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The longest bench in the world gives everyone a fun place to relax by the beach

Is this seat taken? If youre looking for a place to take a break in Littlehampton, West Sussex in Britain, you definitely wont have trouble finding a spot. The small beach town is home to the longest bench in the entire world. Clocking in at 1063 feet, the bench can hold 300 people at once!longest-bench (1)[2] The bench is made from thousands of individual hardwood bars, recycled from the landfill and older seaside groynes and opened to the public on July 30th, 2010. Bright pops of color peek out through the benches undulating design and the bench also features two shelters where the bench bends and twists in on itself that makes for a fun play place for kids (of all ages).  Design company Studio Weave engineered the uber cool concept and locals even helped construct it. [h/t amusingplanet.com] longest-bench (2)[2] longest-bench (3)[2] longest-bench (4)[2] longest-bench (5)[5] longest-bench (7)[5] longest-bench (8)[5]

The Beipanjiang bridge is a modern marvel of technological innovation as the world’s highest bridge

China is huge, this we know. It’s also a diverse land, with incredibly varied topography to prove it. Because of this, the country has had to learn to adapt to the changing landscape in a way that works best for them. Whether it’s constructing towering skyscrapers in its bustling cities to meet the increasing demand for housing and commerce or, as in the case here, building crazy bridges to connect its more remote regions in convenient and safe ways.1hfuyi The Beipanjiang bridge opened to the public on December 30th, 2016, after construction began in 2011. The bridge is now the highest in the world, standing 1,854 feet above the ground. The structure connects Guizhou and Yunnan and shortens the time between the two rural provinces from five hours to only two. 2dfghprfv The bridge spans a distance of an impression 4,400 feet across the Beipan river valley between the mountainous landscapes and is a major feat in providing the area’s residents and workers with a safe, convenient travel option. The bridge is part of the G56 Hangzhou-Ruili roadway and links the cities of Qujing and Liupanshui.3uyftyseop It’s reported that the bridge cost $144 million dollars to build; China is also home to 15 of the 20 highest bridges in the world. The Sidu River Bridge and the Puli Bridge come in at numbers two and three though they hundreds of feet shorter than the Beipanjiang. 4ghaaskop Before these crazy high bridges, travel across these remote regions were dangerous, grueling and took days on winding, small roadways. It was an outdated, unsafe and inconvenient way of traveling and China has done well by their citizens to invest in their infrastructure by building these series of bridges. 5hgfiu In contrast, the highest bridge in the United States is the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado and is almost 1,000 feet shorter than the Beipanjiang. In 2001, the Royal Gorge was actually the tallest in the world but has been pushed to 17 in intervening 16 years.6ewqob There’s a difference between the tallest and the highest, however. While the Beipanjiang Bridge is the highest — meaning it has the most distance from the deck to the ground — France’s Millau Viaduct is the tallest, which measures the height of the structure itself.7kphgvas For perspective, the 1,854 feet that the bridge comes off the ground is roughly equivalent to a 200 story building!8hpjhbws Sources: USA Today, Mother Nature Network, Newser, Highest Bridges

The world’s most well-known cities get an atmospheric upgrade in these fog-covered photos

Taking in a city’s skyline is always a breathtaking sight. These conglomerations of buildings are sprawling testaments to the incredible talent and determination of man physical trophies of our own progress. Even still, Mother Nature knows just how to out-do and amplify our efforts by simply throwing some fog over these skylines. The world’s most major cities — Dubai, London, Capetown, Shanghai, New York — have all been made even more mysterious, beguiling and gorgeous with a morning of fog. Thankfully, some quick thinking and talented photographers captured these fleeting moments so we can revel in their atmospheric beauty. 3BAF21B900000578-4071098-Head_above_the_clouds_Mr_Erturk_hiked_to_a_viewing_point_at_4am_-a-12_1482947876965 Bergamo City in Italy looks as if it’s been set on fire, the fog intensifying and obscuring the city’s evening lights while the Chicago skyline calls to mind a futuristic city buried by some unnamed weather disturbance. Whether it’s early morning, twilight or somewhere in between, these foggy scenes are captivating, haunting and otherworldly in their beauty. h/t: dailymail.co.uk1rtgdcuou 3BAF32BD00000578-4071098-Windy_City_Fog_blankets_Chicago_s_tallest_buildings_after_rollin-a-13_1482947877020 3BAF21C000000578-4071098-City_in_the_sky_The_skyline_of_San_Francisco_blanketed_in_fog_th-a-9_1482947876915 3BAF32B900000578-4071098-Mysterious_scene_Photographer_John_Harrison_captured_these_breat-a-11_1482947876965 3BAF077000000578-4071098-Blanketed_Only_the_antenna_spire_of_the_Oriental_Pearl_Tower_whi-a-10_1482947876955 3BB2211B00000578-4071098-image-a-4_1483003454681 32C1D0C900000578-0-image-a-36_1459597172276

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