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(Abc.net.au)   Australian man wins the first ever race up Taipei 101, the world's tallest skyscraper   (abc.net.au) divider line 37
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2005-11-20 10:01:36 AM
508 meters in 10.5 minutes? That's only 1.8 miles per hour, assuming I have my furlongs to Fahrenheit conversion correct.

What's that? Straight up? Oh.
 
2005-11-20 10:16:25 AM
I could have done it faster, but they probably would have disqualified me for using the elevator.
 
2005-11-20 10:19:15 AM
Uh, the CN tower in Toronto is still taller at 553 meters compared to this one which is 508 m.
Nice try though.
 
2005-11-20 10:23:35 AM
Too bad he's just going to get stuck on an island pushing a button every 108 minutes.
 
2005-11-20 10:39:38 AM
biffman: Uh, the CN tower in Toronto is still taller at 553 meters compared to this one which is 508 m.
Nice try though.


It must fall into a different classification for some reason because it's not even on most lists of the tallest skyscrapers.
http://www.skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?1241105
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyscraper
http://www.scaruffi.com/travel/skyscrap.html

Neither are structures like the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, or the Space Needle in Seattle. Possibly because they're really just tourist attractions and not functional office buildings? Just a guess.
 
2005-11-20 10:44:16 AM
He thereby earned the distinguished title of Stairmaster.
 
2005-11-20 10:45:42 AM
I always thought Australians exploded at altitude...
 
2005-11-20 10:56:39 AM
Epsilon
Yea, I guess it's because it isn't an office building that it gets ignored.
It does have a restaurant up there and an observation deck but it's main use is as a communication tower (and tourist attraction).
 
2005-11-20 12:48:32 PM
all I see are 8 "to go" boxes stacked up with a chopstick stickin out of it.

 
2005-11-20 01:47:29 PM
Uh, the Sears Tower is Taller, it has 110 fllor, this one only has 101. In fact, with the antennas it is 1,730 ft, which is taller than this junk in Taipei. I think the place in tronto is taller but since antennas don't count, but decorative spires do. Its BS.
 
2005-11-20 01:50:34 PM
Look at the wikipedia list of the worlds tallest structures. The first dozen or so are just television broadcast one's from the states. What the fark.
 
2005-11-20 01:51:50 PM
FeeltheIllinoise
Uh, the Sears Tower is Taller, it has 110 fllor, this one only has 101. In fact, with the antennas it is 1,730 ft, which is taller than this junk in Taipei. I think the place in tronto is taller but since antennas don't count, but decorative spires do. Its BS.

So what?

Impress us all by running up it.

/and jumping off
//I keed
 
2005-11-20 02:06:14 PM
most tall tv/broadcast towers are stayed with wires and don't count as "freestanding" structures, let alone buildings or skyscrapers.
 
2005-11-20 02:07:31 PM
Was it this guy?



/yeah i know he's not australian
 
2005-11-20 02:11:17 PM
This thread will turn into a pissing contest over which country has the biggest skyscraper in 3...2...1...
 
2005-11-20 02:17:18 PM
Mike Bolton

You're not the first person to look at it and see that.

Feeltheillinoise

Floor count has nothing to do with final building height. And Taipei 101 does have 101 above ground floors anyways. And what's tallest will soon all belong to one building, the Burj in Dubai. The top floor will be the heighest top floor in the world, the over all height will be the tallest and son on. Cool thing about it though, the architect, Adrian Smith, lives in Chicago.
 
2005-11-20 02:17:44 PM
Skyscrapers are measured to their highest habitable point, IIRC. Antennas don't count. The Sears Tower might have more floors than Taipei 101, but with their robot manhood chopped off, the Hong Kong building is taller.

If antennas are counted, TV towers will always win.
 
2005-11-20 02:21:26 PM
You know what's my favorite thing in the whole wide world? When an ill-informed Fark post starts with "Uh,"...

You can practically HEAR the sarcasm dripping from their voice!

And if it ends with "Nice try, though"? Well, that's just the icing on the cake! "Uh, nice try!" ROFL!!!

Look here: The CN Tower does not qualify because it is not primarly intended to be occupied by people. Case closed.

The Sears Tower has more floors? So what? That's not the issue. And yes, it is (I suppose) taller than Taipei 101 with its antennas. But antennas don't count because they're not a permanent part of the building. Spires count because they're part of the structure. Thus, because Taipei 101's spire reaches higher than the Sears Tower's actual structure, Taipei 101 wins.
 
2005-11-20 02:22:50 PM
The CN Tower isn't the tallest building, it's the tallest "Free-Standing Structure on Land". Also the tallest Tower, obviously. Buildings require floors and offices, whereas the CN Tower is mostly a concrete tube with the "building" portion on top. Not to take away from the CN Tower, it's an amazing architectural accomplishment especially considering it was made decades ago.

