The Most Expensive LEGO in the World

Hey, people of money, listen up. If taking nightly dives into your pool of gold coins (like Scrooge McDuck) hasn’t completely desensitized you to the appeal of all things golden, there’s a little something you could buy. Provided of course that you share the geek’s enchantment with all things LEGO.

This brick is 25.65g of 14K gold (0.8246 troy oz). The brick is the same size and shape as the original 2×4 LEGO brick.

This incedibly rare piece was given to LEGO employees that had 25 years of employement at the Hohenwestedt, Germany factory and was also given to couple of very special business partners of LEGO of the time. It was only given out from about 1979-1981, only one or 2 per year from my understanding.

This amazing brick comes in its original display box which features the LEGO logo of the time that it was given out. The box itself is plastic and has a minor amount of storage wear on it.

So yeah, you can buy it. This particular one was made in 1980, and the asking price is $15,000. That’s a roughly tenfold premium on regular gold, so there’s definitely some collector’s salivating going on.

Us, we’re gonna stick with spray painting our bricks with yellow paint and pretending we’re rich.

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Celebrity Portraits Made from 5,000 Sweets Taste as Good as They Look

Florida-based artist Cristiam Ramos creates portraits of celebrities like Marylin Monroe, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj out of thousands of sweets, giving the expression “eye candy” a whole new meaning.

The 32-year-old Mexican artist uses Gummy Bears, liquorice, M&M’s, bubble gum and after dinner mints to craft colorful portraits of various celebrities. Each of his tasty artworks contains over 5,000 individual sweets, and his largest creation so far, a life-size candy motorcycle is made up of over 20,000 sweets. Ramos says he got the idea to use sweets as a medium for his art four years ago, while he was in a park. He saw a dad give his son a piece of candy to sooth his pain, and after seeing the boy smile, he realized sweets make human beings happy. He kept thinking “what if they saw one of their favorite artists enshrined in their favorite sweets?”. That thought turned into a reality soon enough, and now Cristiam Ramos’ celebrity portraits sell for up to $18,000, depending on the size of the picture and amount of sweets used. Celebrities immortalized in candy by Ramos also include Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. Believe it or not, there’s no paint used in any of them.

Photo: Cristiam Ramos/Barcroft Media

“I love and feel inspired to create different things with new materials,” the Mexican artist said. “My only desire as an artist is to convey to people the pleasure I feel in doing this work and that if ever anyone sees a work item out of the ordinary rest assured that is Cristiam Ramos.” His works have been displayed in museums around the world, and some can be admired in Ripley’s Odditoriums.

Photo: Cristiam Ramos/Barcroft Media

Photo: Cristiam Ramos/Ripley’s 

Photo: Cristiam Ramos/Ripley’s 

Casey Legler – The Woman Who Works as a Male Model

Casey Legler, 35, is a woman who exclusively models menswear. With her razor-sharp cheekbones and 6ft 2in height, it’s easy to see why she’s recently been signed to the men’s division at the prestigious Ford modelling agency

There’s something weird going on in the fashion industry these days. After we posted about guys like Andrej Pejic and Stanyslas Fedyanin, who have found success modeling women’s clothing, now it’s time we met the only woman in the world who models only men’s garments. French-born Casey Legler says her unlikely carer as a male model started after posing as a guy in photo shoot, as a favor for a friend. ’I am, in fact, buddies with a photographer, who had this story, who knows, in some ways my body of work, but also just knows what I look like and said, “You’re perfect for this. Are you in?” And I wasn’t doing anything on that particular Friday, and so I said yes!’ she said in an interview with TIME Magazine. After her friend showed the resulting photos to a booker at Ford, she was soon signed to the men’s division by the prestigious agency.

As weird as t may seem at first, it’s easy to see why Casey makes such a great male model. She’s got the perfect height (6ft 2in), razor-sharp cheekbones, flawless skin and boyish physique and fashion style. After she qualified for the swimming event at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, at age 18, she also cut her hair very short, to experience the sensation of swimming with a shaved head that her male teammates talked about, and now she wears her hair with a short quiff. ’Is it a stretch for me to get styled wearing men’s clothes?’ Legler asks. ‘Anyone can look at me for two seconds and know that that  part is not so complicated. I think the part that can feel complicated sometimes is that I also look really fierce in a dress.”

‘It would be a really beautiful thing if we could all just wear what we wanted, without it meaning something, ” Casey says. What I wish is that we all get to be exactly who we are. And sometimes that’s complicated. We have very specific ways in which we identify ourselves as man or woman and I think that sometimes those can be limiting… Seeing me on the men’s board… speaks to the notion of freedom, you know. There’s something really bold about that, and that it really is saying look, there is also this other way, and it’s really rad.”

