Around 4,000 years ago, Stone Age Britons constructed a mysterious monument that is now known around the world as Stonehenge. I was fortunate enough to visit the site in my younger years (when I was about 18 and a crowd of my hippy friends were hitch-hiking down to the south-west coast of Great Britain to holiday in a village in Cornwall), and it is truly amazing to look at the humongous standing stones, their associated lintel stones, and the surrounding "blue" stones.
When you are there, you cannot help but wonder: "How did they do that?" Of course, many other folks have pondered the same question over the years, and I've seen numerous documentaries presenting a variety of alternative possible techniques. Until now, however, the demonstrations of these techniques have typically involved large numbers of people digging holes, building earth ramps, and hauling ropes that drag stone blocks over log rollers.
And then, just today, I was introduced to a video on YouTube showing a guy called Wally Wallington who has developed some incredibly novel techniques to move and raise massive stones all by himself.
The video starts with Wally manipulating fairly small blocks and you say to yourself: "OK, that's sort of interesting." But then he started to move larger and larger objects blocks around and things start to get real interesting. And when he shows you a simple technique by which he raises a 19,200 pound block three feet off the ground all by himself without any ropes and pulleys – and then he raises it to a vertical position – you can't help yourself from saying: "Wow!
As an aside, several years ago I happened to be driving through Alliance Nebraska (don't ask me why). Just north of Alliance, I was fortunate enough to visit Carhenge, which is a replica of Stonehenge made out of cars. Where the real stones are still standing the cars are standing; where the real lintels are still in place cars replicate this; and where the real stones have fallen there are cars lying on the ground on their backs and sides.
Now, your first reaction is that this might be rather tacky, but nothing could be further from the truth. Seeing the cars all painted gray against a slate-gray Nebraskan evening sky, I can safely say that Carhenge was truly impressive. Check out these Amazing Photos to see what I mean.
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