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Introducing The Japanese Bridge That Seems To Defy The Laws Of Gravity‏

Eshima Ohashi bridge: the bridge which looks like it's straight out a video game...

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Scared of rollercoasters? Thought you were safe on the roads? Always presumed the folk who designed bridges were actually quite intelligent? Then do we have the horror show for you. Architects, look away now.

Welcome to the Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Western Japan. It’s a mile long, reaches a height of 144 feet, and it looks so steep that it’s a wonder Josh Sheehan hasn’t triple backflipped off it yet.

The thinking behind it was that the bridge had to be high enough for ships to pass underneath, and seeing as they clearly weren’t too keen on splashing the cash to give it a reasonable appearance, they decided they’d just jot it up into the air at either entrance.

In actuality, the bridge only has slopes of 5.1 and 6.1 percent at each end, and some of the photos are a lot more comforting than others, but we think you’ll agree all in all that the structure looks more than a little bit sketchy.

The real trick of the photography is in the long lens though, which exaggerates the climb of the bridge, making it look a whole lot more horrific than it actually is. Here’s some footage from Japan accompanied by some soothing pipe music which should give you a better idea of exactly what it looks like:

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