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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:08 AM
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A glass-bottom Skydeck for Sears Tower
Visitors won't have to crane their necks to see straight down from the Sears Tower Skydeck when the building adds four glass-bottomed balconies, nicknamed "The Ledge," to its 50-mile views come June.

The Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the building that is changing its name to Willis Tower, opened in 1974, and has--weather permitting--always provided a view of four states. But to see what's directly beneath them, visitors always had to get as close to the building's windows as possible. The Ledge is scheduled to open next month, according to a spokeswoman for the Skydeck.



"The inspiration for The Ledge came from hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind on Skydeck windows every week," according to a fact sheet from the Sears Tower.

There will be no extra charge for The Ledge, although the charge for Skydeck admission increased a dollar today to $14.95 for those ages 12 and older, the first increase in two years; admission for those ages 3 to 11 is $10.50.

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/05/a-glass-bott...
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Jeep789 Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:12 AM
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1. I don't recall having to crane my neck as it was. My fear of heights
Edited on Sat May-02-09 06:12 AM by Jeep789
kicked in right away with the old design. In fact, despite my fear, I was one of the bravest of my party viewing and actually went up to the window while others wouldn't.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:55 AM
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9. i always found the hancock observation deck to be scarier than the sears
in the hancock, the windows go from floor to ceiling- when i was a kid, i wouldn't get any closer than 4 feet from the windows, because it scared me too much. in the sears, the windows start at about waist level, and go up from there.
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tomreedtoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:12 AM
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2. I'm an acrophobe. This scares the crap out of me.
I have trouble walking down long, open stairways unless I grab the rail, hang on and walk really slowly. (Had to do this a few weeks ago at an elaborate movie theater.) Seeing something like this - glass, easily shattered, a multi-story plunge to my death - would make me faint.
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:21 AM
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6. The glass in that building will not be easily shattered
You could probably take a jack-hammer to it and not make much of a dent.

Being afraid of living is just another way of dying before your time.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:31 AM
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12. Some of us have a real fear of height. We are not afraid of living
good grief.
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tomreedtoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:11 PM
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13. It's glass. Glass shatters. People die.
Edited on Sat May-02-09 07:12 PM by tomreedtoon
You don't understand a fear as instinctive and natural as the fear of plunging to your death? This is one of the fears that people are BORN with. And it's a perfectly sensible fear.

Many more people than I will not go on roller coasters or climb long stairwells because we have the intelligence and imagination that you don't. We can clearly visualize dying. The universe is ready to betray us in a million ways, and height is one of the most basic.
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 10:06 AM
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14. I understand the fear, but not the claim that the glass in question easily shatters
Cite one instance of glass that's designed to support weight shattering and I'll apologize.
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tomreedtoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:21 PM
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15. EVERY piece of glass shatters.
Especially the ones that someone claims "will support weight." All it takes is one freaking bullet. And there are a lot of guns around. Watch any action movie and you will never see any "glass floor" that doesn't shatter.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:51 PM
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22. Somehow, though, the CN Tower in Toronto has had this feature for years.
And no one has plunged to their death yet.

And then there's that glass observation balcony over
the Grand Canyon:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-443560/Grand-Ca...

Tesha
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:21 PM
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33. My Guess Is That It's Lucite
That is essentially shatter proof, and has the transparency of glass, with the exception of ultraviolet.

Polycarbonate compounds are much stronger, pound for pound, than glass and can be made thicker without severe distortion. Lucite and polycarb are used for safety glasses specifically because they DON'T shatter. Obviously, this is much safer around the eyes.
GAC
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tomreedtoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 08:17 AM
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42. Shatter-proof does not exist.
Have you ever seen the photos of people whose heads go through automobile windshields because they didn't wear their belts? That's "shatterproof" glass. They get their throats cut because the stuff holds together.
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 06:36 AM
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40. I should cancel my trip to the Outer Banks
The ferry could hit an iceberg and sink.

The fact that it's never happened before doesn't mean that couldn't happen.

I saw it in a movie.

:eyes:
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tomreedtoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 08:16 AM
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41. Yes you should. There is no reason to travel anywhere.
Unless your house is destroyed by a rampaging mob. Even if I could still afford it, I would never leave the continental United States. There is no reason to risk my life among all the foreign people who want to kill us, just to get a glimpse of a waterfall I could look at in a picture. The excuses for going out into the Deadlands are pathetic.
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JHB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 08:28 AM
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43. EVERYthing shatters, breaks, or blows up in movies...
It's built to do that (ever hear of breakaway furnature?).

If it won't do it by itself, they'll use explosives.

