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The Time They Used a Cigarette Lighter to Light the Olympic Torch

Getty Images When it comes to the Olympic Flame, its keepers take no chances. Multiple backup sources are lit from the torch so that if the original goes out (which isn’t totally uncommon), it can be reignited using the same fire. But what happens when the Flame goes out and the backups are nowhere to be [...]

10 Amazing North American Libraries

We’ve toured some spectacular European and South American libraries. Today let’s see what North America has to offer. 1. Central Library of Vancouver, Canada Many modern building designs are based on historical icons, but few of these designs focus on the ruins rather than the original. The Central Library of Vancouver is an exception. Based on the [...]

Kitten Rescued from Inside Wall

Heather Dopp of Miami Beach knew a mother cat had kittens on the roof, but when she began hearing meows a bit closer, she called a friend to help find him. Heather thought the meows were coming from the roof top, but soon after discovered the cries were closer than she thought. “I’ve heard the mother [...]

Concrete Balls to Deter Indonesian Train Surfers

To deter people from "train surfing," where they sit on the roofs of carriages, Indonesian authorities resorted to knocking ‘em off with concrete balls! Previous attempts to deter roof riders included spraying roofs [...]

House Full of Bookshelves

Are you running out of room for your books? Here’s a house design by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio that hopefully doesn’t have that problem. Google Translate renders the Japanese text as follows: Shelf-Pod is a private residence and study building, located in Osaka prefecture, Japan. The client owns an extensive collection of books on the subject [...]

Hey, There’s a Sheep on Your House!

Firefighters in Bridgend, Wales, were called to a home in Pontycymer because a sheep had been spotted walking around on the roof. A fireman at the scene said, “We have never had anything like that before, though we have found sheep in some difficult places. “It was running back and forward on the roof, but eventually it [...]

Man Found Living on Top of Waffle House

An air conditioner technician in Augusta, Georgia, spotted something odd on the roof of the Gordon Highway Waffle House. A man was making his home atop the restaurant! Police and firefighters responded to the report. Another witness, Marvin Stone, says he “just pulled up to work, saw the fireman on the roof, saw a couple cops [...]

Bubba, the Ladder-Climbing Roof Dog

Bubba loves to be with his owner at work so much that he didn’t let a little thing called height keep them apart. Not when he taught itself to climb up a ladder! Bubba is not unique in that he enjoys doing the unusual and he loves going to work with his owner, Levi Baker. Only [...]

Video: Metrodome Roof Collapse

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opened in 1982. Its signature feature is its Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric roof that is literally inflated by the air inside the stadium. The stadium is pumped full of air to keep the roof up. This requires people to enter and exit the dome via airlocks, to maintain positive pressure within [...]

Old Records as a Roofing Material

Nashville musican Matt Glassmeyer built a roof on his porch out of 350 damaged LP records. It’s held up pretty well after two years of use. Link via Dude Craft | Glassmeyer’s Website | Photo: Tree Hugger