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Hi Folks,

Talking about 'Hi' how about this item, blimey - I would be terrified ! There again, I can't even watch a child being pushed on a swing or waves rolling in at the seaside - I've got to be a bit of a distance away because of vertigo...
Not content with having the tallest building in America , the owners of Sears Tower in Chicago have installed four glass box viewing platforms which stick out of the building 103 floors up.The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four feet from the building's Sky deck.

Visitors get their first view from The Ledge, four glass balconies
suspended from the 103 rd floor of Chicago 's Sears Tower .
Designers say the platforms - collectively dubbed "The Ledge" have been purposely designed to make visitors feel as if they are floating above the city.The reward is an unobstructed view of Chicago from the building's west side and a heart-stopping vista of the street and the Chicago River below for those brave enough to look straight down. 'It's like walking on ice the first step you take and you think "Am I going down?"'

Unfazed: Although some adults felt dizzy after experiencing the Ledge, children seemed to take it in their stride.
John Houston, one of the owners of the Sears Tower admitted to getting 'a little queasy' the first time he ventured out on to the balcony. However, after 30 or 40 trips, he seems to have got used to it.

Thrill seekers: The boxes jut out four feet from the building and were specifically designed to make visitors feel as if they are floating.
The Sears Tower has always been about superlatives - tallest, largest, most iconic. "The Ledge" is the world's most awesome view and most precipitous view. The balconies are 10 ft high and 10 ft wide, can hold five tons, and have glass which is 1.5 inch thick. Inspiration came from the hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind on Sky deck windows every week. Now, staff will have a new glass surface to clean: floors. Architect Ross Wimer said: 'We did studies that showed a four-foot-deep (1.2 metres) enclosure which makes you feel like you're floating since there's only room for one row of people, not two. 'The Skydeck attracts 25,000 visitors on clear days. They each pay $15 to take an elevator ride up to the 103 rd floor of the 110-story office building that opened in 1973.


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Arrrgghhh ... That's the stuff of nightmares - but each to his
own I suppose ...


1) A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all of the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said, "Because I don't believe you are over 18."

The robber said he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because she didn't believe him. At this point, the robber took his driver's licence out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 18 and she put the Scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his loot. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that she got off the licence. They arrested the robber two hours later.

2) A pair of robbers entered a record shop nervously waving revolvers. The first one shouted, "Nobody move!" When his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.

3) Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a brick through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the brick and heaved it over his head at the window. The brick bounced back knocking him unconscious. It seems the liquor store window was made of Flexi-Glass. The whole event was caught on videotape. Perth WA .

An OOppss funnie ... Difference Between Grandfathers and Grandmother
This is funny even if you are not a grandparent.

Have you ever wondered what the difference between Grandmothers and Grandfathers is
? A friend, who worked away from home all week, always made a special effort with his family on the weekends. Every Sunday morning he would take his 7-year old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some bonding time - just him and his granddaughter. One particular Sunday however, he had a bad cold and really didn't feel like being up at all. Luckily, his wife came to the rescue and said that she would take their granddaughter out.When they returned, the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see her Grandfather.

'Well, did you enjoy your ride with grandma?'

'Oh yes, Papa' the girl replied, and do you know what? We didn't see a single a**hole, dumb b*stard, dipsh*t or horse's ass anywhere we went today!'





Cheers from the land of the Tartan, Love Kate xxx.

p.s. If you click on the building you'll get more of an idea of the real height .... arrgghh!