Friday, March 12, 2010

Damper baby

While the Taipei 101 building is no longer the tallest building in the world, it does have a few other world records under it's belt.  First, what's the use of a tall building if you can't get to the top?  Taipei 101 wants you to be able to get to the top floors in seconds, 37 to be exact.  Getting from the 5th floor to the 89th in 37 seconds makes it currently the fastest elevator in the world.  Jeremiah and I rode it to the top; it was pretty impressive.  You can feel the pressure in your ears as you go up.  But there's more that just a great view to look at when you get to the top.  On display is the big golden sphere pictured above.  As a way to counter the swaying caused by high winds and earthquakes, the Taipei 101 people built the largest damper sphere in the world.  It counters the swaying of the building to prevent structural damage.

However, the best part about this building is the name that's been given the damper: Damper Baby.  That's got to deserve a world record for something.

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