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The Golden Gate Bridge, the most recognizable symbol of San Francisco. Not sure how they calculated that, but Wikipedia says it has a total length of 2,737 meters. It did not seem that long. Construction began in 1933 and ended in 1957, under budget. Quite amazingly, the Bridge is the favourite location in the world to commit suicide.

Wikipedia has a whole chapter about it and says: "The Golden Gate Bridge is the most prevelant place in the USA to commit suicide and one of the most popular in the world. The deck is approximately 245 feet (75 m) above the water. After a fall of approximately four seconds, jumpers hit the water at some 86 miles per hour (138 km/h), which can be fatal to those who wish to die. Some of those who survive the impact drown or die of hypothermia in the cold water.

There is no accurate figure on the number of suicides or successful jumps since 1937, because many were not witnessed. People have been known to travel to San Francisco specifically to jump off the bridge, and may take a bus or cab to the site; police sometimes find abandoned rental cars in the parking lot. Currents beneath the bridge are very strong, and some jumpers have undoubtedly been washed out to sea without ever being seen. The water may be as cold as 47 °F (8 °C), and great white sharks, which tend to congregate around the Farallon Islands, are sometimes seen under the bridge.

As of 2006, only 26 people are known to have survived the jump. Those who do survive strike the water feet-first and at a slight angle, though individuals may still sustain broken bones or internal injuries. One young man survived a jump in 1979, swam to shore, and drove himself to a hospital. The impact cracked several of his vertebrae. Only one person is known to have made the jump twice — a woman was rescued from the water; hospitalized for her injuries; and, after recovering, jumped again, this time to her death."

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  • Copyright: Jeremy Marcus (Bianconeri78) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 83 W: 0 N: 84] (701)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2003-12-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 14:01
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