The 1970s were a much different time. The music was awful, the fashion was awful… well, things were pretty much just the same only it was 40 years ago. But one unique threat was war with the USSR, and as a result many with money to burn sought to protect their families with fallout shelters. One such man was Las Vegas millionaire Girard B. Henderson, who built this palatial underground bunker in 1978 beneath the streets of Sin City.
The massive below ground complex has plenty of room for even the largest of families avoiding World War 3, with 15,200 square feet to go around. And with the world ending above you, secrecy is of course a concern. The only entry points are concealed within an otherwise normal looking two story above ground home. Entrance to the million dollar bunker is through a staircase hidden within a shed and an elevator concealed behind rocks. All the creature comforts are there with a pool, fake lawn and lighting, and nature murals painted on the walls. Henderson was so convinced of the threat from the USSR that he built an entire company around the concept using his home as a model. Surprisingly, business went south upon the fall of the Soviets and Underground World Homes is no more. But there’s a silver lining: this below ground mansion could be yours for a paltry $1.7 million.
From her studio in Narita City, artist Sakae crafts these elegant Japanese hair ornaments. The traditional hair decorations known as kanzashi are handmade from resin then finished off with thin brass wire around the edges. To make the flowers so realistic that even the most discerning of eyes could be fooled, Sakae spends at least 3 days on each one. More complex pieces have even been known to take up to a month.
But though it is clearly something she is passionate about, the flowers are rarely actually sold. When one finally does go up for auction, bidding is fierce as you can imagine. Her most recent listing was held on Yahoo Auctions and attracted 215 eager bidders. The final sum for the exquisite hair adornment? 400,000 yen (or about $3900). See more of her work by visiting her Facebook or flickr pages.
The new Midnight Planetarium watch, a collaboration by designers Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan van der Klaauw, may be the coolest timepiece you’re ever going to see. The watch’s innovative design allows you to take the solar system with you anywhere, along with a neat “lucky day” feature where on a preset day Earth falls below the painted star on the bezel. Containing 396 parts, the piece is adorned with precious and semi-precious stones representing the six planets closet to the Sun (Uranus and Neptune were not included due to the extreme length of time they take to rotate the Sun of 84 and 164 years, respectively).
Of the planets that are represented, the lengths of full rotation around the watch face are: Mercury, 88 days; Venus, 224 days; Earth, 365 days (I’m hoping you already knew that one); Mars, 687 days; Jupiter, 12 years; and Saturn, 29 years. Quite a long time to watch some stones moved around your wrist face, right? Well, you’ll want to keep the Midnight Planetarium around for a while to get your money’s worth — it checks in at an astronomical (yuk yuk yuk) $245,000!