Gravity is all wrong…..


Richard Saunders brought my attention to this lovely video by the ever creative Brian Dunning….

Any ideas?


48 comments on “Gravity is all wrong…..

  1. Bob O'H says:

    He has a Death Star he moves around to change gravity.

  2. He’s leaning against a stream of muon neutrinos from CERN that got lost.

  3. Mad Kev says:

    On a hill. Next.

  4. JimC says:

    Simple. He’s from the Q Continuum and he’s changed the gravitational constant of the universe.

  5. Michael Sternberg says:

    g, oblique camera – oldest trick in the film book. I s’pose Buster Keaton did this better already in the 20’s, and with more and funnier content vs pre- and post-credits.

  6. HBM says:

    Perhaps he’s actually a Thunderbirds puppet. If you watch it slowly and in hi-res, I swear you can see the strings!

  7. Steve Jones says:

    The ground clearly isn’t horizontal. Look at the “leaning forwards” part of the video and you can see plants in the background that are also “leaning forwards”.

    Indeed, at the start of the video he clearly states some of the strata are bent.

  8. Josh says:

    Greenscreen? 😛

  9. Mark says:

    The pan in from the right at the start of the sequence convinces you that the strata are horizontal beause there is sky at the top of the shot. Pause the video at the point that you can see the sky (9secs) but this time think that the camera is tilted already. The top of the shot is not “up” in the normal sense. Go forward to 15 secs and look at his stance and the difference in the way his weight is balanced between his two legs. Lots of practice to make it look “normal”. Having been shown sky at the top, then “horizontal” strata with a bloke standing on the “flat” we assume it is all OK until he drops the gravel or leans.

  10. Many years ago, when the Internet was notably younger, I helped found an international political movement for the appeal of the law of gravity.

    We established several branches around the world, including the Anti Compulsory Acceleration Council in Australia (ACACIA), Movement Against Gravity’s Power In England (MAGPIE), Freedom of Acceleration Movement Over the United States (FAMOUS), Israeli Gravitational Lamentations Organised Organisation (IGLOO), Belgian Universal Gravity Resistance Intelligence Taskforce (BUGRIT), and Swedes Against Gravity (SWAG).

    Unfortunately, the movement never got off the ground. But I suspect that with suitable celebrity backing (say, from someone like Brian Dunning or Richard Wiseman), it would have successfully taken off. What do you think?

  11. @philstephens says:

    Weirdly, in Death Valley there is a famous spot where you can stand and recreate almost exactly this. It’s over the edge of large crevice though, which would be noticeable. Simply the wind circulating and pushing you back as you lean over the edge. It’s a very odd experience; really good fun.

  12. Alex Hall says:

    It’d probably be slightly more realistic if he actually looked comfortable standing “straight”, but you can quite easily tell that he’s on an incline from the moment the video starts!

  13. Rory says:

    much more interesting than this (although harder to convey the illusion effectively in a video) are so-called “gravity hills” aka “magnetic hills”
    Check out a decent video here:

  14. Lazy T says:

    I think the poor man has a rare genetic condition probably triggered by cameras. My Aunty Gravity has it but hers flares up when she’s had alcohol.

  15. John Loony says:

    This idiot obviously thinks we’re all idiots.

    • David D says:

      He is not an idiot, he is a respected investigator of claims of ‘unusual’ happenings. This is just a bit of fun and, I think, done very well.

  16. physicalist says:

    There are several such gravitational anomalies around in California. One of the more well-known ones is the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz.

    As I understand it, the forces at work are still not completely understood by scientists, but they’re thought to be pretty much everywhere in the universe to varying degrees.

  17. Jeremy Miles says:

    This (in my opinion) looks good. The reason you do it in Death Valley is that there aren’t any plants there, to give a true sense of vertical.
    (I wonder if this will work).

  18. Roger Warner says:

    The US is full of places dubbed something like “Mystery Spots” where the normal flow of this or that natural source is ‘altered’. Their purpose is to fleece tourists of their cash. They all eventually are shown as fakes.

  19. Skepdude says:

    Easy; it’s a hill and the slant goes up from left of the screen to the right of the screen. Look at Brian’s legs in the first 30 sec. or so when he’s standing on the “upright” position. His left leg (right side of the screen) is clearly bent and not supporting his weight, whereas his right leg (left side of the screen) is not bent and at an open angle clearly supporting his weight. This shows that he’s standing on a hill, which slopes downward on Brian’s right side, thus the pebbles fall towards his right leg and he can lean the way he does on the film. Totally convincing due to the rocks behind though.

  20. SimonP says:

    Brian is telling us the truth. I’ve been to this location, it is very weird. It’s a shame that more people aren’t opened minded to this kind of deeper reality. Science says a bumble bee can’t fly too. And I saw a ghost. Crystals heal people and some bhuddists can levetate, and, and, and… oh sod it, be skeptical.

  21. Yes, I think the concept is taken from Zeno’s paradox: if you present something very silly, some people are bound to take it quite seriously indeed.

  22. It’s amazing how many of Richard’s readers don’t know who Brian is. He’s a true skeptic and this video is a parody. He doesn’t believe for a second that there are gravitational anomalies here. He’s taking the piss out of people who try to pass this off.

  23. DeepField says:

    Simple: That location is located to the right of the Earth’s center.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Gravity is fine, the sediment layers and the camera are the ones at an angle

  25. Here is the other video we made on the same trip. All in the name of two middle aged guys on a buddy trip and goofing off.

  26. At the time we made this, we felt it was so obviously silly that nobody would take it seriously. Ah, how naive we are.

    In retrospect we should have included a shot at the end showing how easily it was faked, and given a message encouraging viewers to consider such claims with skepticism. That way it would have still been just as much fun, but also it would have done some good.

    • Steve Jones says:

      Blame Richard – he was the one posing the challenge. However, I suspect it wasn’t as easy as it looked – even if the wobbly balancing helped the nonsense byline, I doubt that was the first take.

    • It was the first and only take. We were just horsing around and hadn’t even planned it.

    • Dave says:

      I at least learned I’m more susceptible to an argument from authority than I thought. I believed the effect without doing my own research after watching the vid, because I listen to your podcast and thought therefore it would be fine to believe in the effect without double checking on my own.
      Embarrassing lesson! Good to get a slap to the face wake up call regarding my own susceptibility to these things!

  27. vinayak paluskar says:

    gravity is not a saperate fource,but it is impact of other three fources which are wornking in each is depend on quantity of can not create anergy but use energy.we can’t saperate gravity from mass,i.e.smallest particle of atoms also have gavity.we can’t create new mass so we can’t create new gravity.
    your expirimet is possible becouse so many misteries hidden in gravity.

  28. Noah Gilbert Hunter says:

    Go and experience this yourself. Don’t bother criticizing about this video, it’s useless.

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