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Date: 05/09/11 10:03 AM

44 Responses to The WTF Of The Day: Easter Island Statue? [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of catbarf
    catbarf Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:03 am
    Link: The WTF Of The Day: Easter Island Statue? - What the F? Can anyone verify that this happened? I`ve looked all over the Internet and found nothing...
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:09 am
    wow
  3. Profile photo of dividedone
    dividedone Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:10 am
    Yeah, this is an ongoing project. The site for the actual excavation is http://www.eisp.org/
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    cait63 Female 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:13 am
    Although often identified as "Easter Island heads", the statues are actually torsos, with most of them ending at the top of the thighs, although a small number of them are complete, with the figures kneeling on bent knees with their hands over their stomachs. Some upright moai have become buried up to their necks by shifting soils." Wikipedia
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    Ruswut Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:19 am
    Did you try this?
  6. Profile photo of discardderek
    discardderek Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:20 am
    this was just one that they discovered had been partially buried. There are others that are just as tall that are not buried at all. Nothing new. Hope this helps.
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    Zuriel Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:21 am
    ...they would carve them laying down, roll them in place on logs/sleds and erect them like the obelisk in Egypt.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moai
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    archeologists uncovering ancient artifacts...

    ... and this is posted here why?
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    iluvsporks Female 13-17
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:25 am
    It`s legit. Many have been excavated to expose bodies. Some people say that they have been naturally buried by sediment but others argue they were intended to be buried. This is because almost all of the buried statues have pointed bases, whereas the ones that are intended to sit above ground on platforms have flat bases.


    http://www.ancient-wisdom.co.uk/easterisland.htm
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    ak9882 Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:45 am
    It would be easier to stand them up if you pushed them into a big hole rather than trying to get enough leverage to pull them from the top.
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    Thorr Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:45 am
    Took 2 seconds and 1 query to find a near identical image in the Encyclopedia Britannica:

    Look Here
  12. Profile photo of FlyYesLandNo
    FlyYesLandNo Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 11:41 am
    @Gerry1of1 - because its drating cool!
  13. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 11:46 am
    Who knew.
  14. Profile photo of daverazor
    daverazor Male 50-59
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    May 9, 2011 at 11:48 am
    UFO UFO UFO
  15. Profile photo of pixiechick81
    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 11:49 am
    Well that`s kinda awesome. I never thought of them having bodies before
  16. Profile photo of emmettyville
    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    May 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    wow.
  17. Profile photo of Zach82
    Zach82 Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    I am pretty sure I saw this picture in an encyclopedia or a magazine or sumfin`
  18. Profile photo of ak47reaper
    ak47reaper Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    search easter island excavations

    every things there
  19. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    May 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    They do have bodies, the tallest is 33 feet tall. This is not news.
  20. Profile photo of Dick_Head
    Dick_Head Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    Awesome, but nothing new. It`s a moai, the largest found is about 90 feet (30 metres or so?) long.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    If its real, thats awesome
  22. Profile photo of RETARDEDBEAR
    RETARDEDBEAR Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    It appears to be covering it`s cack n balls.
  23. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    Yes, It`s real. Since there are no remaining trees on the island mudslides have buried some Moai almost completely. Researchers have found petroglyphs on them too.
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    valtes Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    Nope the largest is called paro he is 10meters high which is only 33ft. and it weighs 82 tons
  25. Profile photo of Willowwatch
    Willowwatch Female 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    That must be the "paro" valtes is talking about in the picture
    (If those guys in the picture are about 5`9" then that statue is about 34` tall)
  26. Profile photo of NitroJunkie
    NitroJunkie Male 70 & Over
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    May 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    I`ve seriously been considering running away to Rapa Nui. It seems so nice there. Or Costa Rica.
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    erick0619 Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    thats pretty badass
  28. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    May 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    vv I`ve read that Easter Island is a ghod-awful place to live. Desolate, nasty people, bad weather...
    Costa Rica on the other hand... :-)
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    fugu Male 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm
    photo shop right?
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    razbitom Male 40-49
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    May 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    easter island statue project:
    http://www.eisp.org/category/about/letters/
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    "What the F? Can anyone verify that this happened? I`ve looked all over the Internet and found nothing... "

    Your lack of research skills is amazing. I just wikied "Easter Island" and came up with this.

