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(Wired UK)   Why other countries are WAY cooler than us: A new bridge in the city of Da Nang is not only the largest steel arch bridge in Vietnam, but it is shaped like a dragon and actually shoots fire from its head   (wired.co.uk) divider line 9
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2013-04-11 12:36:51 PM
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It was designed by an American firm.  Get your American city with a river to buy one and you can have one too.
2013-04-11 12:25:03 PM
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The fire was cool and all but, I would have liked to seen the whole bridge either in daylight or lit up at night.
2013-04-11 02:43:23 PM
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Kevin72: ha-ha-guy: factoryconnection: Chariset: It was designed by an American firm.  Get your American city with a river to buy one and you can have one too.

It was designed by Americans to commemorate the liberation of the city of Da Nang from the... Americans.  I guess they're officially "over it."

Really they were "over it", roughly 5 minutes after we left and Vietnam had to return to worrying about China being a bunch of dicks and invading.  During my trips it seems most Vietnamese see the entire war as just business, they just happened to have the shiatty luck of hosting a US vs USSR proxy war.  They don't take it personally like they do some other countries attempts to colonize/annex them.

Although they do like to park American military equipment in front of all their government buildings just to show what they did accomplish.

/If you're America have no fears about going to Vietnam, they're much to busy making life hell for any Chinese who visit to bother you

Do you mean 1980? When China wanted to "teach Vietnam a lesson" for ending the Khmer Rouge genocide after they dared to attack VN in 1979? THAT 1980? When the Vietnamese kicked PLA butt so severely that they quit after 16 days with their tails between their legs? That China?


If you don't think that Vietnam is still worried about China even though they kicked their asses back then, I've got a fire breathing dragon bridge to sell you. Vietnam doesn't trust China in the slightest--part of the reason for the ass kicking they gave China was because they're like, "we beat the French, we beat the Japanese, we beat the Americans, but last time China invaded it took us a thousand years to get rid of them and we aren't going to do that again," Seriously, it's been over a thousand years since they kicked the Chinese out and that's still a bigger sore point than the French colonial era or the American war.

The whole reason that Vietnam allied itself with the Soviets and caused the US to freak out about the domino theory to begin with was because they needed some big power to play against the Chinese and the US wasn't interested. It's not an accident that they began normalizing relations with the US right after the Soviet Union broke up, it's because they need a superpower to be friends with that's not China. People in Vietnam are perpetually pissed at China for one thing or another (though mostly the Spratley islands shenanigans), want to rename the South China Sea the "Southeast Asia Sea," kind of freaked out when ASEAN couldn't come to an agreement about China during their Cambodia meetings last summer because of China's influence on Cambodia, and really don't trust China at all. In fact, their current foreign policy is pretty much to try to play the US and China off each other for their own national security benefit (which I hope the US is smart enough to realize--I picked up on that because I taught at their diplomatic school).
2013-04-11 01:29:24 PM
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Magorn: IF you ever go to the Arts and Industries Museum in DC you'll see an exhbit of hand tools displayed at the Cloumbian Exposition in Chicago around the turn fo the century and it's striking how much effort went into decorating and beautfiying even completely prosaic objects like screw drivers, hacksaws and hammers back then


That's because back then, materials were expensive and labor was cheap.

Today, it's the opposite.
2013-04-11 01:02:53 PM
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That's really cool. No, they would never allow that here in the states.

The evangelicals and other religious crackpots would protest it as some satanic symbol.

Or find some other stupid legal reason.
2013-04-11 01:02:34 PM
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Evil Mackerel: It's neat  but,what are their safety standards like and how much does fuel it waste a year?


aaaaand this is why we don't do sh*t like this in America.
2013-04-11 01:00:59 PM
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It's neat  but,what are their safety standards like and how much does fuel it waste a year?
2013-04-11 12:51:44 PM
1 votes:
The LED light extravaganza on the western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge is pretty cool.
2013-04-11 12:30:17 PM
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See now, in the US Iwouldn;t be shocked to see something like that at Burning Man, but as part of a real civic civil engineering project? Never.  It's kind of sad that we don;t still have at least a small taste for whimsy and ornamentation in our utlitatarian structures.   IF you ever go to the Arts and Industries Museum in DC you'll see an exhbit of hand tools displayed at the Cloumbian Exposition in Chicago around the turn fo the century and it's striking how much effort went into decorating and beautfiying even completely prosaic objects like screw drivers, hacksaws and hammers back then
 
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