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Tay Railway BridgeIn 1871, the foundation stone was laid for the Tay Railway Bridge to be built across the mile-wide Firth of Tay on the east Scottish coast. The two-mile bridge of lattice girders on ironwork columns was opened 31 May 1878. At the time, it was the longest bridge in the world. It had a clearance of about 88-ft above the high water mark in the middle of the firth to allow ships to pass up the Tay to Perth. Sir Thomas Bouch was the railway engineer in charge of its construction. He was knighted in Jun 1878, the month after it opened. It collapsed the following year, in a fierce gale on 28 Dec 1879, killing a trainload of people.«
A missionary suddenly realizes that the one thing he hasn't yet taught the natives he serves is how to speak English, so he takes the chief for a walk in the jungle.
He points to a tree and says to the chief: "This is a tree." The chief looks at the tree and grunts: "Tree."
The missionary is pleased with the response. They walk a little farther and the missionary points to a rock and says: "This is a rock."
Hearing this, the chief looks and grunts: "Rock."
The missionary is really getting enthusiastic about the results when he hears a rustling in the bushes.
As he peeks over the top, he sees a couple of the natives in the midst of heavy sexual activity. Flustered, the missionary quickly says to the chief: "Riding a bike."
The chief looks at the preoccupied couple briefly, pulls out his blowgun and kills them.
The missionary goes ballistic and yells at the chief that he has spent years teaching the tribe how to be civilized and kind to each other.
"How could you kill these people in cold blood that way?" he demands.
"My bike," the chief replies.