6 Fascinating and Entirely False Facts about the Verrazano Narrows Bridge

March 28, 2011

I got another rejection in my e-mail today from the curators of McSweeney’s lists. I used to be so good at getting things accepted there. Anyway, here it is:

Over 7 million zip ties were used in the construction of the bridge.

“Verrazano” is Italian for “horizon.”

For seven months prior to the completion of the bridge in 1964, Staten Island was completely inaccessible at high tide.

The bridge’s designer, Othmarr Ammann, was born without thumbs.

An emergency communication system installed by the army in 1971 allows small lasers at the top of the top of each suspension tower to send Morse code messages to photoreceptors 118 miles away on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Eighteen marriage proposals are known to have occurred in cars waiting to pay the toll on the bridge, all of which were accepted. Twelve of the resulting marriages ended in divorce.


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