30 March 2021 - INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES WORTH READING


 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES 

WORTH READING

G'day folks,

Feeling down? Well, check these wise words.

 


 










Clancy's comment: I hope they fired you up. Now, pass them onto others.

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27 March 2021 - WHO INITIATED THE FIRST SUSPENSION BRIDGE?

 

WHO INITIATED THE 

FIRST SUSPENSION BRIDGE?

 

G'day folks,

The Inca people of South America were noted for making durable suspension bridges by weaving mountain grasses and other vegetation into thick cables. These sturdy ropes were ideal for crossing long gorges and were called simp’achaka, which means “braided bridges.” 
 
Workers would create the cables at the site where the bridge was to be erected and it was a technique that was used centuries later for the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City in 1864. 
 

 
 
Many of these suspension bridges stretched longer than what even European engineers of the time had made with stone. Today, the last remaining Incan-style grass cable suspension bridge, the Queshuachaca, can be found over a gorge in Peru’s Canas Province.


Clancy's comment: I've walked on some of these bridges and did so with great fear.

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25 March 2021 - WHO WAS THIS UNKNOWN FRENCH WOMAN?


 WHO WAS THIS

 UNKNOWN

 FRENCH WOMAN?

 

G'day folks,

Sometime in the late 19th century, the drowned body of a young woman was recovered from the Seine in Paris. As was customary in those days, the body was put on display at the Paris mortuary, in the hope that someone would recognize and identify her.

 Although no one came forward, she did catch the eye of one pathologist, who became so entranced by the girl’s face and her mysterious half-smile that he asked a molder to take a plaster cast of her face. The mask, which some refer to as the ‘drowned Mona Lisa’ or ‘L’Inconnue’ became a cultural phenomenon, inspiring artists like Louis Aragon, Man Ray, and Vladimir Nabokov, to imagine stories around the mystery woman. 

 


 

 But what really immortalized the face of L’Inconnue, and where you probably recognize her form is this: a Norwegian toy manufacturer specializing in soft plastic created the first CPR mannequin — using the unknown woman’s face. He drew inspiration from a replica of the mask hanging in his parent's home. His creation is now the standard CPR doll model, dubbed Rescue Annie.


Clancy's comment: It's extraordinary that an unknown woman can become so famous.

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