Yesterday, President Jacque Chirac cut the ribbon on France’s new Millau Viaduct. Why should you care? Because the Millau is now the tallest (885 ft above the ground at its highest point) and heaviest (300 lbs) bridge ever built (I made one of those figures up. Can you tell which one?). It also takes top honors as the longest cable suspension bridge ever built. Being as this is a milestone in human engineering derring-do, I found it odd and sad that there has been little-to-no mention of it in American news sources. Then I remembered that as a country we re-elected Bush and are whetting our appetites for grown men playing f#$king Rock, Paper, Scissors on TV, and reminded myself, “oohhh yeeaahhh, we’re idiots.”
Sorry… venting again. Better now. Anyway, I’ve included a couple cool pictures of it if you click “Read Full Article”.
You can read a well-written article discussing the Millau and a quick overview of bridge-building here. You one of them-there engineerin’ geeks? See some stats. If you want lots o’ cool pics, go to the official site by clicking on the above pic. The site is in French, but thankfully the pictures speak a thousand words, and those words are in English.
And finally, a quote from Chirac, describing the bridge as a tribute to a “modern France, a conquering France … an entrepreneurial France, a France which succeeds”. Easy there, Chief.. conquering? (And this concludes the cliche French insult portion of my post)
Congratulations and well-done on a beautiful technical marvel… you rude, malodorous bastards. (okay, now I’m done).
Look at the size of the bridge. Now look at the size of the river. Look at the bridge. Now the river. Bridge. River. Overkill? Oh HELL YEAH! Kickass!
Simply awe-inspiring. Shot taken during construction (I like stating the retardedly obvious).