A gravity hill, simply put, is a sloped area where gravity seems to be faltering: causing objects to rise against the slope.
The phenomena began to gain attention in the 20th century as various people discovered their cars seemingly going up certain hills while they were in neutral. Today, well-known gravity hills dot the world, and many have even become tourist attractions.
I couldn’t help but scoff when I was first told by a friend of such a site which she knew of as a kid.
[at first glance: too ridiculous and something that could be faked]
It really did sound just too ridiculous.
Though, years later, I came across some videos of people demonstrating the phenomena taking place at different areas with better equipment and became intrigued. After watching enough, it became clear that the videos weren’t staged—at least not all of them—and the objects certainly appeared to be going uphill; be it water, a ball, a car in neutral, etc.
But I knew there was an explanation. There had to be. I was a little annoyed that I couldn’t figure it out, though I knew, just based on the sheer number of known hills and video evidence, that this curiosity must have been addressed: it was just too widespread and too strange not to have been.
So I went looking for some clear answers… yet what I found left me baffled—in kind of an ugly way.
Gravity hills had, as expected, been casually dismissed. Their mystery had been blamed on a simple visual trick; the surrounding landscape in each area somehow working to delude viewers. However, the grand problem with this is that the investigators had used a carpenter’s rule as proof that the hills were just visual tricks. They’d lay them down, see the bubble slide towards what looked to be the downhill direction, and the problem was solved: The instrument shows that it’s just a visual trick.
Here’s the thing:
Gravity hills spark curiosity in people because there seems to be some phenomena taking place which is altering gravity. If you don’t believe in gravity, some phenomena appears to be taking place in these localized regions which is altering whatever force you happen to believe is holding us down. Regardless, it appears that there’s some distortion in a fundamental force of reality taking place in these areas.
Buoyancy, as in carpenter’s levels, utilizes gravity to work.
Discovering such a fallacy being used to dismiss this curiosity is what baffled me. It hadn’t been a mystery before, then it suddenly was.
Now, I haven’t decided to type away here to make any claim as to the true nature of gravity hills. I’m not even trying to dismiss the notion that they may all just be incredible optical illusions. Although, I don’t believe humans have such clumsy faculties that their various senses can’t distinguish a slope; or at least that’s true for most, and an enormous amount of people have experienced this phenomena. Closing your eyes and walking from a normal street onto the surface should easily enough alert one to the slope’s true nature—if sight and general sense truly aren’t capable.
But anyway, that leads into my two major causes for writing this.
The first is the nonsense proof, via the use of a carpenter’s level, that’s managed to debunk this mystery to an astonishing degree. Outside of some video comments, it’s rampant in most discussions and commonly pointed to as the obvious game-over card for discussion past optical illusion. It’s also the go-to tool for any investigator going out on the scene, be it some investigative individual filming his process or some tv mystery crew.
In short, it’s a little disheartening to see what might be a remarkable phenomena shutdown before being properly explored simply due to runaway misinformation—hence my first reason.
And this leads to my second reason.
I’m certain there are others familiar with the gravity hills phenomena who noticed the critical flaw in using a device based on gravity to sort out a potential gravity anomaly, and they may have raised their voices. However, if they didn’t, I feel they should have; just as anyone should when they’re watching someone stumble and they have the ability to help.
It goes without saying that you should never let yourself be force fed information past your logical faculties. Reality should always be scrutinized. So, if it’s not already a habit, consider telling others of the nonsense you spot; since we each have our own unique filters, just as we’re all blind to certain things.