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55993.  Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:44 am Reply with quote

Just thought I’d post this nugget, hope it’s not already been mentioned. Could be a good one for when Rich Hall is on the show?

Question: What is the largest man-made structure in the world?

Forfeit: Great Wall of China, Pyramids of Gaza,

Answer: The Fresh Kills landfill site, Staten Island.

Opened in 1948, the Fresh Kills landfill site (named after the dutch word “kil” meaning small river) soon became one of the largest projects in human history, eventually trumping the Great Wall of China as the world’s largest man-made structure (by volume).

The site is 3000-acres in area and, had it stayed open until its planned closure, would have grown to be the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard. As it is, after its closure in 2001 its peak was 25m above the Statue of Liberty. Under local pressure, the landfill closed in March 2001, only to be opened again to cope with the enormous amount of debris created by the destruction of the World Trade Centre. It is now completely shut down, restrictions mean that it should not legally be able to re-open (no landfill site is allowed to open within NYC limits); the site is currently being renovated as parkland and a wildlife facility.

More to follow….


56015.  Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:09 am Reply with quote

'The rubbish dump on Staten Island' seems to make the point more crisply. Is that still accurate?

A quibbler might see (say) the US road network as larger, but I think this stands up nevertheless.

56018.  Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:26 am Reply with quote

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56019.  Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:30 am Reply with quote

The landfill site expert might quibble that there is a difference between a landfill and a dump (I think landfills generally have slighly more technical processes involved than just dumping stuff). But in common parlance, it's definately a dump.

Interesting point about the road system, I hadn't considered that. There is a massive hole (kind of a quarry) in Utah (I think) which also claims to be the largest man-made structure, but I consider a hole to be the exact antonym of a structure.

56025.  Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:46 am Reply with quote

If you're talking about 'span' rather than volume, then the global telecommunications sytem - its optical fibre network - would seem to be the biggest. Also the thinnest.

56099.  Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:05 pm Reply with quote

So maybe the question is: what is the largest manmade structure which is also funny?

The dump should take that one comfortably.

57078.  Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:18 am Reply with quote

Kennebunkport in Maine, perhaps better known as a summer retreat of Dubya, hosts an annual carnival called the Dump Festival where they crown their “Miss Dumpy”.

Started in 1965 in order to honour the “importance of the old fashioned town dump”, the Kennebunkport Dump Association was a 40-member group consisting of 1 president and 39 vice presidents, who started “meeting at the dump, drinking beer and shooting rats”.

Before long this group had organised the first dump parade, driving through the town to the dump and choosing a young lady to accept the dubious honour of “Miss Dumpy”, the entrants would have to dress in an outfit consisting wholly of recycled items, usually consisting of items such as grapefruit skins, aluminium cans and even discarded fish. The parade was discontinued in 1982 after people crowds were throwing rubbish around in the street, but was resurrected in 2003.


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