So there you have it, folks, Casey Legler – a gorgeous woman modelling as a gorgeous man…

 

World’s Longest Word Has 189,819 Letters, Takes 3.5 Hours to Pronounce

The full chemical name of the world’s largest known protein has 189,819 letters and is considered the longest word in any language. If you’re one of those people who loves to watch paint dry, you can even watch a 3.5-hour video of a guy pronouncing the whole name.

Titin, also known as connectin, is a giant protein composed of 244 individually folded protein domains connected by unstructured peptide sequences. Also, the gene for titin contains the largest number of exons (363) discovered in any single gene. Titin is important in the contraction of striated muscle tissues, but it’s mostly known for its technical name, which is sometimes referred to as the longest known word in any language. The name “titin” is derived from the Greek “titan” (a giant deity, anything of great size), but it’s the full chemical name that really does it justice. I could just paste it in this post, but it would take you forever just to scroll through it, so I’m just going to say it starts with  methionyl and ends …isoleucine. You can fill in the middle part yourself. But if you’re really curious to hear someone pronounce the world’s longest word, there’s a boring cool video of some Russian-sounding guy who takes around 3.5 hours to go through all the letters, and even grows a beard in the process. After a while, it all starts to sound like mumbling, but you have to admire the poor guy for his effort.

For obvious reasons, the full chemical name of titin is not listed in dictionaries, as many lexicographers regard generic names of chemical compounds as verbal formulae, not English words. Well, call it what you will, a word, a formulae, a short story, this thing, whatever it is, is pretty darn long. Geekologie even has a text file with the name available for download, but just looking at it just makes my eyes hurt.

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Living in a box: Inside the homes made from shipping containers that will soon be housing Britain’s homeless

Living in a box: Inside the homes made from shipping containers that will soon be housing Britain’s homeless

  • Brighton Housing Trust wants to use converted containers to help people while they search for permanent home
  • Each container comes with bathroom, kitchen and plasterboarded wall
  • Shipping container homes have already proven a success in Holland

Here’s a fascinating glimpse inside the shipping container homes set to be used as temporary accommodation for homeless people.

A housing trust in Brighton wants to use the 36 adapted containers as a stop-gap for people without a permanent home. It is the latest plan aimed at tackling Brighton and Hove’s ‘desperate’ housing crisis.

Success: The shipping container homes will be similar to this student accommodation built in Amsterdam in 2006Success: The shipping container homes will be similar to this student accommodation built in Amsterdam in 2006

Problem solving: Brighton Housing Trust hopes the shipping container will help solve the city's housing crisisProblem solving: Brighton Housing Trust hopes the shipping container will help solve the city’s housing crisis

Container city: The stacked container homes have proved successful in Holland where they have housed the Amsterdam's student populationContainer city: The stacked container homes have proved successful in Holland where they have housed the Amsterdam’s student population

The containers have been transformed into self-contained studio flats, and feature bathrooms, kitchens and plasterboarded walls.

The structures were designed for a social housing project in Amsterdam two years ago but the scheme had to be abandoned after hitting funding difficulties.

It is hoped they will instead be used as temporary homes in Brighton and Hove from late spring next year until a permanent roof can be found.

The Brighton Housing Trust and developer QED are to submit a planning application to the local city council for a central site featuring the modified containers with allotments on the roofs.

Andy Winter, chief executive of Brighton Housing Trust, said ‘imaginative solutions’ were needed to deal with the ‘desperate’ housing situation in the city.

Concern: Brighton and Hove authorities recognise homelessness is a serious problem in the city. Some 43 rough sleepers were counted this month (file picture)Concern: Brighton and Hove authorities recognise homelessness is a serious problem in the city. Some 43 rough sleepers were counted there this month (file picture)

Shipping-container homes have been used elsewhere, including in London, and are seen as a significantly cheaper housing option than bricks and mortar.

The plans in Brighton follow a warning from leading housing bodies this month that homelessness and overcrowding are getting worse amid Britain’s housing shortage.

High property prices averaging around £302,000, steep private rents and low average wages in the seaside city have contributed to high levels of homelessness

The problems come against a background of rising private sector rents and as more people are claiming housing benefit nationwide, a report by Shelter, the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing said.

Mr Winter said: ‘I have to admit that when it was first suggested to me that shipping containers be used for housing I was a bit sceptical.

‘However, having seen what can be achieved, I was quickly won over. The WC and shower unit is exactly the same as my daughter had in her student accommodation and she much preferred it to having to share bathrooms and toilets with other students. Who wouldn’t?

‘What really excites me about this opportunity is that land that might otherwise lie idle for five years will be brought back into life and used to provide much-needed temporary accommodation for 36 men and women in Brighton and Hove.’

Much-needed: Bright Housing Trust say the container homes are desperately needed to help solve the city's housing crisisMuch-needed: Bright Housing Trust say the container homes are desperately needed to help solve the city’s housing crisis

Production: Tempo Housing has these shipping container homes manufactured in China before they are installed around EuropeProduction: Tempo Housing has these shipping container homes manufactured in China before they are installed around Europe

When the site comes to be redeveloped, the containers can be transferred to other locations.

