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Friday, August 31, 2012

Yankees, Red Sox Rivalry on Display at Lyman Orchards’ Corn Maze

Bucky Dent corn: A message. A warning. A sign…of things that used to be.

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The 13th Annual Corn Maze at Lyman Orchards kicks off this Saturday, September 1 at 10:00 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony fit for fans of two of America’s favorite pastimes: the great sport of baseball and getting lost just for the fun of it.

Designed by the country’s leading agricultural maze designer, Brett Herbst, the Maze is grown and cut into a four-acre field of giant corn, featuring the logos of the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox cut into twisting and winding pathways. The Corn Maze is within a few miles of the actual geographical and emotional center of this historic rivalry.

Visitors wandering through the Maze will enjoy fun baseball trivia and tests their knowledge of Yankees and Red Sox history with special questions that may provide clues to the Maze’s exit.

...“The corn maze has become one of Connecticut’s most visited seasonal attractions.” according to Lyman. “This uniquely disorienting experience has been enjoyed by more than 350,000 visitors since it’s inception in 2000. We are thrilled to partner with Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

 

Repoz Posted: August 31, 2012 at 05:58 AM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. AROM Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:25 AM (#4223333)
Good god, look what the 2nd wild card hath wrought: this weekend I will be rooting for the Red Sox.
   2. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:43 AM (#4223350)
As far as I can tell, there's no way out of this maze...which is appropriate, considering it's the Yankees and Red Sox.
   3. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:52 AM (#4223360)
That is stunning. How does someone accomplish that with absolutely no perspective? It's not like he's looking down on it as he creates it, he's in the middle of the thing.
   4. depletion Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:55 AM (#4223362)
That is stunning. How does someone accomplish that with absolutely no perspective? It's not like he's looking down on it as he creates it, he's in the middle of the thing.

steroids.
   5. Bowling Baseball Fan Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:56 AM (#4223364)
I found a couple paths out. You can get out without ever getting to the Sox logo.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:18 AM (#4223371)
It's a pretty smooth shot if they turn the second gate the other way.

Or you can walk along the road all the way, which is basically skipping the maze part.

Why would there be no way into the Red Sox logo? Makes no sense.
   7. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:23 AM (#4223380)
I'm w/ you, Jose.
   8. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:31 AM (#4223385)
And BBF has me confounded. I've spent a good portion of my morning trying to find a way out and I'm not even getting close.
   9. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:43 AM (#4223394)
And BBF has me confounded. I've spent a good portion of my morning trying to find a way out and I'm not even getting close.


I assume there are three ingress/egress ports on the top. Enter at the top of the "L", follow the course around until you get to the bat in the Yankee logo. Take the bat to the hat, then around to the right side of the hat, up to the top middle where you take what looks like a bridge towards the words. Take the A and the R, up to the A, M, and Y, and out.

edit: That's the first one I found. There are many other variations. If you get into the Red Sox logo, just make your way to the perimeter ( it had to be done through the "E" and "D" in RED), get to the maze at the 1 O'Clock position, make you way up the the "S" in Orchards, and out.
   10. DKDC Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:50 AM (#4223398)
That is stunning. How does someone accomplish that with absolutely no perspective? It's not like he's looking down on it as he creates it, he's in the middle of the thing.


I'm pretty sure they sell giant corn maze stencils on shop.mlb.com.
   11. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4223403)
Am I looking at it wrong? It looks to me like the bat is completely blocked off, there doesn't seem to be any exit from the bat except at the knob.
   12. DKDC Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4223410)
The yellow is the path, the green is the corn.
   13. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4223411)
Am I looking at it wrong? It looks to me like the bat is completely blocked off, there doesn't seem to be any exit from the bat except at the knob.


You must be. You can exit the bat from 3 different places: near the bottom onto the perimeter circle, near the top onto the "ees" of Yankees, and at the top left onto the brim of the hat. And of those choices will eventually lead you out.

edit> You can also exit the bat onto the "n", and at the bottom left onto the perimeter circle. Either of those will work as well.
   14. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM (#4223416)
The yellow is the path, the green is the corn.


Yeah, well, that would do it.
   15. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:05 AM (#4223431)
The yellow is the path, the green is the corn.


Found my problem.
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM (#4223455)
Found my problem.


I couldn't figure out how it was so complicated. That would explain it.

Why would there be no way into the Red Sox logo? Makes no sense.


Because they want to make money off the thing, and having a second place where someone(s) would have to man would cut into their margins.