    "Although often identified as "Easter Island heads", the statues are actually torsos, with most of them ending at the top of the thighs, although a small number of them are complete, with the figures kneeling on bent knees with their hands over their stomachs. Some upright moai have become buried up to their necks by shifting soils."

    Now obviously, one could only really know this if someone dug to the base of one like in the picture above. So it seems fairly reasonable to me that it did happen.
  32. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    5cats, Easter Island was like Costa Rica until the people who lived there destroyed all the natural resources. That`s the reason their little civilization collapsed. They spent so much on making bigger and bigger statues that they destroyed the island.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    May 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    Because most archaeologists are ignorant of Polynesian voyaging/navigation skills that pre-date to over 700 BCE. West to East migration based on Lipita theorem and Asiatic root languages is outdated. Lot`s of different migration from both Asia and the Americas have been occurring for 4000 years. Evidence by the earliest Jumon culture coming to Western Chile.

    Rapa Nui (proper name of Easter Island) was settled by native inhabitants of S. America back toward 250 BCE. it`s in the Polynesian hula chants and hulas and genealogy. Retracing to Hatu Matoa coming from the land of Uru (east). Note the similarities of the Hawaiian and Rapa Nui language as resembling Pre-Coloumbian. Also check out statues built by the Toltecs and Chachapoyas as very similar. Also Incan voyaging canoes and Hawaiian voyaging canoes are exact in hull, rudder, and sail rigging. Only the building materials were different. Man is a lot older and were far more advanced in the Pacific than past thought.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    May 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm
    @5Cats
    You forgot haunted by little menehunes ;)

    Actually the locals are polite and is a very interesting place to visit. Beaches are not the best and currents can be rough during certain seasons. Weather is dictated by the same. Depending on south or northern wind patterns. Plus all mountainous islands in the Pacific have their wet and dry sides. The fishing is so awesome. You can spearfish blindfolded and practically nail a catch.

    @SarahofBorg
    You must like Jason Scott Lee in the film Rapa Nui.
  35. Profile photo of 0Sigma0
    0Sigma0 Female 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    "Can anyone verify that this happened" What "this" are you referring to exactly? That a man climbed a rope and stood on top, or that many centuries buried the bottom in dirt? Either way, I`m not sure either of those is shocking?
  36. Profile photo of YugureKage
    YugureKage Female 18-29
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm
    oh man that would be AMAZING! I would love to be one of these people...oh this makes me want to be an archaeologist even more!!!!
  37. Profile photo of markulees
    markulees Male 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm
    http://www.eisp.org/
  38. Profile photo of Jen-O-Bear
    Jen-O-Bear Female 30-39
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    May 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm
    @ handys003 Menehunes are Hawaiian.
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    pootio Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2011 at 12:28 am
    I think the OP may be referring to the fact that there are quite a number of these statues, all buried under 50 feet of dirt, if not more. Which would mean that possibly the entire island used to be considerably lower than it is now. Or the fact that these extremely tall stone statues were either carved from stone previously placed there, or moved there and carved afterwards. I guess the better question would be.. why.
  40. Profile photo of jadedtortois
    jadedtortois Female 18-29
    779 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 2:40 am
    I just did the research for you. Yes this is really happened, the tallest "Moai" is 10 metres. In the early 1990s archaeologists had them moved out of Polynesia.

    Wiki Link
  41. Profile photo of handys003
    handys003 Male 50-59
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    May 10, 2011 at 3:21 am
    @Jen-o-Bear
    @ handys003 Menehunes are Hawaiian

    handys003
    Really ya think wahine! Most Polynesians understand what a menehune is.
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    durdikkimeng Male 50-59
    748 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    I like trebor extra strong mints.
  43. Profile photo of Garu
    Garu Male 30-39
    562 posts
    May 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    YES! I want to go through the Star Gate, PLEASE!
  44. Profile photo of srslylia
    srslylia Female 18-29
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    May 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    Isn`t the OP referring to the fact that the statue seems like it has a penis carved down there?

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