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This step at the Hagia Sophia is a beautiful example of the effect.
How many people will have stepped on it? This step has for sure seen some shit.
It's been standing since 537 AD. Justinian I, emperor of Rome, built it after rioters destroyed the previous temple there. Basically a big expensive fuck you. It was The Church for Orthodox Christians for roughly a millennium. Then it became the Turks main church for a couple hundred and now it's a museum where even more people constantly visit.
I wouldn't be surprised if over a billion individual humans have walked that step. But it could be less, who knows.
Really impressive history, even if less people have crossed it. Fantastic picture, imo.
When you’re trying to cut costs, you have fewer people for dinner.
When you’re trying to cut calories, you have less people for dinner.
Easier method (in most cases) is that fewer is for countable items and less is for uncountable. Fewer grapes and less water, fewer cars and less gasoline, etc.
Having less people for dinner would cut calories and save money!
A billion individual people would be really high. There have only been about 107 billion people in history. Homo sapiens showed up about 200,000 years ago. Granted, human population is the highest in modern day, but a billion would still be a very significant chunk of our whole population.
It has likely been crossed a billion times, just not by a billion people.
Yeah and looks soooo smooth that I have to lick them everytime.
The comment I didn't know I wanted.
Lick it good
Lick it real good
uhm, wait juuuust a second there
I once watched a lady lick the Blarney Stone.
Shit was foul.
I've kissed that.
Perhaps I should've licked it?
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Funny thing is, the other sides are likely saddled too and they had flipped the stones.
I remember reading a story from a guy who'd bought a medieval English cottage with the worn down doorstep. He had that brain wave, got the stone flipped up and had a look at it.
Someone had the same idea a couple of centuries ago.
That's actually incredibly funny
In DC in the National Portrait Gallery the marble is worn down from the steps and that has only taken a hundred years and change.
Marble is much softer than Granite, though.
Just like my couch cushions.
I went to a nearly 200 year old high school with a lot of history. When I was in the 12th grade we got a new principal and she immediately petitioned to repair the 200 year old steps that has worn down to that saddle shape. The students, teachers and parents absolutely exploded (as a lot of them also graduated from that school.) Those worn steps are still there.
Funny how in America 200 years is an old building where in the UK that would be no big deal.
They do say 100 years is old in America and 100 miles is far in the UK though, so I’m sure you guys would find it equally amusing how unwilling I would be to drive 200 miles!
I made the drive from Louisville Kentucky to Chicago (about 600 miles) to see my fiance twice last year. She made the trip once a month (maybe 6 times) because she kept getting homesick. She's moved back to Louisville and I am never driving that far again. edit: 300 miles, 5 hour drive. Still way too long.
How unwilling would you be?
I mean I begrudgingly do it like once a year to visit my family but that’s basically the whole length of the country and with the holiday traffic it can take me 8 hours.
My school was only around 40 years old and the concrete steps were worn.
I need a picture of this if possible.
Wait what? Like the seat has a big imprint of a butt? My brain has no idea how else to interpret that sentence.
The stones of the steps were worn down from foot traffic over the years, leaving a U shape in the stone. Like a saddle.
The US Navy Academy has metal plates in the front of doors and in intersections of hallways because the pleb (might be butchering the spelling there) class (the freshmen) have to sqaure their corners, so the floor wears through where they pivot extremely quickly.
What do you mean 'square their corners' are they only allowed to turn at right angles or something?
Exactly! Theyre also only allowed to take certain paths between buildings on campus - the smaller, more convenient desire-paths are for upperclassmen only
But why though?
If I had to guess it's to turn drill movement into a second nature by daily use.
I guess that makes more sense than my guess that they do it so when we will have well trained soldiers when we invade a old school grid based rpg
I think your idea makes more sense.
It’s less about drill and more about overall discipline. At West Point plebes are also not allowed to talk to each other outside of their rooms or academic buildings.
It's a military academy, they are there to break (or mold, if you want to be nicer about it) your mind to think how they want you to think. Every little thing, such as the path you walk, is part of that conditioning.
To ingrain the movement into their muscle memory. Once it's ingrained they don't need to do it anymore unless in formation.
I’d say it’s to fuck with us, I mean they made us square our meals. Lifting food straight up off the plate until mouth level than straight to the mouth, same motion required in the reverse to get the next bite of food.
Oh, so the phrase “3 square meals a day” is more just for people in the military then? /s
Oh god the flashbacks to 4c year
Because they don't rate convenience.
Exactly, they have to turn as if they are marching (which is a 90 degree turn) for their entire pleb (freshman) year anytime they turn inside. I’m pretty sure they have to say “go Navy sir” or “beat Army sir” every time.