   17. philly Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:30 AM (#4223466)
Lyman Orchards fresh apple cider is absolutely delicious and one of the best things about fall in CT.
   18. DKDC Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM (#4223496)
Why would there be no way into the Red Sox logo? Makes no sense.

Because they want to make money off the thing, and having a second place where someone(s) would have to man would cut into their margins.


I think you mean fourth place?
   19. Tippecanoe Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM (#4223502)
How does someone accomplish that with absolutely no perspective?


I believe that there is commercial software that let's you map out a design. It connects to GPS.
   20. SoSH U at work Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:50 AM (#4223507)


I think you mean fourth place?


Yeah, how pathetic are the Jays?

   21. DKDC Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM (#4223526)
I believe that there is commercial software that let's you map out a design. It connects to GPS.


I'm imagining that you plant a full field and then unleash a pre-programmed Roomba tractor to do the dirty work.
   22. asinwreck Posted: August 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM (#4223537)
"The 2012 Boston Red Sox: Getting lost just for the fun of it!"
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: August 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4223592)
Even though it's only tied for the second best rivalry in baseball(with the Cards/Cubs) it's great to see what something like this coming out of that rivalry.
   24. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4223754)
I believe that there is commercial software that let's you map out a design. It connects to GPS.

I wonder how well that would work. GPS' accuracy has limits, does it not? This thing is crisp.
   25. Tippecanoe Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4223762)
Not sure how it works, I've not done any maze-building myself. As you point out, it would be surprising if it removed skill entirely from the process.
   26. Rants Mulliniks Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4223767)
I believe that there is commercial software that let's you map out a design. It connects to GPS.


That's how they do it, I know a land surveyor who lays out a maze every year in a cornfield not far from me. The GPS devices they use are accurate to about a centimeter.
   27. Rants Mulliniks Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4223771)
Also, I'm 99% sure that the pic in the article is a computer rendering superimposed over the photo, probably done for promotional purposes before the mazer grew in. The real ones look more like this.
   28. SoSH U at work Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4223772)
I wonder how well that would work. GPS' accuracy has limits, does it not? This thing is crisp.


I'm not sure it's a photo and not an illustration of what the maze will look like.

That being said, you'd be amazed at how advanced the technology is on farm equipment. The corn itself would make the crisp edges impossible, but I have no doubt the equipment can cut it that accurately.

   29. The District Attorney Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4223783)
Well, how'd they do it before that? :)
   30. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4223784)
That's how they do it, I know a land surveyor who lays out a maze every year in a cornfield not far from me. The GPS devices they use are accurate to about a centimeter.

Thanks for that; I had no idea such things existed, but it makes a lot of sense.
   31. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4223795)
Well, how'd they do it before that? :)


Poorly.

The GPS devices they use are accurate to about a centimeter.


Makes you wonder why we had to send an actual person to shoot bin Laden.
   32. Rants Mulliniks Posted: August 31, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4223878)
Most large farms have GPS guided tractors now too, the drivers usually sleep while driving along the row (which might be half a mile long, so it would take 20-30 minutes) and then an alarm goes off to wake them up so they can turn the beast around and head back the other way.
   33. Tippecanoe Posted: August 31, 2012 at 03:05 PM (#4223883)
If their grandfathers could see them now. I guess we do more manure-shoveling here at BTF than the average farmer.
   34. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 03:16 PM (#4223899)
Most large farms have GPS guided tractors now too, the drivers usually sleep while driving along the row (which might be half a mile long, so it would take 20-30 minutes) and then an alarm goes off to wake them up so they can turn the beast around and head back the other way.


Just sit back and feel your ass spread!
   35. Poster Nutbag Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4223969)
The overhead view is of me in a maze
And you see what I'm hunting a few steps away
But I take a wrong turn and I'm on the wrong path
And the people all watching enjoy a good laugh
Embarrassed with failure, I try to reverse
The course that my tread had already traversed
So doing the trauma engulfing my dream
Invaded through what was an unguarded seam
The torrent of helplessness swept me away
To the cavern of shame and the hall of dismay
Inside me a voice was repeating the phrase

'You lost it, you'll never get out of this maze'

   36. silhouetted by the sea Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4224006)
[quoteMakes you wonder why we had to send an actual person to shoot bin Laden.]

They talked about sending a drone, but they wanted proof that it was him.
   37. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 31, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4224036)
Simplest maze solution: just follow C.C. and Ortiz as they eat a direct pathway out.
   38. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 06:13 PM (#4224062)
#37 wins.

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