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Have you ever heard about the Toothpick City or Toothpick World? Here’s the wonderful creation.

Stan Munro, a big fan of architecture, though not a student has first build a Toothpick City and then a Toothpick World which is in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records for the tallest toothpick structure: Burj Khalifa, Dubai (16ft.) entirely made out of toothpicks.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai entirely made out of toothpicks. (The tallest toothpick structure)

Stan learned everything through books, the internet, History Channel, and a little something called “8th-Grade Algebra.”

Toothpicking has been a hobby since his 5th grade art teacher brought a toothpick project to the classroom. Stan stayed with it, and almost 30 years later. Stan makes a living at it.

10 years ago, when his wife Suzi was suffering with some kidney liver disease and he had to stay home caring for her, he started toothpicking. In 2006, he sold his first Toothpick City exhibit to a museum in Spain. Suzi is getting better day by day and who is Stan’s inspiration, his muse, and the center of his world. They are located in Syracuse, NY.

He completed Toothpick City 1 (A History of Skyscrapers), which had 50 of the world’s tallest buildings, in 2005.

After its sale he decided to start work on Toothpick City 2 (Towers and Temples) which will have 40 buildings made out of four million toothpicks and 170 litres of glue.

It includes the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in Paris, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Parthenon in Athens.

So far Stan has created more than 100 unique masterpieces consisting famous structures from around the world which are entirely made out of toothpicks.

Toothpick World is a traveling exhibit – unlike anyone has seen before. It is a collection of more than 60 famous buildings from around the world–ALL built to the same 1:164 scale, and all out of toothpicks. It can be set up in any configuration, and in a number of different museum spaces. Toothpick World is a sensory experience of engineering, architecture, culture and just plain craziness. It ABSOLUTELY has to be seen to be believed.

In March, 2012, Stan formed Toothpick World, LLC, a traveling exhibit corporation. The purpose of the exhibit is to entertain, educate, and even enlighten, as museum-goers see what one man can do with a little imagination, a whole lot of time, and more than 3 million toothpicks.

 

Few of his creations are:

Toothpick city I at the Museum of Science and Technology
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
The Roman Coliseum
The U.S. Nimitz – CVN68 Aircraft carrier
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

 

Akshardham Temple, India
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Eiffel Tower, Paris
International Space Station
Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Statue of Liberty, New York
St. Peter’s Basilica Square, The Vatican
The White House, Washington D.C.
Tower Bridge, London
Taj Mahal, India

Visit Toothpick City and World for more images in detail.

Have a view on other similar post on Taj Mahal from matchsticks.

 

 

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Nature’s miracle – It’s alive even when it’s not been fed since 44 years.

Can you imagine someone not being fed and alive? Probably you may think for few days or few months only. But here’s a nature’s miracle that it’s alive even when it’s not been fed with any water or fresh air since last 44 years and it’s a rare phenomenon.

Actually we are talking about this plant which was planted in 1960 by this man, David Latimer from  Cranleigh, Surrey. He last fed it in 1972 and stopped thereafter with a desire to experiment the same. But today also these plants are green.

The sealed pot containing the plant has a capacity of 38 liters and it’s deeply filled with the plant now. David is 80 now and it’s been assumed that the plant has developed it’s own ecosystem to stay alive for so many years without even being watered.

It’s surprising to know that in last 53 years this plant is being fed only once in 1972 before tightly sealing it as an experiment. The hardy spiderworts has grown inside to fill the 10 gallon jar surviving entirely on water, nutrients and recycled air.

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Have you heard about the Scania Clock – A Gigantic working clock entirely made out of 14 running trucks?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “You may stop, but time will not.”

Swedish automobile maker Scania achieved to make a running clock for 24 hours straight keeping time down to the second, deploying a great team effort recently while managing a 750,000 sq ft working clock in a deserted airfield by strategically deploying 14 trucks that kept moving round-the-clock.

Scania employed 90 drivers for two hours each, to drive the trucks representing the second, the minute and the hour hands of the clock. Fleet managers kept guiding the trucks from a monitoring room.

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Have a view at making of the Scania clock:

2 crores worth of real flowers are the reason for the beautitude of Siddhivinayaka the most auspicious Ganpati temple in Mumbai. 

Siddhivinayaka Temple, which is considered as the most auspicious Ganpati temple is glowing with the beautitude and fragrance of real flowers. 

A businessman from Delhi has made the arrangements for the temple with 2 crores worth of real flowers after his “Mannat” (wish) was fulfilled. 

Have a view of the pictures here:

Can you imagine to sleep or dine in two countries at the same time? Yes, it’s happening here.

Can you imagine to sleep or dine in two countries at the same time?

You might think it to be a dream or an imagination, but it’s true and here’s how?

Have you heard about the unique Arbez Hotel located on the France – Swiss border? The uniqueness of this hotel is that it has some rooms which are located on the border and allows the visitors to stay in two countries at the same time.

