10 Most Dangerously Theme Park Rides of All Time

November 4, 2011 by  
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The very idea behind theme park rides is to scare people. They attract the thrill-seeking, the naive and the stupid in their millions every year. Remember when you were a kid and you always wondered if the rides really were that dangerous? Well, turns out some of them were.

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Neurotics beware: here lie enough horror stories to put you off your local amusement park for good, permanently rendering you one of those jittery guys who watch their friends plummeting through loop-the-loops while they eat corn dogs from the safety of a bench. Yes, we bring you the 10 most dangerous – and ill-conceived – amusement park rides of all time.

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10. Cannonball Loop Slide

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As this list shows, New Jersey’s Action Park is pretty much the Mecca of bafflingly stupid ride concepts, so it was no surprise – sometime in the ’80s – that some genius at the park’s headquarters decided it would be a smart idea to invent a fully enclosed water slide that incorporated a complete loop-the-loop at the end. The ride was the only one of its kind, and proved so unstable that it was only tested a handful of times, reputedly following the apparent decapitation of a test dummy and, according to some reports, injuries suffered by employees who took the kamikaze plunge on trial runs.

9. Alpine Slide

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Alpine slides were seemingly only conceived in order to make use of steep slopes and save tightfisted theme parks some dollars. The concept is very simple: build a breakneck, winding concrete trackway with shallow edges down a huge freakin’ hill and let the general public fly down it on a ludicrously temperamental cart with a mostly useless handbrake. Aside from obvious risks such as grazing one’s body practically to the bone upon bailing, actual deaths aren’t unheard of, with one unfortunate individual at a certain East Coast theme park hitting his head fatally against a rock when his cart derailed. Read more

4 World’s Most Unusual Plants

August 15, 2010 by  
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Nature can be very strange and sometimes its creatures can be incredible. Here are 4 of the world’s most unusual plants. Don’t give any of these to your Valentine…

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1. Dracunculus Vulgaris

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The Dracunculus Vulgaris smells like rotting flesh and has a burgundy-colored, leaf-like flower that projects a slender, black appendage.

2. Rafflesia Arnoldii

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This parasitic plant develops the world’s largest bloom that can grow over three feet across. The flower is a fleshy color, with spots that make it look like a teenager’s acne-ridden skin. It smells bad and has a hole in the center that holds six or seven quarts of water. The plant has no leaves, stems, or roots. Read more

Gliding on Water (Qing Gong) Performed by Monk of South Shaolin Temple

August 4, 2010 by  
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Amazing gliding on water (Qing Gong) was performed by Shi Liliang of the monks of South Shaolin Temple in Quanzhou City, Southeast China´s Fujian Province on October 19, 2009. He used the three-ply board to glide on water for 15 meters and broke his previous 10 meters record.

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16 Amazing and Unique Modern Church Designs

July 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Art and Design, Featured

These are amazing and unique modern church design. Structures made in the tradition of elevating the soul, without the usual cultural shorthand. We found the best 16 examples of modern churches and chapels, so check them.

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1. THE CHAPEL NOTRE DAME DU HAUT, RONCHAMP, FRANCE

The chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, designed by Le Corbusier, is located in Ronchamp. The Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, a shrine for the Catholic Church at Ronchamp was built for a reformist Church looking to continue its relevancy. Warning against decadence, reformers within the Church looked to renew its spirit by embracing modern art and architecture as representative concepts. Father Couturier, who would also sponsor Le Corbusier for the La Tourette commission, steered the unorthodox project to completion in 1954.
The building itself is a comparatively small structure enclosed by thick walls, with the upturned roof supported on columns embedded within the walls. In the interior, the spaces left between the wall and roof, as well as asymmetric light from the wall openings serve to further reinforce the sacral nature of the space and buttress the relationship of the building with its surroundings.

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2. JUBILEE CHURCH, ROME, ITALY

Designed by Richard Meier, the Jubilee Church located in Rome and serving more than 8,000 residents. As a church and community center, the Jubilee was designed with modern formalism in mind but still adopts historical integrity in order to revitalize the decaying residential fabric.
The perceptual volume of the church is directly influenced by natural light since the zenith light and the glazed skylights between the successive shells are continually responsive to the changing pattern of light and shadow as the sun moves across its trajectory. According to the season, the weather, and the time of day, light is variously graduated down the inner surface of the shells thereby imparting to the church, the chapel and the baptismal fount a particular character.

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3.  CHURCH OF LIGHT, IBARAKI KASUGAOKA, JAPAN

Church of The Light, sometimes called “Church with Light” is the Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church’s main chapel. Built in 1989, in the city of Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture and design by famous Japanese architect, Tadao Ando who often uses Zen philosophies when conceptualizing his structures. A communal church located in a quiet residential neighborhood in the suburbs of Osaka, the Church of The Light consists of two rectangular volumes that are both cut at a 15 degree angles by freestanding concrete walls. One indirectly enters the church by slipping between the two volumes, the Sunday school and the worship hall. The space of the chapel is defined by light, the strong contrast between light and solid…

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4.  CHURCH OF WATER, TOMAMU, JAPAN

The Church on the Water is located in Tomamu, east of the city of Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. It was designed by Tadao Ando between 1985 and 1988, and it was built in an astonishingly quick five months in 1988. The site is in a clearing in a beech forest, and slopes down towards a small river. Hills surround the site to the west, and a resort hotel lies behind the church, to the east.
The church faces a large pond, 80m by 42.7m in size. The pond steps down in five stages towards the small river. At the high end of the pond is the building, the shape of which is basically a pair of overlapping cubes. The larger of the two faces the pond directly, and serves as the chapel. It is connected to the smaller cube entrance by means of a semi-circular, spiral stairway. Finally, a long, L-shaped wall runs alongside the south and east of the pond-building grouping, separating the church from the hotel behind it.

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Wrestling a 20-foot Anaconda under Water

June 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Lifestyle, Odd World

Ross and his son Tom wrestle a 20-foot anaconda under water. Can you believe this? It would be rather unbelievable event that someone would willingly put his son in the dangerous hug of anaconda in the pool of water. But this video proves otherwise.

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Unbelievable stunt of wrestling such massive snake is done by highly trained professionals. Obviously Ross has managed to teach Tom a lot about these magnificent wild creatures, get him to respected them for the dangerous predators they are, but at the same time, didn’t put any fear into the heart of his daredevil son. This young guy manege to effectively handle the snake. This is a really stunning video. Check out the screen caps and the video itself. The video features underwater photography and was produced by Guided Tours and sponsored by Silver Springs.

Note: Scroll down, below the screen caps, for the unbelievable, rarely seen 20-foot anaconda wrestling video.

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The Best Of: Ad Campaigns

March 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Art and Design, Odd World

Advertising industry is getting more inventive and creative each day. They always try to get to our attention in every way possible: sometimes their efforts are meant to disturb you and stir emotion , other times they make all kinds of jokes and funny images. No matter what is the case, they intend to leave you touched and make you remember images and messages they sent you. These are marvelous examples of the most successful and creative ad campaigns. These will make you smile, cry or leave you intrigued but surely not lighthearted.

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