/ July 3, 2009

Seven Facts About the Statue of Liberty: Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July! Today is the day that visitors will again be allowed to climb up into the crown of the Statue of Liberty. (The statue had been closed for security reasons following September 11.)

In celebration – we bring you these:

“7 Obscure Facts About The Statue Of Liberty.”

1. There is some controversy about what her spikes represent. The National Park Service says that her seven spikes represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world. However, Barry Moreno, author of “The Statue of Liberty Encyclopedia says the spikes are “sun rays” and that the circle is a halo showing that she is divine.

2. Her weight is distributed as follows: the copper in the statue weighs 31 tons, the steel weighs 125 tons, and the concrete foundation is 27,000 tons.

3. No one has been allowed in the torch since 1916 and the National Park Service has to climb a 40 foot ladder in order to maintain its floodlights.

4. When the wind speed is more than 50 mph, she sways three inches and her torch sways five inches.

5. Three people have thrown themselves off The Statue of Liberty.

6. The Statue of Liberty first appeared on screen in Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 film “The Immigrant.”

7. Vandalism is a big problem in The Statue – especially people writing their names in her crown in lipstick.

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