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Old 02-20-2013, 05:02 PM   #3646
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I have seen a strip clue with Platimum in the name.

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Damn Ray, you strip clues? Kinky.

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Old 02-20-2013, 05:12 PM   #3647
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About my only chance around here would be a Honda Element.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:05 AM   #3648
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Come on, America must be full of Chrysler Neons?

But it's too late!

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Old 02-21-2013, 12:49 AM   #3649
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It's hard to believe that it is now 42 years since the Westgate Bridge Disaster.

The Westgate (everyone knows it's a bridge, so why waste words?) is just over 2.5km long (a bit over 1.5 miles) with a main span of 336 metres and a clearance of 58 metres. Naturally it is bigger than the Sydney Harbour Bridge; twice as long in fact. My boat fits underneath fine; the Spencer Street Bridge a few more km upstream is more of a tight squeeze with the mast down, at just 2.05m; I was up there yesterday afternoon. In between is the Port of Melbourne, the busiest container port in Australia.

It's also hard to believe it is now 32 years, less one week, since I started my engineering degree at Monash University, where the Engineering Faculty assisted in the analysis of the failure and where some fragments of the failed structure are displayed in a garden setting. Presumably to put Engineering students in the right frame of mind to concentrate on what they're studying, somewhat like the Canadian Engineers' iron ring...



My class was probably one of the last to pass through Monash who were old enough to remember the collapse; I was 7 at the time.

My father has described to me hearing the noise and looking out the window of his hi-rise office in the city centre a couple of miles away and seeing the immediate aftermath.



Yes Virginia, bridges are advanced origami. It's not called a "thin walled structure" for nothing, even though those plates are around 20mm thick.



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The new tag is "Oops..."

You're looking for evidence of a major mistake, a serious man made stuff up. The sort of disaster which makes engineers in your part of the world a bit twitchy whenever it is mentioned.

In 1997, I drove south from Seattle to Mount Rainier and passed a turnoff to a place called Tacoma, which sounded vaguely familiar. To my eternal shame as an Engineer, I missed the opportunity to visit the site of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. I'm told there is not much more than a plaque there now, but I still kick myself for not going and looking.

It's not what's there to see so much as the story behind it; a simple brass plaque at the Tacoma Narrows would qualify with flying colours.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:57 AM   #3650
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I guess it is possible there are some people who haven't heard of (or like me in holiday mode, don't recognise the name of) the Tacoma Narrows bridge, but surely everyone has seen the film of it collapsing in 1940:

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Old 02-21-2013, 01:55 AM   #3651
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It's up to the guy that picked the Tag, but I don't see "H" for hospital meeting the qualifications.



"H" doesn't refer to an element in your context, but a hospital, and the tag specifies 'no creativity'.
H is hydrogen.Its number 1 on the periodic table that a link was posted to

"Something that refers to an element. Something on the Periodic Table" whats the problem with H?
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:14 AM   #3652
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H is hydrogen.Its number 1 on the periodic table that a link was posted to

"Something that refers to an element. Something on the Periodic Table" whats the problem with H?
Anyone live near Lakehurst, New Jersey?
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:53 AM   #3653
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H is hydrogen.Its number 1 on the periodic table that a link was posted to

"Something that refers to an element. Something on the Periodic Table" whats the problem with H?
That's all H2O under the bridge now.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:07 PM   #3654
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Didn't mean to siphon all the oxygen out of this thread...
I don't think you did, the element thing was a good idea.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:35 AM   #3655
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If it makes ya feel any better WB I got the joke;)


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Old 02-23-2013, 03:56 AM   #3656
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The silence is deafening...

I'm a mechanical engineer, so I'm hoping to see a civil engineering stuff up, but...

Ideas I can think of in places I don't live include:
  • Lakehurst - Hindenberg.
  • London - that wobbly footbridge, nobody was hurt, nothing fell down, but what a classic stuff up!
  • Tacoma Narrows, naturally.
  • UK - Cowley or Longbridge car factories in the UK, sites of the long slow death of a once great British car manufacturer from various causes including some truly awful vehicle designs (Morris Marina anyone?); what an embarrassment!
  • Kansas city - the Hyatt Regency
  • One of the three Ford plants, in St. Thomas, Ontario; Edison, New Jersey; and in Richmond, California, where the Ford Pinto was manufactured.
  • Minneapolis - the I35 bridge over the Mississippi that collapsed in 2007.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:30 AM   #3657
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The silence is deafening...
Maybe this will help. No tagging for me this weekend, other things to do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor...ering_failures
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:48 AM   #3658
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For us nc folks, the Charlotte speedway. Virginia folks could get that balcony at Uva that collapsed.
Raleigh could take a picture of the arena for the collapse of nc state's basketball team.
;-)

My bike is leaking oil. :-( so I can't ride

(or more serious for Raleigh the huge cheerleading gym over on Cary Pkwy near 54 that collapsed when they tried building it the first time. Amazing if you don't sink your foundation, the walls collapse.)
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:01 AM   #3659
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Here in Little Rock there's a place where a wing from a B-47 came to rest after the plane literally exploded in flight. I wonder if that fits this tag.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:34 PM   #3660
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My bike is leaking oil. :-( so I can't ride
Check the grommet where the stator wires come out of the side cover. It can look like it's installed correctly, but not be.
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