Quiz on the Tallest Ferris Wheels in the World
Posted on: September 29, 2018.

Ferris wheels provide spectacular aerial views of the city!
‘Rock and Roll’ with our “Quiz on the Tallest Ferris Wheels in the World”!

The Ferris wheel’s precursor, “pleasure wheel”—chairs suspended from large wooden rings, in which passengers rode, turned by strong men—could allegedly have originated in 17th century __________.





The modern “Ferris” wheel—a rotating, upright wheel with passenger-carrying units attached to its rim that are kept upright even as the wheel rotates—was originally designed and constructed by __________ as a conspicuous landmark for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, United States, in 1893.





What keeps the passenger-carrying units—variously known as passenger cars, cabins, tubs, capsules, gondolas, or pods—upright even as the Ferris wheel rotates?





The 100-metre-tall __________ built in 1990 for the “Exposition Universelle”, a global fair held in France, and demolished in 1920, remained unsurpassed until almost 90 years after its construction!





The 160-metre-tall __________ in Nanchang, China of 60 air-conditioned gondolas with a full seating capacity of 480 passengers, taking 30 minutes to complete one full rotation—a passenger can embark or disembark without the wheel having to stop—is currently the world’s third-tallest Ferris wheel.





The 165-meter-tall __________, currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the Eastern Hemisphere, has 28 city-bus-sized capsules, an hourly capacity of 1,568 passengers, 30 minutes to one full rotation, and a 45-kilometre view radius covering Changi Airport, Sentosa Island, and even parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.





Situated on the Les Vegas Strip in Nevada, United States, the 550-foot __________ is currently the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, which rotates on a spherical, 8.8-tonne roller bearing, with individually-rotated, wheel-mounted, 6.7-meter-wide passenger cabins each weighing 20 tonnes.





Correctly match the Ferris wheel names on the left with their respective height-related records on the left.
1. Melbourne Star a. World’s tallest under construction; 210 metres
2. Redhorse Osaka Wheel b. World’s second-tallest under construction; 192 metres
3. New York Wheel c. Japan’s tallest; 123 metres
4. Dubai Eye d. Australia’s tallest; 120 metres





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