Travelodge – Europe’s First Container Hotel

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Travelodge Hotel just opened in London, England and although it might not look like anything special, it’s much different than ordinary hotels for the simple reason that it’s made out of containers. That’s right, those large metal boxes container-ships carry around. This is a first for Europe, but in China container-hotels are common, especially in Shanghai.

Travelodge has 120 rooms, but you can relax, they look nothing like the inside of a container. They are ecquiped with all the facilities you can find in any normal hotel room and if the hotel is able dismantled, the containers can be use for shiping. This is what experts call an ecological building

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Bottle-opener improvisation

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How many times did you want to enjoy a glass of fine wine and realised you didn’t have a bottle-opener in the house? Well that happened too many times in my case, but thanks to these wonderful “how-to” photos, it never has to happen again. Sure this improvisation isn’t the most elegant way to open a wine-bottle, but it gets the job done.

So no more sticking forks into the cork (my case),  a hammer, a screwdriver and a screw are all the bottle-opening tools you’ll ever need.

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Crown Fountain – A Wet Wonder

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Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain is one of Chicago‘s most popular landmarks. It’s made out of a black granite pool placed between two glass towers and it is covered with LEDs depicting faces of the residents of Chicago and natural sceneries. It is 50 meters high and when it was built, in 2004, it cost around 17 million dollars.

In the warm season the Crown Fountain provides entertainment especially for the children of the city who love getting soaked by the water coming out through two nozzles, that makes it seem like the face on the tower is spitting  it out. Crown Fountain is extremely popular among the residents of Chicago that come here to relax, enjoy themselves and have their pictures taken in hope that their face might end up on the fountain.

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Meanest Auto Sound-System Ever

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No idea who built this bad boy, but it’s definitely the most impressive auto sound-system I’ve ever seen. Just imagine cruising through your neighborhood with that thing cranked up to full volume, old people yelling and throwing their canes at you, hommies giving you envious looks and babes falling at your feet. Well maybe except for the last one, but it’s still worth it.

Would like to see it on a more decent ride, but this mega sound-system is still wicked. I wonder what its specs are. If you have some info on this baby please share.

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The Shit Fountain

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A new landmark found its way on the map of Chicago and it may make people call it The Shitty City instead of The Windy City.

Installed in front of a residence in Augusta, The Shit Fountain was created by Jerzy S. Kenar, an artist internationally known for his religious sculptures, who has had enough of people not picking up their dogs doo-doo of the streets. So he decided to make a monument for the dogs and created a bronze sculpture that perfectly resembles dog crap.

Most people received The Shit Fountain warmly but their have been people who disapprove of such a display in their neighborhood.

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A Look at the Big Picture

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The Big Picture is a project by British creative artist Helen Marshall who worked with specialists from PollyTiles to create what may be the world’s largest photo mosaic in central Birmingham. The idea behind The Big Picture was to create the biggest photo album in the West Midlands, where people donated over 110,000 photographs.

The photo mosaic is a new record in terms of size, covering over 3 tennis courts. If you’re ever in Birmingham, you shouldn’t pass the opportunity of seeing The Big Picture photo mosaic unveiled at the city’s ThinkTank in Millenium Park, on August 23rd.

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Dangerous Snake Hunting

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I don’t exactly know where this kind of snake hunting is practiced but my money’s on Australia. I tried to find some info besides the photos but I couldn’t find anything; if you know more, please share.

Wherever they’re from, these snake hunters have balls the size of freakin’ Jupiter, I wouldn’t chase a snake in its lair even if you paid me all the money in the world, and armed with only a piece of leather around my arm and a small fire. Look at the photos and judge for yourself if this is courage or insanity…

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Russian Ice-sculpture gallery

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In Krasnaya Presnya Park, Moscow, a gallery of Russian ice-sculptures opened its gates for the first time. In an ice-museum of over 500 square meters the most popular samples of Russian culture were presented in ice. The facility where the sculptures were kept was cooled using the latest cooling technology, managing to keep the temperature below -10 degrees Celsius.

