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anything very tall or high.

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  • by the time i signed up for the dubai women’s run, i had already completed a variety of firsts. i rode a camel for the first time, drank camel’s milk, sandboarded in the desert, and visited the top of the world’s tallest skyscraper, the burj khalifa. i thought that a 5k race would fit well on this list. everydayhealth.com

  • see k. sabbagh, skyscraper: the making of a building (repr. 1991); c. willis, form follows finance: skyscrapers and skylines in new york and chicago (1995); p. johnson and j. dupre, skyscrapers (1996); d. hoffmann, frank lloyd wright, louis sullivan, and the skyscraper (1999); s. b. landau and c. w. condit, the rise of the new york skyscraper, 1865–1913 (repr. 1999). factmonster.com

  • mr. scanlon: yes. again, i think we just need a very critical assessment of what we really have, and it starts with vital statistics and population data, and we have the administrative data, maybe surveillance data. you can’t build a skyscraper without having a strong foundation. you just have to be realistic about what is possible. administrative data, vital statistics, and civil registration kinds of population data — those are sort of the foundation. if people can’t get the vital statistics, bruce, locally, or the administrative data how do you think the federal government is going to get it. i would just like to have the support that is needed, the infrastructure to support all this. hhs.gov

  • see k. sabbagh, skyscraper: the making of a building (repr. 1991); c. willis, form follows finance: skyscrapers and skylines in new york and chicago (1995); p. johnson and j. dupre, skyscrapers (1996); d. hoffmann, frank lloyd wright, louis sullivan, and the skyscraper (1999); s. b. landau and c. w. condit, the rise of the new york skyscraper, 1865–1913 (repr. 1999). infoplease.com

  • producer irwin allen was known as the king of disaster in the 1970s, churning out one star-laden thriller after another. the towering inferno was his grandest. a fire breaks out on the 85th floor of a poorly constructed skyscraper, trapping partygoing guests on the top floor. just plain dumb in spots, but any film with steve mcqueen, william holden, and paul newman can't be all that bad. loc.gov

  • in an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper: go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building -- away from glass. then, crouch down and cover your head. interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost. medicinenet.com

  • indeed, the follow-up is so short, according to william wood, md, of emory university in atlanta, that the results remind him of the answer given by the man who had jumped from a skyscraper and was asked as he passed the 20th floor how he was enjoying the trip -- "exhilarating!" medpagetoday.com

  • specific phobias are the most common anxiety disorders. some of the most common are fear of animals (zoophobia), heights (acrophobia), and thunderstorms (astraphobia or brontophobia). specific phobias affect about 13% of women and 4% of men during any 12-month period. some cause little inconvenience—as when city dwellers fear snakes (ophidiophobia), unless they are asked to hike in an area where snakes are found. however, other phobias interfere severely with functioning—as when people who must work on an upper floor of a skyscraper fear closed, confined places (claustrophobia), such as elevators. fear of blood (hemophobia), injections (trypanophobia), needles or other sharp objects (belonephobia), or injury (traumatophobia) occurs to some degree in at least 5% of the population. people with a phobia of blood, needles, or injury, unlike those with other phobias or anxiety disorders, can actually faint because an excessive vasovagal reflex causes bradycardia and orthostatic hypotension. merckmanuals.com