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Ancient Desert Glyphs Pointed Way To Fairgrounds

samzenpus posted about 3 months ago | from the here-to-there dept.

Science 38

sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Seen from above, the jagged rocks strewn about the Chincha Valley desert in Peru seem inconspicuous. But stand in the desert itself and these rocks form lines that stretch toward the horizon. Researchers have found that these lines were probably ancient signposts for the Paracas culture more than 2000 years ago, guiding people across the desert to gathering places for the winter solstice."

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Their first clue... (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 3 months ago | (#46922929)

...was the fossilized funnel cakes.

Re:Their first clue... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923015)

Do you have a citation for your funnel cake claim? The people living there are not white trash like the Republicans. If you make a claim, you should be prepared to back it up.

Got your citation right here, buddy (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923127)

Citation [wikipedia.org]

Re:Got your citation right here, buddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923301)

Citation accepted. It does vaguely look like an upside down funnel cake.

Re: Got your citation right here, buddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923683)

Hay! I had one of those. Sure it was cheap and ugly but it was dependable car and gave it's life to protect my wife. A little respect here please. 8^)

Re: Their first clue... (1)

James Buchanan (3571549) | about 3 months ago | (#46923781)

Damn, missed the honey soaked sloth. Where where? They are using the basic rules of organization. Of family,community, and larger groupings as tribe. Close enough to help, far enough away for survival Ina a desert climate.

Re:Their first clue... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46924763)

Ahh, the stupid troll tries to get creative. Moron.

Re: Stupidity on display above.. (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about 3 months ago | (#46930159)

The article above:

There are also three large mounds in the desert that contain the remains of maize and sugarcane that definitely came from 400 to 100 B.C.E

Wikipedia on Funnel cakes:

Funnel cakes are made by pouring batter into hot cooking oil in a circular pattern and deep frying the overlapping mass until golden-brown. When made at concession stands, a pitcher with an integral funnel spout is employed. Funnel cakes are typically served plain with powdered sugar , or with jam, cinnamon, Nutella, fresh fruit, or other toppings.

What makes you assume that 'white trash' only eat funnel cakes? Also you make several derisive and racists statements. Hence you got a car because you obviously didn't read the article. Nor do you know how to make funnel cakes. surprise surprise, you can make funnel cakes with maize. All you need is hot oil which was also readily available during that time period. Next time you decide to have your mouth tell your fingers to write a check your body can't cash hit the little red x and STFU your ignorance. It's unwanted.

Re:Their first clue... (1)

greenwow (3635575) | about 3 months ago | (#46923093)

...was the fossilized funnel cakes.

What? Fossils are not created that quickly. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... [wikipedia.org] , "fossils range in age from the youngest at the start of the Holocene Epoch to the oldest from the Archaean Eon, up to 3.48 billion years old." The Holocene Epoch started about 12,000 years ago. These markers are only a little more than 2,000 years old. Got proof to backup your claim?

Re:Their first clue... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46924615)

This is why we can't have anything nice.

Re:Their first clue... (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about 3 months ago | (#46930229)

http://fakefossils.webs.com/ [webs.com] fake fossils are possible. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Fo... [wikihow.com] How to make fossils. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... [wikipedia.org] Guess what: you can make plaster from limestone, sand and water. So you yes you could actually make a fossil of a Funnel cake.

Lime plaster is type of plaster composed of hydrated lime (slaked lime), sand and water. Lime plaster is similar to Lime mortar, the main difference is based on use rather than composition. Traditional lime plaster also contains horse hair for reinforcement.

So can all of you who are ignorant and offended go to reddit, 4chan or digg please. Thanks.

The signs said (1)

ozduo (2043408) | about 3 months ago | (#46923051)

Next water 200 miles, next water 199 miles, next water 198 miles ETC

Logical (4, Insightful)

nowsharing (2732637) | about 3 months ago | (#46923063)

The Nazca Lines Alien Conspiracy fucktards will never buy into such a simple, logically formulated theory.

Re:Logical (3, Insightful)

thephydes (727739) | about 3 months ago | (#46923157)

That's probably because it is easier to turn your brain off and believe in aliens, than to conduct real research and produce logical conclusions from it.

Re:Logical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923783)

Same with God.

Re:Logical (1)

maharvey (785540) | about 3 months ago | (#46932121)

God is lazy and believes in aliens too?

Re:Logical (1)

Draugo (1674528) | about 3 months ago | (#46925815)

Hey, one of their most famous proponents is a Centauri, what do you expect.

