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Boulder arrives at Los Angeles museum
upi ^ | March. 10, 2012

Posted on 03/11/2012 10:13:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono

LOS ANGELES, -- Residents say the newest acquisition by Los Angeles County Museum enjoyed a rock star reception early Saturday morning as the 340-ton boulder rolled into town.

The rock arrived at 4:30 a.m. aboard its 176-wheel transport truck to a crowd of admirers armed with cellphone cameras and noisemakers. The behemoth boulder will be the centerpiece of the art museum's new outdoor installation entitled "Levitated Mass," the Los Angeles Times reported.

When the transport truck broke down for 30 minutes, onlookers jumped at the chance to touch the rock, pressing palms to its protective plastic wrap.

"I came a long way to touch this thing, and it felt very impersonal -- I expected more intimacy from this rock," said M.M. Green, who later used his keys to slash an opening in the plastic wrap. After poking his fingers through the hole, Green smiled. "I'm having chills, if that means anything," he said. "I'm going back for seconds."


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: art; ca; la; napl; rock
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To: JoeProBono

You can buy fake rocks for your garden, I have 2, same color but a little smaller only 40 dollars each...One that size would probably run about 800 dollars...and it does’t take a truck that size to get it home....


51 posted on 03/11/2012 3:52:28 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

52 posted on 03/11/2012 4:07:35 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

You are totally amazing....LOL


53 posted on 03/11/2012 4:11:08 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: JoeProBono

CBS Los Angeles: One of the locals seen wearing festive clothing, chants and worships the rock.

54 posted on 03/11/2012 4:18:11 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: JoeProBono
I keep thinking this was satire...
55 posted on 03/11/2012 4:22:44 PM PDT by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: JoeProBono
I had to drive up to Long Beach the other day on business.

I got off the 405 heading North on Atlantic and the traffic was backed for a mile. Looking ahead I saw a sign that said Left Lane Closed. After sitting there for about 15 minutes wasting precious Fossil Fuel, I was able to get off Atlantic on to a side street.

When I reached my destination, I asked the Business owner what was going on. She then told me about the famous Rock and how it was a big sensation. She had no idea why it was famous, it just was, just like Sandra Fluke.

The Rock added 45 minutes to my travel time in addition to wasting my gas. They should have just put a rock shaped like a Crucifix in a glass jar full of urine and been done with it. The fun never ends here in Crazyfornia.

56 posted on 03/11/2012 4:23:52 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: JoeProBono

You’re kidding us, right?


57 posted on 03/11/2012 4:25:28 PM PDT by Oceander (TINSTAAFL - Mother Nature Abhors a Free Lunch almost as much as She Abhors a Vacuum)
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To: JoeProBono

USA TODAY: Upon arrive at the Los Angeles Museum, several in the crowd claimed they heard the rock speak. This provoked the crowd to immediate start chanting back. Several attempted to cross the barriers, but were stopped by police.

58 posted on 03/11/2012 4:26:03 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: hattend

You could easily spend a rainy weekend watching all the movies associated there. I know I have. I’m 54, so grew up watching these on Fridays & Saturdays (Chiller Theater on Channel 11 and Creature Features on Channel 5 here in the NYC broadcast area).


59 posted on 03/11/2012 5:07:17 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Since when do rocks need "protective plastic wrap"?

Since nobody wants to deal with clamshell packaging.


60 posted on 03/11/2012 7:26:10 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JoeProBono

You sure that isn’t a haggis?


61 posted on 03/11/2012 7:34:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: P.O.E.

OK, I’ll bite.

I understand [can’t verify] that it’s one of the very few times in the history of man that a megalith has been moved.

If you check YouTube for “Levitated Mass” you’ll find lots of links of moving it.

It was blasted out of a mountain here in So Cal. Moving it was a problem as it is two storeys hugh and almost as wide. Many streets have overhead wires and weight limits so it was years before permission could be gained to move it. The load was three lanes wide.

So it was moved on selected streets only between midnight and 5 am. About 5 miles a night. Some of the videos are quite engrossing. It goes oky until the truck has to make a turn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss7uwOcE1QY&feature=related


62 posted on 03/11/2012 7:55:39 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: P.O.E.
attack of the rock monoliths?
i rem. that (good) movie, space rocks, draws moisture from
anything & grows (like govt. :)...saltwater stop its growth.

63 posted on 03/11/2012 7:57:20 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Simple: Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Night one of moving the rock. Only 5 miles a night on streets with no wires. Load is three lanes wide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCW0suiGZKQ&feature=related


64 posted on 03/11/2012 7:59:12 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Only 5 miles a night between midnight and 5 am. Load is 3 lanes across and two stories high so the had to avoid wires and roads with weight limits. It took almost two weeks.

Every night was documented on You Tube. Search Levitated Mass:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9VYd5KyNUw&feature=endscreen


65 posted on 03/11/2012 8:05:45 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

Frankly the transporter impresses me more than the rock.


66 posted on 03/11/2012 8:10:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BunnySlippers

That transporter is an amazing vehicle - a testament to human ingenuity.


67 posted on 03/11/2012 8:11:50 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Me too.

They hired the company who had the rep for moving the heaviest items. They did a great job.

The rock going through Hacienda Heights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seBE0JTZnzY&feature=endscreen


68 posted on 03/11/2012 8:20:08 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

Going through La Mirada.

Avoiding wires as it is 2 stories tall and has to meet weight requirements:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDsq3mElqRA&feature=related


69 posted on 03/11/2012 8:26:28 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

A-smegging-mazing.


70 posted on 03/11/2012 8:29:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t know how to verify this but they are saying this is the ONLY time a megalith has been moved since ancient times. Clearly it easier to move than Stonehenge or the Pyramids. Would love to know the answer.

Coming through K-Town in LA just about a mile or two from LACMA. A huge turn!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RkMqdWBvY&feature=related

I only heard about this 48 hours ago or I [a photography freak] would have been out there taking photso:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RkMqdWBvY&feature=related


71 posted on 03/11/2012 8:44:22 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t know how to verify this but they are saying this is the ONLY time a megalith has been moved since ancient times. Clearly it easier to move than Stonehenge or the Pyramids. Would love to know the answer.

Coming through K-Town in LA just about a mile or two from LACMA. A huge turn!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RkMqdWBvY&feature=related

I only heard about this 48 hours ago or I [a photography freak] would have been out there taking photos.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RkMqdWBvY&feature=related


72 posted on 03/11/2012 8:44:48 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

I love trucks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K0SHBEkhic


73 posted on 03/11/2012 9:02:32 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Slings and Arrows

74 posted on 03/12/2012 4:09:09 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

75 posted on 03/12/2012 4:25:39 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: JoeProBono

They’re dangerous when they’re feral.


76 posted on 03/12/2012 5:37:52 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

what’s the significance of this rock?....What? IT’S a ROCK!! What don’t you get? ( These are libs, ya know.)


77 posted on 03/12/2012 5:42:36 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: blueunicorn6

Why would you put protective plastic around a rock?...So it don’t get hurt?


78 posted on 03/12/2012 5:45:04 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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