Tuesday, October 5, 2010


These are just to look at, just as you would in an art gallery.  My thanks to Diana for sending these along.

Floating stairs.  Completely non-functional.  You will see the one at the top, left a little further down.

Jacques-Andre Istel believes that he has identified the exact center of the world, and that it is on his own land in Felicity, California. This town, named after Istel’s wife, is packed with all kinds of bizarre and fascinating monuments, including a spiral staircase that was salvaged from the Eiffel Tower in 1989.

Sculpture stairs

These are not not stairs, but knot stairs.

These are all floating stairs.

Circular staircase.  Hard to walk on.

Would you have the strength of stomach to take on this totally terrifying stairway? Dozens of feet above the ground and lacking any kind of handrail, these steps connecting two steel doors on a high-rise look like a building inspector’s nightmare. But they’re not for actual use.

See it?  It's that little white streak way up on the building.

Wooden stairs.  Looks like a pile of lumber to me.

Some of the most famous stairs to nowhere are at the Winchester House in California.   The purpose was to confuse the ghosts that presumably haunted the place.  It has been many years since I visited, but it is quite the tourist attraction.

This majestic spiral staircase stands as an appropriate memorial for the 248 passengers who lost their lives during one of the deadliest accidents in the history of aviation, the crash at the Tenerife Airport in 1977.

Humor -

Rumor has it that the Hilton Hotel organization wants to buy the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  They would rename it The Tiltin' Hilton.

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The subject of the meeting was whether or not to buy a new chandelier for the sergeant’s mess hall.  Some officers wanted to vote for it, but one holdout opted for prudence.  “Shouldn’t we find out if anyone can play the thing?”


  1. Rumor?! I think the Hiltons should do it--and add another staircase.

  2. That last one: Stairway to Heaven. Wow.