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Image Credit: Roland Zumbuehl/Wikimedia Commons

In some of the rooms of this hotel, guests can sleep with their heads in France while their feet in Switzerland or vice versa as the border runs right through the hotel ― and in some rooms, it runs right through the beds. While in some cases a bedroom lies in Switzerland and it’s bathroom in France.

The bed in the honeymoon suite is split between the two countries, and another guest room is entirely in Switzerland, though its adjoining bathroom is in France. So you can enjoy the trip to two countries at the same time while staying at this hotel particularly.

The restaurant of the hotel also lies on the border and it features both local French and Swiss cuisine giving it’s visitors a special experience where you can benefit from two cultures and traditions.

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At the dining room at Hotel Arbez you can eat in Switzerland or France — or both if you sit at this table.

The hotel’s website reads as “Two nations sleep in the same bed and eat at the same table.”

To read more on how this hotel came to exist in the first place click here.

Have you heard about the Flying River Taxi coming soon by 2017? Read the story here:

French start up SeaBubbles had once again proved the words of Napoleon Hill, “There is always plenty of capital for those who can create practical plans for using it” absolutely correct. They have been successful in raising $550,000 in funding to build egg-shaped taxis flying above the river Seine to reduce traffic in Paris.

The flying river taxi, which floats above the water
Flying River Taxi; Image Source: Sea Bubbles

The battery-driven river shuttle can be convoked by a smartphone and piloted by a robot. These taxis can travel for up to 80-100 km on a single charge.

Two entrepreneurs of SeaBubbles are working on the project and have been successful in raising funds for the first round, where as the next round of funding will be done by August to develop the taxi app and docking stations around the pod.

SeaBubbles wants to build battery operated bubble shaped ships that hover a few inches above water which can transport maximum five people including a pilot at a time.  Thebault, one of the founder, said, “The goal is to forgo the pilot and make the system fully autonomous in a few years once regulation allows it.”

As more cash is required to turn their dreams into cabs, the startup said they have reached out to car-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. as well as construction company Vinci SA and luxury-goods maker LVMH. The matter is in discussion and shortly they expect to reach at some concluding decisions.

“You’ve got packed roads and empty waterways in a lot of cities – there’s an obvious opportunity,” co-founder Alain Thebault said in an interview. “We want to build water taxis.” Founders Anders Bringdal and Thebault, a surfer and a math-loving sailor respectively, together broke the record for speed on a floating sailboat they’d designed in 2009.

The founders said SeaBubbles has the support of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who has pledged to cut pollution in the city. Carmakers, battery vendors and software engineering companies have expressed interest in helping develop upgrades and scale production.

The startup will sell the pods to individuals as well as countries, cities and companies, but its founders are still debating whether they want to manage a taxi service themselves or outsource it.

Expected to launch by summers in 2017, the taxis will be available for booking through a dedicated app and will have their own docking ports. The founders wish to showcase the first bubble at the 2017 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Read full story at Bloomberg

World’s most expensive dining experience – Would you like to go for $2 million dinner?

Marina Bay Sands, one of the key attractions and the costliest hotel of Singapore has a restaurant named Ce La Vi at it’s rooftop which is serving the world’s most luxurious and exclusive dinning experience for two people.

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Ce La Vi on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands Image Credit: Ce La Vi

The restaurant has collaborated with a Russian Diamond company “World of Diamonds” for a experience which will last for eight hours. The dinner will be presented with 10000 roses and an 18 course meal, and includes a 45 minutes helicopter ride over Singapore, some time in a luxury cruise, and a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce ride to Ce La Vi and a 2.08 carat diamond ring.

It also promises that the dinner will be eaten by diamond chopsticks with the diners’ names engraved on them. The dinner includes all sorts of other decadent elements such as Belon oysters, Almas Caviar — supposedly the most expensive variety — and only 44- and 55-year-old vintage wines.

And at the end of the meal, the couple will be presented with a 2.08 carat blue diamond ring with a rose-gold plated platinum band, that World of Diamonds has named after actress Jane Seymour.

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mage: World of Diamonds

The companies have not yet said when the meal will commence, but have noted that interested applicants will be screened, and they will select the lucky duo for this luxurious dining experience.

read more at Mashable.

World’s first unstaffed grocery store opens in Sweden. Here’s how it works.

Can you imagine a grocery store which is always open 24/7 and has no employees at all, not even on cash counters? Yes, it’s a reality in Viken town of Sweden. It’s the first of it’s kind, where there are no employees, and it works normal just like any other grocery store. You just need a smartphone and membership to make purchases in this convenience store.

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The store which is membership based, relies on trust and a credit check on it’s customers. You need to install the app which is then linked to your bank account to unlock the store’s door which opens for only 8 seconds and cameras are installed all over to ensure the security. Customers enter the store, scan the barcodes of the products they want, and they receive the invoice a month later. Customers are required to become the members by passing a credit check.

