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The Mystery Spot of Lake George, NY

A number of years ago, while at a round table discussion of Acoustical Anomalies and Decibel Equations in Munich, I had the good fortune to met Professor Gregory Mauch. Mauch is well known for his radical theories on Atomic Distillation and the accompanying Gravitational Tempest. But during dinner he told me of a spot in New York State that the known laws of spatial time and acoustics did not apply.

“Balderdash,” I exclaimed!

Mauch smiled and poured another tequila.

He insisted that not only had he heard of such a place, but could give me the exact location. I was all inebriated ears. After telling me the coordinates, and I did the calculations, I realized that not only was this place in New York, but actually in downtown Lake George. I was stunned. This past year, following the tipsy bar napkin scribblings of Professor Mauch, the I went in search of this amazing spot. And, believe it or not, found it.

How could we miss? Walking up to the spot I saw a compass cut into the ground. A huge circle, it was obvious where one was to stand. Being the brave guy that I am, I told my friend to walk into the center first.

“Do you feel anything strange?” I asked. “If you do, get the hell out of there.”

“I don’t feel anything—wait, holy s%$t!, she blurted. “Come in here. You gotta hear this!”

I walked into the center and asked her what she’d heard, then I heard it as well. A glorious echo filled my ears. I yelled at the top of my lungs. A huge echo returned. Those standing outside the circle just heard my voice. The mysterious echo could only be heard from the center of the ring. How wonderful. Professor Mauch was right. Son of a gun!

I have done some research, but no one in Lake George is talking about this spot. Local Indian legend says that it was the spot that an ancient god called Katchalototail had appeared at a long time ago and since then his wisdom still echoes around the lake. Indian gods, spatial displacement, weird acoustics...whatever causes this strange ringing reverberating sound, it is pretty amazing.

So if your ever in the Lake George area, take a walk to the Mystery Spot. To find it you just have to head to where Canada Street and Million Dollar Beach come together. Walk east, along the lakeside of Million Dollar, for about a hundred feet or so and turn into the left, where the small stone wall offers a view of the lake. Look on the ground and you’ll see a giant ring that has a compass etched into it.

Walk to the center and start yelling your head off. –Dr. Seymour O’Life

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