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Penalty claws

Bridge designer Matthew Wells of Techniker informs me that Foster and Arup's little local difficulties over the Millennium Bridge are nothing compared to what happened when Xerxes' first set of pontoon bridges across the Hellespont went hideously wrong. One bridge had papyrus cables, another was made from flax; both were destroyed by a storm, Xerxes had the Hellespont whipped (honestly), fetters thrown into it, and the overseers of the bridges beheaded.

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