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Marvelous Burj Dubai Fountain Show
I can watch this over and over again... The tallest fountain in the world (with water reaching as high as 150 meters), near the tallest building in the world (see here) was recently completed and tested with this water/light/music extravaganza. The musical piece is the "Time To Say Goodbye", performed by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.
We wrote about various architectural marvels of Dubai before. To check the latest updates on construction in Dubai, see this thread at SkyscraperCity.
Today's pictures & links:
Remember our Robot Art Series? Here is an odd couple, made by Joe Chasse - which already won a couple of awards at an art show (more info):
(image credit: Joe Chasse)
Hamsters (Guinea Pigs) Are on the Move Today
Las Vegas? What Las Vegas?
We will not mention Las Vegas' Downtown Mainstreet Experience here. But... This is in China, so will take some traveling to get to:
"The Place" in Beijing, China, is covered by a giant LED screen - 250m (820 ft) long and 30m (98 ft) wide - claimed as the biggest in the world.
(images credit: Troy)
This Is Paper Craft Gone to Heaven
Simply unbelievable construction put on display - where else? - in Tokyo. See other inspiring works from paper in our One Sheet of Paper and Cutting Up Books articles.
(images credit: zuzutop)
Mixed fresh links for today:
This is more than fascinating - [journey into the micro-world]
Just a drop of water... and another drop, and another - [wow video]
The Man from Clapham, and a Person from Porlock - [interesting]
One of those 365 Days Flickr sets, but some are beautiful - [surreal]
Air Conditioner as a Thing of Beauty - [design]
Another awesome-looking motorcycle - [our soft spot]
Good overview of the state of digital music - [infographic]
Weirdest Restaurants! - [cool round-up, some nsfw]
Haunting Abandoned Places Gallery - [some are new to me, click next]
Rehashing YouTube videos to sell broadband - [fun video]
Bus Ride Through the Forest Fire - [harrowing video]
What if Matrix was shot in the silent films' era - [cool video]
Amazing Houses & Home Architectural Designs - [architecture]
Tips to boost metabolism (what, no beer?) - [health tips]
Make stunning Flash websites for free! - [promotion]
Mind-boggling Cave Exploration Photography
Polish photographer Howito explores caves, with some spectacular visual results. See his photos in this gallery. Click to enlarge images below:.
(images credit: Howito)
Also, don't forget to check out our Most Amazing Caves article for more impressive photography.
Dried Seahorse... Dried Gecko... Traditional Chinese Medicine. Add It to Your Tea?
Continuing the topic of weird, strange and (perhaps) wonderful food from all over the world, we just have to show these dried "herbal food" products, found by Troy in China:
(images credit: Troy)
Mutant Snail Goes Hunting
What a splendid monster... Indeed, no Godzilla or any other Japanese imagination-spawned creature can tackle the German "Orchid-on-Drugs" Blob:
(image credit: A Journey Round My Skull)
See more illustrations from Der Orchideengarten, a rare German fantasy magazine, lovingly scanned by A Journey Round My Skull - Click Here. Also don't miss the covers (some nsfw).
The Ugliest Car in the World
"The Aurora" (1957) was build by Rev. Alfred Juliano for safety, not speed... or beauty. Click to enlarge:
(click to enlarge)
Awe-inspiring Hoover Dam Bypass Construction
Mind-boggling pics, recently taken from a helicopter flight over the site (see more construction photos here). A good addition to our Bridge Construction article:
Click to enlarge images!
(images credit: Hoover Dam Bypass - via)
Is This Real?
Handshake with Mother Nature - more info.
(Photo credit: newsteam.co.uk)
Cave City on the Moon
Check out these rarely-seen futuristic images from French sources (courtesy Mondorama 2000)
(source: "Le monde de demain", 1969, illustrator: inconnu)
(source: "Le monde et son aventure", illustrator: F.H.K. Henrion)
Jeff VanderMeer's New Novel "Finch" is Launched
The third, and possibly final, part of a darkly surreal saga about strange City of Ambergris - "Finch" - was described as “fungal noir... steampunk delirium... paranoid spy thriller..." and can be already ordered from Amazon.
Visit "Finch" Reader's Page for various exclusive posters and downloads.
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