Modern technology makes it possible for people to traverse all types of difficult terrain. From deep lakes and chasms to mountains that scrape the sky, bridges are a vital transportation tool. Throughout our history, engineers have produced bridges that could be described as beautiful, inspiring, and awe-inspiring. The bridges on this list, however, are best described as absolutely terrifying. Are you brave enough to see some of the scariest bridges around the world?
This wooden structure has existed in Kuanda, Russia for over 30 years. However, since it’s introduction, the bridge has received almost no maintenance. The narrow dimensions also make it difficult for anyone but the most expert drivers to negotiate, especially during one of the frequent spells of icy rain and snow. While the Kuandinsky Bridge is no longer used for regular traffic, it is popular with thrill seekers looking for new adventures.
Royal Gorge Bridge
Found in Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the country. At over 1000 feet high, this structure is not for those who are afraid of heights. Fearless tourists can cross the bridge on foot or enjoy a heart-pounding cable car ride across the gorge.
Throughout the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, simple wooden structures dot the many rivers and waterways. At first glance, they look to be nothing more than a bundle of sticks. However, these unsophisticated pathways are actually footbridges used by locals to ease the navigation of their waterlogged lands. Monkey bridges are often just a single length of bamboo laid from one shore to the next. More elaborate models include supports for stability.
Like the monkey bridges of Vietnam, the vine bridges of Iya Valley, Japan are a cultural tradition. However, no one is quite sure who created these intricate and delicate structures. They are believed to be at least 900 years old. There is evidence that the valley was once home to 13 of these woven vine and plank bridges. Today, however, only 3 survive. Despite the fact that modern engineers have reinforced these ancient bridges with steel, the 45-foot drop into the valley below is still a bone-chilling experience for tourists.
Hussaini Hanging Bridge
Sprawling across the Hunza River in Pakistan, this simple structure is often called the most dangerous bridge in the world. Rickety boards perch precariously on a thin wire frame. One misstep would send travelers hurdling into the deep waters below. Off to the side, the remains of a previous version of the bridge can still be seen hanging.
Seven Mile Bridge
The first version of Florida’s Seven Mile Bridge had to be destroyed and reconstructed due to engineering errors. The bridge was built too low, preventing ships from passing safely underneath. While the second bridge accommodates all sizes of sea craft, it’s still a heart-pounding drive during Florida’s many violent storms.
Found in China’s Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Park, the Glass Skywalk is officially the longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. Visitors receive an unobstructed view of the valley floor below as they stroll across the clear expanse. Completed in 2015, the structure is supported by ultra thick steel beams.
Deception Pass Bridge
The fog in Washington State is a well-known phenomenon. This rickety footbridge connects two small islands. When the fog is thick, travelers aren’t even able to see the 180-foot drop below them. Before it’s construction, island dwellers relied on ferry boats to get between locations.
Eshima Ohashi Bridge
This Japanese bridge is a marvel of modern construction. Straddling Lake Nakaumi, this bridge is built on a steep gradient to allow ships to pass by unobstructed. When viewed from certain angles, the bridge appears to look like an amusement park. While quite a bit of its steepness is just an illusion, this bridge is still an impressive sight from any viewpoint.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
The longest cross-water bridge in the world, this Louisiana structure sits a mere 16 feet above the waves. Residents have relied on this bridge for almost 70 years to navigate the underwater space between the cities of Mandeville and Metairie.
While Canada’s contribution to this list isn’t the highest or wildest entry, it does merit frights on it own. This 8-mile structure stretches across a body of frigid water. If an accident caused someone to fall into the depths below, it’s unlikely they would be able to survive the freezing cold before a rescue could arrive. The bridge’s conservators claim it to be the longest bridge across the icy water in the world.
Ghana welcomes visitors to get a different view of the forest from this 40-foot high structure. Running through the treetops, explorers are likely to run into a variety of wild birds and small monkeys. These fellow travelers can be the biggest danger on this unique nature walk.
