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The Vooooooortex

So I was looking at an advertising section in the Daily Inter Lake today, and I came across a peculiar ad: The Montana Vortex. What is it? The ad had a better description, but here’s what the site says:

Owner Ali Hauser invites you to experience the mysterious phenomena at the Vortex. People lean, hanging weights behave strangely, and the camera captures inexplicable light phenomena.

The ad said the laws of nature were “bent” at that particular spot outside of Kalispell. Apparently, Oregon has a more famous one:

The Oregon Vortex is a spherical field of force, half above the ground and half below the ground. The word “vortex” simply means a whirpool of force, like a whirling mass of water, especially one in which a force of suction operates, such as a whirlpool or a whirling mass of air, especially one in the form of a visible column or spiral, such as a tornado.

A vortex, essentially a whirlpool of force, is the basic form of our universe. From our galaxy, whose vortex form we see as the countless suns of the Milky Way, throughout the gravitational vortex of our solar system, down to the vortex of an atom, the vortex form recurs throughout our world structure. The Phenomena that gives The Oregon Vortex its name are evident throughout the entire area. Nowhere in the circle do you normally stand erect. Inevitably the visitor assumes a posture that inclines toward magnetic north. The corona of The Vortex, as well as the minor vortices, discovered during the continuous study of The Vortex, are among the unique phenomena to be observed here.

Yeah….they have pictures, too. A slanted house and camera tricks are sufficient to explain the “phenomena,” it seems, as Randi explains. However, the Kalispell vortex has a new twist: orbs!

Whatever gets the tourists, I guess.

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  1. June 22, 2005 at 9:51 am

    Ever play the old LucasArts game Sam & Max Hit the Road? The Mystery Vortex is more or less the same thing as this.

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