San Francisco's steep hills


32 Responses to “San Francisco's steep hills”

  1. Antinous / Moderator says:

    You get a similar feeling if you ride the cog railway up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. You go by a house that seems to be at a 45° angle.

  2. nate_freewheel says:

    And some stubborn cyclist rides his fixed gear up that thing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The trick also works mighty fine with escalators. (from the Dutch film Abel)

  4. ackpht says:

    Clearly that’s in SF- there are no empty parking spaces.

  5. Anonymous says:

    omg ahaha! xD

  6. Donald Petersen says:

    I once installed a Chevy 350 V8 and overdrive transmission into a Jaguar XJ6, a fairly common engine swap. Since the Jags have two gas tanks (one behind each rear fender), and you switch between the two with an electric solenoid once one of the tanks gets low, the conversion manual recommends you eliminate the sometimes-flaky solenoid and just tee the tanks, so they drain simultaneously, thus preserving side-to-side weight balance and eliminating one more electrical doohickey (or dingus) that’s apt to go bad sooner or later in a Jag.

    However, the manual specifically recommends that residents of San Francisco do not tee their gas tanks, because of parking situations like the one pictured above. If both tanks could flow freely to each other, when parked in front of that building a Jaguar with full gas tanks would begin leaking copious amounts of fuel from the driver’s side gas cap, since the passenger-side tank would be substantially higher.

    So. Be warned, y’all.

  7. Ant says:

    I still remember Mystery Spot. :D

  8. Lonbud says:

    That house can’t be in San Francisco, it’s leaning to the Right.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Only been to SF once but I missed that awesome street. Fabulous photo!

  10. RedShirt77 says:

    What is so strange is getting in a car at this angle. You get the real feeling that you could easily roll the car over since the passanger side roof is directly above the drive side wheels

  11. DJBudSonic says:

    I wonder about the life expectancy of the car engines… it seems that all the fluids would build up in the wrong places from sitting like that all the time.

    • Ugly Canuck says:

      Hey yeah…How come cars aren’t designed to be more like people, for whom gravity is not essential for physical well-being – not for even one bio-function?

      I wonder…what would a gravity-dependent physiological function look like, and how operate?
      OTOH I suppose that such a limitation would not become apparent until that organism tried to change its gravitational environment.

      Those early astronauts were pretty brave, eh?

      • Anonymous says:

        This was a great worry for the early astronauts, and is discussed at length in Mary Roach’s book “Packing For Mars”.

      • SamSam says:

        Actually, most birds are dependent on gravity to swallow. Their throats don’t do peristalsis, so they are just gravity chutes. Apparently NASA wasn’t aware of this for some of the early test flights, and so the birds that had gone up in an early experimental rocket died of thirst.

        So that’s an example of a gravity-dependent physiological function.

  12. alrdesign says:

    Here’s one of me from a few years ago on a hill where I’m told cars won’t start if there isn’t enough gas in them since they’re tilted so severely…

  13. Anonymous says:

    This picture is a fake. No home in San Francisco leans to the right!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Good thing it doesn’t snow in San Francisco. Yeeesh!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a screencap I got from this page:


  16. Harold Pomeroy says:

    This works, if you aren’t used to noticing trees. Those trunks ought to get photoshopped out.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Damn, that looks a little like upper Lombard (Russian Hill).
    Between Hyde and Van Ness. I swear you should be able to tip over those cars single-handed. I watched a firetruck crew actually safety block -every- tire on the rig. Wondered why they didn’t tie out to a couple of big rock climbing pins at the same time…

  18. candycritic says:

    This trick works really well for people as well. This is a photo of my wife from our photo site. One person commented that it looks a little Micheal Jackson “Smooth Criminal”.

  19. halfacre says:

    Seriously brilliant idea.

  20. Anonymous says:

    LOVE that picture! I’d like to see it turned the other way, to compare.

  21. Anonymous says:

    It’s funny how the cars are tilted in the other direction because of gravity. My mind is blown for the day :)

  22. Quaternion says:

    Not ADA compliant.

  23. Anonymous says:

    By brain can’t handle this. I come from a town where the biggest hill used to be a garbage dump and there’s no other road surface than “flat, but with potholes”

  24. francoisroux says:

    Holy crap, that picture makes my head spin…hahaha

    At first you think it’s one of those funny Dutch houses again, but then you read the text, but “does not compute”, and then you notice the trees also growing skew. Then it does compute, but your mind still plays tricks on you…

    Such a cool picture, good find!!!

  25. g0d5m15t4k3 says:

    Awesome photo. I also enjoy the other commentor’s photos. Made my day!

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