Switzerland enters the list with this pedestrian-only expanse in the Alps. Built to imitate the 3-rope bridges popular in Nepal, this architectural wonder draws over 20,000 visitors each year. Gondola rides are available for those who don’t trust their legs to make the journey.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Four hundred feet above the Malaysian jungle, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is a sprawling suspense structure that gives tourists a bird’s eye view of this beautiful country. The bridge was recently closed for some much-needed repairs but is now open for visitors on most days.
Sidu River Bridge
Higher than the Royal Gorge Bridge, this structure straddles the Sidu River in China’s Sichuan Basin. At over 4000 feet long, the bridge sits 1,640 feet above the gorge’s bottom. On a clear day, travelers are treated to an unobstructed view of the whole valley.
This bridge is a one lane, trestle bridge that seems to be covered in snow for most of the year. The Kuandinsky Bridge of Kuanda, Russia is a bridge that is certainly one of nightmares. It also has no guard rails and withstands harsh winds through the long Russian winter. This bridge is closed but some thrill seekers still try to cross it.
Aiguille du Midi Bridge
Aiguille du Midi Bridge located in the French Alps, is a terrifying 12,500 feet above sea level and is glassed in on part of it. It requires a 20 minute ride by cable car than a 9,200 food trek nearly straight up to reach this bridge at all. Once you get up, the only way back down is to go through the bridge. If you are afraid of heights, you should avoid this bridge at all costs.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland, this bridge is made of ropes and pieces of wood. It also is suspended over water and rocks and is a bridge that is 98 feet high. It is 66 feet long and is narrow with views of the Irish Sea, Rathin Island and more. Though the views are stunning, they are also terrifying.
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge located in Zhangjiajie, China is a glass bottom bridge that is suspended between two mountains. The bridge is 1,410 feet long and has a fully glass bottom. It handles up to 8,000 visitors per day and is stunning. If you can stand the heights and the feeling that you may fall, this is a bridge that is certainly worth a visit.
Hussaini Hanging Bridge
Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan, this bridge is a rope bridge and is considered to be one of the most dangerous bridges in the entire world. The bridge is made of wood and rope and was damaged heavily in the monsoons in 2011. This bridge does sway quite badly when the wind blows and is terrifying for anyone that decides to take this path across the Borit Lake.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Canada, this suspension bridge is 230 feet above the ground and spans an impressive 450 feet through the forest. The bridge was originally hemp and wood but it has since been redone to support the thousands of visitors that want to traverse it every day.
U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge, Myanmar is the longest and oldest teak footbridge in the world. It was made from the remnants of royal palace that was raised and is 0.75 miles long. It curves over the Taungthaman Lake and is very popular with tourists and photographers at sunset because of the way that it is framed against the sky.
Millau Viaduct, France, this bridge is an architectural wonder. The bridge is 1,125 feet above its base and is the tallest bridge in the world. It stretches between Paris and Beziers and is a stunning project to say the least. The bridge is one that makes it feel like you are floating in the clouds and it is taller than the Eiffel tower itself. The speed limit is about 70 miles per hour so it is also a thrill seekers dream.
Monkey Bridges, Vietnam these bridges are a very common occurrence in Vietnam. These bridges are named thus because of their primitive structure and look. They are made of sticks and string and are commonly constructed to go over water and through tight spaces. They have a base rail and a hand rail on each side.
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia, this bridge is not one you will want to miss if you love sweeping views and stunning landscapes. This bridge is one that has a walkway that has parts that are made of glass and that is absolutely stunning. This bridge is also somewhat terrifying for some however as it is far above the earth and allows for a direct view of all the scenery below.
Titlis Cliff Walk
Titlis Cliff Walk located in Engelberg, Switzerland is a bridge that is suspended high above the mountains and offers a look at what some call the abyss of the southwall. This is a 500 meter drop. This bridge is only three feet wide and is 100 meters long and is roughly 10,000 feet above sea level.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland, this bridge is one that is 4.3 miles long and connects Maryland’s Eastern and Western Shores. The bridge is beautiful and is 186 feet above the water. This bridge is somewhat terrifying as it does sway with the wind and can be scary for those that are not used to heights. There is even a car service that will drive your car across the bridge for you while you go by ferry on the water below.