Re:Logical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46929557)

That's probably because it is easier to turn your brain off and believe in aliens, than to conduct real research and produce logical conclusions from it.

You don't believe in aliens? You think we are all alone in this universe?

Or are you just childishly bashing people who don't have the same belief system as you?

Re:Logical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923861)

Ok. So what do the Nazca lines point to? I'm not saying it's aliens but if you're going to talk like a bitch, you're going to get called out for it.

Re:Logical (2)

Guido von Guido II (2712421) | about 3 months ago | (#46924177)

Ok. So what do the Nazca lines point to? I'm not saying it's aliens but if you're going to talk like a bitch, you're going to get called out for it.

Since the Paracas culture immediately preceded the Nazca culture in the same region, my first guess would be that they used them for the same purpose.

Re: Logical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46924247)

In other words you have no idea

Re: Logical (1)

thephydes (727739) | about 3 months ago | (#46925929)

And you don't have a fucking clue either. Come up with a better, evidence-based solution or shut the fuck up. At least the guess was based on fact - Paraca's preceded Nazca's - rather than some bullshit theory dressed up as "science".

Re:Logical (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 3 months ago | (#46929113)

You're forgetting the golden rule! Given a set of evidence, the simplest explanation is always the one that won't get a special on the History channel.

Re:Logical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46931171)

The Nazca Lines Alien Conspiracy fucktards will never buy into such a simple, logically formulated theory.

Still need to respect their view point. Your calling them names negates your view point and makes you look
silly.

Obama lied, patients died (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923121)

Obamacare - lies on top of lies. You cannot keep your plan, you cannot keep your doctor, you will pay more, not vase $2500... and on and on it goes.

Democrats just can't stop lying and stealing... thanks so much for voting for this shit.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/own-small-business-brace-obamacare-pain

"The changes put as many as 90,000 policies across Nevada at risk of cancellation or nonrenewal this fall, said Las Vegas insurance broker William Wright, president of Chamber Insurance and Benefits. That’s more than three times the 25,000 enrollees affected in October, when Obamacare-compliant plans first hit the market.

Some workers are at higher risk than others of losing company-sponsored coverage. Professional, white-collar companies such as law or engineering firms will bite the bullet and renew at higher prices because they need to compete for scarce skilled labor, Nolimal said.

But moderately skilled or low-skilled people making $8 to $14 an hour working for landscaping businesses, fire-prevention firms or fencing companies could lose work-based coverage because the plans cost so much relative to salaries."

Re:Obama lied, patients died (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923495)

Mitt clocked in 80 lies (per politifact.com). Thus, it's a choice between Liar A and Liar B.

Re:Obama lied, patients died (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46924075)

True, when talking about Obamacare they should have added that the insurance companies needed to offer products which met a minimum standard.

I hope you are sticking to your principles and only paying in cash for any health care you need.

Re:Obama lied, patients died (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46925687)

True, when talking about Obamacare they should have added that the insurance companies needed to offer products which met a minimum standard.

You make it sound like the insurance companies are being forced to do something they don't like.

Imagine this was the cable companies. They'd be overjoyed if Obama forced people to buy subscriptions to a bunch of premium channels they don't want or need.

I hope you are sticking to your principles and only paying in cash for any health care you need.

That's what I've done in the past. Unfortunately, given that I am forced to pay for crap I don't need, the least I can do is screw the system as much as possible. I still get back less than I paid, but at least I get back some. Believe me, keeping costs down in the health care system is not high on my agenda, and you're a fool if it's on yours.

Re:Obama lied, patients died (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about 3 months ago | (#46930253)

wtf does this have to with the Chincha Valley desert in Peru and funnel cakes? Nothing.

Like Six Flags, without the coasters (1)

blagooly (897225) | about 3 months ago | (#46923433)

I thought a glyph was like a nymph? If they pointed to that, a lot of folks would have showed up. That still may be true. Probably someone decided that was a bad idea. Then, boom, there went the neighborhood. Folks just stopped showing up.

mo3 uP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923651)

When Burning Man actually featured burning men! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923811)

Before the Paracan hipsters ruined it that is.

Fairgrounds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46923937)

Why use that word in the title? As many people believe the winter solstice to be a religious festival calling the meeting point a fairground, even if the article explains it, is very weighted.

Old news to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46924965)

My girlfriend had a tatoo for pointing the fairgrounds.

Seen it, done it, been there.

Re:Old news to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46926793)

It is no small wonder people call it the tramp mark.
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