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These images have been chosen for their uniqueness. Subject matter ranges from
historic events, to really cool phenomena in science and engineering, to relevant
place, to ingenious contraptions, to interesting products (which now has its own
dedicated Featured Product
might call it artistic license. I call it epic failure. The May 2012 edition of
QST (p.79) had a photo from Bob Kernish, KD2ADL, of an avant-garde-style public
bench in Auckland, New Zealand, that features a repeating string of Morse Code characters.
Bob was puzzled over the apparent message, "SPARKLAG WATERS." After checking with
some Aussie Hams, they believe it was intended to say, "SPARKLING WATERS." I'm guessing
it was a government project, designed by committee, and no authority on Morse Code
was engaged during the process. The project was probably over budget and late, so
there was no more money to re-paint the message.
Per the poster's investigation, "The Port of Auckland is part of the Waitemata
Harbour ('sparkling waters' is the translation of this Maori word)." Maybe the Maoris
pronounce "ing" an just "g." The original photo and a short description of the phenomenon
is available at http://auckland-west.co.nz/?p=9153
These benches are located at the entrance to Queens Wharf. I did a search using
Street View on Google Maps, but could not locate the benches.
Maybe they were installed after the Google camera vehicle captured their images.
I cannot find a spot that looks like the other photo on the page. There appears
to be trolley or train track embedded in the sidewalk, and I do not see them anywhere.
Posted March 22, 2013