Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hanging out

Yesterday we had Miles' good friend Elliott join us for a visit to the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston and then some play time at the Charles River Reservation.

The Mapparium is a three-story-tall stained glass, inside-out globe traversed by a glass bridge.

Because of all the glass, the acoustics are so sensitive that a whisper on one side of the bridge can be heard across "the globe". If you stand in the middle of the bridge and speak, it sounds like you are speaking into a microphone. The Mapparium was finished in 1935, so it's very outdated. It makes for a fun game to try identifying all the changes in country names, borders, etc.

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