A certain bunker in Baghdad has been all over the news
these past few days, summarised in this piece in Wired. The Daily Mirror also had a piece on the bunker, although I canít find it online, which claimed that the bunkerís architectís grandmother designed a similar structure for Hitler. This is qualified by this Yahoo! news story, but not reported much elsewhere. Imagine if bunker design ran in your family. More bunkers: Australia, France (more: I). Itís pretty miserable, whatís going on.
More architecture. We'd love to visit the Mystery Park, Erich von Daniken's alien heritage theme park. But then all theme parks are weird. Also considered weird in their day, the 1930s house in Britain, thanks to photographer Nick Dawe.
Elsewhere. No newthings tomorrow, so an extra helping of links. Old Props is a gallery of vintage and elderly aircraft, some of which are beautiful, some are tatty, and others are just odd looking. We love Catalinas. Related: a huge archive of travel ephemera, linked by various people last month.
Faked photos at the Museum of Hoaxes. Not a hoax, but strange and unusual all the same: the AMC Pacer press archive. Collection of vintage toy adverts. All about Barbapapa, blob-like, Hippyesque children's book character from the 70s. Obsessive toy car racing. Folk Art Ships, an exhibition of carefully composed models of historical ships and submarines by John Taylor. (thanks to John for this: the nation's best weather pictures)
The Letter Project: clever stuff. Discussion on book cover design, via Kottke. Inappropriate fan mail. Flagspot, a website devoted to vexillology. These images of conversations (large) between members of Upmystreet, create a spider's web of connections, some of which seem to mimic the country's motorway network. More maps at the Charles Close Society, devoted to the UK's excellent Ordnance Survey series.
As someone once pointed out, is there anything that someone on the internet hasnít got time to do? Visit Edgar Governo, Historian of Things that Never Were, a collection of timelines for fictional situations. Check our favourite, the Twin Peaks timeline. Some free protest songs. Irony of ironies.
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