May 16, 2012
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This gave me a near panic attack….thanks. *vomits* Although from a very logical standpoint….I guess 3 stories or 30 doesn’t make a huge difference in outcome.
That is terrifying.
My mouth kept dropping lower and lower the more the camera panned out…
from “Why Bamboo”
“ENDURING THROUGH TIME…
Thomas Edison successfully used a carbonized bamboo filament in his experiment with the first light bulb. This light bulb still burns today in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. He also used a bamboo as rebar for the reinforcement of his swimming pool. To this day, the pool has never leaked. An unrivaled utility, (One resource book lists over 5,000 uses including paper, scaffolding, diesel fuel, airplane “skins”, desalination filters, aphrodisiacs, musical instruments, medicine, food and was Alexander Graham Bell’s first phonograph needle”
“GROWING WITH STRENGTH AND SPEED…
With a tensile strength superior to mild steel (withstands up to 52,000 Pounds of pressure psi) and a weight-to-strength ratio surpassing that of graphite, bamboo is the strongest growing woody plant on earth with one of the widest ranging habitats of more than 1500 species thriving in diverse terrain from sea level to 12,000 feet on every continent but the poles.”
Read the whole thing here: http://www.bamboocentral.org/whybamboo.html
Also, this from The Daily Beast, way back in 2008: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2008/04/12/stronger-than-steel.html
‘Course, if they slip, gravity’s still in play, and the ground has a higher tensile strength than the human body…So there’s that.
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