Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Not content with having the tallest building in America , the owners of Willis Tower in Chicago have installed four glass box viewing platforms which stick out of the building 103 floors up.

The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four feet from the building's Sky deck. They are 4x10x10, made of solid glass, floor included... 

Visitors get their first view from The Ledge -- four glass balconies suspended from the Tower.

Designers say the platforms - collectively dubbed The Ledge - have been purposely created to make visitors feel as they are floating above the city. The reward is unobstructed views of Chicago from the building's west side and a heart-stopping (well, duh!) vista of the street and Chicago River below - for those brave enough to look straight down. (not me!) It's like walking on ice.

John Huston, one of the owners of the Willis Tower, even admitted to getting 'a little queasy' when he ventured out on to the balcony. However, after 30 or 40 trips, he seems to have gotten used to it.

Long way up: Even the floor of the platforms are glass - few are brave enough to look straight down.  Although some adults felt dizzy after experiencing The Ledge, children seemed to take it in their stride. 

Fearless: Five-year-old Anna Kane spreads out on the floor of the 10ft square box which is 1,353 ft up.

Thrill seekers: The boxes jut out four feet from the building and were specifically designed to attract visitors.  The Willis Tower has always been about superlatives - tallest, largest, most iconic.

The Ledge is the world's most awesome view, the world's most precipitous view, the view with the most wow in the world. The balconies are 10ft high and 10ft wide, can hold five tons, and have glass which is 1.5 inch thick.

Inspiration came from the hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind on The  Sky deck windows every week. Now, staff have a new glass surface to clean: floors!

Architect Ross Wimer said: 'We did studies that showed a 4' X 4' deep enclosure makes you feel like you're detached from the building particularly since there's only room for one row of people.'

The Ledge is accessible from The Sky deck which attracts 25,000 visitors on clear days. They each pay $15 to take an elevator ride up to the 103rd floor of the 110-story office building that opened in 1973. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Drive Safely


I knew  water is important but I never knew about the special times to drink it.

Are you??
Drinking water at the correct  time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body :

  • 2 glasses of water after waking up -  helps activate   internal organ 
  • 1 glass of water  30 minutes before a meal -   helps digestion
  • 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps   lower blood pressure 
  • 1 glass of water before going to bed -   avoids stroke or heart attack

    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    Dialogues in English

    1. U can study and get any certificates. But u cannot get ur death certificate
    2. U may have AIRTEL or BSNL connection but when u sneeze u ll say HUTCH
    3. U can bcome an engineer if u study in engineering college. U cannot bcom a president if u studies in Presidency College 
    4. U can expect a BUS from a BUS stop ... u cannot expect a FULL from FULL stop
    5. A mechanical engineer can bcom a mechanic but a software engineer cannot bcom a software 
    6. U can find tea in teacup. But cannot find world in world cup
    7. U can find keys in Keyboard but u cannot find mother in motherboard.