Guitar Shaped Mansion

It has a regal flourish with a rock star edge – and it could be yours for $17.9 million. An amazing mansion in Alabama comes complete with grounds shaped like a guitar. But the property in Shoal Creek does not belong to some aging musician. It is owned by Larry House, the former CEO of physician management giant MedPartners. He is not even a guitar afionado or collector, apparently. Pam Ausley, the listing agent, told Zillow.com: ‘The guitar was just a whimsical, great idea. ‘He just thought it up; he didn’t make a lot of it but it’s gotten a lot of attention.’ Mrs Ausley says the landscaped guitar is just a ‘small part’ of the charm that is Mr House’s house. It was built and designed by House in 1997 for a reported $26 million. The incredible detailing was installed by International Fine Arts Conservation Studios, which has worked on Buckingham Palace. The home sits on 27 well-managed acres which feature equestrian trails. There are four pastures, indoor and outdoor arenas and a six-stall barn with living quarters attached. Step inside the mansion and at times you are transported back in time to the late 19th century.” w/ photos

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Carhenge Up For Sale?

A spectacular automotive homage to Stonehenge was today put up for sale for a staggering $300,000. ‘Carhenge’ is a bizarre tribute to the prehistoric stone structure where the massive monoliths have been replaced by 38 classic American cars. Constructed in rural Nebraska by U.S. sculptor Jim Reinders in 1987, it has identical dimensions to its British source of inspiration, measuring 96ft in diameter. Carhenge attracts 100,000 visitors each year and is now owned by ‘Friends Of Carhenge’ who can no longer afford to run it. They are looking for an entrepreneur to pay $300,000 for the ten-acre plot with the intention of maximising Carhenge’s potential. All the vehicles have been spray-painted grey to give off the impression they are made of stone.” w/ photos

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Man Pulls Train

“A strongman in Syria pulls a train, that he claims weighs over 100 tons thanks to an incline, using nothing but muscle power.”

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Bubble Hotel

“Sleep out under the stars and enjoy all the trappings of luxury at the Bubble Hotel.”

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Octopus Uses Paint Lid To Build New Home

To some, a discarded paint pot lid thrown on the seabed may be litter, but to a cunning octopus it presented a great piece of building material for a new home. The cephalopod is part of a species known as the coconut octopus because they are renowned for using discarded coconut shell halves thrown into the sea by humans to build closable lairs (presumably this octopus was off to find something shaped like a paint pot). Once the eight-legged creature has gripped an item, it uses two of its tentacles to ‘walk’ in a bipedal manner. The soft-bodied creature has been known to carry debris up to 20 metres to construct a defensive fortress. The medium-sized cephalopod, belonging to the genus Amphioctopus, is found in tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean.” w/ photo

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