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Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:56:48 pm »

Using Google Maps and the internet, find the location in the picture below (minus the red X):

Use the old ways to add 5.5 yards to the back of AU
And find the new land where it grows
When there, find the site of an old world battle
Then head north, crossing the island, until you come across an ancient messenger.

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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 03:04:38 pm »

So apparently American Football fields must run north to south unless granted special permission by the NFL comission. You learn something new every day.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 03:05:43 pm »

So apparently American Football fields must run north to south unless granted special permission by the NFL comission. You learn something new every day.

Wow really?
Why?
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 03:10:46 pm »

So apparently American Football fields must run north to south unless granted special permission by the NFL comission. You learn something new every day.

Wow really?
Why?

Presumably due to sunlight. It means teams are never playing into the sun.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 03:10:54 pm »

Something to do with making sure sunlight doesn't get in players' eyes. Some sources seem to suggest it's not actually a rule, but most stadiums do it anyway. Others say it is a rule and the ones that aren't N-S have to take special measures to block out the sun.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 03:13:29 pm »

What if the place it is located is 90 degrees to the sun though?
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013, 05:23:21 pm »

Presumably, the vast majority of american football fields will be in the northern hemisphere, so the team going south may still get the sun in their eyes, especially in northern climes in the winter.
even aside from that - say you go out to receive a pass, if you are running a wide route, you will be looking east-west to your quarterback and so will run the risk of losing the ball in the sun.
I know it isn't your rule - I am just hoping (for the sake of national pride) that it is an old wives' tale.

edit: spelling
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2013, 05:28:08 pm »

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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2013, 08:49:19 pm »

Okay, so working on this challenge.
The image is a track and field track, not a football stadium (so, I don't really know how we got off on that tangent).

Anyways, the clue...(I like this clue much better than the other one, "river where 2 countries meet in a line" gave me nothing to work with)

Use the old ways to add 5.5 yards to the back of AU
And find the new land where it grows


5.5 yards = 1 pole (or rod or perch)

So, old ways might have to do with that (i.e. those units of measure are "old"), or it could mean something else.

AU=?  Could just be the letters AU, Astronomical Unit, Gold,...not sure of anything else.
So, if we add pole, etc to the "back" of those we could get
Aupole, Aurod, Auperch
Goldpole, Goldrod, Goldperch

(obviously astronomical unit doesn't fit there)

So, of those the most obvious choice for "growing" would be the plant goldenrod.  Less obvious would be aupole-sounds kind of like apple?
Let's go with goldenrod...
According to wikipedia:
It is most common in North America, but has been introduced to Europe.
Well, depending on how "new land where it grows" is being used here that could be North America (as a new land relative europe) or Europe (being where goldenrod newly grows).  Moving from there might need more particulars about goldenrod (assuming goldenrod is in fact correct).

When there, find the site of an old world battle
Is the next step.  So, what is the potential site of an old world battle that can be tied into this?
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2013, 08:51:17 pm »

I'm going to start with Kentucky/Nebraska where goldenrod is state flower.  And work from there.  Other opinions/suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2013, 02:11:11 am »

Old world battle is probably Revolutionary War or Civil War, if we are in the US.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2013, 02:12:08 am »

Ancient messenger..Hermes?
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2013, 08:09:48 am »

or, I thought Mercury.
I've searched through for Mercury and Hermes Kentucky, Nebraska, and Alabama with no luck so far.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2013, 08:27:21 am »

Some other possibilities for Goldenrod:
It was adopted by gardeners in England.
It has become an invasive species in Germany (and China).
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2013, 08:38:46 am »

This probably still isn't helpful, and I'm not trying to derail this again, but I'm pretty sure that IS and American Football field. I did doubt it when theorel said it wasn't (what with me being UKish and not really knowing anything about American  Football), but I've just done some research. The lines on the field is what made me think it was before, and from what I can tell now, there are exactly the right number of lines with the right spacings for an AF field. Obviously, this is not an NFL stadium or whatever. It's probably a school/college sports field (hence the running track and tennis courts too, and no stands for a crowd), but we want to be looking in places they play AF, unless anyone can prove it's not an AF field.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2013, 08:48:47 am »

There are no goalposts...
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2013, 08:51:19 am »

There is a Mercury Bay in North New Zealand (Near Auckland where one of the two NZ AF leagues is based). According to this, Goldenrod is a treasured garden plant in NZ.

Can't find that field in the area though, but if anyone else wants to follow up my lead, feel free to do so.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2013, 08:53:18 am »

There are no goalposts...

They might have been taken out because it's out of season? Don't know if they do that in America but we definitely take out our Football (read: Soccer) goalposts on school fields when it's the wrong season (and they sometimes get replaced by rugby posts). They also could have been taken down because they're having a track event. There's lots of reasons the goal posts might not be there, but it definitely IS an AF field.

Edit: (There's also a second AF field to the top left, not that it really matters)
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2013, 09:21:13 am »

Actually, looking closer at the top field, I can see what looks like an h-style goalpost.  And, looking closer at the main image I believe it has the same.

A brief online search reveals nothing regional about H-style goalposts.
It looks like even most American High Schools have yardage indicators.
Also, while looking around, a lot of places in america are taking you to an isometric view by the time you're sufficiently zoomed in to get that image.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2013, 09:36:12 am »

Are you using the Google Earth plugin view or the Satellite view? You shouldn't get an isometric view at any level using satellite.

I'm getting isometric view now. It's not everywhere, but some places.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2013, 09:45:13 am »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Crete ?
It's called Operation Mercury.

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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2013, 09:45:34 am »

yeah, near major cities it seems.
I was getting it in Auckland also.
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2013, 09:46:53 am »

Mercury Bay is also north of Thames, which gave me more hope for it to be correct.  But I also don't see/can't find anything there
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2013, 09:59:50 am »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Crete ?
It's called Operation Mercury.

Had a quick look around there but I couldn't find anywhere on/near the greek islands that was green enough to be this place. Even the green bits aren't green enough. It's hard to find Hermes/Mercury in Greece too since all of their hotels and businesses are names after Gods...
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Re: Ozles Google Maps Challenge 2
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2013, 10:00:36 am »

Mercury Bay is also north of Thames, which gave me more hope for it to be correct.  But I also don't see/can't find anything there

Mercury Bay has 1 school from what I can tell, and it's not the one we're looking for :(
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