Not the 5th, not the 4th, not the 3rd, but the 2nd tallest building on Planet Earth is located in Louisiana. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the only building on Earth that is taller than this lesser known building located in Louisiana. Have you figured out which building it is yet? Well we know for sure it is not One Shell Square on Poydras since it is only 51 or so stories tall. There are buildings right there in Mobile, Alabama, that are taller than One Shell Square.
Still haven’t figured it out? Expand your mental faculty and think outside the box. Like, really outside the box. OK, now think water structure. Figured it out yet? What if I told you the second tallest building in the world is in Louisiana and it’s underwater? You would think I am crazy. Well, I am crazy, but that is neither here nor there. The second tallest building in the world is indeed in Louisiana and is located mostly underwater. The Petronius Platform is located about 210 km (130.5 mi) SE of New Orleans and stands 2,001 feet tall. Wait, so you are telling me there’s a building almost a half a mile tall in Louisiana? Yup. Take that Empire State Building, Sears Tower, and CN Tower!
That’ll do it for this weeks’ lesson in cool facts. Now go make some money.