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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.

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 how many types of smells can a human being smell?

You must be thinking about some 100s or may be around a 1000 types. But you will be surprised to know the reality of human quality of smelling.

NASA has employed George Aldrich for nearly 40 years as its ‘Chief Sniffer’ to smell every object before they can be flown into a space shuttle. George can smell anything or almost everything.

Aldrich’s team tests nearly all items that astronauts would encounter during their flight including fabric, toothpaste, circuit boards, and the ink on their checklists.

Interestingly, Aldrich can detect more than 10,000 smells. For detailed report view the video below:

 

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.