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March 20, 2007

Walking on air

Walk_on_air High on life

A parachuter is taking one giant step, on an invisible current of air

A glass floor is transparent section of a floor in a building or a boat. Usually made of a reinforced glass, the most common use is as a tourist attraction. The highest above ground level is in the CN Tower in Toronto. The highest glass floor in a building in Europe is in the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. The highest in Oceania is in the observation deck of Sky Tower in Auckland

Design and construction of Spinnaker Tower (From Apothecary's Drawer)

Here's a snapshot of "Sarah and Debbie standing on glass plates in the Auckland Sky Tower about 700 feet up in the air. This was just a few moments before lightning struck the tower." I'd say this counts as "walking on air"

One attraction of the Macau Tower is the "skywalk," which can be quite scary in cases of strong winds

The making of the Grand Canyon glass bridge

These lone Converse shoes hanging on a power line are walking on air. These occupied shoes are walking even higher

King Crimson

Back in 1934, Popular Mechanics featured newfangled boots with built-in rubber bladders, promising the sensation of "walking on air"

These guys in the treetops may be secured by ropes, but they're certainly walking on air

Mohammad Asif walking on air

Is this Washington Post photo an optical illusion or a Photoshop job?

Of course, the masters of walking on air are caterpillars

This is another post that I am “co-blogging”, and (for the 5th time!) doing it with eccentric scholar and "language fanatic" Craig Conley of strange and Unusual dictionaries. Craig blogs at Abecedarian, and he provided most all of today’s links. (All previous posts archived here.) Thank you again, Craig! If other bloggers are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.

April 14 Update: Glass Floor series on Knuttz

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I think the Washington Post photo is neither an illusion or a Photoshop job. Since he's got a parachute, he's most likely a BASE jumper! Those guys scare me.

Posted by: Miss Cellania at Mar 20, 2007 5:27:09 AM

Where is the pic of the steel workers eating with their lunchpails hundreds of feet high?

Posted by: Will at Mar 21, 2007 2:40:42 AM