What are these structures?

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orionz06
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What are they? I see them on the Riverfront Trail and in Millvale.


ejwme
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gnat highrises?

bee condos?

looks like the wooden structure at the bottom has places where convenient educational PSA posters could be posted.

I need to ride the trails more.


mark
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if there is a pipe coming up the middle they are probably just chimneys for something nasty to get it over peoples level of air consumption


orionz06
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Looks like there is thought for posters, but there is no other tell tale signs of it being anything.

There does not appear to be anything burning in them either.


erok
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it’s..so..beautiful


RoadKillen
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Thats where you’re supposed to go when you need to pass gas.

Mark is correct about the chimney and people’s air consumption.


Adam
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It is Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s model “Home of the Future”

In order to reduce your bullshit “carbon footprint” — once the banksters get done stealing everyone’s homes and throw is out in the streets, these will be provided by FEMA as a solution to the housing problem.

Current homes will be bull-dozed where 10 to 20 of these units can be installed in the place of each existing home.

This model shown is the “family of four” model, and will only cost the new home-owner $250,000 with a government subsidized and guaranteed loan to all the people who’ve had their homes foreclosed on (including those who did not have a mortgage with said bank).


BradQ
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Oh boy.


dbacklover
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I dont know about anyone else but im picking up just a little bit of hostility in this thread…

Might just be me


ejwme
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Perhaps they’re a device planted by alien forces to sow the seeds of discontent and drive us apart just when we need to stand unified as one sentient species against the invading alien hoards. Like the Spanish and the Incan in-fighting, except with more inter-stellar death rays and less corn and chocolate.


reddan
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That is an amaizing hypothesis, ejwme. Perhaps they’ve placed moles amongst us, even as we speak.

The very thought makes me shiver…I should put on a coatl.


Mick
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A line from one of Carlos Casteneda’s reather silly books that impressed me:

“When you walk down a busy city street, you don’t really believe everyone you see is a human being, do you?”

Substitute “flock of cycles” for “busy city street” and we might really have something here.


ejwme
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If we’ve really become overrun by moles, we need to mount sonic chasers to Nick’s tall-bike, to keep them from undermining our bike trails and taking over Flock.

But if instead they’re voles, we may just all have to do several Alley Cats until they’re hunted from our midst. (Sorry Pierce!).


ajbooth
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Clearly, it is a eludium pu36 explosive space modulator.


orionz06
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I have just been told it is a bat house, contrary to popular belief.


dbacklover
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I for one welcome our future dark overlords…. only if they bring Corn and Chocolate, sinec i am now convinced that the lack of corn and Chocolate was the true cause of the bad things in the world.

besides chicks dig corn and chocolate.


Greasefoot
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yea a bat house…that’s what Skynet wants you to believe


Pseudacris
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It would be pretty awesome if those are bat houses: they look about the right height and design. (bat house + community bulletin board?)

All the clouds of gnats should be quaking in their little gnat boots. And hopefully some bats will have new homes that don’t have the nose fungus in them yet.

I hope it really is a bat house!!!

[edit] Here’s a bat house project some friends of mine did in Urbana.


alnilam
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now that people have caught on to chemtrails from planes, THEY had to look to other means to disperse their chemicals.

looks like their new tactic is hiding in plane sight.

…or an eludium space modulator, thank you ajbooth.


ejwme
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oh nos… they’ve figured out how to mount tiny eludium pu36 space modulators onto bats – hide your corn! hide your chocolate!


Mick
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Corn and Chocolate, sinec i am now convinced that the lack of corn and Chocolate was the true cause of the bad things in the world.

You guys keep neglecting coca leaves and potatoes.


Pseudacris
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from the chocolate swirl blog. probably loaded with corn syrup.


ejwme
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Good point Mick, we should hide those too. Voles will definitely destroy the potatos, and the bats may steal them to make batteries to run their eludium pu36 space modulators. Perhaps if we sacrifice some coca leaves to distract the bats we can safely escape.

edited to add – pseudachris, you are brilliant. Of course cupcakes are the answer. We’re saved. To the bakery!


reddan
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Alien invasion, oh my stars and garters.

“All your bats are belong to us.”


caitlin
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looks like a bat house to me.

looks like the thread figured that out.


Mick
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Is the Batman production still in town?

Just asking.


RoadKillen
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I never thought I’d see a bat house with vinyl siding.


orionz06
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I always figured they preferred stone, but we do know that a vinyl sided house is significantly cheaper.


Pseudacris
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Maybe the vinyl siding is creative reuse of Katrina-era FEMA trailers?


sloaps
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i cant wait to see piles of bat shit at the base of these things – lovely aroma for a sunday ride.

when pursued by rabid geese, at least i’ll have another option to throw at them.


ejwme
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isn’t bat poo worth a lot of money? Either as a fertilizer or explosive or energy drink additive or something? I thought there were islands of disputed ownership of this stuff in some ocean somewhere that cause a war in the 80’s…

I think I’ve confused about 7 different pieces of trivia there.


sloaps
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yeah, i think that was the subplot in Ace Ventura 2.


reddan
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“Sub-plot” implies the existence of a “primary plot.” I don’t think we’re talking about the same movie here.


mark
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“Pittsburgh trails pay for themselves through bat poo sales”


StuInMcCandless
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<snark>The vinyl siding is there for the bats. They live between the siding and the structure.</snark>

Actually I thought it was a new cell phone tower.


