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Mysteriously Uncountable
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This is some landscape feature whose parts cannot be counted accurately, thereby revealing its occult status. This is often — but not always — a stone circle or similar monument.

Compare Alien Geometries.

Examples

Literature
  • Winnie-the-Pooh has an uncountable circle of trees.
  • Wyrd Sisters parodies this:
    The stone was about the same height as a tall man, and made of a bluish tinted rock. It was considered intensely magical because, although there was only one of it, no-one had ever been able to count it; if it saw anyone looking at it speculatively, it shuffled behind them. It was the most self-effacing monolith ever discovered.
  • In the Wayside School books, the school's steps work this way.

Live-Action TV
  • The Doctor Who story "The Stones of Blood", filmed on location at the Rollright Stones, is about a stone circle which is called the Nine Travelers even though there aren't actually nine of them.

Video Games

Real Life
  • The Ur-Example is probably the Rollright Stones, to which local folklore famously attributes this property. For the record, there are currently 82 of them standing, though there were probably quite a few more originally.


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