Ep. #130 - What If You Built A Coral Castle? - American Stonehenge, Ed Leedskalnin
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In the early 1900's a Latvian immigrant built what's since been referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. A limestone castle in south Florida made of 1,100 tons of stone pillars, some as large as 30 tons apiece, that he quarried, carried, and set himself. Over the past roughly 100 years, many questions have been asked. How in the heck did he take on and execute such a massive feat by himself? One that has yet to be explained or recreated ever since? We dive in and explore the possibilities on this week's episode of The What If? Podcast. Send us an email: email@example.com Leave us a voicemail: 612-246-4614 Get a shout out on the show, for just $50! We'll say just about anything one time, under 200 words! Join our Patreon for just $5 a month and get an extra episode every week, plus a back catalog of more than 60 episodes. Hit up our shop for What If? hats, t-shirts, hoodies, posters, and more.
This episode Matt lights the fire by exposing John and Aaron to a new foot fetish sex toy. Then John shares some rumors about the science of swallowing before getting into the story of the little Latvian man who inexplicably built an open air limestone castle, moving millions of pounds alone at night in tribute to a woman who wanted nothing to do with the guy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rock Gate: known to most as Coral Castle, this momentous stone garden in Florida has been referred to as the Stonehenge of the 21st century. Built by one man, Ed Leedskalnin, Rock Gate represents one of the most remarkable engineering feats achieved by a single individual - whose work was performed entirely in secret. So the legend goes, Ed Leedskalnin claimed to know the secrets of the Egyptians and had harnessed a form of anti-gravity magnetism to lift immense blocks of limestone. Ed single-handedly constructed his Magnum Opus, Rock Gate, in dedication to his mysterious sweet sixteen, a young woman who left Ed before they could be married. The cryptic riddles of the loner immigrant have been left in short books written by Ed, leaving modern interpretations of his work to run wild with speculation, including those related to ancient magnetic and acoustic forms of levitation. Ideas of ancient levitation are not unique to Coral Castle. Travellers have witnessed Tibetan monks achieve levitation of both themselves and their objects through the use of sound, using their bodies as the primary source of energy. As we look back even further to the ancient stone Moai of Easter Island or the great pyramids of Egypt, questions of exactly how such feats were accomplished become a controversial realm where science and pseudo-science often become blurred. How exactly did Ed build his 1,000 ton Rock Gate? Join us for Episode XI of Into The Portal as we join forces with The Mad Scientist Podcast to discuss levitation, ancient magnetism and the incredible legend of Coral Castle. Need someone to talk to? Check out our sponsor Better Help and use promo code PORTAL to receive 10% off your first month :) Want some exclusive bonus episodes!? A little goes a long way. Come and join ITP’s Patreon Community! Coffee is essential to podcast research! Help support ITP with some Caffeine ;) You can now buy us a Cup of Coffee! Check out be strange clothing co. at straightupstrange.com For more information and resources visit our website intotheportal.com Find more show like ours in a world of High Strangeness on straightupstrange.com Join Into The Portal on Facebook! Hit ITP up on Twitter! Check out ITP on YouTube Official Into The Portal Storefront Have any comments, corrections or feedback for the show? Email us at Intotheportalmailbox@gmail.com