Cracking the glass floor

Let’s just summarise this:

# Chicago, home of leftwing loonery;
# Windy city;
# ‘Modern’ design, e.g. Alton Towers, Florida bridge
# 103rd floor outside the building;
# Nothing to grab onto at all.

What could possibly go wrong?


Visitors’ Worst Nightmare Comes True As The Glass Floor On 103rd Floor Shatters Under Their Feet

You know about luddites, right? To me, there are three camps:

# Those techies so enamoured of the god Science that any design is fine as long as it’s jazzy, sassy and cool;
# Those who reject any tech at all, even laptops;
# Those in the middle who go by these rules of thumb:

a) The higher it is, the more demanding and stringent one is at putting one’s life into their hands;
b) The more celebrated it is, the less inclined I am to go on it;
c) The absence of a tried and tested escape route is bye bye;
d) Who would stand on a sheet of glass anyway with a dozen others jumping up and down?

We read further down that it cracked the way it was supposed to. Fine, good luck with that, I’ll pray for you.

[H/T Chuckles]

10 comments for “Cracking the glass floor

  1. Distant Relative
    June 18, 2019 at 11:11

    No ta to glass floors – brings on my vertigo. Being up a mountain I can cope with, looking down through glass doesn’t seem right. They’re very old school – William the Conq installed one at his gaff doncha know. Wasn’t impressed with that one either.
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Château_de_Falaise,_keep_interior,_projection_room_with_partial_glass_floor.jpg

  2. Mark Matis
    June 18, 2019 at 12:18

    Well the real problem is that the structural portion didn’t actually fail!

    Sounds like a good way to clean out some hive dweller sewage…

  3. Luther Burgsvik
    June 18, 2019 at 12:39

    When it comes to heights even the older tried and tested methods don’t look much safer than these ‘walks of faith’. Anyone fancy Kissing the old Blarney Stone?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dakb0M9XcAAlzwf.jpg

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-makob_Ro4Pc/Vg2iyNi-aaI/AAAAAAAAJOs/6mU_buLGqRY/s1600/kissing%2Bthe%2Bblarney%2Bstone.JPG

  4. fos
    June 18, 2019 at 12:44

    “The higher it is, the more demanding and stringent one is at putting one’s life into their hands”

    The danger doesn’t scale with the height. After, say, 5 metres you will be lucky to be alive. Any higher and the only question is the consistency of the strawberry jam.

    Can’t understand how some people can enjoy terror.

  5. Penseivat
    June 18, 2019 at 12:48

    Luther,
    There’s a suspicion that local wags urinate on the Blarney stone so that gullible visitors are literally kissing someone’s pee. Oh, the humour of the Oirish!

    • Luther Burgsvik
      June 18, 2019 at 17:53

      Eww. I wonder if that’s where it gets it’s supposed magic power from? You know, the gift of the gab to those who kiss the Irish piss(!)

  6. June 18, 2019 at 14:32

    I was one of em.

  7. woodsy42
    June 19, 2019 at 00:07

    And let’s face it, if they think glass is a suitable material for the floor you have to wonder what is holding it up and keeping it attached to the building?

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