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Most Expensive Things Ever Built?

- Abraj Al-Bait Towers – $15 billion, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

abraj al bait

It’s a government owned building and has the world’s largest clock face. The Ajyad Fortress, built in 1780 by the Ottoman Turks was destroyed in 2002 to make room for the buildings which include apartments, a hotel, restaurants and a shopping center.

– The Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) – $21 billion, under the English Channel between Folkestone, United Kingdom and Coquelles, France.

chunnel

The Chunnel is just over 31 miles long (50.5 kilometers). Millions of people have taken the (usually) 35 minute trip since the tunnel opened in 1994 but, during a two-day period last July, a few thousand more tried to make an unauthorized trip through the tunnel on foot. About 3,500 migrants from Africa and the Middle East tried to get into the tunnel in an attempt to get into the UK.

- Three Gorges Dam – $26 billion, Sandouping, China

three gorges dam

This hydroelectric dam is the world’s largest power station. It’s 7,661 feet long and rises 607 feet above sea level.

– The International Space Station – $160 billion, low Earth orbit

ISS

You can see the ISS when it passes overhead. (It looks like a quickly moving light.) NASA lets you look up the schedule and you can even sign up to receive email and/or text alerts letting you know when to watch for it.

Things People Think That Aren’t True?

        1. Getting cold will give you a cold/the flu. (It might weaken your immune system, but getting sick is all about germs, germs, germs! It is true that not wearing a jacket when it’s cold will make your mother cold. Really. Trust me on this.)
        2. Vikings wore horned helmets. (That came from opera costumes.)
        3. Carrots improve eyesight. (WWII propaganda.)
        4. Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis. (No, but it makes you annoying.)
        5. Goldfish have 3-second memories. (They can remember information for up to five months.)
        6. Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. (Things that attract lightning once are likely to attract it again.)
        7. Monsanto sued farmers when GMO seeds blew onto their farms. (No, they sued farmers who used various methods to circumvent paying Monsanto for patented seeds.)
        8. Jellyfish stings should be treated by peeing on them. (No, get out of the water, rinse the area with salt water and seek medical treatment.)
        9. “420” is the Los Angeles Police Department code for marijuana use. (No, it’s the code for juvenile disturbance.)
        10. We eat 8 spiders a year in our sleep. (It’s just 3. Not really, I kid, it’s zero. Spiders don’t want anything to do with you.)
        11. Marilyn Monroe wore a size 16 dress. (You’d like to think so, wouldn’t you Chubs? Nope, she had a 22-inch waist and weighed less than 120 pounds. If she were alive today, she’d probably wear a US size 4.)
        12. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. (Unless, of course, you can’t, then it’s…)