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Old 18 April 2018, 10:33 AM
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Default London Bridge: A tale of two cities

A nice little video on the 50th Anniversary of the 1831 London Bridge being sold to the developer in Arizona. (I'd not realised it happened so recently). There's some great archive footage of the bridge in its new position.

I'm putting it in the Urban Legends section because although it doesn't reference any of the myths about this directly, the film shows that some of the misconceptions can't be true - the idea that McCulloch thought he was buying Tower Bridge (there's a photo of him standing next to the bridge in London), the idea that he was somehow conned and lost money over it (apparently they'd already made three times their money back on real estate by the time the film was made) and so on.

(For Douglas Adams fans, it's also got a decent example of what he and John Lloyd called Prince's Risborough in The Deeper Meaning of Liff:

Originally Posted by Douglas Adams & John Lloyd
Prince's Risborough (n.)

The right of any member of the Royal Family to have people laugh at their jokes, however weedy.
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