Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 19:18 UTC
Humor "Here's a question for you: what have the Nazi wartime test facility at Peenemunde and the Australian city of Perth got in common? Well, the first thing (and just about the only thing, truth be told) which springs to mind is that they are both next to large bodies of water. This is useful if you're going to test things which might go bang. Like V-2 rockets and - wait for it - flying cars."
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by StringCheesian on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 20:16 UTC
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According to our Oz photo interpretation bureau (Clinton Bird), the vehicle in question is at an altitude of three of four metres and doing about 80 knots.

Well according to the StringCheesian photo interpretation bureau, it's 3-4 meters high and doing about zero knots. Which is pretty easy to explain. It's probably held up on stilts or metal beams or somethings with a sign saying "Crazy Bob's parking lot! $2 an hour per car" and a booth underneath.

Seriously though what is there to indicate it isn't stationary?

Edited 2006-01-23 20:18

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I tell ya
by GrapeGraphics on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 20:44 UTC
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Aliens I tell ya... aliens!

they are here!

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yeah lol
by ZaNkY on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 20:46 UTC
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lol I'm sure it's a flying car.......

If it REALLY was some special test of an aussie flying car, i HIGHLY doubt it would be near a parking lot. Maybe a military base, or something similar. Desert? And definately higher than 3-4 meters.

I agree weith StringCheesian, probably being suspended somehow. Anyway, not really "news", If google earth wasn't involved.... lol w/e, nice find I guess ;)


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just a joke
by AdamW on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 20:49 UTC
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the reg has been doing a string of articles on odd things found on Google Earth, mainly with tongue in cheek. I don't quite know why this one got on OS News, though.

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RE: just a joke
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 20:59 UTC in reply to "just a joke"
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I don't quite know why this one got on OS News, though.

Because the Reg is doing a really cool series with Google Earth. And yes, as you know, OSNews is about more than just operating systems.

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RE: just a joke
by Innova on Tue 24th Jan 2006 01:55 UTC in reply to "just a joke"
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there's nothing wrong with a little brevity in life.

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3-4 meters?
by Peragrin on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 21:11 UTC
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Let's do some basic math, that's 10-14 feet high.

Given the surrounding trees all appear to be relatively the same height and that trees that large would be at least 5 meters tall, that car should be hitting one any second now.

of course it still looks cool.

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RE: 3-4 meters?
by glarepate on Tue 24th Jan 2006 18:15 UTC in reply to "3-4 meters?"
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The same thought occurred to me. If the vehicle is traveling at 80 kph it either came out of the trees without being harmed or is about to hit them unless it can turn at a rate that would cause the operator to black out and most standard airframes to break into pieces.

aka inspector_renault

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Not off the ground at all
by Rinnan on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 21:20 UTC
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My first thought was that the "shadow" near it is just a dark patch of grass or something. Actually the car is sitting on the ground, I suspect.

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.KMZ file
by jsgrahamus on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 21:41 UTC
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The article mentions a .kmz file? What is it?


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RE: .KMZ file
by gonzalo on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 22:18 UTC in reply to ".KMZ file"
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.kmz file is a .kml file but zipped.

KML is the markup Google uses for locations in Google Maps:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<kml xmlns="">
<name>Flying Car</name>
<description>Flying car about to terrorize kiters at Pt Walter</description>
<styleUrl>root://styleMaps#default+nicon=0x307+hicon=0x317</s tyleUrl>
<coordinates>115.7863951952049,-32.01202211312902,0</coordina tes>

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RE[2]: .KMZ file
by gonzalo on Tue 24th Jan 2006 06:33 UTC in reply to "RE: .KMZ file"
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Oh... On preview those < and > came out all right...

Well, anyway, that's the XML dialect for defining locations on Google Earth.

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by Sphinx on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 22:23 UTC
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Now that's a hybrid.

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by Bringbackanonposting on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 22:43 UTC
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I'll spoil the fun for everyone now. Down here our road safety advertising can get out of hand (way out of hand). Instead of building better safer roads the states spend big on things like bolting smashed cars up on billboards with things like "Speed kills" etc etc. StringCheesian was on the ball.

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RE: Easy
by raboof on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 23:13 UTC in reply to "Easy"
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Personally I think the explanation previously given by Rinnan is more plausible: there was probably another car parked there for considerable time, which left the black patch behind when it was removed. It would be a pretty shitty location for an advertisement, and it'd need to be pretty damn high, looking at the shadows of other stuff on the picture.

