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Nov 06 2009

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Glass box/The Sears Tower

Sears Tower-Highest Glass Floor in the World

 

      If you're afraid of heights, it may be time to look away now.
 
      Not content with having the tallest building in America , the owners of 
       Sears Tower in Chicago have installed four glass box viewing platforms which  stick out of the building 103 floors up.
The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four  feet from the building's Skydeck.


 


 
      Floating on air: Visitors get their first view from The Ledge, four 
glass balconies suspended from the 103rd floor of Chicago 's Sears Tower …


 


 
      Designers say the platforms – collectively dubbed The Ledge – have 
been purposely designed to make visitors feel as they are floating above the 
city.
      The reward is unobstructed views of Chicago from the building's west 
side and a heart-stopping vista of the street and Chicago River below – for 
those brave enough to look straight down.
      'It's like walking on ice,' visitor Margaret Kemp, from Bishop, 
California said. 'The first step you take you think "Am I going down?"'


 

Long way up: Even the floor of the platforms are glass – few were 
brave enough to look straight down.
 
 
 
 


 

 Fearless: Anna Kane, five, spreads out on the floor of the 10ft square  box which is 1,353ft up.

Spectacular: She also enjoyed amazing views out across the city


 


 
 
 
 Unfazed: Although some adults felt dizzy after experiencing the Ledge, 
children seemed to take it in their stride.

 

  


 
      'At first I was kind of afraid but I got used to it,' 10-year-old Adam 
Kane from Alton , Illinois , said as clouds drifted by below.
      'Look at all those tiny things that are usually huge.'
      John Huston, one of the owners of the Sears Tower, even admitted to 
getting 'a little queasy' the first time he ventured out on to the balcony. 
However, after 30 or 40 trips, he seems to have got used to it.


 


 

 
 
      Thrillseekers: The boxes jut out four feet from the building and were 
specifically designed to make visitors feel as if they are floating
 
 
 
      'The Sears Tower has always been about superlatives – tallest, 
largest, most iconic,' he said.
      'The Ledge is the world's most awesome view, the world's most 
precipitous view, the view with the most wow in the world.'
      The balconies are 10ft high and 10ft wide, can hold five tons, and 
have glass which is 1.5 inch thick.
 
      
 
      Inspiration came from the hundreds of forehead prints visitors left 
behind on Skydeck windows every week. Now, staff will have a new glass 
surface to clean: floors.
      Architect Ross Wimer said: 'We did studies that showed a 
four-foot-deep (1.2 metres) enclosure makes you feel like you're floating 
since there's only room for one row of people, not two.'
      The Skydeck attracts 25,000 visitors on clear days. They each pay $15 
to take an elevator ride up to the 103rd floor of the 110-story office 
building that opened in 1973.

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Oct 31 2009

Posted by under Humor,pictures

WHY DOGS LOATHE HALLOWEEN…

WHY DOGS LOATHE HALLOWEEN:
 
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Oct 28 2009

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Pork chops

PORK CHOPS

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cub's, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species, will take on the care of a different species. The only 'orphans' that could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops??

Take a look…

Now, please tell me one more time ………?

Why can't the rest of the world get along??

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Oct 26 2009

Posted by under Feel Good,pictures

Thirsty Koalas

AT 120 DEGREES IN AUSTRALIA , IT WAS SO HOT FOR A WEEK THAT KOALAS  WERE ASKING PEOPLE FOR WATER.  IT'S NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.


ONE WENT TO A HOUSE TO TRY TO HIDE FROM THE HEAT AND TO GET A BIT OF SHADE   AND HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE OWNER GAVE HIM SOMETHING TO DRINK.  IT'S REALLY CUTE.




"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened."

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