Post by CountryJazz on Jun 30, 2003 17:57:29 GMT -6
Anyone ever been to Joe's Road in Sherwood? I was there today and last night. You go down a hill , put your car in neutral, _ and _ your car rolls up the hill backwards. It's soooo cool. The sad thing is that I figured out how it works. I think I liked it better being a mystery. Anyway it's still very very very exciting !!!
Chad and I have investigated Joe Road which is 3 miles south of Stockbridge, Wisconsin. Is this the one you're referring to? Stockbridge is about 8 miles south of Sherwood.
Our investigation discovered that it's an optical illusion. Using a level we were able to verify that the road is actually going downhill although it appears to be uphill. Furthermore, topographic maps reveal that it's actually a decline of about 70 feet from the east end of the road to the west end.
Nevertheless, it's an impressive illusion. Another good one that we've investigated is Gravity Hill Road south of Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Has anybody visited this spot? Do any of you know of any similar places in Wisconsin?
Yes, it is a little disappointing (or should I say "disillusioning") when you discover that it's only an optical illusion. Like when you learn how a magician saws a woman in half and suddenly the magic is gone.
I've been there numerous times, and I knew there was some explanation even though it was fun. So after I saw the proof, I started to wonder: Why do you continue to go backwards at the same speed, if gravity should make the car accelerate if it is going down a hill??
I do not want to sound negative, but I have been to Joe's Road and nothing happened. This tail of Joe's Road is beginning to sound like the bus & train crash that happened in Kentucy with the school children.
Post by Chad Lewis on Oct 12, 2003 10:21:15 GMT -6
Scully, Welcome to the website! Maybe you were not in the right spot, because if you were on Joe Road your car would move "up the hill". However you may want to check out our write up on Joe road where we debunk the story behind the road. We also show that you are traveling downhill, not uphill. Thanks- Chad
I guess I should have been a little more specific about when I was at Joe Road. I did read your write up on your website. The story I had got was that if you put a powder substance on your bumper, that you would see finger prints because supposedly "Joe" pushes your car. I have heard of this "technique" being used for other stories I have come across in the U. S. Now, I do not know if it is Urban legend, but I realize Joe Road is gravity. (I am not trying to sound like a smart-alec.)
ive heard about Joes Road and a friend even gave me directions to it but i never went.
In regards to using a level in investigating the slope of the roads, it would be best to use a LONGER LEVEL due to the fact that the texture of the road surface could easily tamper with a small level's ability to measure the slope of the road.
My theory on the appearence of fingerprints on the back of the vehicles: the fingerprints of the owner appear when the wind coming from around the vehicle as it rolls dusts the surface, just like a crime scene investigator with a brush.