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Tunnel of Death October 20, 2007

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The 3,150 m long Lefortovo Tunnel in Russia is the longest ‘in-city’ tunnel in all of Europe. There is a river running over it and water leaks at some points. When the temperature reaches minus 38 degrees like it did last winter, the road freezes and the result is the attached video taken during a single day with the tunnel camera. Congratulations to the driver of the dual bus!


The World’s deadliest commute: July 24, 2007

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From CNN: They are the arteries that keep Mumbai’s economy ticking, rattling 6 million people a day to offices, shops and factories. But arriving safe and sound for work after a trip on Mumbai’s clogged railways is no mean feat.

On average 4,000 people die a year on Mumbai’s railways, crushed under trains, electrocuted by overhead power lines or killed as they lean from jam-packed carriages to gasp for air. It is perhaps the world’s deadliest commute. (more)…

Richest Countries in the World January 11, 2007

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Here are the Top 20 Richest Countries in the World

Rank Country GDP – per capita
1 Luxembourg $ 55,100
2 Norway $ 37,800
3 United States $ 37,800
4 San Marino $ 34,600
5 Switzerland $ 32,700
6 Denmark $ 31,100
7 Iceland $ 30,900
8 Austria $ 30,000
9 Canada $ 29,800
10 Ireland $ 29,600
11 Belgium $ 29,100
12 Australia $ 29,000
13 Netherlands $ 28,600
14 Japan $ 28,200
15 United Kingdom $ 27,700
16 France $ 27,600
17 Germany $ 27,600
18 Finland $ 27,400
19 Monaco $ 27,000
20 Sweden $ 26,800

The God Who Wasn’t There – Full Documentary November 26, 2006

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Documentary filmmaker Brian Flemming examines the Bible and discusses the history of early Christianity, raising doubts as to whether the New Testament personage Jesus ever really existed
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Time capsule to be beamed to Outer Space October 16, 2006

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from reuters.com

Mexico’s Teotihuacan, once the center of a sprawling pre-Hispanic empire, is set to become the launch pad for an attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial life.

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Starting on Tuesday, enthusiasts from around the world will have a chance to submit text, images, video and sounds that reflect human nature to be included in the message.

Those contributions — part of media company Yahoo’s “Time Capsule” project — will be digitalized and beamed with a laser into space on October 25 from the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, now an archeological site near Mexico City.

Top 20 World’s Tallest Buildings September 15, 2006

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Building & Location/Year/Stories/Height(m)

Burj Dubai /2008?/160/800bldng4.jpg
Dubai, UAE
(under construction)

Center of India Tower /2008?/224/677
Katangi, India
(speculative)

Tower of Russia /2010?/134/648
Moscow, Russia
(proposed)

International /2008?/130/580
Business
Center,

Seoul,
S. Korea
(proposed)

Lotte World II /2012?/107/512
Busan S. Korea
(proposed)

Taipei 101 Tower /2004/101/509
Taipei, Taiwan

Shanghai World /2007?/101/492bldng3.jpg
Financial Center,
China
(under construction)

Union Square /2007?/102/474
Phase 7,
Hong Kong,
China

Suyong Bay Tower /2010?/102/462
Busan,
S. Korea
(proposed)

Xujiahui Tower /?/92/460
Shanghai, China
(proposed)

Petronas Tower 1 /1998/88/452
Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

Petronas Tower 2 /1998/88/452
Kuala Lumpur,
alaysia

The Gateway III, /?/?/450
Hong Kong,
China
(proposed)

Sears Tower /1974/110/452bldng1jpg.gif
Chicago

Bruce Graham (SOM) /2008?/103/431
Asia Plaza,
Kaohsiung,
Taiwan
(proposed)

Jin Mao Building /1999/88/421
Shanghai

Dalian 2007?/78/420
International
Trade Center,
Dalian China
(proposed)

Freedom Tower /2011?/417
at the World
Trade Center
New York
(under construction)

World Trade Center /1973/110/417
New York
Destroyed by terrorists
9/11/01

Minoru Yamaski /2003/88/415
Two International
Finance Centre
(IFC),
Hong Kong

The Fastest Growing City in the World September 14, 2006

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Dubai: The Fastest Growing City in the World