Science: Saving Pisa's Pride

One proposal calls for supporting the famed tower with clutches of balloons held aloft by celestial cherubs. Another advocates saving the tower by building an adjacent twin structure that tilts in the opposite direction; the towers would thus prop each other like two tottering drunks. A third suggests securing the structure with a cable anchored to a mountain range ten miles away.

These and many more of the some 5,000 suggestions received to date by a government-appointed commission to save the leaning tower of Pisa are clearly frivolous. But before a bidding deadline...

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