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Author's Note: 10 Heaviest Objects Mankind Has Ever Moved

I'm fascinated with moving heavy objects, in part because when I was a child, my father actually bought an apartment house that was about to be torn down and moved it to a lot a few yards away that he owned. As I remember, he got a pretty good deal on the building itself, and jacking it up, tearing down the foundation and rolling it up the hill to its new location was a fairly simple process. What turned out to be difficult were the local zoning and building inspection bureaucrats, who kept the project stalled for a couple of years, until they finally relented and allowed my father to build a foundation under the building. Apparently, the idea of moving a building was strange and scary to them, and they figured it would come sliding down the hill. We owned the apartment house for a number of years before he sold it to a friend. As far as I know, the building is still in the spot where my dad moved it.

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