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12 Creative and Colorful Staircases Around The World

Friday 05.23.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world, there are millions of cities, towns and villages that require staircases for people to move from place to place. While most staircases are simply confined to their plain and gray concrete substance, some staircases have been “touched up” a bit. With the help from some gifted artists, the otherwise easy to overlook pieces of urban scenery are converted into wonderful works of art that bless the pedestrians that walk on them. [Read more...]

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A Banned “Stairway to Heaven” Hike in Hawaii

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Oahu in Hawaii is a stairway to heaven. Well, maybe just to the top of a mountain, but that’s the name of this crazy hike. Consisting of 4,000 steps up to 2,800 ft above sea level, this stairway was originally designed for the US military in 1942. Its purpose was to be able to string antenna cables from the mountain tops to provide low frequency radio communication during wartime. After being decommissioned in 1950, it was then utilized as a base for navigational systems for the US Coast Guard. [Read more...]

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Staircases That Lead To… Nowhere

Monday 01.21.2013 , Posted by

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Throughout the time humans have inhabited the planet, they have built many unique structures and achieved many incredible feats of engineering. One of these feats was the invention of the staircase. Throughout the staircase’s history it has been a way for people to move up in life and get to where they need to go. Unfortunately, not everything lasts forever and over time, many staircases have lost their strength or function. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday! – Step Right Up

Friday 09.21.2012 , Posted by

Staircases are one of the oldest structures in the history of architecture. Some have a practical purpose and some are works of art, but all of them can take you to a higher level- in terms of both elevation and fitness. “The Harvard Alumni Study found that men who average at least eight flights a day enjoy a 33 percent lower mortality rate than men who are sedentary — and that’s even better than the 22 percent lower death rate men earned by walking 1.3 miles a day.” It’s amazing how much money the fitness industry has made off of new equipment when most people have had free access to this effective tool since the beginning of civilization! [Read more...]

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