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PostSubject: Hmmmmm ... Weird and interesting news   Thu 22 Nov 2012, 11:32 pm

scratch

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2012/11/20/20370781.html





Hydro pole in the middle of the road
By QMI Agency

ESTRIE, Que. - When driving in Quebec, watch out for the hydro poles, especially the ones sticking out of the middle of the road.

A road about 180 km east of Montreal was recently widened so drivers didn't have to manoeuvre around a bend that was deemed dangerous. However, the transport department and the hydro utility didn't communicate to have two hydro poles removed.

The regional director for the transport department admitted there was a miscommunication with Hydro-Quebec.

"It's unacceptable," said Gilles Bourque. "As the one responsible for the regional transport network, we should have ensured that this didn't happen."

Gilles Therrien, owner of the company that executed the work, said he was embarrassed about the poles, but there was nothing he could do - he was just following orders, he said.

"Everyone knows it looks crazy," he told QMI Agency. "But the transport department is our client. You must understand, I was somewhat uncomfortable to criticize them."


It will cost up to $10,000 to remove the poles and repair the road again.

The poles were reportedly removed late Tuesday.



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PostSubject: Re: Hmmmmm ... Weird and interesting news   Thu 22 Nov 2012, 11:34 pm

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/22/in-one-chinese-province-the-government-literally-paves-a-highway-around-homeowners-who-refuse-to-move/

In one Chinese province, the government literally paves a highway around homeowners who refuse to move



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PostSubject: Re: Hmmmmm ... Weird and interesting news   Thu 22 Nov 2012, 11:40 pm

Even if it were an affordable trip. Unfortunately with all of the fighting going on in Egypt this is something a lot of people will never get the opportunity to see.

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PostSubject: Re: Hmmmmm ... Weird and interesting news   Fri 23 Nov 2012, 12:32 am

Interesting. I checked out Google earth and it shows the island as existing, but when scientists went to visit to the island, it wasn't there. This non-existent island is supposedly the size of Manhattan.


http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/22/the-maps-lie-australian-scientists-discover-manhattan-sized-island-doesnt-actually-exist/

The maps lie: Australian scientists discover Manhattan-sized island doesn’t actually exist

According to Google Maps and several other nautical charts, Sandy Island is about 25 kilometres long and sits between Australia to the west and New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the east. According to Dr. Maria Seton and her scientific research team, it does not now, nor ever has, existed at all.

“We were out in the Eastern Coral Sea, conducting a scientific research expedition, and when we were approaching the area of this supposed island,” Seton told the BBC. “We saw that our scientific maps showed there was an island there and yet the navigation charts on board the vessel showed that we had a water depth of 1,400 metres. That’s when we started getting suspicious.”

Seton says that it would be basically impossible for the island to have been washed away. She says that there’s no way it could have ever existed.

“It definitely hasn’t disappeared. We believe that there just was never an island there. All the navigation charts on board — so all of the ships that have gone through the area in the past and taken depth readings — haven’t found that there’s an island there,” she said in the BBC interview. “It must have just been an error that has just been propagated through these world maps. I mean we’ve got water depths of 1,400 metres. It’s not something that’s within the human time-scale that things have shifted…. You are talking about processes that have gone on for tens or even hundreds of millions of years.”

It’s a fairly pervasive error. In addition to appearing on the “map” view of Google Maps, it also appears on the “Satellite” view as well, although instead of specific photo images of the island, there is simply a black splotch, something that usually appears over areas Google has been asked to censor by a particular government.

The island isn’t a small one either. If it existed, it would be about the same size as Manhattan, if not a little bit larger.

Steven Micklethwaite from the University of Western Australia told the Sydney Morning Herald, “We all had a good giggle at Google as we sailed through the island, then we started compiling information about the seafloor, which we will send to the relevant authorities so that we can change the world map.”

When asked about the island by Agence France-Presse, Google didn’t know why the error was made on their maps.

“The world is a constantly changing place, the Google spokesman told AFP, “and keeping on top of these changes is a never-ending endeavour.”

Of course, the island isn’t just on Google Maps, it has appeared on a large number of charts since at least 2000. Though it is unclear why it’s non-existence wasn’t flagged from satellite photos.


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