From Fat Trains to Collapsing Bridges: 8 Famous Engineering Mistakes


Stop fat-shaming the American version of Godzilla because it turns out the French are dealing with a more serious size problem.

The Associated Press reports that 341 new trains intended to be rolled out over the next two years are too wide for the platforms in nearly 1,300 stations because railway network engineers “forgot to go and measure the actual distance between lines and platforms.”

It will cost $68 million to correct the error. The whole debacle brings to mind other notable engineering mistakes throughout history, such as:

The Bridge That Made People Seasick: When the Millennium Bridge over London’s Thames River first opened in 2000, it swayed so much that pedestrians would get dizzy and fall down. It reopened in 2002 after undergoing an $8-million repair, and some experts blame the synchronization of people’s footsteps to the movement of the bridge for the wobbliness.

The Bridge That Collapsed Because…

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