July 5th, 2004

ian

1776 feet

Apparently 1776 feet is something everyone can understand as symbolic of freedom. It insults the closest allies of the US. It confuses the majority of nations who don't know what is special about a building being just over 541 metres tall. Even so, it will be a triumph of civil engineering. I was told recently that the difference is that mechanical engineers build weapons, while civil engineers build targets. Have I missed something here?

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