Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Piano on sandbar, wood block on iceberg. How'd they get there? Strange and funny

Here are a couple of weird pieces of news that I found oddly synchronous this week. Odd, but of little consequence. Just something to tickle your brain's funnybone--

Mysterious grand piano found on Biscayne Bay sandbar
"Here's a mystery that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ``piano bar.'' A grand piano recently appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay, about 200 yards from the Quayside condominiums off Northeast 107th Street. Whoever put it there placed it at the highest point of the sandbar so that it's not underwater during high tide. How and why the piano got there is a mystery. A grand piano weighs at least 650 pounds and is unwieldly to move, said Bob Shapiro, a salesman at Piano Music Center in Pembroke Park. ``You don't take it out there in a rowboat,'' Shapiro said. This much is clear: The piano isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Unless it becomes a danger to wildlife or boaters, authorities have no plans to haul it away." Photo Allison Diaz / for the Herald/ written by Laura Edwins

A chip off the old block
"I've heard the Southern Ocean attracts a hardy individual but a block of wood on an iceberg is ridiculous. This lonely piece of timber was spotted on the top of a small berg at 66 degrees south, just north of Commonwealth Bay. Wildlife watchers near Aurora Australis' bridge first thought it was a relaxing seal but it was soon apparent it was rectangular in shape. How it got to such a prominent position, instead of just floating around, is anyone's guess." Photo- Baffling: How did this block of wood end up on top of an iceberg? (Photo Credit: Jodie Smith)

"Since it is lifeless and non-magnetic, its baffling position won't be due to the fact that we are very close to the south magnetic pole. Yes, we are near the wandering point in the earth's surface where the geomagnetic field lines are vertical, rather than lying across the planet from pole to pole. Normal compasses don't work in this region. The one I have brought on board is now confused by all the iron in the ship. The south magnetic pole was positioned on the Antarctic continent 100 years ago. It has since wandered out to sea due to changes in the Earth's magnetic field." Article credit, Australia’s ABC News Online reporter Karen Barlow

How about that? Pretty cool, weird, odd, and interest-piquing.

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