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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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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.

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:

“The Floating Piers” a giant art installation on Lake Iseo in Italy is letting people walk on water

“The Floating Piers” is a giant art installation by the artist Christo on Lake Iseo in Italy which is enabling people walk on water.

Have an aerial view of “The Floating Piers” here:

So far thousands of tourist have flocked over the installation. The walkway is 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, made up of 220,000 high density polyethylene cubes and is about 3 miles long. The installation is open for the public at large till 3rd of July.

Visitors can experience this work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which is framed by The Floating Piers.

The Floating Piers is absolutely free and accessible 24 hours a day, weather permitting,” said Christo.

For  further details visit The Floating Piers

World’s first 3D printed building opens in Dubai

The world’s first functional 3D-printed office building, a single storey building spread across 2,690 square foot, opened in Dubai in mid of May, 2016.

Located near the Dubai International Financial Center, the building was completed at a cost of about $140,000 in just 17 days and officials say they saved more than 70% on labor costs.

Dubai officials say their goal is towards technological development. It’s already a man-made wonder you will know once you visit Dubai.

This arc-shaped office building used a 20-foot tall 3D printer and a special mixture of cement to be built. Whole of the office structure with furniture was printed in 17 days and assembled in just 2 days.

Dubai officials say, “The future is based on 3D printing, whether we are talking about printing buildings or printing cloths or printing equipments or printing food or even printing some human body parts.”

The project is part of Dubai’s long term strategy to ensure that 25% of the city will be 3D printed by 2030.

17 Of The Most Magnificent Trees Mother Nature Has Ever Produced

17 most magnificent trees mother-nature has ever produced

1. 125+ year old rhododendron “tree” in Canada

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2. 144-year-old Wisteria in Japan

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4. Wind-swept trees in New Zealand

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5. Japanese maple in Oregon

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6. Antarctic Beech covered in hanging moss in Oregon

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7. Blooming Cherry Trees in Bonn, Germany

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8. Angel Oak in South Carolina

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9. The aptly named Flamboyant Tree in Brazil

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10. Dragonblood Trees, Yemen

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11. The President, third-largest Giant Sequoia tree in the world, California

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12. Maple Tree tunnel, Oregon

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13. Rainbow Eucalyptus in Kauai, Hawaii

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14. Jacarandas in Cullinan, South Africa

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15. Avenue of Oaks at Dixie Plantation in South Carolina

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16. Baobab Trees in Madagascar

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17. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

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