The Longest Stair Case in the World

I have enough trouble going up the stairs to my apartment on the second floor, not because of age – because I’m only a quarter of a century old, but because it’s a pain in the rear to carry all of our furniture on your back – that and I’m lazy as hell. So I can only imagine how much of a drain it would be to climb this set of stairs.

This staircase has 699 steps it’s located on the island of St. Helena and it was built back in 1829 as a way to carry manure out of the city grounds. Nowadays it’s climbed by tourists since this is one of the top attractions on the island. Just so you can get an idea of how big the stair case is, the Empire State Building’s stair case is 1,576 long. This is almost 1/3rd the height of the ESB.  The workers at the city climbed this on the regular basis, I can only imagine how fit these people were – I wonder if they ever figured out how to use the pulley system? and while I’m on this thought, they should install the world largest slide! Via: Today I Learned