Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Eiffel Tower

Well, we've come to the day of the week where I blatantly try to promote a piece of jewelry while I shroud it under the guise of "educational fact sharing." Disgusting, I know. But, hey- this is my day job. Look at it as though you are sitting through a time share pitch and if you stick it through, then you get a free night's stay. Except, with this blog the "free night's stay" is "free knowledge." And I promise you will feel less dirty and used after reading this blog then you would had you sat through a time share spiel.

So, grab a cup of coffee....or for today's blog, a cafe aulait, and let's talk about the Eiffel Tower!

  • The Eiffel Tower was named after showman, architect and contractor Gustave Eiffel. It was finished in March of 1889. It was built for the World's Fair to show that iron was stronger and lighter than stone....That's a pretty big way to go to prove a point.
  • Apparently, the tower shrinks 6 inches in the winter. Mmm hmm. I've heard that excuse before....
  • The tower was almost demolished in 1909, but it was saved due to it's use as a telecommunications tower.
  • To prevent rust, the tower is painted every 7 years. And you thought repainting your dining room was rough.
  • There are over 100 security cameras installed on the Eiffel Tower. C'est La Vie.
  • Here's something for you science nerds: The air contained in a cylinder that could hold the Eiffel Tower would weigh more than the Eiffel Tower itself. Huh? The explanation to this involves math and something called "cubic metres," so I'm really not going to go into it.
  • Around the base of the Eiffel Tower are the names of important French scientists, including Daguerre (the father of photography).
  • The architect, Gustave Eiffel, also created the frame for the Statue of Liberty. 
  • Between 1925 and 1934, the car company Citron, use the Eiffel Tower as a billboard...which just seems weird and wrong to me.
  • In 1912, a man designed a "parachute-coat," which he decided to test out by jumping off the Eiffel Tower. It did not end well. Long story short: parachute-coats are not a current fashion staple.
And, here's the necklace that inspired today's blog post:

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