Jordanian repurposes old VW Beetle into ‘world’s smallest hotel’

November 14, 2017 by  
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One enterprising man deep in the Jordanian desert is proving that when it comes to hotel design , it’s the spirit that counts. Mohammed Al Malaheem, 64, has converted an old VW Beetle into a mini hotel for guests visiting his hometown of Al Jaya. Although it may not technically be the world’s smallest hotel, it certainly runs large when it comes to hospitality. A former tour guide for the area, Malaheem (who goes by the name Abu Ali) and his daughter revamped the tiny vehicle into a hotel room in 2011 after his retirement. The roadside hotel was designed to provide a nice place for visitors to the largely deserted village to feel comfortable. After working on the car’s design, Ali converted an adjacent cave into a reception area named “Baldwin’s Grotto”, complete with a bathroom, kitchen, and gift shop. Related: These campers made from 1970’s VW Bugs are the cutest things ever Ali told CNN that the mini hotel project was mainly inspired by his love of his hometown, “This village is my homeland, I was born here, I grew up here, I lived here. I wanted to start a project that improves its situation and places it on the tourism map, because it truly overlooks some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.” Although the village may not be on top of many travel bucket lists, Al Jaya does have its charms. The area is located near Al Shoubak, home to the 12th century castle called Montreal. What it lacks in fancy amenities, the hotel more than makes up for in off-grid relaxation, full of peace and quiet, and of course, Malaheem’s warm hospitality. The VW hotel – which charges 40 Jordanian Dinars (approx. $56) for an all-inclusive, one-night stay – can only accommodate two guests at a time, but from the looks of the many “thank you” notes left by previous visitors, the hotel is beloved by many. In fact, Ali’s place has received so many positive reviews that he’s planning to add several more VWs in the future. Via CNN Photography by Anas Al Rawashdeh/Mohammed Al Malaheem

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LEGO unveils gnarly surfing-themed 1960s VW Beetle available this August

June 15, 2016 by  
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The blue LEGO VW Beetle has a surfing theme, and comes with a surfboard, red and white cooler, and a striped cloth beach towel. The cooler is even equipped with a few beverages. The LEGO Creator Expert kit includes 1,167 pieces to create a model car that, when the surfboard and cooler are attached to the top via a roof rack, is 11 inches high, 10 inches long, and four inches wide. It’s sure to charm fans of the “Bug.” Related: LEGO is releasing their highly detailed and anticipated Porsche 911 soon The model recreates classic features of the VW Beetle, such as the curved fenders, VW logo, and “authentic 4-cylinder air-cooled engine.” The engine is located in the trunk, while a spare tire and fuel tank are under the hood. Unique hubcaps, a flat windshield, “wing-mounted turn signals,” and circular headlights complete the look. The doors, trunk, and hood can all open. The interior is beige, with seats that can tilt in the front and the back. Behind the rear seats is a storage space perfect for the beach towel. A dashboard and steering wheel add to the sentimental look. The model includes fun little details like beachy bumper stickers on the rearview windows and four different license plate options. LEGO recommends the kit for builders 16 and older. It will be availabe this August and will cost $99.99. According to LEGO’s press release , “This model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia.” Via Gizmodo Images via LEGO Facebook

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8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

August 24, 2014 by  
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Volkswagen’s Think Blue Beetle Recycles 2805 Pieces of Scrap into Intricate Art Work

February 8, 2012 by  
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This luminescent Volkswagen Beetle is a life-size art work crafted by sculptor Haribaabu Naatesan from over 2805 pieces of scrap . 800 spark plugs, 200 bottle caps, 60 mother boards and an incredible array of other commonly discarded items, including audio cassettes, typewriters, pens and barbeque sticks are all recycled into this detailed replica of the classic car . Read the rest of Volkswagen’s Think Blue Beetle Recycles 2805 Pieces of Scrap into Intricate Art Work Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , beetle , green materials , green transportation , Haribaabu Natesaan , Kala Ghoda Arts Festival , recycled art , recycled art materials , Recycled Materials , salvaged materials , scrap , Think Blue , Think Blue Campaign , Think Blue Clean Up , volkswagen , Volkswagen Beetle

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Best luxury bikes for fashionable individuals

