It's even more! It's 1.5 billion Euros. Wiki says:
On 14 July 2014, work commenced to refloat Costa Concordia in preparation
for towing. At this point, the costs had risen to 1 billion euros. Including
tow cost, 100 million for the ship to be broken up for scrap and the cost of
repairing damage to Giglio island, the estimated final cost was expected to
be ?1.5 billion ($2 billion)
Holy cow! A reminder to keep your ships off the rocks. Or sink them deep
in the ocean where no one cares. (-:
You might have something there. People probably would like to have a
souvenir from a wreck like that. I always thought we should have taken
Osama Bin Laden and sliced him up into incredibly thin slices with a
microtome that could be sold to souvenir hunters. I'll bet a lot of
religious zealots would have paid top dollar for a vacuum pack slice.
Premiums could be charged for important slices. It's something not without
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:51:54 -0400, "Robert Green"
On second thought, you could buy them in Italiy, but in the US, the
Dept. of Agricullture would object to the barnacles etc. that are
attached to the deck chairs. And without them, half of the ambiance
would be gone.
I was trying to read the newsgroup at the same time but this NOVA was so
remarkably compelling I turned the PC off.
Another one I liked was the restoration of (I believe) the Acropolis where
when taking apart the columns they found cedar centering blocks inside that
had been hermetically sealed and still smelled pungently.
In alt.home.repair, on Fri, 24 Jul 2015 01:09:49 -0400, "Robert Green"
Horrors, man. What's wrong with you.
Next you'll be turning the tv off to talk to people in living room.
Wow. So even in those days, construction wasn't like it seemed.
(I found out that those tall mulit-layer wedding cakes have an interior
non-edible structure. Until I was 16, I assumed like two layer 4"
cakes, you could just have 18 inch tall cakes.
They had polished the column sections so flat and smooth that no air got in
to the center of the column. They built it all without cranes or machinery,
and IIRC, they did it by building ramps around the perimeter that rose up as
the building did. BTW, it was the Parthenon, not the Acropolis. Brain
<< 1975-Present Rstoring the Parthenon
Since 1975, the Acropolis Restoration Project team, headed by Greek
architect Manolis Korres, has spent roughly $90 million to restore the
Parthenon and surrounding structures. The team has inventoried and measured
thousands of marble fragments scattered across the Acropolis. Korres plans
to place each salvageable chunk in its original position, while new marble
from the very quarry that initially supplied stone for the temple will fill
in gaps where possible, with non-corrosive titanium rods holding the masonry
together. All remaining original sculptures have now been removed to the
climate-controlled Acropolis Museum, their places on the Parthenon taken by
exact replicas. Despite all these efforts, the Parthenon, when it finally
reopens, will remain a partial ruin, with traces of the original temple,
church, and mosque intentionally left intact-a testament to its multifarious
Another balloon burst. I used to think it was "Chester" drawers instead of
"chest of drawers."
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:20:50 -0400, "Robert Green"
I thought that was the pyraminds, not the Parthenon. At least the
"around the perimeter".
I used to know his brother Festus.
Speaking of drawers, two networks last week talked about the two kids
killed when Ikea chests fell over, and I think I saw one and it only
talked about Ikea. Heck, any chest (as opposed to a dresser, which
in my world is shorter and probably wider) can fall over if you pull
most of the drawers out, especially the drawers at the top. Inside
Edition included this in passing in 3 words, but it too concentrated on
Ikea. What a bad rap. Nothing about the ikea chest looked different
to me from any other chest.
It apparently was a pretty common building technique for anything that
required placing heavy stones atop one another. IIRC, even the builders of
Stonehenge used similar ramps and excavations at the site have found remains
of the ramp works. What other way except magic could they raise the huge
multi-ton lintel stones to sit atop the columnar supports?
IIRC Ikea includes a wall mounting kit to secure their furniture so it
really is a bad rap for them. I suspect they're also victim of the "sue the
deepest pocket" rule employed by aggressive attorneys.
I also read that a lot of kids are injured and even killed when they tug on
wires and Daddy's 50" HDTV lands on them.
One thing that really surprised me is how many toddlers drown in the 5
gallon general purpose buckets. Apparently they are just tall enough to
allow a toddler to fall in head first and then it's the end of the line.
Another baby-killer you might not suspect are drapery cords. Kids hang
themselves in those all the time. I believe that now they have to be
designed to be not so lethal, but it's late and I am too lazy to look it up.
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:35:05 -0400, "Robert Green"
I heard something about drapery cords. My drapery cord frayed to the
point of breaking after 32 years, and it turns out no one sells
brown/white anymore. Only white. So I'm buying 50 feet of imitation
parachute cord from home depot. it won't get noticeably dirty so
fast. but it doesnt' feel the same and I'm unhappy.
I was a child once and I had two matching chests (not so much for my own
clothes but extra storage for my mother.) There's no doubt either
would have fallen over if I'd pulled the drawers out, but I don't
remember ever doing that or ever trying to climb to the top. No one
ever considered screwing them to the walls, and cetainly no one blamed
the furniture maker if somethng like this happend.
I still have chests that fall over like this. One has the bottom two
drawers full of steel tools and the top two drawers full of maps or
Especially since most of what they were doing hadn't been actually
tried before in these circumstances. I saw one (might have been this
one) and what struck me was how many times the people they interviewed
said something along of the lines "Well, this SHOULD work."
The divers were ones who had the brass balls. If something the
engineers cooked up hadn't worked, basically the entire ship would have
fallen on their heads.
?Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.?
They talked about how the Concordia was so large that even techniques that
refloated the smaller(!) battleship Oklahoma might have failed because of
the sheer size of the ship. It was always threatening to break apart for
one reason or another. It was really apparent, once refloated (sort of -
the sponsons actually did the floating, I think) how quickly the sea
corrodes (and covers with creatures) anything sitting in it for long.
One of the divers did get killed, but I got a phone call during the show so
I might have missed how it happened. Didn't we used to have a salvage diver
in the group? Steve B?
There was a show called Outrageous Acts of Science on the Science
Channel last winter. It might still be on but I get busy in the summer.
The scientists search YouTube for the odd things people do for stunts
then explain the science behind the tricks.
One trick was lighting a candle from its smoke.
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