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Giant Hamsters from the Moon, Clearly

Hey folks,

Our ancestors were hamsters.  Clearly.  And possibly aliens.

I ran into an intriguing article (probably only to me) about Ye Older cranes while figuring out how to move a gaggle of characters from here to there (in the days before the elevator): The sky is the limit

I have always been fascinated by standard of ingenuity required of builders before motorized equipment made its appearance.  (There are still people propounding the notion that the easiest way to lift large stones into place was to flag down the saucer people).

And, of course, this ingenuity doesn't quit with the henges and outsized geometric solids of ancient times.

Take a look at how you moved big stones in Shakespeare's lifetime: On the Transportation of the Vatican Obelisk.  It just about turns my head inside out.

A few dozen muskox-sized hamsters and a person could pop up a cathedral in only a century or five.

Yours impressed with the rope and pully set,



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Jul. 25th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
You should try to see the Big Bambu exhibit at the Met. A very impressive, non-mechanized feat of engineering genius, I thought.
Aug. 1st, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Years ago I came across an amazing video of a man working with ancient techniques for moving Very Heavy Things, like menhirs or buildings:


Seems very much like the type of thing you'd enjoy seeing.
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