Don't go by the movies.
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3waygeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:55 PM
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24. The Hindenburg had a glass-bottomed deck section
to allow passengers to observe the slowly-passing earth or sea below. To assuage nervous passengers, crew members would jump up and down on the glass floor to prove its strength.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:50 PM
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21. I'm not acrophobic, but I think I would be after stepping out on this. n/t
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:14 AM
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3. Fifteen bucks! That's a chunk of change!! Jeeeeez! nt
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:30 PM
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17. They charge a lot more than $15 for the Grand Canyon Skywalk!
Edited on Sun May-03-09 05:31 PM by csziggy
And it has more between the visitors and the view than this concept picture of the Sears Tower thing. I think I saw somewhere that it costs $80 per person to walk around it.



http://picdit.wordpress.com/2007/11/26/the-grand-canyon... /

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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:25 PM
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34. Your link said seventy five bucks--still outrageous! And no picture taking?
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 09:15 PM
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37. That is what the official site says - and that would be a killer for me
Even if I could overcome my vertigo to try to walk out on the Skywalk! Of course, they will generously sell you pictures, I am sure. But if they are of the same mediocre quality we bought at the Grand Canyon when we last visited, they are a waste of money. Not only were the pictures themselves indifferent, the reproduction of the slides was cheap - while our slides from that trip had little color shift over the thirty years since, the commercial ones are almost solid magenta. I can scan them and adjust the color in Photoshop - but it is technical a copyright violation.

Our own amateur pictures were better and showed parts of of own experience. For instance, one morning while we were our taking pics of sun rise over the Canyon, we saw a gentleman who had climbed out on a spur of rock to get a better angle. I think my husband took a snap of him. Later that year, the National Geographic had a photo spread of the Grand Canyon. The photographer we had seen was the one for that spread!

I don't see the point in being able to walk out on a bridge like that and NOT be allowed to take pictures!
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 09:17 PM
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38. They make people wear these cloth slippers over their shoes so they don't mess up the glass.
Maybe they're afraid of people dropping their cameras or something? Or maybe they just wanna keep the line moving?
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 09:19 PM
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39. They want to keep people moving and sell them pics
More bodies moving through, more $$; selling pictures to the tourists, more $$. A very simple formula!
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 09:01 PM
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36. 'Top of the Rock' is twenty!
Adults (18-61) $20
Students (13-17) $18
Children (6-12) $13
Seniors (62+) $18

http://www.nycvp.com/TicketOrder-TOR.htm
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:15 AM
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4. I would rather pour acid on my eyeballs
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:16 AM
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5. We watched the sunset from the top of the John Hancock building in Chicago
This sounds way cool. Love the quote about the forehead prints.

Renaming this building is like renaming the Chrysler building. Whatch you talkin' about, Willis?
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:34 AM
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7. i don't think so.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:39 AM
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8. The CN Tower already has one:


Though I don't remember it being quite as clean as that.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:39 PM
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18. I know someone who's petrified of the London eye!




Pretty damn impressive if you ask me.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:01 PM
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26. i would love to go on that
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 07:33 PM
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31. Doesn't cost that much, either considering how cool it is.
17.00

Compare that to $16.00 to go up the stupid Seattle Space Needle.

Then again, it's worth doing that one once, just because.

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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:01 PM
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25. that one doesn't look as scary as the one in the OP
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:59 AM
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10. It's Now Called The "Willis" Tower...
Edited on Sat May-02-09 07:00 AM by KharmaTrain


As a kid we used to lean up against the windows of the Hancock and Sears observatories and watch the building sway (yes you sure can see it). I'm sure on the skywalk you're sure to get that experience...and certainily not one for one who suffers from vertigo.

But if you want a walk even higher...try one a mile high:

http://www.destinationgrandcanyon.com/skywalk.html


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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:00 AM
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11. Not ME, boy!
Some may find that exhilarating and fun but my nervous ass would NEVER get out on that glass ledge...

I put my hand out a window more than 5 stories off the ground and I can FEEL my watch and rings falling off...
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blonndee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:25 PM
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16. My hands are sweating just looking at the photo.
No. Way.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:45 PM
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19. You'd think they'd need to have a "mop up" crew on hand.
This picture is making my sphincter contract.
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:04 PM
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28. Imagine if they turned it into a ride that dropped really fast towards the ground
:)
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:49 PM
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20. Sloane: The city looks so peaceful from up here.
Ferris: Anything is peaceful from one thousand, three hundred and fifty-three feet.
Cameron: I think I see my dad.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:55 PM
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23. such a good movie. n/t
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:03 PM
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27. Ooh that's cool!
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:05 PM
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29. Pretty cool.
I'd like to check that out.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:09 PM
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30. What's the maximum weight?
I mean, if I wanted to scare the people into soiling their outfits, I'd go out there; jump up and down. But knowing the maximum weight helps determine other variables in relation to the constant of physics...
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hellbound-liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 07:59 PM
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32. Thanks for posting this n2doc. I just made it my desktop background.
Very cool!
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:29 PM
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35. Grand Canyon Rip Off !!!! now THIS is a view!!!
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 08:29 AM
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44. I've walked across the glass floor at the CN tower.
And it was terrifying. There were kids jumping up and down on the glass. I sucked it up and walked across it. :scared:
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