Edit: beat army not bear army
Wait are you guys serious, cause this sounds hilarious
Yep. And if you want to turn around when you’re going down a hallway you have to stop, do a 180 degree pivot all in one motion, and continue. Similarly, when you are walking you have to keep your hands cupped like a fist as a if you are marching. I just finished doing it for a year.
Lots of rules. Food must be chewed an exact number of times, etc.
We have to do the same thing at West Point, though, I guess our floors are just naturally tougher.
Just like our graduates. And our football team.
Are they carrying a sofa up?
Edit... Cheers /u/nathanw1969
SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP
gotta be the funniest episode, right?
My sandwich episode is a close contender.
What about the one where they play for the apartments? That one is hilarious!
"Ooh ooh ooh, he's a transponster!" "THAT'S NOT EVEN A WORD!"
The one where they had a trivia contest about each other was my favorite.
Q;what was Monica’s nickname in high school?
A; BIG FAT GOLIE!!!!
I CAME HERE FOR ALL OF THESE COMMENTS!!! (and I'm not disappointed)
All those fucking books and notebooks in my bag sure felt like a sofa sometimes...
Bonus points if he was also wearing white new balances and running with his arms behind his back like Naruto.
Did every school have one of those kids? There was one at my school. He would stand at the door and nervously look at his watch waiting for the bell to ring, and then bolt down the hallways with his books on his chest so he could be the first one in the next class. I heard that he jumped off of bridge a few months ago and killed himself.
Oh. This went downhill fast
One of the most life changing things I've done in college is use a tablet for textbooks. Not having to lug around 15+ pounds of textbooks a day is awesome, especially on larger campuses.
The best part about college was having a few of my professors allow us to keep the book at home and just bring in photocopies of the stuff we needed to go over, or just scan the pages to a file & bring your laptop.
My first comment was referring to my earlier high school years, where laptops were considered a “distraction” and could only be used “outside of class” (i.e. recess, lunch), so we still had to bring allll our books with us to each class. My back aches whenever I think about those days.
I have chronic back pain, and I'm absolutely convinced it's because in the 90s it wasn't cool to use both straps of a backpack.
I think Houghton Mifflin owes me damages.
I remember some kids with rolling backpacks getting teased about it; the bullies would kick the backpacks so it would roll out of control.
Those jerks never realized how smart those kids were for not wanting to fuck up their backs before adulthood.
Came here for this string of comments
This sub could have been anything and I'm glad it wasn't what I was thinking
Do most stairs in most high schools have a similar spot?
Because if not, this is probably just damage caused by something else that, because of its location, OP concluded was caused by everyone pivoting at that precise location.
Most of the stairs have a similar mark but that’s the worst one, that’s the staircase by the front door of the school
I'll have to look at the next public staircases I come across. I'd never heard of this being a thing, but maybe I'd just never noticed.
Looks like a cheap laminate laid on top of concrete. If it is then to me this seems likely
Its the same vinyl tile floor found in every government owned building.
It’s vinyl composite tile (VCT), and up until recently it was the most common budget resilient flooring used EVERYWHERE. Lack of regular cleaning or waxing on the stairs could accelerate the wear seen in this picture. This happens more often with carpet if the seams are located on a pivot area, like near the bathroom door in a office hallway.
Spared no expense!
every english school ive ever been in has a similar mark. other public staircases less so, there tends to be fewer people on them and not so much of a hurry to get past.
I bet it’s from people who trot down the stairs really fast on the right hand side, land with their right foot there, and zip around the corner and keep their momentum running down the next flight. I know because I go down stairs fast.
Where I go to college the right side of the stairs when you go down on most staircases is visibly compacted from all the people preferably walking on the right side, next to the handrail, over the years.
Edit: reformulated to make more sense
Both sides are the right side though. Just depends on whether you're going up or down
But the right side could be either side depending on whether you're going up or down...
Depends on the flooring used by the school. Schools with terrazzo floors are solid, but ceramic tile can be more brittle as its only so thin lying on the foundation. Carpet you'll notice wear and dirt compounding in the hotspots of traffic and pivoting especially.
A building at the college I go to has these. They become smaller each floor you go up.
That's what I like to call a pivot divot
I'm I the only one doubting that "pivoting" is the cause of this? Who the fuck walks down stairs like that. And if they did, then that's a pretty awkward spot to "pivot".
Kicking up all that asbestos.
Those look like asbestos tiles tbh. OP: what are the measurements of the tiles?
Tip for everyone here: in the US, if the floor tiles look kinda like that but are smaller than 12”x12”, they’re probably asbestos.
If they’re 12”x12”, chances are better that they’re vinyl and perfectly safe.
That’s funny my high school was Pivot Charter School. I wish there was a pivot at pivot where people at pivot pivot on the stairs to make a divot.
That's cool. At my school people just ate ass in the stairwells.
Couple more years and that hole will lead to China
I’d love to pivot there just once to know what it feels like.
That's some mathematically efficient stair-climbing. I approve.