$4.2 million

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The price for architect Charles Johnson’s “Boulder House” in Scottsdale, Arizona which is situated in and around 1.4 billion-year old granite boulders. The 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath architectural masterpiece sits on roughly 9 acres in the Sonoran Desert and has been called “The most Unique Home in America.”

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Unbelievable / Believable

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Blueprints from the 1970s for tunnels linking the Playboy Mansion to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan.”

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“It is small-minded to focus on the university buying a $200,000 table”

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Right? Especially when you consider that this custom-made (in China), circular conference table seats 23 and features “data ports, microphones and an illuminated map of the world in a glass panel at its center.” It’s the centerpiece of the newly needed “world-class corporate meeting space” at the school. So what university would make such an extravagant purchase? Columbia? Yale? NYU? Nope. The school in question is none other than Kean University, a co-ed public school located in Northern New Jersey whose four year tuition totals something like $44,000. It’s destined to become a breeding ground for UN delegates, or at least James Bond villains.

Let The Rich Build Us Things

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Especially if one of those things is a floating performance island in the Hudson River which will surely become overrun with all the exact people you detest being around. You’ll survive though, because that’s what’s called “Living in New York” and being a misanthrope. But seriously, LET THE RICH BUILD US THINGS, they’re just spending their money to make your life better.

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$195 Million

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The price of the most expensive home for sale in the United States. The newly-completed Palazzo di Amore is a 25-acre estate with its own vineyard in Beverly Hills, California, that features a 35,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa, and a 15,000-square-foot entertainment center. The Palazzo has the prerequisite discothèque with a rotating dance floor for all the euro dance parties, and includes 12 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms so that guests are virtually guaranteed privacy for whatever they’re feeling on club night. The estate also has a bowling alley, a theater that seats 50, a tennis court, plus a Turkish-style spa and a 128-foot reflecting pool and fountain.

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Once a Church, Still a Graveyard, and Yours For Only $99,000

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Dreaming about an upstate retreat for your artistic endeavors? Don’t mind using an outhouse close to where the dead are buried? Maybe you’re inspired by the spirit of old Methodist church hymns? Or could it just be that you’ve always wanted a functional bell tower? Whatever the case, here’s a 2500 sq. ft. drafty old church for sale in the Catskills. The address is 40 Sack road, so you best bring the blunts…

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Never Miss A Beat…

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Pole Position Sports Bar in Tacoma, Washington is situated right next to a strip club called Fox’s. Since visitors are not allowed to drink in nudie bars in Washington State, the bathroom architects at Pole Position made a legendary move by adding a peephole above one of the urinals in the men’s restroom. Thereby enabling imbibing patrons to gaze straight into the flesh den, and in turn solidifying its status as one of the best bar bathrooms in the world.

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“But those people keep a movin’ And that’s what tortures me…”

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With an overpass designed to look like Folsom Prison’s east gate guard towers, the newly-opened $3.8 million Johnny Cash Trail will take pedestrians and bicyclists on a continuous 2.5 mile journey outside the prison walls and across its grounds—from Folsom’s City Hall to the town’s large lake, north of the prison.

Only 36 Years Away…

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Japanese construction giant Obayashi announced earlier this week that they will have an elevator to space constructed by 2050. Reaching almost 60,000 miles off the earth’s surface, transport time for humans and cargo up the space elevator will be roughly 7 days, which is really nothing at all in light years. According to the company, it is because of the development of carbon nanotechnology that “fantasy can now become a reality.” Bring down the mothership.

The Chillest Pool in the World

There are a lot of cool pools out there in the world, but none as chill as the one surrounded by Elemental Seeds’ outdoor pot lab.

The Ring Fortress of Bluetooth…

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Or Forkbeard, depending on which historian you ask. Regardless, a ring fortress dating back to the late tenth century and attributed to the Vikings was recently discovered on the Danish island of Zealand, some 30 miles off the coast of Denmark. Measuring 475 feet in diameter, and featuring “a 35-foot wide circular rampart surrounded by a palisade of wooden spikes,” it is the fifth ring fortress to be unearthed, all unique to Denmark.

Image: Jørgen Falck

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Interior photographs by Lynne Cohen (1944 – 2014)

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