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  1. Mike Tyson's workout involved getting up at 4am for a 5-mile jog. Then he would do (cumulatively) 2000 sit-ups, 500 pushups, 500 dips, 500 shrugs and about 30 minutes of neck bridges daily. He repeated this 6 days a week.

  2. A small town in West Virginia asked the Soviet Union and East Germany for help with replacing a bridge after being ignored by the West Virginian goverment. The Soviets sent a journalist to investigate and within one hour the state finally agreed to pay for it.

  3. When the US military tried segregating the pubs in Bamber Bridge in 1943, the local Englishmen instead decided to hang up "Black soldiers only" signs on all pubs as protest

  4. A man who committed suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge had left a suicide note that read "I'm going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I won't jump."

  5. A man who survived a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge but broke his back on impact was saved from drowning by a sea lion who kept him afloat until rescuers could reach him.

  6. When the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883, the public doubted the stability of the bridge. Six days later, a pedestrian fell, causing a woman to scream, which led to a stampede that killed 12. Public concern was only dispelled a year later when P.T. Barnum marched 21 elephants across it.

  7. Iron Man (2008) had no script. “They had no script, man. They had an outline.” Jeff Bridges described the improvised production of the first MCU film as being “saved by the improv prowess of the film’s director (Jon Favreau) and star. (Robert Downey Jr.)”

  8. Mike Tyson's Training Regiment included waking up at 4am, jogging 5-miles. Then he would do 2000 sit-ups, 500 pushups, 500 dips, 500 shrugs and about 30 minutes of neck bridges daily. He repeated this 6 days a week.

  9. Saitō Musashibō Benkei, a Japanese warrior who is said to have killed in excess of 300 trained soldiers by himself while defending a bridge. He was so fierce in close quarters that his enemies were forced to kill him with a volley of arrows. He died standing upright.

  10. In 1998 a 23 year old man in Ohio choked to death on a live goldfish he tried to swallow on a dare. In response to if anyone would be charged for the man's death, a police officer stated "If I dare you to jump off a bridge and you do it and you're 23 years of age, you're stupid."

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Traffic crashes increase 2.7x after a 5yr, $130M bridge replacement project in MN

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Likelihood of Various Hand Strengths in Contract Bridge

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About an unnamed Viking warrior who was tasked with guarding a narrow (4 person wide) bridge against the Saxons in 1066. He survived constant attack for 1 hour until a clever Saxon floated down the river in a barrel and piked him in the groin from under the bridge.

The five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge has a program that sends a crew member to drive people across if they're too afraid to drive themselves. It gets between 1,200 to 1,400 calls every year

In 1977 the mayor of Vulcan, WV requested foreign aid from the Soviet Union after two years of requests to the state about repairing the town's only bridge. Within an hour of a Russian journalist's arrival, the state agreed to help repair the bridge.

In an effort to reduce the high number of suicides on South Korea's Mapo Bridge, it was unofficially renamed the Bridge of Life. It was decorated with positive affirmations and even sympathetic sculptures. Suicides increased sixfold the following year.

In 2007 the I-35W bridge in Minnesota collapsed with a school bus on the deck. As it fell, a truck driver swerved to give them an exit. It cost him his own life but saved over 50 children.

In case of a threat, Switzerland has over 3000 demolition points where bridges can be demolished remotely and landslides can cause certain roads to be blocked off.

To help prostitute's business in 16th c. Venice, the authorities designated a bridge where they could stand and show their breasts to potential clients. The bridge still stands to this day and is called "Ponte delle Tette" or the bridge of tits.

Roman Emperor Caligula was told that he had "no more chance of becoming emperor than of riding a horse across the Bay of Baiae". He then built a two-mile temporary floating bridge and walked his horse across.

In April 1998 two women walked onto The Golden Gate Bridge at the same time intending to commit suicide. They did not know each other, but soon realized they were there for the same reason. A patrol officer saw them sitting on the railing, chatting. One jumped, followed by the other.

About Albert Gunton, a London city bus driver who in 1952 found himself driving his route crossing Tower Bridge when the bridge began to rise to allow a ship to pass. He accelerated and jumped the gap, and was awarded £10 for bravery.

In 1998, the City of Des Moines, Iowa rejected a pedestrian bridge design for being "too modern." The design was based on plans made by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1504.

In 1848, the first bridge built over Niagara Falls was started with a kite competition. A boy flew a kite across to the river to the opposite bank. The line he used carried larger and larger cables across the river used to start construction of the bridge

Engineers in Canada receive an Iron Ring to to remind them to have humility. It is in memory of a bridge that collapsed twice due to incorrect calculations involving iron.

When building the Golden Gate Bridge, the lead structural engineer insisted on the installation of a safety net even though its $130,000 cost was deemed exorbitant. Over the four years of its construction, the net saved 19 men, who named themselves the “Halfway to Hell Club.”

The first person to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge was a professional high diver who "wanted to demonstrate that people did not die by simply falling through the air". He proved himself correct by falling 135 feet safely through the air, only dying when he hit the water.

In 1848, to begin construction on the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, engineers needed to secure a line across the 800-foot chasm. The lead engineer held a kite-flying contest and eventually paid a local boy $5 for securing the first line over the river

The first person to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge - a professional high diver who wanted to 'demonstrate that people did not die by simply falling through the air'. He proved himself correct after falling, safely, 135 feet through the air; dying from impact upon hitting the water.

Camels originated in North America some 45 million years ago, and roamed as far north as the Arctic. 3-5 million years ago, they crossed the Bering land bridge to Eurasia and eventually migrated south. They also ambled down to South America, where they evolved into llamas and alpacas.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey raised the tolls on bridges and tunnels by 56% to help pay for the construction of the One World Trade Center, then decided against using any of the proceeds for that purpose.

There are no bridges over the Amazon River

A bridge built especially for squirrels to be able to cross a busy motorway in the Netherlands which cost €150,000 to construct had been used 5 times in the first 2 years since its construction.

A guy showed up to the I-40 bridge collapse and took command of the federal disaster response by impersonating a US Army Captain. He led the response effort for two days before fleeing.

In 1952 a double-decker bus was crossing London's Tower Bridge when the process to close the gates failed. Driver Albert Gunter made a split-second decision to accelerate the bus, clearing a six-foot drop onto the other side. The passengers received only minor injuries and Gunter won a £10 bonus

A man got to push the detonator on the old Woodrow Wilson Bridge demolition because he won a contest for having the shittiest commuter experience with the bridge.

The Euro currency was designed featuring imagery of fictitious bridges to represent architectural styles throughout time in Europe. They had to be careful not feature one country over the others, though, but the Netherlands then built the bridges in real life anyway.

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Number and exact location of suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge