Space Needle

Seattle

This is the world-famous Seattle Space Needle that you see associated with anything Seattle or the Northwest.  Actually, it is my view from underneath, looking up.  I could give you boring details about how tall it is and yada, yada, yada, what you NEED to know is 6 parachutists have leaped from the tower, 4 had permission and the other 2 were arrested.  Many brave toy army men (with parachutes) have also made the 605 ft jump successfully.  You may also remember the Space Needle as the base of operations for Dr. Evil. (you know, Austin Powers…)  Speaking of power, at age 11, Bill Gates won a contest and got to eat dinner at the top in the revolving restaurant for memorizing Matthew 5,6 and 7. (the Sermon on the Mount)  It cost $4.5 million dollars to build in 1962 and $21 million dollars to renovate in 2000, which coincidently, Bill Gates has that much in loose change in his car.  On a depressing note, during the Miss USA Pageant, Miss Washington, (name withheld) wore a Space Needle-shaped hat during the costume portion of the pageant and as you might have guessed, that was a bad idea.