Did You Know: The Oregon Vortex

Did you know? — By Goran on 2011/09/07 5:52 AM

Did you know that there is a place in Oregon where gravity allegedly has a mind of its own?

The Oregon Vortex is a roadside attraction located in Gold Hill, Oregon, in the United States. It consists of a number of interesting effects which skeptics believe to be optical illusions, but which the attraction’s proprietors claim are the result of paranormal properties of the area.

According to the locals, a gold assay office built in the area in 1904 slid from its foundation in the early teens, coming to rest at an odd angle. Odd angles seem to create an illusion of objects seemingly rolling uphill.

Oregon Vortex is also famous for “height change” as the relative height of the two people changes varying on where they stand. Most people believe this effect happens due to a distorted background which results in a forced perspective, as with an Ames room.

It should be noted, that photographs published at the official website of the attraction appear to demonstrate the same apparent height anomaly even when the potentially confusing perspectives of the background are removed, and can be done so with any pictures taken.

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