 

Robert Ilijason, the only employee and store owner said, the idea of the store came from a broken jar of baby food. When that jar was the last one in the store at owner’s village and there was no open store in his village he had to rush to the big city to  get a new one. The idea clinched his mind and he wanted to open a 24/7 store. He further said having employees 24/7 is so expensive that he used technology to manage his store and his idea worked.

The store currently sells dairy products, dried and frozen foods, and is based on the concept that demand will dictate what the store stocks.

He is planning further to open few more stores to make sure this concept works. He hopes to make this concept work in whole Sweden and plans to further expand his idea to the world at large.

Who can resist to ride on the World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide?

ArcelorMittal Orbit, World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide, which has 12 loops was opened to the public on 24th last month in London, UK.

The 584-feet long and 250-feet tall slide has been designed by British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor and created by Belgian artist Carsten Holler. It has been transformed from UK’s tallest artwork built for the London Olympics in 2012.

Have a look on it’s pictures:

Did you know which country has the most number of time zones in the world?

Did you know which country has the most number of time zones?

You might be thinking of Russia because of it’s wider area. But actually the country having to it’s credit the most number of time zones is France.

France, with its scattered national territories, has more time zones than any other country in the world.

France has 12 time zones, followed by Russia with 11. The French mainland currently uses the Central European Summer Time (UTC+02:00), while its dispersed overseas territories, like Guadeloupe and French Polynesia, use time zones ranging from UTC-10:00 to UTC+12:00.

read more at Google

The lands making up the French Republic, shown at the same geographic scale.

 

The scarf that’s driving Celebs crazy to go invisible in public.

The Ishu Scarf, invented by a 28-year-old guy, Saif Siddiqui, from New Delhi, is gaining popularity amongst the cynosures.

Celebrities around the world are bothered about their privacy and here’s a solution from this New Delhi student, who now runs his booming business due to his innovative product and creative talent. The name “ISHU” stands for privacy and silence, and is a play on the words “issue” and “shh”.

Everyone from Hollywood actors to football superstars are being spotted the Ishu scarf in public.

The product has taken the celeb world by storm, with everyone from Hollywood actors to football superstars being spotted wearing the scarf in public.

Image credit: Buzzfeed

Siddiqui told Buzzfeed the scarf’s purpose was to give people their privacy.

“The main intention is to make people aware of how important privacy actually is,” he said. “Everyone has a ‘brand’ online, and with the ISHU Scarf, people are back in control of their privacy.”

Presenting… the paparazzi-proof ISHU Scarf!

Image Credit: theishu.com | Jillionaire “Major Lazer” DJ and Producer

Image Credit: theishu.com | DMX, The Rapper

Image Credit: theishu.com | Cameron Diaz, Actress

Image Credit: theishu.com | Jemery Piven, Actor

The Ishu scarf made from a special fabric – consisting of thousands of nano-spherical crystals reflects light back into the camera and hence makes the wearer invisible to the flash photography.

The ISHU was officially  launched  at  Soho  House Toronto in October 2015. The  force behind the creation of this #InvisibilityCloak  was adamant that a stylish solution be available to that select group of people who  want  to  control  unwanted  pictures  of them being taken with mobile devices, which inevitably end up plastered across social media.

Image Credit: theishu.com | Saif Siddiqui, founder of theishu.com now runs his booming business shuttling between London and Amsterdam.

It took Saif 6 years to research and present his idea into a demanding product. We often see the success but fail to see the hard work, dedication and belief in one’s idea and his continuous efforts to make his idea successful. Here’s the making of “The ISHU Scarf”:

The  concept  of  The ISHU dates back to 2009 when Dutch-born Saif Siddiqui took  a  picture  of  friends  standing in front of a bike in Amsterdam. He noticed  that  the  bike’s  reflector  manipulated  the flash of his mobile camera in a way that obscured the faces of his friends in the picture. He immediately realized that if developed into the right product, this feature would be an ideal solution for his friends and now available to the public who want to keep their private moments in public private. Saif put together a team of experts
who dug into the science of light and reflection, and how to blend technology with fashion. 6 Years later The ISHU is released to instant acclaim. Privacy is back.

The “anti-paparazzi” cloaking device also works with video cameras.

Siddiqui is launching ISHU phone cases in July, and hopes to get the product integrated in museums and private jets soon.

He aims to bring the concept to India in a few months, and is hopeful that it will catch the eye in Bollywood as strongly as it has in the rest of the world.

He aims to bring the concept to India in a few months, and is hopeful that it will catch on in Bollywood as strongly as it has in the rest of the world.

Image credit: Hindustan Times

You can check out the ISHU range of products before the global launch in August here.

Have a look at World’s First Rare Collection

Via: Facebook / Other Side of Life

 

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