Royal Gorge Bridge
Royal Gorge Bridge, Cañon City, Colorado, this bridge spans about 880 feet and is 955 feet above the water of the Arkansas River. It is the highest bridge in the United States and has 1,292 wooden planks. You can also bungee jump from the bridge. This bridge used to be the tallest in the world but it has since been passed up by bridges that are far taller and far scarier than this bridge.
Iya Valley Vine Bridges
Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Japan, these bridges are made of vines and wood and are over 900 years old. These bridges are also ever changing and are 147 feet long. They have been reinforced with wire since they were built but the original vines are still in place. The drop to the river below is only 46 feet so it may not be as scary as some of the other bridges on the list.
Father Decides to Set Up Cameras After His Daughter Wakes Up With Strange Marks
What happened inside the house of an Ohio couple couldn’t have been predicted. Troublesome commotions could be heard in the wee hours while everyone slept. No one thought much of it until something strange occurred.
Darren’s suspicions were initially directed at his fiancé, who suspected of playing a practical joke on him. They staged a camera to sort things out after she denied it ultimately. The unsettling footage, on the other hand, would rock their world.
Father Takes Action After Daughter was Expelled for Appearance
Enough Is Enough
This father’s jaws fell open as he listened to the scathing remarks from his daughter’s school administrator, stating the reason for his daughter being booted from a prom event. He was at boiling point and had enough.
He thought enough was enough after only a few seconds and was ready to address the situation head-on.
40 Unforgivable Movie Bloopers
With that goes with making a movie, especially one for the big cinema screen, it’s not surprising when mistakes occur or edits are need. That’s what the editing room is for to go through the draft film and tighten up all the problems or loose spots in the film as well as to get it within the acceptable viewing time allowed. However, once in a while even the best of movies, including Oscar-winning films, have bloopers in them that just can’t be forgiven. They are such clear violations of quality film-making, people wonder how the blooper got through to the public viewing, and yet it does anyways. Here are 25 examples of film bloopers that never should have been allowed or the detail missed, but in the fictional world of movies they occur regardless.
Homeless Man Who Helped a Woman Turned Out to be a Hoax
The story of the homeless man who helped out a woman needing gas for her car by donating his few dollars went viral on the Internet and had hundreds of people wanting to reach out and help. They did so through a GoFundMe site that ended up generating a sizable amount of charity and gifts. For those who gave money, it made them feel better instantly. There was only one problem. The story was made up. The man was not homeless, and the woman had never run out of gas.
Instead, the two were involved in an online scam that ended up defrauding folks out of approximately $400,000 in online money gifts. It was not only enough to trigger a serious crime, the pair got themselves charged with a federal conspiracy case and ultimately pled guilty in a New Jersey federal court. Johnny Bobbitt and Katelyn McClure both separately admitted their crime of wire fraud. Given their involvement and degree of actions, Bobbitt is looking at a potential 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines. McClure for her part faces a bigger sentence of 20 years and a similar financial penalty. Both will find out for sure when they are sentenced. In addition to the federal charges, the pair also have a second round of trials to go through with state charges as well. It was a blunt, cold ending to a story and scam that started in 2017 and took off like wildfire, far better than Hobbitt and McClure thought it would.
The story was plausible and reasonable enough. A couple told their story online about how they wanted to help a homeless man who helped them. McClure and her partner posted that Bobbitt realized McClure was in trouble, stuck in Philadelphia without gas. She needed to get home, and Bobbitt, who was nearby, realized the problem. He then gave her his only $20 to buy gas so she could travel again. To show their gratitude, McClure and her boyfriend were trying to raise $10,000 to help Bobbitt out as a thank you. The story took off.
