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The Eiffel Tower, today the most recognized symbol of France, was built for the 1889 World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle), held in the year that marked the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It took 22 and 18,000 parts to construct. To climb to the top on opening day (March 31, 1889), Gustave Eiffel, the Tower’s designer, had to climb 1710 steps.
Over the years, the tower has hosted numerous celebrities and performers, including an 85-year-old elephant; a trapeze company; Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire; Marceau the mime; a Moscow circus bear; Arnold Palmer, who drove a golf ball from the 2nd level; and Youri Gargarine, the first astronaut.
The Eiffel Tower became an official historic monument in 1964. Almost 7 million people visit it each year.
The golden lighting that illuminates the Tower at night was installed in 1985. There are 336 projectors, which project light from the bottom to the top of the tower, lighting it from the inside. For 5 minutes of every hour, 20,000 bulbs add a sparkle effect to the lighting.
Note to self: The Eiffel Tower is over 1000 feet high. Still, it is much safer to climb than the model in the school gymnasium.
1) Be a “professional” detective.
2) Discover the existence of a detective contest for which the prize is $500.
3) Ignore it, as the contest is populated by amateurs.