Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Mystery Photo! 

So, I took this picture yesterday afternoon on Iowa's route 18 just across the Mississippi River from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. What was I looking at?

Mystery Photo!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Aug 05, 09:57:00 PM:

wind mill blades  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Aug 05, 10:00:00 PM:

These are the blades of a wind turbine. There are numerous "wind farms" on I-35 north of Des Moines, although I don't know the destintion of these particular blades.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Tue Aug 05, 10:08:00 PM:

Good job, guys. Once again I have misunderestimated the distributed brains of the TigerHawk readership!  

By Blogger Punditarian, at Tue Aug 05, 11:10:00 PM:

I have been seeing quite a few of these on I-70 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, too.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Aug 06, 12:15:00 AM:

Got them going down every rode in West Texas. Following behind oil tanker trucks.  

By Blogger Noocyte, at Wed Aug 06, 12:28:00 AM:

Yah, can't turn around and spit here in Yardley and environs without hitting one of these, or else the big honking tower segments.

I don't expect these trucks can get up to any respectable speed on the highway, though; that'd just be asking for a wicked bernoulli kick to the side of the road!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Aug 06, 05:09:00 AM:

That'll only work for the wind crossing transversely over the blade and not longitudinally.  

By Blogger watchman, at Wed Aug 06, 07:57:00 AM:

Windblades, I know the site. trucks pointing east, so they are probably heading for the wind farm at Monfort WI. Tigerhawk, I am at Boscobel, WI, up the Wisconsin River from Prarie, & almost went to Cornell-great school

By Blogger John F. Opie, at Wed Aug 06, 09:21:00 AM:

Hi -

What I really fail to understand is why people are building all these fans outside. You use fans to cool things down inside, not to try and cool everything down outside...

Oh? That's not what they're there for?

You generate electricity with them? Why would you want an intermittent supply of electricity?

Well, that makes no sense...

With apologies to all...  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Aug 06, 12:30:00 PM:

What you probably don't know is that while these are obviously wind props, they are very well known to every motorcycle rider on the open road. Try passing one of these trucks and their cargo on a country road. And they come in groups of three. You pass one, very dangerous 80 foot long plus truck, then you only have two more slow dangerous trucks to pass.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Aug 06, 08:26:00 PM:

Before lots of people saw wind farms, I used to tell visitors to the Palm Springs area that the windmills in the western pass were to keep a cooling breeze going. Got one or two takers...  

By Blogger Dactyl, at Thu Aug 07, 04:36:00 PM:

You're all missing it. It was late afternoon and he was looking at the "Maggie's Diner" sign and thinking 'chowtime...'  

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