There's been a lot of controversy over the Sears Tower, and I'm sure the good people of Chicago are rightfully pissed off at first the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and then Taipei 101 in Taiwan, both of which are classed as being taller based on their "spires" even though the Sears Tower has both a higher antenna and more floors.

Here's a comparative montage of some tall buildings:

(Go to http://skyscraperpage.com/ for all sorts of diagrams and comparative illustrations of built and proposed skyscrapers in each city, it's like porn for architecture nerds)

But soon those crazy capitalists in Dubai are making a proper building even taller than the CN Tower. The proposed "Freedom Tower" replacing the WTC is also supposed to be pretty damn tall.

But still, high school kids in Toronto climb up the CN Tower every year in huge groups for charity, so it's not the actual accomplishment of making it up that's impressive it's just the speed
 
2005-11-20 02:29:42 PM
You are not a true athlete until you climb up it on the outside ...ala french spiderman

 
2005-11-20 02:30:59 PM
Universe Man

You know what's my favorite thing in the whole wide world? When an ill-informed Fark post starts with "Uh,"...

You can practically HEAR the sarcasm dripping from their voice!

And if it ends with "Nice try, though"? Well, that's just the icing on the cake! "Uh, nice try!" ROFL!!!


Riiiiightttt...well why dont you keep telling yourself that or read a book sometime. I'll just smile and nod and wave buh-bye to you while you screw your had back on in your own little world.

/I got no idea what I'm typing
/juvenile troller :O
 
2005-11-20 02:46:51 PM
The CN tower has 1776 steps (as opposed to 2046 for this skyscraper) and they have a charity climb every year. I did it a few years ago and nearly died.

However, I wish they had prize money like this for the CN tower climb!!! A friend of mine from school won the competition last year, climbing the tower in like 7 or 8 minutes (I took 30). I should tell him about this competition:)
 
2005-11-20 02:50:49 PM
Can someone explain to me why nearly all the tags are news logos? Such as the tag for this article?

/didn't rtfa
 
2005-11-20 02:50:58 PM
The 508-metre Taipei 101, which cost billions to build,

That's some journalism, right there. I'm surprised that the tower wasn't "dozens of stories tall".
 
2005-11-20 02:54:50 PM
chillybasen

That guy is just awesome, also totally insane, he'll climb anything but never uses any safety gear.
 
2005-11-20 03:03:52 PM

Chicago doesn't care how tall your building is. Our skyscraper has ruled for the last 30 years (props to New York), and we know there will eventually be a better building built, but I have to say what is up there now does not impress us.

 
2005-11-20 03:15:22 PM
oh yeah and I wouldn't have made it past the 6th floor.
 
2005-11-20 03:22:34 PM
Roof Height: Taipei 101 = 448m, Sears = 442.3m
so it loses on roof height even though it has 7 more floors.

and if you want to get really technical, Petronas have a "roof height" of 452m but it's not really a roof

and then there's this:
Taipei 101, whose pinnacle reached full height on Oct. 9, 2003, is currently the official world's tallest building in the categories of highest structurally, highest roof, and highest occupied floor. The Sears Tower in Chicago holds the fourth category of overall height.
 
2005-11-20 04:30:14 PM
Call me when they have a contest of who can get to the bottom of the tower from the top the fastest.
/ 32 feet per second per second
// yes, I know the formula only works in a vacuum..
 
2005-11-20 06:06:13 PM
winning 200,000 Taiwanese dollars or $A8,111.

Bwahahaahahaha
 
2005-11-20 06:38:12 PM
FeeltheIllinoise

You are a moron. Just because the Sears has more floors doesn't mean that it's taller.

http://www.emporis.com/en/bu/sk/st/tp/wo/
 
2005-11-20 06:38:57 PM
Universe Man

uh, You know what i like. Smart ass posts that try to sound eloquent and intelligent. Ill informed? You can check the facts in my post, they are all true.

Dumbass
 
2005-11-20 08:13:39 PM
All those new skyscrapers in China - we paid for them by shopping at Walmart
 
2005-11-21 01:35:53 AM
woodstock94

/ 32 feet per second per second
// yes, I know the formula only works in a vacuum..

Not to mention air resistance will limit the terminal
velocity long before reaching the ground. But don't
worry, its not the speed that gets you.
 
2005-11-21 02:05:14 AM
wtf, they finished taipei 101?
 
2005-11-21 04:42:00 AM
tomatoboy

I always thought Australians exploded at altitude...

We had a national news anchor climb Killimanjero a few weeks back and he didn't explode. If any Aussie is gonna explode at altitude, it's Kochie.
 
2005-11-21 11:31:03 AM
"Kong not available for comment."
 
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