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This human ingenuity medley has something for everyone  We’ve got bridges that rise, that submerge, that fold up, that swing up and down and one that lifts the boats.  Then a scattering of amusing human moments and some mind-bending images to wake you up.

First a bridge that lifts

bridge, vertical liftbridge via jimThis bridge in Bordeaux France is Europe’s longest vertical lift bridge, with four traffic lanes and an outboard sidewalk and bicycle lane. The span can lift to a height of 50 meters (164 feet).

Note it lifts with cars on it.

Note it lifts with cars on it.

SUBMERSIBLE BRIDGES IN THE CORINTH CANAL, GREECE

Submersible Bridges, Corinth Canal, GreeceThe Corinth Canal was built between 1881 and 1893 to save ships a 700 km (435mile) journey because they no longer needed to go around the Peloponnesian peninsula.  It’s very narrow and can only accommodate one ship at a time. The submersible bridges were built in 1988 and their decks are lowered 8 meters (26ft) below the water, allowing for tall shipping vessels to use the canal.

It's under the water.

It’s under the water.

Deep enough for boats to get through.

Deep enough for boats to get through.

Kiel Germany’s Horn River features a folding bridge, in three-segments. The innovative bridge folds into an “N” shape. The bridge is nicknamed Klappt-Nix-Brücke, meaning Fold-not Bridge because initially it experienced many malfunctions.

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The Vizcaya Bridge in Biscay, Spain connects the two towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas over the Ibaizabal River. The locals refer to the bridge as Puente Colgante, meaning suspension bridge, even though it is a transporter bridge, with a different structure. This bridge also happens to be the world’s oldest transporter bridge, as it was built in 1893. Its gondola can transport six cars, as well as passengers and cyclists.

bridge, 3 Vizcaya Bridge, Spainbridge, Vizcaya Bridge, Spainbridge, River Hull Footbridge, UK 3The River Hull footbridge in Yorkshire, UK rotates while pedestrians are still on it. The bridge takes two minutes to open or close for water traffic and offers pedestrians a unique experience of the city. At night, the bridge’s lights turn on and off while the bridge moves, making a light show.

bridge, River Hull Footbridge, UK 2bridge, River Hull Footbridge, UK 4bridge, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK 2The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in the UK has a deck for pedestrians and cyclists, and a supporting arch. The bridge rotates as a single structure, with the arch lowering and the deck rising, counterbalancing each other, forming a pathway for water traffic.

bridge, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK 3bridge, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK winking eyebridge, Foryd Harbor Bridge, UK 2The Foryd Harbor pedestrian bridge in Rhyl, Wales, UK operates a bit like a sailing boat with a mast, rigging system, cables and pulley mechanism.

aaaaBridge, Foryd Harbor Bridge, UKbridge, El Ferdan Railway Bridge, Egypt 3Egypt’s El Ferdan Railway Bridge, rests over the Suez Canal and connects the Sinai Peninsula with mainland Egypt. This bridge is 335m (1,100 feet) and is the world’s longest swing bridge. It takes 30 minutes to open or close. It remains open for water traffic and is only closed when the train needs to cross the canal.

bridge, El Ferdan Railway Bridge, Egyptbridge, El Ferdan Railway Bridge, Egypt 2human ingen via sam foy find out moreThe Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift in the world and connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Opened in 2002, it lifts (or lowers) boats 24 meters enabling the vessels (mostly recreational) to travel all the way from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

Image by Kieran Baxter

Image by Kieran Baxter

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The photographer fell off a chair when he was taking the shot and ended up with a masterpiece.

The photographer fell off a chair when he was taking the shot and ended up with a masterpiece.

Sept 3, 1967, 5pm, Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right. This was the result

Sept 3, 1967, 5pm, Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right. This was the result

Unpacking the Head of the Statue of Liberty. Delivered June 17, 1885.

Unpacking the Head of the Statue of Liberty. Delivered June 17, 1885.

Annette Kellerman promoted women's right to wear a fitted one-piece suit, 1907. She was arrested for indecency.

Annette Kellerman promoted women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece suit, 1907. She was arrested for indecency.

 A typical rainy day in Chicago, Illinois, USA

A typical rainy day in Chicago, Illinois, USA

To get your mind warmed up:

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Two deer

Two deer

Five people

Five people

Seven horses.

Seven horses.

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Once you find the baby, it's so easy to see.

Once you find the baby, it’s so easy to see.

human ingen, 7For more cool bridges on this site you can go here.  This post has mostly bridges.  If you’re relatively new to this site, you may have missed these stunning living bridges.

Thanks to Jim for most of the bridges on this page.  Also to: Sam, Jill, John, Anita, Wim, George

 

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15 thoughts on “Amazing bridges, quirky humans and mind games

  1. More wild and wonderful photos – thanks so much Dusky for this always entertaining, always inspiring website.

  2. Amazing and unique engineering feat in bridge designing with great aesthetics.
    and great art.
    thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you verry much my dear brother Dusky for this amazing surprise. I love it

  4. love it
    awesome
    we live 70 miles N.W. of Yellowstone national Park
    appreciate you

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