Friday, January 8, 2010

Why They Didn't Call the Sears Tower "the Tower of Sears"

You've probably heard about the opening of the Burj Dubai Khalifa, the half-mile-high tower ("burj" means "tower") that looks like something from Fritz Lang's Metropolis. It has the world's highest swimming pool, which should give Dubai an edge if there's ever a Lima Olympics.

Dubai is now broke and had to be bailed out by the emir of Abu Dhabi, leading to the name change. Personally, I'm wondering if Arab newspapers have resisted the temptation to make comparisons to a tower mentioned in the Koran: the Burj Babil. I'd have to say using "burj" in the name was tempting fate. Or something.

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