Sailing in Paper Origami Boat

December 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Art and Design, Misc

“……an origami paper boat is folded on the river bank, then sailed away……”

Over two days in early November, German artist Frank Bölter staged two touching performances of World’s End . The performances, in which the public helped Frank fold and launch a paper boat, before he sailed away in it, grabbed the imagination of London and the rest of the world where it was picked up by the media from Canada to China.

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Unbelievable Luck: Tugboat Pulls-off an Impossible Maneuver

May 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Funny, News

Sometimes all you need to have a successful sail is a bit of luck. No wonder sailors are known for their superstition and strange rituals. Looks like these sailors have done everything by the book, since they have had the enormous luck not to sink this tugboat as it “sailed” beneath the bridge. Just look at this series of sequential images and see for your selves. You won’t believe your eyes what impossible maneuver they managed to pull-off. This was definitely not just another day at the river for them!

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The towboat is approaching the bridge with barges loaded with coal.

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This frame gives you an idea of how fast the river is running. Obviously at or near flood stage…

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Looks like trouble.The bridge didn’t open and the boat can’t stop. Notice that the tug has released the barges. He is backing as hard as possible to try and avoid a collision with the bridge.

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Can’t back down enough against the current.

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Uh Oh! The current has swung the boat around sideways.

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The cook thinks maybe something isn’t quite right.

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The boss is going to be REAL mad!

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Uh… Boss? Do we have flood insurance on this boat?

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Uh…. Boss? You ain’t gonna believe what we just did!

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She’s low, but the flag is still flying.

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The wheelhouse door and the door in the second deck are now open.

Look close at the bottom righthand side of the picture and you will see that the bridge guardrail is underwater.

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Look at the water pouring out of the second deck doorway.

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The working deck is still underwater, but rising.

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The Biggest Swimming Pool in the World

June 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Places and Nature

Take a deep breath before you try swimming a lap in the swimming pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile. The San Alfonso del Mar resort is situated on Chile’s southern coast, 100 km west of Santiago.

Already drawing the crowds in the South American resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Chile, this artificial lagoon and swimming pool is eight hectares in size and contains an incredible 250,000 cubic meters of water. Acknowledged by Guinness World Records as being the world’s largest swimming pool, the lagoon trounces all other record holders in the category, including the Orthlieb pool in Casablanca, Morocco, itself a huge 150 meters by 100 meters – the San Alfonso pool is 1km in length.

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The revolutionary clear water artificial lagoons, transparent to a depth of 35 meters and unprecedented in design and construction methods, are the brainchild of Crystal Lagoons founder, biochemist and Chilean businessman Fernando Fischmann. Equivalent in size to an incredible 6,000 standard domestic pools, details of its technology are to be unveiled for the first time at Cityscape Dubai later this month.
The lagoon, cost an estimated $US1.5 billion ($1.74 billion) to build.

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