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Quicktime Easter Island hedz

This guy Rano Raraku has taken a bunch of Quicktime VR 360-degree-viewable dioramas of the weird heads on Easter Island. This image here is particularly beautiful and eerie! (Click your mouse on the picture and drag it around to get the full 360-degree view.)

Man, I love these heads. It’s been hundreds of years since Westerners discovered them, and we still have no clue what the heck was going on with these things. PBS did a documentary on them, and the site here is pretty informative; my favorite detail is that the single largest head is about 165 tons, stands 71 feet tall, and archaeologists have nicknamed it “El Gigante”. For hilarity’s sake, there’s an edutainment Flash game at the site that lets you try to figure out how the island inhabitants moved these enormous heads around.

(Thanks to El Rey for finding this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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