Mr Winter added: ‘This appears to me to be very attractive from a sustainability perspective.’

Comfortable: The shipping container homes will be a stop-gap for people without accommodation in BrightonComfortable: The shipping container homes will be a stop-gap for people without accommodation in Brighton

Exciting: Brighton Housing Trust says it needs 'imaginative' solutions to help solve the city's housing crisisExciting: Brighton Housing Trust says it needs ‘imaginative’ solutions to help solve the city’s housing crisis

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said the Government ‘simply isn’t delivering the new homes we need’.

And David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said there had been’“words and policy’ but ‘we’ve not had delivery’.

In Brighton and Hove, the authorities recognise homelessness as a significant problem, with 43 people found sleeping rough during an annual headcount this month, up six from the previous year.

Mr Winter highlighted the case of one man who was living in his car and holding down a job.

Shortage: The shipping containers will house Brighton's homeless population
Temporary: Each self-contained home has a bathroom, kitchen and plasterboard walls

Shortage: The containers are manufactured in China using old shipping containers before being delivered to Europe

Problem: Average property prices of more than £300,000 and low wages have contributed to high levels of homelessness in BrightonProblem: Average property prices of more than £300,000 and low wages have contributed to high levels of homelessness in Brighton

Innovative: The 36 containers purchased by Brighton Housing Trust which had been earmarked for a social housing project in Amsterdam two years ago but funding fell throughInnovative: The 36 containers purchased by Brighton Housing Trust which had been earmarked for a social housing project in Amsterdam two years ago but funding fell through

He said he would not want to see the shipping containers used as a long-term housing option here, but there are examples in mainland Europe.

‘The most notable project is in Keetwonen, Amsterdam, a development by TempoHousing, of 1,000 containers using exactly the same internal design layout as the ones we are proposing to use. It was completed in 2006 and is still in use today,’ he said.

QED director Chris Gilbert told local newspaper The Argus: ‘We’re not intending to dress them up and pretend they’re not containers.

‘I think it could be an exciting way of addressing, quickly, what’s a massive problem.’

Innovation: Shipping containers have been used as homes in the UK before such as this Container City in LondonInnovation: Shipping containers have been used as homes in the UK before such as this Container City in London

Unusual: 36 shipping containers, similar to these pictured, have already been converted into studio flats complete with bathrooms and kitchensUnusual: 36 shipping containers, similar to these pictured, have already been converted into studio flats complete with bathrooms and kitchen

Meet the Flintstones in Arizona’s Real-Life Bedrock

If you are a loyal Flintstones fan, then you’re going to love this, especially if you live around northern Arizona. Because that’s where the real-life Bedrock city is located. Not an actual city of course, but a place to go to 365 days a year to experience Stone Age with your favorite cartoon characters. Closed only on Christmas day, it’s an improvement over the first Bedrock city in Cluster, South Dakota, which is open only from the middle of May through Labor Day.

Arizona’s Bedrock City was built in 1972, by Francis Speckles, son of an investor. At the time it used to feature a live Fred and Barney. But that wasn’t easy to sustain, given the isolation of the area and the shortage of local workers. But the isolation is actually a blessing-in-disguise, because it gives the place a whole lot of charm, and an authentic Stone Age feel. Today, the place consists of colorful concrete structures that recreate the magic of the 1960s animated series. Located at about a half hour’s drive south of the Grand Canyon, Bedrock City is a great roadside stop for people who want to relive some wonderful memories, especially those who grew up in the 60s and 70s.

Photo: mlhradio

Once you enter the city, you can find all the buildings associated with the Flintstones – the general store, police station, jail and beauty parlor. And how could Bedrock ever be complete without the Flintstones’ and the Rubbles’ houses? The interiors of the houses are surprisingly detailed, with saber-toothed-tiger-hide bedspreads, pet dinosaurs, and a pterodactyl record player. You can actually buy stuff at the general store, like some dinosaur ribs and comically large watermelon slices. Everything in the city is painted in garish colors, and the place itself carries a rather ghostly feel around it.

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But the City isn’t completely devoid of activity. The Bedrock theatre still plays Flintstones cartoons with audio broadcast over loudspeakers. A Fredmobile tram is still in operation and loops around St. Wilma volcano. At the snack bar, you can try out from selections like a Chickasaurus dinner, a Fishasaurus sandwich, or a Gravelberry pie. The City was recently renovated, incorporating some stylish new fiberglass structures of the main Flintstones characters. However, it’s hard to say that the rest of the place has been maintained well. Perhaps it is good for a few hours well spent. If you ask me though, I’d  prefer this $3.5 million Flintstones-inspired luxury house any day.

Photo: mlhradio

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