The Floating Ark Hotel

It boasts light, airy rooms, plenty of greenery and no doubt the service would be five-star. But the main reason guests would flock to the Ark Hotel would be its ability to save them from a natural disaster of Noah proportions. That’s because the futuristic building has been designed to withstand floods caused by rising sea levels. The floating behemoth is a ‘biosphere’ conceived as a safe, self-contained haven. Branded as a green, self-sustaining environment for guests, the shell-shaped hotel would withstand tidal waves and other natural disasters.” w/ photos

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Head Injury Made Man A Musical Prodigy

“I knew I’d miscalculated badly, and that the injury was serious. I shot up out of the water like a rocket, hands over my ears, convinced they were bleeding. My friends ran over to drag me out, but I was unable to stand, and although I could see they were talking to me, I couldn’t hear a word. I’d been having a pool party while visiting my mother, and once out of the emergency room, I stayed with her for the next few days. I was diagnosed with serious concussion, and was told my 35% hearing loss would remain, and gradually worsen over time, as would my memory. My eyes were black and my whole body ached like I’d been beaten up. My vision seemed blurry, too. I could see blobs moving in my peripheral vision, and had a strange sense of agitation. My fingers wouldn’t stop moving and even when I concentrated I found it difficult to stop them. But by the fifth day, I felt well enough to leave my mother’s and started packing to go home. In the early evening, I went over to my friend Rick’s house to say goodbye. Rick is a musician and lives in an apartment full of instruments. We were just sitting around, talking, when I felt an intense, utterly compelling need to touch his piano. I just moved over and started playing – there was no transition, it was all at once, like I’d been doing it all my life.” w/ photos

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Step Into An Optical Illusion

“In Demon Hill, the rules of gravity don’t apply as you expect them to. Down is not down, exactly. The room, created by Los Angeles artist Julian Hoeber and on display at the Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York, is modeled on a stock roadside attraction, Hoeber says. It’s based on a simple trick: the room is tilted on a compound angle. The result is disorienting and highly popular — drawing about 20,000 people when it appeared in L.A. Michael Landy, professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, explains how the piece creates a battle between our senses.” — SciFri

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World’s Largest Sneaker Collection

“The largest collection of sneakers consists of 2,388 pairs and is owned by Jordy Geller based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jordy has termed the warehouse where the sneakers are based the ‘Shoe-Zeum’ and he owns the largest and most comprehensive collection of Nikes in the world. All of the shoes are brand new and in their original boxes and estimated to be worth over a million dollars.”

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Top 12 Old-Timey Transportation Innovations

“Nobody was ever more batshit crazy than old-timey inventors. The same semi-diseased minds that gave us the light bulb also dreamed up vehicles so bafflingly ludicrous that it seems their inventors learned the fundamental principles of physics and engineering from a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. That’s why, if you crack open an issue of Popular Science from 80 or so years ago, you see that every issue featured a bizarre transportation gadget seemingly designed to murder you and everyone you love. Like…” w/ photos

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