Steven
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A cell phone tower would normally need wires for power and signal, no? I don’t see any in the picture.

If it’s an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, perhaps the recent earthquake was Mars’s first attempt at an Earth-shattering kaboom.

I hope it’s a bat-house though. Just imagine: Bruce Wayne’s out on the trail, and the bugs are swarming. He ducks into the structure like it was a phone booth, emerging a moment later as Batman, and immediately starts chowing down on those pesky insects.

The recent films do a fine job on Batman’s crime-fighting role, but skip right over his important insect control duties. Not to mention valuable bat guano production.


Swalfoort
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Sorry to say, it does not appear that Pittsburgh will become the next Nauru (to bad, which is sort of too bad as Nauru has some awesome surfing locations).

The Friends of the Riverfront report that these are Chimney Swift towers, not bat houses.

The good news is, they eat a lot of insects.


Swalfoort
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I found this on a website called learningthebirds.com:

If I had a soap box, I’d get on top and urge everyone in earshot to build a Chimney Swift tower. More Chimney Swifts in the world mean fewer mosquitoes, and Chimney Swift towers provide these birds with the nesting sites they need to survive in a world with fewer and fewer chimneys.

The insect-eating Chimney Swift is a beneficial bird something like a swallow but unable to stand, walk, hop, or perch. They spend most of their lives flying or clinging to the sides of things. Hollow things.

Like hollow trees, but since hollow trees are rare these days, chimneys have taken their place. Modern Chimney Swifts have been roosting and nesting in chimneys for hundreds of years, and thus the name. Unfortunately, chimneys aren’t all that common anymore, at least Swift-friendly chimneys are not. The newer models are lined with metal, or capped with grates, which means that Chimney Swifts are running out of places to take their much needed rest.

“Why should we care?” I hear you ask. That’s a good question. Chimney Swifts are unspectacular birds — average-sized, oddly made, and uniformly dark in color — but they do consume insects at a prodigious pace. They do much good and cause little trouble, and anywhere there are twittering Chimney Swifts there are fewer flies and mosquitoes.

Chimney Swifts leave very little imprint on our human world. Because they don’t perch, they make no mess to speak of and spend most of their time patrolling the upper altitudes in search of bugs. All they ask of a chimney owner is to refrain from summer fires and keep a clean chimney, actions beneficial to swifts and humans alike.

During migration, the sight of a flock of Chimney Swifts spiraling down into an open chimney is an awesome sight. But in that critical time of year when they breed and raise their young, a pair of Chimney Swifts takes sole possession of a chimney. So for each breeding pair, there needs to be one Chimney-Swift-friendly chimney. And that is the problem.

Since the 1980s, Chimney Swift populations have been declining. New chimney designs and overzealous homeowners have combined forces to make modern houses critter-free, to the detriment of Chimney Swifts. In an effort to boost swift numbers, Texas conservationists Paul and Georgean Kyle have written a practical book called “Chimney Swift Towers” which describes in detail how to construct nesting towers for these beneficial birds.

Such towers need not be large — eight feet of vertical space will serve, and a 14-inch diameter allows the swifts to fly up and down inside. Some towers are freestanding, others attach to other buildings. Some use wood, others use cinder-blocks — all need a degree of insulation and protection from predators — and plans for every contingency are found in the Kyle’s useful book. Some of the most compelling designs involve urban structures like bill-boards and shopping malls, where towers are incorporated into the building design.

Once a tower is built, the hard work is done. “What of the mess?!?” I hear you say. Well, there’s hardly any mess and clean-up happens only once a year when the swifts have gone. One might even say that Chimney Swift towers are the lazy person’s purple martin house, as a tower landlord mostly sits back and listens to the happy sound of swifts as they patrol the upper atmosphere for bugs.

If you have a swift-friendly chimney, close your damper in spring to prevent a nesting swift from wandering into the house, and refrain from using your fireplace until summer is over. And keep your chimney clean — creosote buildup can interfere with successful nesting.

If you’re an architect or a city planner, consider including hollow masonry towers into your next project, for swifts are at home in an urban environment, and wherever there are swifts there are fewer mosquitoes.

To build your own Chimney Swift tower, or to learn more about Chimney Swifts, go to chimneyswifts.org, where you’ll find information, the book “Chimney Swift Towers,” and other worthy books and publications. Making a home for Chimney Swifts will make your own home a nicer place to be.


ejwme
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they sound like awesome birds (and I normally object to all birds, so that’s saying something). So how does one ensure the tenants are chimney swifts, and not wasps? I guess I need to find the book at the library.


orionz06
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I guess that explains why no bats came out when I flashed the bat signal… Oh well.

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