Sunday, December 1, 2019

House of Mystery

The Oregon Vortex is good kitschy fun. The cheese factor is near the top of the scale for this attraction, but it's done with such sincerity and earnestness that my wife and I just went with it and had fun.

Located (sort of) deep in the woods it's essentially a series of optical illusions that appear to show people changing height based on where they stand at the various stops of the tour. The centerpiece is this wonky house (aka The House of Mystery) where there are no right angles. Everything... walls, ceilings, floors... is tilted in strange ways, and both my wife and I found it disorienting when we were in it.

It's all attributed to a mysterious 'vortex' that exists here. Our energetic guide spent a lot of time tossing out some pseudo-science, even invoking Albert Einstein to explain it all.

As a physics major, I can tell you it's all nonsense, but the illusions themselves are pretty interesting. The house and the various walkways, upright posts, etc probably contribute to the optical illusions as everything is set at odd angles to everything else.

Inside Oregon's House of Mystery...
Apparently, the House of Mystery can cause you to sleep spontaneously...
In the photo above, it would seem that my wife is taller/larger than me despite the fact I'm about five inches taller than her.

Optical illusions in The Vortex...
Which version of my wife appears taller/larger? (I've added the white line to prove that both photos are at the same scale.) Most people think she appears larger in the top photo...

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