Artists are turning the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the worlds longest peace-themed mural

December 29, 2017 by  
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As the Trump administration pushes forward with plans to build a border wall , American and Mexican artists are working to paint a mile-long mural on the border fence celebrating peace and unity. Mexican-born, American-educated artist Enrique Chiu is leading a bi-national effort to turn the fence into a work of art which spreads a message of hope to those crossing the border. This December, Chiu launched The Mural of Brotherhood, enlisting over than 2,600 volunteers to paint uplifting messages on the Mexico-facing side of the U.S.-owned fence. The entire mural is expected to stretch more than a mile in Tijuana and shorter spans in Tecate, Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez, Naco and Reynosa. The goal is to set the Guinness World Record for the longest mural and create an artistic riposte to Trump ’s nationalist and anti-immigrant politics. Related: Ai Weiwei installs huge fences in New York City to challenge Trump’s border control measures The artist himself crossed the border with his mother when he was eight and lived in LA for a year without a legal status. After moving to Tijuana about ten years Chiu joined the city’s burgeoning artistic scene. He dedicates this project “to all those people who are looking for a better life. Who take enormous risks. Or those have been deported and are separated from their families.” + Enrique Chiu

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This solar-powered cabin is a dreamy green getaway in the Colorado Mountains

December 29, 2017 by  
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Perched on a rocky cliff at 10,000 feet, this pair of solar-powered cabins offer unique views of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, the Collegiate Peaks, and the South Platte River. Renée del Gaudio Architecture designed Big Cabin | Little Cabin to capture the essence of traditional cabin vernacular with a modern twist. The site is bordered to the north by a thick forest that provides the cabins with a sense of privacy and protection. Gabled roofs and rustic materials echo the area’s vernacular architecture, while the exterior cedar siding helps the cabins blend into their wooded surroundings. A similar material palette dominates the open-plan interior of the project, with plywood interior walls and ceilings lending a rustic quality. Related: 7 new micro-cabins in Colorado provide superior insulation in extreme weather High-efficiency electric appliances and LED lighting keep energy consumption to a minimum, while closed and open cell foam insulation, double and triple pane windows with low-e glass , and rolling barn door shutters keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The project also features a 96% efficient boiler, radiant floor tubing set in a concrete slab, and a high efficiency wood-burning stove . The project is wired for a 3kw photovoltaic array , which is expected to fully meet the cabins’ energy needs. + Renée del Gaudio Architecture Via Dwell Photos by David Lauer

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Worlds tallest sandcastle rises in a German landlocked city

September 5, 2017 by  
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Great sandcastles aren’t only found at the beach. The landlocked German city of Duisburg just nabbed the official Guinness title for the world’s tallest sandcastle, beating out the previous record holder in the Indian state of Odisha. Commissioned by travel company Schauinsland-Reisen , the 16.68-meter-tall (54.72 feet) sandcastle is a magnificent sight to behold and was completed in just 25 days. Built by an international team of 19 sand artists in Duisburg North Landscape Park, the monumental sandcastle was constructed from 3,500 tonnes of compressed sand. The sculpture dethroned the previous record holder in Puri, India by 1.84 meters. The sole goal of the build was to beat the world record for tallest sandcastle—a title the city failed to secure last year due to structural collapse. Construction on this year’s sculpture began August 8 and the Guinness World Record jury officially recognized the sandcastle as the world’s tallest on September 1. Related: Sandcastle Matt builds stunning Neo-gothic structures out of sand The massive sandcastle includes references to famous landmarks around the world, from the Buddhist temples of Thailand to the Greek Parthenon. A medieval-style castle integrated with waterslides tops the sand sculpture. The sandcastle is on view until September 24, 2017 and will be complemented with a series of events and lit up at night during open-air parties. + Die Sandburg Via PR Newswire Images via Die Sandburg

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Worlds largest book store opens in Tehran, Iran

