Only in China

January 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Note that the person above is 1102 feet above the ground and is sweeping the dirt off this twenty-first century engineering marvel with a broom that was designed centuries ago and has no safety feature.

Aizhai Bridge in Hunan province is 336 m (1,102 ft.) high and has a 1,176 m (3,858 ft.) span. It connects two traffic tunnels in the mountains, cutting the time needed to traverse the canyon from 30 minutes to 1 minute. Construction took five years.




Odd news from around the world

Dumb cop suspended after a prisoner he was driving goaded him to drive the police car to 140mph – and then reported him: “A police driver accused of being a ‘show-off’ has been suspended after driving at 140mph when a prisoner urged him to go as fast as he could. After egging him on, the criminal passenger complained to Durham Police about being driven at twice the legal limit and the Pc has now had his licence revoked, it was revealed today. The officer put his foot down when he was been taking the prisoner from Leeds to a custody suite in Darlington. The officer was said to have told the passenger ‘I’ll show you’ or ‘Let’s see’ and accelerated away, reaching up to 140mph. The prisoner was dropped off and told staff at the custody desk how fast they had been going.

Would-be mugger ‘drowned in canal after victims fought back and pushed him in’: “A petty career criminal plunged into a canal and drowned as he tried to rob two men on a city centre towpath, it is believed. Steven Cane, 25, was rushed to hospital after falling into the Rochdale Canal, in Manchester, but died two days later. One of the two men he targeted also fell into the water but clambered out and has made a full recovery. The two men who shoved the mugger into the water will be questioned by police about the incident – but officers are not planning to treat them as suspects as it is believed they were victims of crime. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out but it is thought Cane – who is said to have a ‘catalogue’ of previous convictions – died from drowning. A 17-year-old boy – suspected of being the robber’s accomplice – was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and attempted murder following the incident.”

Mad black crashes bus: “A MAN attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus as it travelled on a US highway, causing it to go off the road and injuring 24 passengers, authorities say. Passenger Susana Ordinola says the man got up from his seat, ran toward the driver and screamed, “Everybody’s going to die”. He then began hitting the driver and grabbed the steering wheel. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) said several of the 41 passengers aboard helped subdue Maquel Morris, who faces more than two dozen felonies. The bus came to a rest shortly before 2am on Thursday in a median, just missing vehicles speeding down the highway at about 120 km/h. Morris, 25, who reportedly was hallucinating, got off the bus and ran into the desert, but he returned about 30 minutes later. Some passengers cursed and threw rocks at him before paramedics intervened. None of the passengers taken to hospitals had life-threatening injuries, according to the DPS. {Morris has a criminal record]

How the googly-eyed mantis shrimp sees the world like no other animal: “They are, by any standard, an astonishing set of eyes. Mantis shrimp, with their large stalk eyes, have stunned scientists with ‘superhuman’ vision receptors far beyond any other animal. Researchers found the animals have 12 different types of photoreceptors – when four to seven are all that is needed to encode every color. A number of tests were conducted, including training the shrimps to respond to certain colours and using a two-way choice test with food as a reward. They believe the animal may have evolved to see in brightly coloured coral reefs – but admit they aren’t really sure why. Researcher Hanne Thoen found that the mantis shrimp (Haptosquilla trispinosa),which has 12 colour channels, has worse colour vision than humans, which have three colour channels. ‘Theoretically, mantis shrimp should be far better at distinguishing colours than we are,’ Ms Thoen said.”

Hairdresser stabs customer in the chest with scissors after he complained he didn’t like his haircut: “A hairdresser in China lost his temper with an unhappy customer and stabbed him in the chest. The unnamed male customer was unhappy with his cut, so the hairdresser pierced him with a pair of scissors at a salon in Beijing. The hairdresser, only named as Bao, can be seen on CCTV footage running over to the customer as he sits in his chair, plunging the scissors into his chest. His colleagues told police that he had only been working in the salon for four days when he attacked the customer, Shanghaiist reports. The victim had to undergo surgery as the scissors caused damage to his lung, but is recovering in hospital. Bao fled the scene, but Beijing police have issued a call for his arrest.”

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  1. Why would they sweep the girders anyway?

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