Would you believe that a car can roll uphill when left in neutral? Or that pendulums, brooms and even people seem out of whack in certain places in the world? We’re taking a closer look at gravity hills and mystery spots to see what they are all about.
A little research shows that gravity hills, also called magnetic mountains, mystery spots, mystery mountains or spooky hills, continue to fascinate people all over the world. Numerous newspaper articles have been written over the last few decades; a Google search using any of the keywords throws up hundreds of thousands of results; there is a Wikipedia entry about the phenomenon; and various videos can be found on You Tube.
Pictured here is one such strange spot situated close to Hell’s Canyon, at the border of Oregon and Idaho. At the marked start line on a road that, as the picture above shows, goes slightly uphill, visitors leave their car in neutral, brake off, and soon witness the car moving uphill on its own, before stopping after a few metres.