The Mystery Of Magnetic Hill

Scientist tackles Magnetic Hill mystery:

A Japanese scientist has won an award for duplicating the kind of optical illusion that for decades has baffled tourists who visit the fabled Magnetic Hill in Moncton, N.B.

Magnetic Hill is an area that appears like you’re going up a hill when you’re really going down.

It’s dumb-founding if you’re new to it: you take your car “down” a hill, put it in neutral, then experience the car going back “up” the way came on its own, when it’s really going down a hill. It is cool.

Wikipedia says there are hundreds of these magnetic-type hills. I had no idea.

Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Half an Hour posted some great information about Moncton and its surrounding area (where I live), highlighting things the locals probably take for granted, like:

  • Magnetic Hill, which is a hill that makes you appear going up when you’re really going down. Strange, but true. He posted a good video of it.
  • Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy, where its massive tides created caves and cool rock formations.
  • The tibal bore of the Petitcodiac river. The Government recently announced they’re replacing the causeway with a bridge, which should restore the tidal bore to something one can brag about, and restore fish migrations.

We spent this summer around the area; there’s a lot to do and see here.