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Postby speedmetal » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:17 am

I had an awesome birthday weekend. You made it very fun. Not mentioning that I won both sides despite your hole in ones you got. The birthday fairy was nice to me. Or you let me win either way I had a good time.
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Postby Electerik » Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:15 am

Emiroo wrote:I don't know how these hybrid photos work, but is it possible to re-edit this to make the train color too?


No, I don't think so. It wasn't done in camera, but with ACDSee (photo editing software).

And now (since you sort of asked), way too much information on how this photo came about!
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The original photo was quite interesting to begin with, with a sort of haze around the train/background.
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Just to see what would happen, I dialed down the color saturation, so that just the foreground was left with a hint of color. Which I thought looked kind of cool.
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Only then did it occur to me that I could jack the saturation back up, and it wouldn't affect the now-black-and-white-looking train. (I also cropped it, to remove the bits of color in the bottom right.)

This still isn't quite the final product, though. I think I sharpened it a bit, as well.

But yeah, I'm pretty proud of it, considering my relatively amateurish, low-tech approach.
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Postby beyondthepalace » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:57 pm

Amazing TR covering everything in that area. My wife and I are headed to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge the week after Turkey Day. Yes, a very weird time to go but am very excited for all the cheesy tourist goodness that we will encounter.
Headed to Nashville also, might have to detour to Sir Goony's!

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Postby Electerik » Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:12 pm

Guinness Book of Records, in Gatlinburg, is kind of like Ripley's Believe It Or Not, except less interesting. The problem, I think, is the concept itself. “Records” are just words on a piece of paper. It might be interesting that the greatest number of beers drank in a day is 119, but 119 empty beer bottles strewn around a really drunk-looking mannequin simply isn’t.

Actually, maybe that would be. They should have done that.
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The entrance does a pretty good job of conveying the randomness you will encounter within.
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You enter through the skeletal structure of a whale, or something.
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Placards mark recreations of various small “world’s largest” things.
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You push a button, hold you breath for as long as you can, then push another button, and it shows you how long you held your breath for.
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I guess they figure, if you paid $10 to get in here, you’ll believe anything.
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Megalodork!
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Space stairs. That you can sit on.
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World’s biggest some kind of tree, once.
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Misty is very impressed.
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FAIL
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Wait, ducks were on the ark? This is some kind of joke, right?
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Sports. (I think that runner dude is gonna run into that hurdle.)
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The current “dislocated- shoulder discus” world champion.
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I’m...not really sure what’s going on here, to be honest.
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Well, that’s rather insensitive!
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I refuse to believe that Elvis owned a speedboat named, “Hound dog.”
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She looks really good, though.
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This would be a really good place for the drunk guy.
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$35 a pound is a lot and all, but really? That’s the record?
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If they’re so tall, why did they put them on pedestals?
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These are chairs.
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So, Guinness Book of Records takes a really wide view as to what qualifies as a record. Can you guess why the Batcave is here?
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Oooh, literature! This should be good!

I didn’t get a good photo of it, but on the wall in there are two placards. One says that the best selling book of all time is the Guinness Book of World Records. The other, that the best selling non-fiction book of all time is the bible. See if you can find at least two things wrong with that.
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The world’s most motorcycle- shaped advertisement.
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Okay, in all seriousness, I really have no idea what this is supposed to be. There’s no explanation given. It’s a car with a mummy in the back seat, and Elvis with a black box for a head on the hood.

Kicking the tires does nothing.

Just...fudge you, Guinness!
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If this update only consisted of one photo, this would be the one.
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Is it over?
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The exit dumps you at the back of a mall. But at least it was decorated for Christmas!

Perhaps I’m being too harsh on poor Guinness. It’s better than World of Illusions.

I guess.
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Postby crazydaveh » Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:19 pm

Wow...

That place looks like it too holds a record for "World's Biggest Place to Blow $10 in Five Minutes!"

Thanks again for the Smokey Mountain fun! Your reports are always fun to see.
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the ghost seems to think there is a "Donkey Fairy"
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Postby ratdogg68 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:16 am

I also love these reports. I have done a few of these, World of Illusions and Hauntings were some of the worst.

Keep taking us back to the Smokeys.
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Postby BeemerBoy » Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:43 am

I guarantee you that somewhere at this very moment in time there's a redneck emphatically telling a family member that Elvis was really killed by a black box that fell on his head, and subsequently driven into by a driver-less black car with a mummy in the back seat.

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:45 am

You do us such a service with this thread, Erik. Just wow... =)
We almost did Guinness Records but didn't have time after Ripley's.

So far MagiQuest and Dollywood Splash Country are my favorites among all these.

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Postby Brandy524 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:03 pm

Wow, just fascinating...really. You may have wasted $10, but at least you saved all of us from wasting it in the future, so it's for the greater good.

I'm looking forward to your report from the Titanic Museum when it opens. I am totally fascinated by the Titantic and quite possibly will make a trip just to see this museum. I've seen the traveling exhibit once and it was incredible.

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Postby SharkTums » Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:42 pm

Very disappointing indeed.

I'm also looking forward to the Titanic Update as we'll be in alternate universe Pigeon Forge (aka Branson) next year and staying right next to the Titanic Place!

Thanks for this ongoing report, love it!

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