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(Daily Mail)   One-hundred-foot section of the Great Wall of China collapses, Mongolians take note   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 109
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2012-08-09 09:59:14 AM

BigNumber12: Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,


Blatant stupidity becomes truth if repeated enough, right?


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I see a couple of million of them right there...
 
2012-08-09 10:28:57 AM

ManRay: [go.sky.com image 450x250]

You can see it for miles. Like, it goes over the hills and stuff ....but so does the M6


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i've always wanted to ride a Segway on the wall (not really i'd probably run cause my body fat is 34%)
 
2012-08-09 10:44:08 AM

JustinCase: elffster: It needs a Wal-Mart

The Forbidden City has had a Starbucks for a while now. I think they had to close it recently.

Also there is a kentucky fried chicken or some such, approximately 50 yards from the nose of the sphinx in egypt.

Note to travelers: if you spent the time and money and effort to get some place - get your ass up outta bed early in the morning and get to the tourist site about 5 or 6am, that way you are almost alone.


No Starbucks in the Forbidden City, there was, however, a basketball court set up there when I was there a month and a half ago.

You're right about getting to tourist places super-early. You either have to do that or arrive just before closing to beat the crowds. When I went to Angkor Wat I dragged myself out to get there at 5 am for the sunrise, then had all of the main sites almost entirely to myself.
 
2012-08-09 10:52:31 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: i've always wanted to ride a Segway on the wall (not really i'd probably run cause my body fat is 34%)


Well, you can't, because the whole thing is essentially a lot of stairs. And we're talking steep stairs, too, like each step is a foot high kind of stairs.
 
2012-08-09 11:19:25 AM

Allen262: FriarReb98: sno man: And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."

And I bet he was really squinting, too.

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2012-08-09 11:30:32 AM
Jerry Lee Lewis not available for commen...Wait, Great WALLS...nevermind.
 
2012-08-09 12:54:28 PM
This is only a bit off topic:

I remember reading a long time ago that one of the Great Wall architects drew up plans for one of the forts along the wall and ordered exactly how many bricks he would need to complete the project. The Emperor (whoever it was at the time) insisted he order more bricks as he was sure there was no way the architect could be so precise. So he ordered one extra brick and at the end of the project, mounted the extra brick right over the entrance.

Sounds like BS folklore or something. Anyone familiar with the story? I'd love a source to read up on it a bit.
 
2012-08-09 01:05:38 PM
When you think about it, that dirt that was used to fill the wall hasn't seen the light of day for centuries.
 
2012-08-09 04:51:01 PM

RexTalionis: The original Great Wall dates back to seventh century China, but the section in Zhangjiakou was rebuilt more than 500 years ago in 1484 during the Ming Dynasty.

The original Great Wall started construction in 220 BC, not 7th Century China.

Still one of the only man made objects visible from space, the wall is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials.

No, it isn't.


This really, really bothers me. I used to travel to China fairly regularly, and whenever it would come up in conversation, some jackass would chime in saying that. No. No you can't. You can barely see it from the plane. If you could see the great wall from space, you'd also be able to see every road and every river. And you can't.

Please stop making the world dumber.
 
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