Of course, her pursuit of the record has caused health problems. She can’t eat regular meals. She experiences shortness of breath. And, she has trouble supporting herself without a corset.
But hey . . . if she makes it, she’ll be in the Guinness Book of World Records — at least, until the next person decides to risk self-destruction in order to beat her record. What would possess someone to risk their health and well-being for such a dubious distinction? What does it tell you about a person’s life that they would engage in such ruinous behavior?
This particular plane, a Dornier Do-17, was shot down over the English Channel. Rather than falling apart on impact with the water, it came to rest, largely intact, on a chalk bed, 50 feet under the Channel’s surface. Divers saw it in 2008, and planning to raise the wreck and rebuild the bomber have been underway since then. The salvage operation is reported to be a success, with most of the aircraft corroded but recognizable. Experts estimate it will take two years to reconstruct the aircraft so that it can be displayed.
Approximately 71 percent of the Earth’s surface lies under the ocean waves. What other prizes — Roman triremes, Phoenicians ships, schooners, warships, barges, ocean liners, flooded cities, and fallen aircraft — lie on the ocean floor, waiting to be discovered and yield their secrets about the past?
The causes seem to be Mother Nature, the domino effect, and the law of supply and demand. There have been sustained droughts in the cattle-herding states, which makes feed more expensive. More expensive feed has caused ranchers to cut back on the size of their herds. And smaller herds mean fewer cattle available to be converted into those steaks, and burgers, and roasts that Americans relish. With the supply of beef diminished, the price inevitably increases.