I was in Las Vegas recently, and we stayed at a resort WAY off the strip, nearly 20 KM away. From our 4th story window, we could see the taller buildings on the strip, but the thing that I remember the most was this HUGE Ferris wheel. When I got back and started having to look for future contests, I knew one I had to do.
The High Roller Ferris Wheel at The LINQ is, as of the date of this writing, the tallest open Ferris wheel in the world at 167M or 550 feet tall.
Built in the late 1890s, The Lord Lonsdale sailed from Hamburg in 1909 on the way to the west coast of Mexico. As customary for the time, before the dangerous trip through the Straights of Magellan, the ship stopped off at Stanley Harbor in the Falkland Islands. While there, it caught fire. The ship was scuttled to put out the fire.
But, you might notice, this is NOT in Stanley Harbor, but Punta Arenas. So, how did the shipwreck get there?
A salvage company bought the steel hull of the ship. They tried to carry it somewhere — no one is quite sure where they were going, but they only got as far a Punta Arenas before they gave up.
In 2007, the US reality show “The Amazing Race” (season 11, episode 4) featured the wreck as a milestone.
Those playing THIS game who located the wreck (all before the hint) were:
Jicamarca is a site in the Incoherent Scatter Radar Chain, a group of 6 observatories that include Arecibo, Millstone Hill in Massachusets, AMISR locations in Poker Flat, Alaska and Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, and Sondrestrom in Greenland.
The observatory was, among many other milestones, the site of the first successful detection of VHF radar echoes from Venus. It also mapped in great detail the terrain of the Sea of Tranquility on the moon, data used extensively by Apollo astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin.
In 1986, Coca-Cola turned 100 years old. The company’s affiliate in Chile decided to commemorate the anniversary by building a copy of the logo that read “Coca-Cola: 100 Años” They used 70,000 empty bottles, arranged in the sand over a 400×150 foot area.
In 2011, the company went back, cleaned up the 25 years of damage, and changed the subtitle to “125 Años”.
The penal colony of Cayenne, commonly known as Devil’s Island (Île du Diable), was a French penal colony that operated in the 19th and 20th century in the Salvation’s Islands of French Guiana. Opened in 1852, the Devil’s Island system received convicts deported from all parts of the Second French Empire, and was infamous for its harsh treatment of detainees, with a death rate of 75% at their worst, until it was closed down in 1953. Devil’s Island was notorious for being used for the internal exile of French political prisoners, with the most famous being Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
Moray is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m (98 ft) deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has an irrigation system.
The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth, design, and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15°C (27°F) between the top and the bottom.
It is thought that the terraces allowed experimentation with different types of crops.