Unfortunately, the media got involved. Loving a story out of the norm with a good newsworthy ending, they showcased the story on TV, and it got big attention. All of a sudden, what was supposed to be a little scam turned into a big one, raising some $402,706 with the added attention in a short three weeks. While Bobbitt did get $25,000 set aside by McClure and her partner, the rest of it was burned like kerosene on fire via clothing, trips, a car, vacations, gambling and more. However, Bobbitt didn’t appreciate the small share, and sued the pair for more, arguing he should have gotten $75,000 at least. GoFundMe got involved by trying to avoid bad press and making sure Bobbitt, the alleged homeless person, got his fair shake.
All of the financial attention caught the eye of the Feds who started investigating McClure. They seized well over 60,000 digital messages between the couple, which included admissions that the whole story was made up – a smoking gun text in the fraud conspiracy. Interestingly, McClure’s partner, although he enjoyed the spending of the money with McClure, was not charged or seen as involved in the conspiracy. The Feds went after McClure and the alleged homeless partner, Bobbitt, for the fraud. And GoFundMe yet again found itself in the middle of a crazy criminal scheme gone public and bad, stealing money from people who wanted to help others online. It turned out to be an odd, miserable ending to what many had hoped would have been a story of human charity done right.
Drones, COVID-19, and Girl Scout Cookies: How One Virginia Troop Made It All Work
Nestled in the heart of Montgomery County is Christiansburg, VA. A small town with just over 20,000 within its city limits, Christiansburg was first founded in 1671. Hundreds of years later, the city continues to thrive despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has been wrecking so much of our day-to-day life.
One particular group of Christiansburg locals made it their goal to deliver Girl Scout Cookies no matter what during the pandemic and Google’s parental company, Alphabet Inc., decided to help them out.
Cookies From the Sky
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed unlikely that there would ever be a time when the pandemic would end. As economies shuttered and businesses quarantined, people had to get creative to continue working their trade. A team of Girl Scouts in Virginia was determined to deliver their famous cookies this past year, but due to COVID restrictions, they knew that this would bed difficult.
Lia Reich is a global communications lead at Wing, a subsidiary of the company Alphabet Inc.. Wing develops drones for Google, and it was through their futuristic work that Thin Mints would rain down from the sky. Lia says of COVID restrictions impacting the Scouts, “Selling cookies outside (grocery stores or shops) is difficult this year.”
According to Lia, sales within the Girl Scouts have dropped more than 50%. Lia would go on to tell the team at USA TODAY during an interview, “It was a natural fit to partner with the Girl Scouts.”
Despite soaring vaccination rates and loosening COVID restrictions, the drone program would get launched through the Wing App and its corresponding website. According to Reich, the plan at Wing is to help deliver more than 3,000 total boxes of cookies via its drone delivery service, if not even more.
For the Girl Scouts, cookie season typically begins in January though flavor availability and onset will vary based upon the region. For the longest time, Girl Scouts have prioritized selling their goods in residential neighborhoods, outside of grocery stores, and even through company programs at local businesses.
Unfortunately for the Girl Scouts, the COVID-19 pandemic would put an end to convention. In March 2020, the Scouts would suspend all of their traditional cookie booths and door-to-door sales campaigns. To make up for this loss in action, the Girl Scouts of Virginia would prepare virtual cookie booths through their online social media campaigns to partner with their drone-delivery methods.
Considered one of the largest girl-led programs for entrepreneurs on the planet, the Girl Scout Cookie drive is immensely important for multiple reasons. Not just an important institution, the Girl Scouts are a defining one.
Take Flight With Wing
While the Girl Scouts of Virginia will enjoy drone flying assistance with their cookie deliveries, they won’t have to worry about running the controls themselves. As the first drone delivery company in the country to earn Air Operators Certification from the FAA in 2019, Wing has used the Scouts delivery service as a way to showcase just how far drone flights have come.
According to Reich, “COVID gave people who might not have a reason to try drone delivery, and we saw deliveries increase by more than 500% in 2020.”
Reich’s assertion was backed by a local survey released by Virginia Tech. The survey found that Christiansburg locals enjoyed the idea of a residential drone delivery company with support coming in at 87% in favor of the idea.
Are you ready to start ordering your Girl Scout Cookies through drone delivery services? How about your next grocery order? As it turns out, the sky might be the limit!
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