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The Beer-can House

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One of Houston‘s most popular landmarks, the Beer-can House was built by John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer. The project began in 1968 when, because he was getting tired of mowing the lawn, he began playing with, rocks, marbles, metal and concrete to create a beautiful landscape. Then he turned his eye on his house, which he eventually covered with flattened beer cans that he, his wife and his neighbors had drunk.

The thing John Milkovisch loved about the Beer-can House was that people would just stop and stare at his creation when they drove-by and they only left to come back with more friends. The Beer-can House has been restored over the years and preserved as an important local landmark.

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The Garni Gorge

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Much like the Giant’s Causeway, the Garny Gorge is made out of a high number of basalt columns. It’s an absolute must-see if you find yourself in Armenia. It’s a wonderful canyon shaped by the ever-flowing river Goght river. Atop the basalt walls of the gorge the famous 1st century Garni temple can be seen.

Garni Gorge offers its visitors an incredible view and makes them feel like they’re in a fantasy place.

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Giant’s Causeway

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Giant’s Causeway is one of the most beautiful places in Northern Ireland and one of the four wonders of Great Britain. A result of volcanic eruption, Giant’s Causeway is made out of about 40,000 interlocked basalt columns. Almost all the columns have a hexagonal shape withe the highest one standing at 12 meters in length.

The legend of this place says the famous Irish giant Finn McCool built the causeway to reach Scotland and fight Benandonner, his Scotish counterpart. he fell asleep before reaching his destination and when the much larger Benandonner saw he was waiting in vain, he crossed the bridge to confront McCool. To ptotect the Irish giant, his wife Oonagh covered him with a blanket to make him seem like an infant. When Benandonner laid eyes on the disguised Finn he thought to himself that if that’s the child, the father must be colossal and fled to Scotland destroying the causeway so he wouldn’t be chased by Finn McCool.

Wether you like legends or believe in cold facts, Giant’s Causeway is quite a sight and shouldn’t be missed if travelling to Ireland.

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Home-made Star-Wars Landspeeder

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Daniel Deutsch is one of those Star-Wars fans that likes to create memorabilia of the series in his own garage. So he decided to build the X-34 Landspeeder used in Star-Wars parts 1 and 4 using any materials he could find and his extraordinary talent. The speeder has the exact size of the original and it’s built out of glassfibre on a custom chassis. It has an electric motor that pushes the X-34 to a max speed of 25 miles per hour and can go a few miles on a single battery charge.

The X-34 Star-Wars Landspeeder took 6 weeks to build and it was first unveilled at a Star Wars Celebration in May 2007.

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Source: Neatorama

The Red Lake of Bolivia

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Bolivia has quite a number of salt lakes but one of the most amazing ones is the Red Lake, also known as the Laguna Colorada. Like the name suggests it has a reddish color given by an astronomical number of micro-organisms that live in its waters and by the salt crust. Laguna Colorada is an unforgetable sight especially if you’re lucky enough to spot the rare flamingos that like to spend their time here.

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Old Car Prototypes that never hit the streets

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Here’s a collection of old vehicles that we never got the chance to ride in. Apparently they were too high-tech for their time and even now they have a retro-futuristic look.

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The Wine-cork Painting

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Well if one can create art out of bottle-caps I don’t see why corks can’t be used for the same purpose? It seems Albanian artist Saimir Strati feels the same way, since he has taken on the challenge of creating a 3D painting out of 300,000 wine-bottle corks. What you see in the photos is not the completed project, upon completion it will be a 96 square meter masterpiece depicting people playing guitar.

This is not Strati’s first  unusual artwork, in the past he has gained a spot in the Guinness Boook of Records for the world’s largest toothpick mosaic in the world. It contained approximately 1 million toothpicks and it depicted some horses. So be on the look out for Saimir Strati, he’s one special artist.

If you have a thing for cork, you might like to take a look at the cork costume

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