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Can you help me and Allie an Lefteh identify a town from a photo?

Asked by ryanpowell (532 points ) July 13th, 2009

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/67/162134757_4f6edd2950.jpg

We are curious what this city is. I think it is in the midwest. But we would like to know.

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chelseababyy's avatar

It kind of looks like something in Virgina, hmm I will think more tho.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Based on the lightning, I would guess that the town is somewhere in Zeus’s kingdom. And they have angered him.

augustlan's avatar

Great pic. Could it be Chicago?

chelseababyy's avatar

Maybe Columbus, OH?

lefteh's avatar

Hey, I live in Columbus!

Anyway, I have solved the mystery! It is Ottawa, ON.

Darwin's avatar

Thought it looked familiar. Sort of

jonsblond's avatar

Not Chicago. Omaha maybe?

damn! should read previous posts. got the “o” right at least.

dalepetrie's avatar

I’m glad you found it because I was only able to tell that it was clearly not Minneapolis (because of the lack of a building with a big round top that looks like a plate), St. Paul (because of the lack of a building with a big illuminated #1), and that it wasn’t Chicago (because of the lack of a building that looks like Batman’s hood). Beyond that I knew nothing.

tinyfaery's avatar

ryanpowell? Hmm…

wundayatta's avatar

Just curious—what were the search terms that enabled you to find that?

whatthefluther's avatar

@daloon….I love lightning photos like the one questioned so I googled “lightning over city”, went to “Images” and there it was in the middle of page 3 with a bunch of other neat shots.
See ya…..wtf

lefteh's avatar

I searched the image’s path (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/67/162134757_4f6edd2950.jpg).
After getting bounced from blog to blog, I came across its flickr page.

wundayatta's avatar

Neat. I find different people’s search strategies to be quite interesting. Sort of a window onto the thinking process. WTF thinks more like I do. @lefteh‘s approach is something I probably never would have thought of. Obviously, both work.

I wonder if we could design a question for people to find something fairly obscure, and ask them to log their search queries and paths, to see how they approach it? I mean, we could ask, but what would we ask them to search for?

Someone on Askville once asked what the names of the cheeses were in a poster. The poster was low resolution, so you couldn’t read it. I think I searched something like “cheese posters” and then searched through images. I found several, and one of them had a list of the cheeses.

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