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April 7, 2016

Wonder and Mystery Spots, Where the Laws of Natural Gravity Seem To Be Repealed

Since 1952, the southern approach to the Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton, Wisconsin, tourist mecca has been guarded by The Wonder Spot, one of many mystery spots scattered across America. Discovered in 1948, The Spot is nestled in the woods south of the lake, conveniently only about a half-block off of Hwy 12. Its powers were strongest in The Wonder House, a clapboard shack “where the laws of natural gravity seem to be repealed,” according to The Wonder Spot’s brochure.

And yes, they are tricks, classic optical illusions that have been used for almost a hundred years. Tricks that have been legally patented, thoroughly studied, and professionally duplicated in labs and the other dozen or so nearly-identical Spots scattered around the country. Gravity never really changes direction at these Spots; the balls still roll downhill, you just can’t tell which way is down if you don’t have vertical and horizontal references.

Let’s make a trip back to The Wonder Spot in the 1950s.


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