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Short answer: "Windmills always turn counter-clockwise" - False, it depends "Irish windmills turn clockwise" - False, it depends too Long Answer: The older windmills have any spinning CW or CCW, in fact in the district of Cambridgeshire, England, you have an example of nearby similar mills whose sails rotate in opposite directions in ...


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Other examples? There's a list of buildings which have collapsed due to fire here: Historical Survey of Multi-Story Building Collapses Due to Fire. Scanning this document, to include only building which are made of steel (and not e.g. reinforced concrete), shows only two: Alexis Nihon Plaza Montreal, Canada Steel frame with composite steel beam and deck ...


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I asked the people from the In Flanders Fields Museum, which is located right in Ypres. If anyone knows about the background of the story, it should be them. And sure enough, the nice person who responds to email inquiries at the museum shed some light on the question. Here's his response to my question about the truth of that statement: Yes, there is ...


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Were these pillars built using lathe? Yes, or more precisely given the lack of primary documentation, there is no reason to presume otherwise and is not considered controversial see here and here Evidence for the existence of lathes, at least for woodwork, goes back to, at least, Ancient Egypt. By the 11th century, it was a well established technology ...


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How true are the claims of this guy? P.N. Oak is a controversial writer also known for claiming that the Vatican was once a Hindu temple. Now onto the Taj Mahal, this claim is listed under Myths of the Taj Mahal P.N.Oak's wikipedia states In 2000 India's Supreme Court dismissed Oak's petition to declare that a Hindu king had built the Taj Mahal and ...


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For a generalized listing: Underground city Beijing's Underground City was built as a bomb shelter. The Shanghai Tunnels connect the basements of many hotels and bars in Portland. Several cities, such as Las Vegas and New York, have homeless populations living in underground tunnels (whose designed purpose may be for storm drains or the like). Do city ...


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A single counter-example is sufficient to show that this statement is not strictly true. This windmill in Orange County, Iowa is a clockwise windmill. And it appears that Blennerville Windmill - Tralee is an anti-clockwise windmill. Interestingly, however, a google for images of windmills does suggest that the majority do turn counter-clockwise (assuming ...


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It depends on exactly what the claim is, but it's certainly not the "longest bridge in the world". Wikipedia's list of longest bridges, lists Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge as the Guinness Records holder with total length of 164km. Guinness' Longest Road Bridge is Bang Na Expressway with length of 54km. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway is "only" ...


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Hoysaleswara temple was built in Halebidu (currently in the modern state of Karnataka, India) during the rule of King Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleswara of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century and is one of the largest temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva in South India. The construction was started around 1120 CE and completed in 1150 CE. Many art ...


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Your question title asks if you can run against a glass door you can't see through but the meat of your question asks if it's true that someone might get hit with a glass door you are opening when it isn't transparent, correct? To answer though, I doubt it would take a study for either one of these, as they seem to be fairly common sense things (I could be ...


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Dwarka is the headquarters of the Okhamandal taluka in Jamnagar District and is situated in the extreme west coast of the Saurashtra peninsula on the Arabian Sea. Similar discoveries of stone anchors from Indian Ocean coastlines suggest that Dwarka anchors may be related to Indo-Arab trade between 8th century and 15th century AD. Referring to research by ...


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