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Calculating the Cost of the Clue Mansion

In the board game Clue, you and quite a few murder suspects are in a mansion that contains a kitchen, ballroom, study, conservatory, billiard room, library, hall, lounge, dining room, and a cellar. How much would a real-life version of all that cost? Turns out, regularly hosting your own criminal get-together requires a considerable amount of [...]

5 Great Big Abandoned Buildings

The bigger they are, the harder they are to keep up, tear down, or reclaim. Urban Ghosts looks at very large abandoned buildings around the world, including a factory, a mansion, skyscraper housing, a church, and an office complex. Shown here is Chateau de Noisy in Belgium, which has been a home, a Nazi facility, [...]

This Turtle Loves His New Home

Sure turtles carry their own homes on their back, but why limit yourself to such a small hut when you can move in to a mansion instead? If you need more proof of how much he loves his home, then don’t miss the rest of the pictures. Link

The Suburban Life of Napoleon’s Brother

Being the older brother of Napoleon Bonaparte wasn’t an easy job. Joseph wanted to be a writer, but instead had to rule Naples and then Spain. When Napoleon was defeated, Joseph set sail for the United States, where he eventually settled in …New Jersey! Bonaparte may have been dethroned, but he was still royalty. He built [...]

Strange Things Are Afoot at the Haunted Mansion

Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is the Haunted Mansion actually getting an interactive queue? (video link) You don’t need to be Madame Leota to predict that the answer is yes. Changes currently in place at the manse at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World [...]

Pictures from Inside Mantin Manor

Remember the story of the eccentric Frenchman Louis Mantin, who ordered that his opulent mansion and estate be turned into a museum 100 years after his death? National Geographic has a gallery of photographs from inside the mansion, showing the decor and some of Mantin’s possessions, like these battling frogs. Link -via Boing Boing (Image credit: [...]

13 Tombstones

The Haunted Mansion attraction at Walt Disney World features tombstones inscribed with the names of real people. This series of posts called 13 Tombstones tracks down who those people are -mostly Disney employees whose names are now enshrined in the parks for posterity. Link -via Boing Boing