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Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel
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In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.

Today I typed in "took" + "years to build" unearthing the following:

Turnip #1 The Statue of Liberty took 9 years to build and was finally opened 11 years after it was begun.

Turnip #2 The construction of the Panama Canal was begun in 1882 by the French but was not completed until 1914 - 32 years later - by the United States.

Turnip #3 Estimates vary as to how long it took to build the Taj Mahal. Some historians state that it took only 14 years to build it, from 1631-1645, but a more realistic figure is probably 22 years, being completed in 1653.

Turnip #4 The Golden Gate Bridge was built in five years (1933 to 1937).

Turnip #5 The Sistine Chapel was built in just eight years (1475 to 1483) and Michelangelo painted the ceiling in four (1508 to 1512).

Turnip #6 The Great Pyramid at Giza, which covers 13 acres at its base, was built over a period of about 120 years (2600 BC to 2480 BC).

Turnip #7 It took nearly 30 years to build the opera house on Sidney bay

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