See How a 30 Story Building Was Built in 15 Days — Yes, You Read That Right

After erecting a 15-story building in just one week, China based construction firm Broad Group decided to aim even higher – 30 stories in 15 days.

Questions immediately spring to any sane person’s mind when reading this numbers. For starters, how is this possible? The 15 days is a bit misleading. Modules are constructed off-site then transported to their final destination where they are joined together one by one by workers going day and night. Think of it like Legos, only on a much larger scale.

Okay, fine. Surely, this cannot be safe? This building is rated to withstand an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude (only 6 quakes have registered at least this amount, none in China). In addition, the firm claims the rapid construction is better for the environment as they claim it utilizes less energy.

The method appears here to stay – Broad Group plans to build 50 buildings per month using the method in 2014.

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5 Friends Take the Same Photo Every 5 Years for 30 Years

In 1982, a year after their high school graduation, five friends gathered at Copco Lake in California for a month of relaxtion. Accompanying John Wardlaw to his grandparents’ cabin were pals John Dickson, Mark Rumor, Dallas Burney, and John Maloney. As their trip was coming to an end, the group decided to take a picture together and soon an idea was hatched.

“Once we took it and saw the photo, we said, ‘We should come back and take it in five years.’ I said, ‘We have to vow to do it every five years,’ ” recalled Mr. Wardlaw, 44, a Santa Barbara photographer, filmmaker and Web designer. “We all thought, ‘In 20 years, what if we all don’t know each other?’ By vowing to take a photo every five years, it would be a way to stay in touch.”

The group faithfully continues to gather every five years to recreate the photo as faithfully as possible, though it hasn’t always been easy. Not all of the members of the group still live close by, and last minute travel problems have also arose.

“Mark drove all night just to get there this year,” said Mr. Dickson, 44, of Goleta. “He arrived at 3 a.m. the day of the photo.”

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“My flight was cancelled and connecting flights would have made it so I couldn’t make the trip,” explained Mr. Rumer, 44, of Santa Barbara. “It was 12 hours of driving.”

The group admits that as they’ve gotten older, it now takes about three times as many photos before they get one they all deem acceptable. I’m sure we can all relate.

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Na na na na na — Where Are They Now? The Cast of ‘Clarissa Explains It All’

Quirky parents, an annoying little brother, programming computer games in seemingly minutes on an ancient computer — remind you of your teen years? Perhaps not, but I’m sure many of you remember Clarissa’s.

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A staple among many now 20 and 30 somethings in their younger years, Clarissa Explains It All was a Nickelodeon television show that ran for five seasons. Viewers watched as Clarissa explained the crazy lives of her friends and family. At no point does she ever let us in on why her father is cool with her teenage (male) best friend sneaking in her window on a regular basis. If only dads were that clueless in real life.

Here’s what the main cast members are up to today.

“Clarissa” Melissa Joan Hart

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The show’s protagonist, Clarissa let us in on all her teenage troubles. She followed up her Nickelodeon success with another teen hit Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Since, she has appeared in two ABC made for TV movies and starred in the short lived Melissa & Joey alongside fellow former child star Joey Lawrence.

She has been married to Mark Wilkerson since 2003 and they have three children together.

“Ferguson Darling” Jason Zimbler

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Clarissa’s little brother “Ferguson” never ceased to annoy and always was up to something. Jason retired from acting following the show’s completion. He would go on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame and now works as a software designer for HBO.

“Sam Anders” Sean O’Neal

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Sean still acts occasionally these days, though there has been nothing notable since Clarissa ended. His most recent credits are Party Guest and Protestor #1. Perhaps he should open a store selling tie dye shirts and various other neon clothing?

“Marshall Darling” Joe O’connor

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Architect Marshall father turned a blind eye to Sam climbing in his daughter’s window, but actor Joe O’Conner jumped at the chance to appear in the music video for Tom Green’s “The Bum Bum Song.” He has moved on to more respectable gigs as of late, with appearances in hits such as Mad Men and Weeds.

“Janet Darling” Elizabeth Hess

Mom Janet always had a cause to fight for or some bizarre food for everyone to try. These days, Elizabeth Hess teaches at New York University and has appeared in both on and off Broadway plays.

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