"[S]tock jobbers[,]... confidence men,... an impecunious transportation entity", politicos, judges, scoundrels and Jackie O.: the near-death of Grand Central Terminal, and how it foretold the 2008 financial crisis
. [sl Harper's]
Sometimes, famous landmarks lose some of their draw when put in context, as seen in this Imgur gallery
, which was expanded and modified slightly by Bored Panda
. For more physical context, there are Google earth links below the break. [more inside]
Visual effects artist Avi Salem reveals The CN Tower's secret messages
The hidden wonders of a British landmark.
Long before Pink Floyd floated a pig
above its 340ft chimneys, Battersea Power Station
was an iconic landmark, described from the start as a 'temple of power': a brick cathedral to rank alongside St Paul's. Its four-pillared outline is as familiar as the building's sad decline since being decommissioned in 1983. After numerous failed redevelopment attempts from various owners, Battersea Power Station
is now on the 'buildings at risk' register. Photographer Peter Dazeley
set out to document the legendary building as part of a personal project. [via
At 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, one push of a button
will bring down the 30-story Landmark Tower in Fort Worth, Texas, one of the tallest buildings ever to be imploded. Thousands will watch.
Here’s a preview
and detailed explanation of the process. Many locals remember the giant, 77-ton electric clock
that once spun on the roof.
Transformation in a weekend?
Recently a friend told me he'd signed up for the Landmark Forum, a personal improvement seminar offered by the Landmark Education Corporation
. I did some googling on LEC and found some very disturbing material
. Since we're being all "fair and balanced" on MeFi now, I'll add I found some positive material
too. Oh, and since my research tells me Landmark tends to be very litigious about negative publicity, I'll just cover my orange-feathered butt and say that my negative impressions of Landmark are only my opinion, not that of MetaFilter, and I could be wrong. Have any MeFiers had any experiences - positive or negative - with LEC?
Space Needle Missing from the Seattle Skyline?
(subscription) The rumor is someone bought the Space Needle in Seattle and moved it to their house. No! It was an ad for the lottery. Do TV channels need to make it clearer that something is an ad, or do people need to be more careful watching TV?