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Bucket List - See the Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  The Sydney Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

The original estimate to build Sydney Opera House was $7 million.
The final cost of Sydney Opera House was $102 million.
Sydney Opera House was largely paid for by a State Lottery.  There were  233 designs submitted for the Sydney Opera House design competition held in 1956.


In January 1957, Jørn Utzon was announced the winner. He won 15000 British Pound Sterling for his
design.  5000 British Pound Sterling equals about $8055.50 US dollars. 

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Bucket List - Times Square for New Years

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Times Square is an intersection in New York City formed by the juncture of Broadway, Seventh Avenue, and 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan. Long noted as a center of the city’s entertainment district, it is the site of annual New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Over the past 103 years, the world-famous ball has undergone seven transformations to today’s impressive 11,875 pound-version, with over 30,000 LED lights and thousands of Waterford Crystal adornments.

In 1942 and 1943 the Ball Lowering was suspended due to the wartime dim-out. The crowds who still gathered in Times Square celebrated with a minute of silence followed by chimes ringing out from an amplifier truck parked at One Times Square.  The tradition of lowering the New Year’s Eve ball began in 1907 with a 700 pound ball, made out of iron and wood, and covered in a modest 100, 25-watt light bulbs.

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Bucket List - Scuba Diving

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Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving in which a diver uses a self contained underwater breathing apparatus “S.C.U.B.A” to explore bodies of water.  The first Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus SCUBA is said to have been invented by French seaman Jacques Cousteau in 1943. He called it the aqualung.

Objects underwater tend to be 33 percent larger and appear 25 percent closer while looking at them due to light refraction.  Once you dive below a depth of 10 meters, you can’t see red or yellow! If you cut yourself while diving, your blood will look blue.

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Tabulaa - Bucket List - Hold a Wombat

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WOMBAT, common name for three species of burrowing MARSUPIAL. Wombats have long claws that are adapted for digging, and they live in burrows, from which they emerge at night to feed on grasses and other plants.

The wombat lives in hilly forest country and it likes to burrow underground. A wombat burrow can be as long as 20 metres. Wombats quickly dig complicated tunnels with their strong legs and sharp claws, and then they push loosened soil away with their hind feet. Did you know that a wombat likes to live alone?

Young are usually born September to December and spend the next six to nine months in the pouch. Sexual maturity occurs at about 3 years of age. Hairy-nosed Wombats require a minimum of three good seasons to increase their population. In arid areas this is not common, so it pays to be long lived (and patient) to make the most of the good times when they occur.

The entrance to the female Wombat’s pouch faces backwards. This is to prevent dirt from entering it when it is burrowing.