Tuesday, June 27, 2006

happy 30th birthday CN tower

The CN Tower marked 30 years yesterday as the world's tallest freestanding structure at 553m / 1815ft
Exactly how tall is it? The official height of the CN Tower is 553.33 m (1,815 ft., 5 in.). That’s a staggering 181 storeys!

Take me higher At an astounding height of 447 m (1,465 ft.), the CN Tower’s Sky Pod is the world’s highest man-made observation deck and provides a spectacular panoramic view of the city.

Watch out At a height of 346 m (1,136 ft.), the Look Out Level houses Horizons Café and provides an incredible view of the city and surrounding area.

Look out below Those who dare can peer 342 m (1,122 ft.) straight down while standing on the Glass Floor. The specially engineered floor can hold the weight of 14 full-grown hippos!

A shocking fact: The CN Tower is impervious to electrical storms. That’s a good thing considering that lightning strikes the CN Tower an average of 75 times each year.

Going up…fast Six high-speed glass-fronted elevators whisk guests from the ground floor to the CN Tower’s Look Out Level in a mere 58 seconds at a speed of 22 km/h (15 mph).

Stepping up The CN Tower houses the world’s longest metal staircase, composed of 1,776 steps. It has been scaled on foot, pogo stick and in a wheelchair, and even by two men carrying a piano.

A cool place The temperature can be as much as 10°C cooler on the outdoor Observation level than it is on the ground.

What a wonder The CN Tower is one of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Fine dining comes full circle The 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower features a revolving dining area that treats guests to a complete view of the city every 72 minutes. Janice & I ate there about a year after it opened.

In all the news media stuff about the CN Tower yesterday, the one key fact that was not mentioned is that it is the centrepiece for that great movie: Canadian Bacon.

Released in 1995, it was written, directed and produced by Michael Moore. This "classic" comedy/satire was the last film to star the late John Candy who died a year before its release.


michael lewis said...

You ate at the restaurant 29 years ago?


The 6 course meal with steak and lobster must have set you back about $6.

michael lewis said...

And that $6 included the bottle of wine.

nadine said...

I don't remember the 360 restaurant. Oh, right. You didn't let your kids eat there. Something about college tuition...

pastor mike said...

Michael: I don't remember what the cost was - I do know I had a 2 for 1 coupon. The meal was OK, but nothing great. The evening we went, the clouds rolled in & we ate above the clouds.

Nadine: There was a good reason for not letting you kids eat with us at the CN Tower... Let me put this gently... I suggest that you do not apply for a screen writing position with numb3rs! - do the math,
...we were not married,
...we did not have any kids,
...and the university tuition I was paying for was mine!

nadine said...

I meant the time I went with you. Wait, you weren't there. I think that was Mom and my SEVEC exchange partner who brought the pot with her.

I know I wasn't there 29 years ago. Thanks for the math lesson anyhow.