The new Millau Viaduct

by The Good Reverend on December 15, 2004 · 13 comments

in Announcements,News,Sci-Tech

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!  wink

Simply awe-inspiring.  Shot taken during construction (I like stating the retardedly obvious). 

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  • fealty2dahriyah

    this was all over msn yesterday, and I heard about it last week when they did something else. the article I read just blabbed on and on about how it just as much if not more art than function.

    sadly now we are going to have to build a bridge over the rockies to annihilate this record in true american cowboy style.

  • mrcookieface

    I like the teeny little bridge in the upper right of the overkill picture.

    That little bridge is going to develop a Napoleon complex.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Thats when the conquering starts.

  • .alphamonkey.

    A “conquering France”? Wha-wha-wha? Look, I’ll admit that I actually like France and it’s people, but c’mon! What was the last thing they conquered?

    Sidenote to America: Hey, take a look at that bridge. Did you know that it’s possible to build beautiful and useful things at the same time? Look at how the color Tope is not used once!

  • fealty2dahriyah

    this conquers the seasonal bottlenecking of vacation in the riviera!

    besides it’s the american way to be flashy… it’s in our pledge, “one nation, never under gawdy”

  • Just Plain Bob

    That thing is amazing, i’m in awe.

    i hate how our media decides to cover things. That day that whoever-he-was from california built a freaking civilian spacecraft and got it launched into fucking space, it got a total of 10 minutes on CNN. TEN GODDAMN MINUTES. Know why? President Clinton’s book came out that day…

  • fealty2dahriyah

    for the love of gawd we have the internet… do some footwork. you can’t blame media for the crap you watch, if the majority of people didn’t love it, you wouldn’t see it. there is an outlet for everyone… just like transghudda

  • Just Plain Bob

    I love the onion. it makes me warm and fuzzy inside, especially the AV department.

    The clinton example works fine. Because it takes three minutes to talk about a book, heck, put it on one of them little Data-streams at the bottom of the screen. it’s not as important as a CIVILIAN getting into SPACE.

    or, like, bill gates getting knighted. dammit.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    I think the onion has gone a little lame in their attempts to get larger(oh and for the money). onion radio news is just pure shit. and the paper has gotten sloppy. I know it’s all satire, but trying to say requiem for a dream is about herion is obnoxiously false to dopers like myself.

  • Just Plain Bob

    yeah well. shut up, fool.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Great Monkey Messiah.  We done got ourselves a rivaly, I do believe.

  • The Good Reverend

    Big Trouble in Buddhatown!

  • Just Plain Bob

    well no, that was me being adorably pugnacious as a default response to a post i couldn’t really comprehend. that was before i actually lost my temper tongue laugh

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