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1. San Marino claims to be the world’s oldest constitutional republic – it was founded in 301 by a Christian stonemason fleeing persecution under Emperor Diocletian. Its constitution of 1600 is the oldest written constitution in the world. San Marino is pictured above.
2. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the Longest mountain chain on earth (at 40 thousand kilometers). It is located along the middle of the Atlantic. Iceland is the only part of this chain that is above water.
3. In 1811 and 1812, there were three earthquakes measuring around 8 to 8.9 on the Richter scale. These shocks caused the Mississippi River to flow backward for three days, creating Reelfoot Lake in western Tennessee, and ringing church bells on the East Coast.
4. Thousands of leeches are used for medical emergencies every year. The leech’s blood sucking accelerates healing on any deep wound but especially after re-attaching a severed limb or any other deep wound. The leech feeds off the oxygenated blood that would otherwise cause swelling and gangrene. The sucking assists the flow of blood and an anticoagulant in the leech prevents scabbing. The sucking is painless because the leech releases an anesthetic.
Of the 650 types of leeches, only a small number of Hirudo species are used, the most popular being the Hirudo medicinally. They’re usually sold 20 to a pack, at US$7 apiece.
5. Bank of Italy became the Bank Of America – Amedeo Giannini, son of Italian immigrants to the US, started the Bank of Italy in a converted saloon in San Francisco at 9 am on Monday, October 17, 1904. On the first day, 28 deposits totalled $8,780.
When an earthquake struck in 1907, he ran his bank from a plank in the street – the word “bank” is from the Italian “banca”, meaning a bench or counter. Word quickly spread about his service and by 1916 he had several branches. By 1929, the bank was strong enough to withstand the Great Depression stock crash. Giannini changed the name to Bank of America in 1928 and remained chairman until 1963. The Bank of America would become one of the largest banking institutions in the world but by 2008, due to poor management, had to receive government bailout.
I love to travel and do things that are different from the ordinary, so when I saw an article written by Bill Newcott, on some of the bridges around America and Canada it had my attention.
I am about to embark on a trip from Texas to Alaska on my Harley with some friends and may have a chance to see some of these bridges on my travels.
I think any one of these bridges would be interesting as most of them have been standing for over 100 years. A compliment to the builders and designers I would say.
Bear Mountain Bridge – New York
This bridge is surrounded by mountains and on the narrowest spot of the Hudson River.
The span includes pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge. Cyclists are welcome on the roadway or may walk their cycles on the pedestrian walkway. You can drive to the top of Bear Mountain for a fantastic view of the Manhattan area. It is free to go over this bridge.
Royal Gorge Bridge
This bridge is in Canon City, Colorado.
You can walk this wooden planked bridge, which apparently is a wild experience. It is 1053 feet above the Arkansas River. Construction on one of the world’s highest suspension bridge began June 5, 1929, and completed Nov. 1929 There is a theme park adjacent to this bridge and a railway takes you to the river below.
The Cost is $26 to the Park, bridge and railway.
Go To Royalgorgebridge.com for more information
This bridge is at Twin Falls, Idaho.
It is a steel bridge that is Perrine Bridge is approximately 1,500 feet (457 m) long, 486 feet above the snake river. The bridge serves as the Twin Falls area’s main link to Jerome County and Interstate 84.
The Perrine bridge is the only bridge in the United States where BASF jumping (parachuting from fixed object) is allowed all year without a permit.
Apparently one mile to the east you can still see the dirt ramp Evel Knievel used in his ill-fated 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon. (Free)
Wheeling Suspension Bridge
This bridge in West Virginia, is 1,010 foot long-span.
A charter was granted to the Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Company in 1816 to construct a bridge to extend the Cumberland Pike, which was to be completed in 1818, to Ohio. After a number of delays, a new bridge charter was obtained in 1847. Charles Ellet and John A. Roebling were invited to submit designs and estimates for a bridge over the east channel of the river to Wheeling Island. In doing so, the design was set as a suspension bridge, as Ellet and Roebling were the foremost authorities on the topic. Ellet received the contract award in 1847 and began the same year. The bridge was completed in 1849. In summer Wheeling sponsors Movies and concerts on the water front (free)
Old Seven Mile Bridge
Railroad tycoon Henry Flagler laid pilings for the only roadway to Key West 100 years ago.
In 1982 the old bridge was replaced by a new one just to its south.
The older bridge, originally known as the Knights Key-Pigeon Key-Moser Channel-Pacet Channel Bridge, was constructed from 1909-1912 was part of the Florida East Coast Railway’s Key West Extension, also known as the Overseas Railroad. You can still walk or bike on the original more than two miles out to sea. Watching pelicans above and sharks and dolphins below (Free)
Capilano suspension bridge
This bridge is in Vancouver, British Columbia.
This bridge is a swinging rope bridge. It swings or rather sways 230 feet above the rushing Capilano River. It was originally built in 1889 and stretches 450 feet across.
There is also a heart-stopping cliff side journey takes you through rainforest vegetation on a series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River to previously unexplored areas of the park. Not for the faint of heart, it is high and narrow and, in some sections, glass (very strong glass) is all that separates guests from the canyon far below.
In the same park there is a venture from one magnificent Douglas fir-tree to another on a series of elevated suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor. Guided nature tours and the Kids’ Rainforest Explorer program are some of the Vancouver activities that enhance this unique rainforest encounter. Recognized for extraordinary innovation with national and provincial tourism and engineering awards, a walk on Treetops Adventure has emerged as one of Vancouver’s quintessential activities.
All park attractions are included in the price of admission!
Adult ………………………………… $32.95
Senior (65+) ……………………….. $30.95
Student (17+ and with ID) ……… $26.95
Youth (13 – 16) …………………….. $21.95
Child (6 – 12) ……………………….. $12.00
Child under 6 ………………………. FREE
1. Fly in Reverse. Hummingbirds are among the world’s smallest birds. They can hover by rapidly flapping their wings 12 to 90 times per second, and are unique in the bird world for their ability to fly backwards.
2. Nap Times. Most humans tend to sleep for about seven to nine hours each night. Bats, however, need their beauty rest – they nap for almost 20 hours a day. Deer, on the other hand, only rest up for about three hours.
3. Perfection at the game. A perfect baseball game requires that only one pitcher is used, and that pitcher must not let any batter reach first base.
4. First calculator. You could say the first calculator was the abacus, which was documented in Mesopotamia almost 6,000 years ago. Today’s version, with sliding beads on rods, goes back to at least the 15th Century in China and is still used in some parts of the world where calculators are not available or simply not trusted.
5. Michigan State, USA. It has the longest freshwater shoreline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. In 2005, Michigan ranked third among US states for the number of registered recreational boats, behind California and Florida. Michigan has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.
6. There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility
7. New Zealand kiwis lay the largest eggs with respect to their body size of any bird.
8. The smallest mountain range in the world is named the Sutter Buttes. The Buttes are located just outside of Yuba City, California in the Sacramento Valley, the northern part of the Central Valley. They are named for John Sutter, who received a large land grant from the Mexican government.