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Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Seattle's Space Needle

At 605 feet (184 m) tall, the Space Needle is the most recognizable landmark in Seattle, Washington. The tower was built for the 1962 World's Fair and now boasts a rotating restaurant, a gift shop, and an observation deck, which afford views of the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Elliott Bay. The tower can withstand winds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.1 in magnitude. It also has 25 lightning rods. What two design concepts inspired the structure's unique architecture? More...
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 12:47:41 AM
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What an amazing piece of architecture. Not the tallest but a lot of substance!
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 4:46:49 AM

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The architecture of the Space Needle is the result of a compromise between the designs of two men, Edward E. Carlson and John Graham, Jr. The two leading ideas for the World Fair involved businessman Edward Carlson's sketch of a giant balloon tethered to the ground (see the gently sloping base) and architect John Graham's concept of a flying saucer (see the halo that houses the restaurant and observation deck). Victor Steinbrueck introduced the hourglass profile of the tower.
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 5:29:01 AM
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Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 9:10:25 AM

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It definitely looks like a flying saucer.
I've never been basejumping, but I'd like to.
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 11:11:40 AM

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I didn't realize space needed its injections.
Probably has to be a bit longer, though.
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 12:58:23 PM

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Do you know that:

*In 1966 11-year-old Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft co-founder and former chairman, won a dinner at the Space Needle restaurant offered by his pastor. Gates had to memorize chapters 5, 6, and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew, better known as the Sermon on the Mount, and he recited the sermon flawlessly.

*Plans to build a stork’s nest atop the Needle were canceled when it was learned that storks could not live in Seattle’s climate and would migrate to warmer climates.

*The city of Fife, Washington, offered $1 million to move the Space Needle to its downtown.

*The Committee Hoping for Extra-Terrestrial Encounters to Save the Earth (CHEESE) claims to have plans from the 1962 World’s Fair that show the Space Needle was constructed to send transmissions to advanced beings in other solar systems.
*During the fair, private planes that flew near the Needle were reported to the authorities only if they were so close their wing numbers could be read.

*There have been six parachute jumps from the Needle; two were unauthorized and the other four were part of a promotion.

*As an April Fool’s joke a local television station aired a phony report that the Space Needle had fallen over. Emergency phone lines were swamped with calls. The Space Needle received more than 700 calls, even though there was a flashing alert during the entire report telling the audience that it was a joke. One Spokane man even jumped in his car and began driving to Seattle because his daughter worked at the Space Needle.

*On July 11, 2013, Seattle grunge legends, Mudhoney, rocked out on top of the Needle to celebrate Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary.

*The Space Needle moved 312 feet SW in June 1987. The move was only on paper, however. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began a 10-year project of re-mapping the earth by satellite. Major structures, such as the Space Needle, were used as landmarks.

*The first Space Needle Manager, Hoge Sullivan, had acrophobia, a fear of heights.
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 4:54:18 PM
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i was shitface in seattle
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 8:25:30 PM

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"What two design concepts inspired the structure's unique architecture?" Greed and vanity, I would venture to say.
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Old topic. But I like to add. I was born 84 and I actually remember being about age 3, so around the year 1987 was when I was trying to tell everyone in toddler words 'the space needle is 'moving' or 'moved'. I remember being in a back seat of a car and passing by it quite a few times. And as I remember, there were probably 5 others telling me that I am wrong and the space needle isn't moving. Comparison to these stories today in 2016 and what I remember at age 2-3 back in 1987... It is apparent that I was actually correct about the space needle had: moved, is moving, or moves... To note: it had to have been well before I was age 4 because I remembered lots of my wild age 4 difference.
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