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A small statured man barely weighing one hundred pounds, Ed quarried one piece of coral from the earth weighing over twenty-eight tons and then erected it himself! His accomplishments include a rocking chair weighing thousands of pounds that can be rocked with a finger, and an underground structure reached by climbing down a one-piece spiral stone staircase to a subterranean refrigerator. A five thousand pound heart-shaped coral rock table with a red blooming ixora growing from its center, is believed to be the world's largest valentine according to Ripley's.
In total Ed quarried over eleven hundred tons of coral rock for his Castle using tools fashioned from wrecking-yard junk
Much of the site is calibrated to celestial alignments including an ingenious thirty ton telescope towering twenty-five feet above the complex, perfectly aligned to the North Star. A working sundial calibrated to noon of the Winter and Summer Solstice, is so accurate it tells time within two minutes.
Ed disputed contempory science and believed, "all matter consists of magnets which can produce measurable phenomena, and electricity." Ed would say he had "re-discovered the laws of weight, measurement, and leverage," and that these concepts "involved the relationship of the Earth to celestial alignments." He claimed to see beads of light which he believed to be the physical presence of nature's magnetism, and life force, or what we term today chi.
Originally posted by pirhanna
Originally posted by grey580
People forget that with enough labor you can accomplish a great many things.
I was able to move a shed with the help of 1 friend with 3 pvc pipes and my car.
Needless to say with 20 friends we could of picked it up and walked it to a new position.
Also too the Romans created the coliseum. They didn't have heavy equipment. But they managed it.
Did it weight 100 tons?
Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think they had cars in 1583...
The "slave" theory is so completely unfounded.edit on 11-10-2011 by pirhanna because: (no reason given)
For instance, four horses could pull a wagon weight of one ton 12 miles a day over an ordinary road and one-and-a-half tons 18 miles a day over a well maintained turnpike. Comparatively, four horses could draw a barge of 100 tons 24 miles a day on a canal.
Originally posted by grey580
The easter island statues are impressive. Even more impressive when you see how tall they really are.
How did islanders quarry the stone and carry it with no technology to do so?
After Nobunaga’s death in 1582, one of his former generals, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, began construction of a castle on the site in 1583. Employing 30,000 men and 1000 shiploads of stone per day, the castle took three years to complete. From it Hideyoshi accepted the submission of Tokugawa Ieyasu, directed the Odawara castle and Korean campaigns, and received Chinese delegations during the Korean invasion.