Doug: Let's watch the Olympics on TV. Liz: Good idea, I wonder what event is on now. Doug: [Turns on TV] Ah, darn! Just boring diving. The U.S. always wins. It's so predictable. Liz: Not really. China won the gold in the men's springboard in the last two Olympics. Doug: I don't really understand it anyway. Liz: What we're watching is a five-meter platform event. Doug: You'd have to put a gun to my head to make me jump from five meters. Liz: There are also ten-meter platform dives. Doug: What happens if you belly flop from that high up? Liz: Not only would it really hurt, but the judges would also give you a zero.
Russian czar Nicholas the second laid the ceremonial first piece of track at the dedication in 1891. But the real backbreaking work was done by Russian peasants. Amazingly the trans continental railroad was almost entirely built by hand. It was built by men with shovels and with picks and with wheel barrels, which is what makes it an even more impressive feat. It's hard to imagine how difficult the working conditions must've been for the people who were doing the labor on the railroad. In the wintertime, wind chills of one hundred and twenty degrees below zero ripped through clothing. While mid summer temps often topped a sweltering one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. It is estimated that thousands died during the construction.