August 27, 2011 by  
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Prashanth Sagar: Black Trail Luxury Bike We all believe that luxury and sustainability don’t often go hand in hand. However, some designers do try to bring the sense of eco friendliness in luxury by incorporating next-gen green technologies in systems which are beyond the reach of the common masses. To prove our saying, check out a few luxurious bikes that have been designed for green individuals with deep pockets. One word that comes to mind when you check them out is ‘Impression’. Let’s see how they conquer your sense organs folks. Their excellent designs captivate your eyes. There’s no fuel smell and your nose is happy. No loud jarring sounds and your ears rejoice. By impressing the Eco system you are bound to ‘taste’ success. 1. Black Trail This ultra light e-bike is engineered by UBC and the luxurious design is by PG Bikes. Made using titanium, magnesium, high-alloyed aluminum and carbon fiber, this bike weighs a paltry 44 pounds. The bike has a top speed of 62mph while the cruising speed is 31mph. Now coming to the looks, this is a very handsome devil. Pick one but make sure you are amongst the first 667 since this is a limited production piece. 2. M55’s EVO-001 Termed as the Ferrari of the electric bikes, the EVO-001 is undoubtedly luxurious. The highlights of this bike are the one piece molded aluminum frame, the integrated battery pack and the strategical positioning of the motor for increased stability. With a cruising speed of 43mph, the bike is equipped with Brembo disk brakes. Only 250 units of these EVO-001 are being planned for the release. 3. Yike Bike Meet the 21st Century’s mini penny-farthing, the YikeBike. Priced at $3,600 this carbon fiber folding electric bike weighs a meager 22 pounds. The cruising speed is 23mph while the range is 10.2 kilometers. This bike can be folded in under 20 seconds. It takes 40 minutes for a full charge. A charger, a charger cord, a carrying strap, a tool kit with tire inflation adapter and Allen keys are the goodies that come with the YikeBike. 4. Grace Electric bike I have never seen anything as graceful as the Grace e-bike. This handmade aluminum e-bike consists of Euro fighter and Formula one parts that power its 1300-watt motor with lithium-ion batteries. With a top speed of 40mph this bike can be fully charged in just one hour. This unique and stylish bike is gonna take away $8742 from you since that’s what it is priced at. Grace yourself then! 5. PiCycle It’s design reminds me of the famous ‘VW Beetle’. Bright and colorful just like the Beetle, the PiCycle comes with a cutting edge stealth proof mechanism. Equipped with PiMobility, a custom software, this e-bike is connected to your smart phone. This software monitors the battery health, the battery life cycle, the charging frequency, motor and controller experience to name a few.This 750-watt, 36 volts DC motor with 7-speed levels is priced at a cool $2,495.

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5 eco friendly cellphones helping keep your chats green

August 27, 2011 by  
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Shaheen Akhtar: Puma Phone Solar powered cellphone These days there is a buzz to save the environment with many people joining the green bandwagon. If you also want to do your bit for environment, then you can do that by using eco friendly cellphones, which are less harmful to environment. Here are the names of 5 eco friendly cellphones. 1. Samsung Blue Earth Samsung Blue Earth Samsung Blue Earth In 2009, Samsung unveiled a new eco friendly cellphone known as Blue-Earth. The new device has solar panels on its back. These panels trap solar energy which is used to charge the phone. Samsung has used recycled plastic to make the body of this device. The Blue Earth has energy-efficient mode called “Eco-Mode” and “Eco-Walk.” 2. Sharp Solar Hybrid Phone Sharp Solar Hybrid Phone Solar Powered Cellphone Sharp has developed a duo of SH6220C and SH6228C feature a memory LCD, which is an energy-efficient display with high visibility in daylight. The phones feature a large 2.9-inch LCD screen and a 5MP autofocus camera. Moreover, the phone’s solar panels will provide one minute of talk time and 2 hours of standby for every 10 minutes in the sun. 3. Puma Phone Puma Phone Solar powered cellphone Developed by Sagem Wireless for sports apparel manufacturer Puma, the Puma Phone can be charged via solar energy through a solar panel at the rear of the phone. The developers claim that one hour of sunlight could provide 15 minutes of talktime or 2 hours of music playback. On the spec side, the Puma phone features a 2.8 inch touchscreen with 240 X 320 QVGA resolution and a 3.2MP camera. 4. LG Pop LG Pop Solar Powered Cellphone Developed by LG Electronics, the Pop is being touted to be the most compact 3-inch touchscreen phone ever made. In addition to a host of trendy features, the cellphone carries a large photovoltaic panel to charge the onboard battery on the move. The device is equipped with a 3MP camera and an 8GB internal memory that can be used to store several popular audio and video files. 5. Motorola A45Eco Motorola A45 Eco Ecofriendly cellphone Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2010, The Motorola A45Eco has been made from recycled plastic bottles and features a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth, FM radio, music player and a couple of games as well. This green cellphone offers 8.5 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time on a full recharge.

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Ginger Could Be the Key to Saving the Stag Beetle

January 10, 2011 by  
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m-louis / Creative Commons The stag beetle is the largest terrestrial insect in the United Kingdom but finding the elusive species has always been a challenge. Conservationists fear that the beetle’s numbers may be declining but without an accurate count of the population, no effective protection plan can developed.

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Japanese Tuna Company, Labeled Sustainable, Found Worst for Marine Life: Greenpeace

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Image: mySupermarket Continuing its unofficial role as a fishing industry watchdog, Greenpeace is calling attention to the most environmentally destructive tuna brand in England, a Japanese company that uses destructive fishing methods while falsely claiming sustainability. The organization recently criticized the Marine Stewardship Council for handing out

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Half of Worlds Small Glaciers Will Be Entirely Melted by 2100 – But There’s Good News For The Himalayas

January 10, 2011 by  
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photo: emerson12 / Creative Commons A new study in Nature Geoscience examining glaciers melting due to climate change forecasts tough times for the world’s small glaciers, but offers a more hopeful outlook for

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Weekday Vegetarian: Pasta with Artichokes, Olives and Rapini

January 10, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter The one downside to all of the canning and preserving that I do in the summer is that during the winter, my refrigerator is filled with jars and jars of jams , jellies , pickles and relish… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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