Thursday, September 13, 2007
So this is news! Yesterday our resident supertall skyscraper, the Burj Dubai became the world's tallest free-standing structure on land!

Illustration of Burj Dubai

The former titleholder was the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which is 1,815 feet, 5 inches (553.33 meters) tall.

Notice the fun wording here, though. It's the tallest "free standing" structure "on land".

The flat-out tallest structure in the world is the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota at 2063 feet (628.8 meters). But it's supported by guy-wires, so it's not "free-standing". And it's an antenna, and not a habitable building.

The Petronius Platform oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico is 2,001 feet (609.9 meters) and habitable but most of the rig is underwater, hence the "on land" part.

It's all semantics. (This is where my buddy Mike would say, "I'll show you some antics!" and do a little dance. Get it? It's actually much funnier in person then when I type it.)

Anyway, long story short, the Burj is way tall, and it's only getting taller.
posted by Josh at 6:42 PM |