Less than a mile downstream from one of the nation's best-known engineering marvels, the Hoover Dam, a second is taking shape.
A soaring 1,900-foot span across the gorge created by the Colorado River on the Arizona-Nevada border should be completed this fall, eliminating much of a sometimes hourlong bottleneck as traffic creeps over the dam on the key route between Phoenix and Las Vegas.
When it is scheduled to open in November, motorists will cross the longest bridge of its kind in the western hemisphere, with towering concrete columns that rise above a twin rib arch beneath them....
Neil wrote: Evidently the Hoover Co. cleaned up in the market for home vacuum cleaners in Britain. This is why it has become a common noun there, like "Kleenex" in America.
This is true. Of course, from the 90's onwards this common noun brand identity suffered somewhat as people began to spit at the same time as say "hoover".
Another stroke of marketing genius to rank with New Coke:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_free_flights_promotion "After the fiasco had cost the company almost ¬£50 million, the British division of Hoover was sold to the Italian manufacturer Candy."
Evidently the Hoover Co. cleaned up in the market for home vacuum cleaners in Britain. This is why it has become a common noun there, like "Kleenex" in America.
The dam was named after Herbert Hoover, a progressive Republican (though not as progressive as his successor). "That man has offered me unsolicited advice for six years, all of it bad." - Calvin Coolidge