Anyone who lives near the place around? ;)

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RE: Easy
by chekr on Tue 24th Jan 2006 06:10 UTC in reply to "Easy"
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Yeah...are they still doing that in other states? In NSW we stopped this when some people were getting a little upset back in the 90's when the car their son died in got strapped to one of those "speed kills" roadside advertisements. That seems like a plausible explanation to me.

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v lol
by viator on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 23:11 UTC
Cool stuff
by Timerever on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 23:33 UTC
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Once in a while OSNews has intresting news! Like we care with new server OSs and beowulf clusters of toasters!
I agree with Rinnan BTW

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This article is too stupid for words...
by tomcat on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 23:39 UTC
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... so I won't waste any more.

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by deathshadow on Tue 24th Jan 2006 00:08 UTC
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I dunno where they are getting any indication that it's moving...

You could probably find the same thing if you looked at Wareham, Massachusetts along route 25 heading towards Cape Cod.

latitude 41.77487754634888

If the maps of massachusetts weren't of such poor quality that is. At that location is a 'Fiat on a Stick' used as an advertisement for Robertsons auto salvage. I'd not be surprised if this picture was of much the same thing.

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RE: Really
by segedunum on Tue 24th Jan 2006 00:18 UTC
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Seriously though what is there to indicate it isn't stationary?

Nothing. Especially given the the fact that it's three or four metres of the ground and travelling at 80 knots towards, or away from, a bunch of large trees.

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Maybe not even a car
by marbiol on Tue 24th Jan 2006 00:48 UTC
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It could simply be a billboard, or some solar panels that just happen to have the appearance of a car fom the angle that the image was taken...

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RE: Maybe not even a car
by randy7376 on Tue 24th Jan 2006 02:57 UTC in reply to "Maybe not even a car"
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Maybe the "Face on Mars" immigrated Down Under and due to the overwhelming difference in gravity, it shrunk to the size of a Russian Lada.


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fuel refilling station
by capiendo on Tue 24th Jan 2006 01:59 UTC
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could be a fuel refilling station. back when i lived in the country, farmers would support fuel drums above the ground on steel frames as makeshift gravity-fed fuel pumps.

if you squint just right, the object in the picture kinda looks like three fuel drums layed horizontally. if you squint harder, you can kinda make out struts on the corners supporting the drums.

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Black car
by cibus on Tue 24th Jan 2006 07:04 UTC
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Isn't this just a black car parked next to a white one?

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by obi1 on Tue 24th Jan 2006 08:17 UTC
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It's just a guy practising kitesurf close to the parking!
The beach is pretty close, isn't it ? He just left his car and is on his way to the spot !

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by Almindor on Tue 24th Jan 2006 12:55 UTC
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Ladies and gentlemen.. it's a Hoax. If you look at the "supposed" shadow and then compare it's color to some other "real" shadows (other cars have slight shadow patches near them too) you'll see a nice color difference. I bet it was added in some lossless format and then converted to jpeg (thus the "edgy jpeg-like distortions" around the black patch).

And if not that than I agree with Rinnan.

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RE: Hoax
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2006 13:10 UTC in reply to "Hoax"
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I bet it was added in some lossless format and then converted to jpeg (thus the "edgy jpeg-like distortions" around the black patch).

It isn't photoshopped, as you can go to the coordinates and see for yourself in Google Earth. I'm pretty sure Google wouldn't photoshop inside Google Earth.

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This Is Hillarious!
by Pelly on Tue 24th Jan 2006 17:44 UTC
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I loved it. However, an easy way to explain this is as follows:

Go to just about any USAF Base and you'll note that there are retired aircraft on display. We've always called them, 'planes on sticks,' or 'planesicles.'

When viewing aerial photos of Air Bases, display planes commonly appear as if they're 'hovering' when the shadows and light angles hit it just right. The stands & stilts they're on are usually quite thin and can be hard to see in grainy photos.

That's what I think we're seeing here.

I laughed liked crazy at some of the abve comments. Thanks, all!

AN if anyone would ever like to see a great retired plane on display, go to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. They put a B-52 on a stick! (well, it's more of a pad, really)

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I've been discovered!!
by kamper on Tue 24th Jan 2006 20:42 UTC
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Crap! They were taking satelite photos on the exact day that I decided to test my flying car ;)

FWIW, the car cleared the trees by about a metre (it was angling up at that point), but crashed into the water on the other side and my assistant, who was doing the flying, met his tragic demise. You can still find the car if you dive around there.

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