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Rated: E · Book · Educational · #2105953
One hundred facts that are interesting but ultimately useless.
#906310 added March 8, 2017 at 3:31pm
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Coral Castle
Coral Castle
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Coral Castle is a landmark in southern Florida made chiefly from massive blocks of coral- and oolite-limestone. The castle was designed, quarried, and constructed by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin, who would continue to work on the structure from the 1920s until his death in 1951.

The site is the subject of much speculation. Throughout his lifetime, Leedskalnin was notoriously evasive about how he was able to extract and manipulate more than a thousand tons of solid limestone with no apparent help. Urban legend suggests he was capable of levitating the stones through a deep understanding of magnetism. Leedskalnin himself had alternatively credited magnetism, proper applications of weight and leverage, or a tool called a "perpetual motion holder".

It is commonly believed that the structure was built as Leedskalnin's way of coping with a broken engagement before he left Latvia, but again, he remained vague on any details.


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