August 24, 2017 by  
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Book lovers, we’ve found your dream destination – the world’s largest bookstore just opened in Tehran, Iran . The Book Garden is a gigantic green-roofed building measuring 154,000 square feet that has 12 miles of shelves packed with millions of books . The project is part of a larger 700,000 square foot complex that features several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms, a prayer room and a restaurant. The Book Garden aims to encourage Iranian children to be “active and creative through modern methods and equipment,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. “The opening of the Book Garden is a big cultural event in the country, so that our children can make better use of this cultural and academic opportunity,” added Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf. Mehr News reports that the Book Garden was first pitched in 2004 to cater to fans of the city’s annual International Book Fair. After construction was completed last spring, organizers spent the past few months stocking the facility it with books. According to RealIran , there are more than 400,000 titles available for kids alone. One of the centers even has shorter shelves to ensure younger kids can reach the educational resources. Related: Chinese watermelon plant yields 131 fruit for Guinness World Record The Book Garden is now the biggest bookstore in the world, according to the Guinness World Records . Until now, Barnes & Noble along Fifth Avenue in New York City held the record. + Kayson Inc Via Mehr News , RealIran Photos via RealIran , Pixabay

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The world’s longest bike stretches an astonishing 117-feet

November 16, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. If you thought your bike commute was a challenge, imagine doing it on a 117-foot bike. The new winner of Guinness’ longest bike entry stretches out an astonishing 117 feet – longer than even the world’s longest limo. Despite its length, this bike still only needs two wheels to get going. Well, two wheels, and two riders – one to pedal from the back and one to steer in front – and a route that doesn’t require any turning. Read the rest of The world’s longest bike stretches an astonishing 117-feet

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Honda Civic Tourer breaks world record for fuel efficiency with 83 mpg across 24 countries

July 8, 2015 by  
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Honda’s Civic Tourer just made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for lowest fuel usage in a month-long trek across 24 adjoining European nations, coming in at an average of 83 mpg for its revolutionary diesel engine. The previously estimated 61.9 mpg for the model was impressively smashed, making the future of affordable and fuel-efficient riding look increasing attainable. Read the rest of Honda Civic Tourer breaks world record for fuel efficiency with 83 mpg across 24 countries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 1.6 i-dtec engine , fuel efficient car , fuel efficient honda , guinness book of world records fuel efficiency , guinness book of world records honda , Honda civic tourer , honda civic tourer 1.6 i-dtec , lowest fuel consumption world record

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Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House!

December 25, 2013 by  
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What do you get when you combine 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and truck-loads of candy? The world’s biggest gingerbread house! Located at the Texas A & M Traditions Club and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gingerbread house ever, the 39,000 cubic foot (and 36-million calorie) structure is big enough to live in and even has electricity. All proceeds earned from the sweet house will go to charity, and while you can’t actually take a bite (it’s roped off), you can go for a visit. Read the rest of Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biggest Gingerbread House , Bill Horton , Bill Horton Traditions Club , Guinness , Guinness Largest Gingerbread House , St. Joseph Health System , St. Joseph Health System Trauma Center , texas a&m , Texas A&M Fundraiser , Texas A&M Gingerbread House , Texas A&M Traditions Club , Texas Gingerbread House , Traditions Club Gingerbread House , World Record Gingerbread House , World Records , World’s Largest Gingerbread House        

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Spectacular Budapest Christmas Tree is Made of 365 Sleighs That Will be Donated to Children in Need

December 25, 2013 by  
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Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House!

December 6, 2013 by  
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What do you get when you combine 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and truck-loads of candy? The world’s biggest gingerbread house! Located at the Texas A & M Traditions Club and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gingerbread house ever, the 39,000 cubic foot (and 36-million calorie) structure is big enough to live in and even has electricity. All proceeds earned from the sweet house will go to charity, and while you can’t actually take a bite (it’s roped off), you can go for a visit. Read the rest of Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biggest Gingerbread House , Bill Horton , Bill Horton Traditions Club , Guinness , Guinness Largest Gingerbread House , St. Joseph Health System , St. Joseph Health System Trauma Center , texas a&m , Texas A&M Fundraiser , Texas A&M Gingerbread House , Texas A&M Traditions Club , Texas Gingerbread House , Traditions Club Gingerbread House , World Record Gingerbread House , World Records , World’s Largest Gingerbread House        

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Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

May 21, 2013 by  
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MS Tûranor PlanetSolar , the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days. The 115-foot Swiss catamaran traveled 2,867 miles (5,310 kilometers) across the Atlantic Ocean in 22 days, conducting experiments along the Gulf Stream as part of the PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition. Read the rest of Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “solar energy” , green transportation , Guinness World Records , marine expedition Tûranor , MS Tûranor PlanetSolar , PlanetSolar , PlanetSolar’s Tûranor , solar boat , solar catamaran , solar design , Solar Power , solar powered boat , Swiss solar boat , transatlantic crossing record , TURANOR , World speed record boat        

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