#47774215)

    They used to be a rock band back in the 70s, but lost their magnum opus - "Come Sail Away" - in a scandal involving the theft of their lyric sheets by Styx during their joint "Can't Break my Bones" tour. Their lead singer decided that rock and roll was too corporate and went solo, last I heard he does some kinda crazy Burning Man shit where he gets naked in a mud field and records the sound the wind makes in different places. The rest of them made a comeback tour in the 90s, but had their comeback hit, song called "Can't Stop the Rock" stolen by some asshole. Nowadays, I think they're still cranking out indie albums under their own label because they're sick of all the posers stealing their music.

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    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 28, 2014 @11:19AM (#47774413)

    If they're as slow as my internet connection, it's little wonder it was a mystery for so long!

  • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @11:27AM (#47774551) Journal

    There goes my Intelligent Sliding theory. Now how am I gonna get chicks?

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