1. The 1100 Fiat Boat Car
Not a true amphibious vehicle to sail across the seas, but to symbolize adventure with extravagance and humor. The 1100 Boat Car – equipped with teak flooring, portholes, and lifesaver – was made in 1953 by Carrozzeria Coriasco in Turin for the “Scarani” Nautical School in Bologna.
Found on Italian Ways
2. Lip Tester, circa 1948
3. The Eiffel Tower, 1925, Brassaï
Found on Lens Culture
4. New Orleans Nightscapes by Frank Relle
5. $33 Million Faberge Egg Found at Flea Market
A A scrap metal dealer who bought an ornament from a bric-a-brac market to be melted down for its gold discovered it is a £20 million Fabergé egg after finding a Telegraph article online. The Imperial Easter Egg was designed by Carl Fabergé for Tsar Alexander III in 1887 and seized by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution. It eventually turned up on an antiques stall in the US a decade ago, its provenance unknown to the vendor.
It was spotted by a dealer who bought and sold gold for scrap value. Knowing nothing of the egg’s history, he purchased it for £8,000 based on its weight and estimated value of the diamonds and sapphires featured in the decoration.
He intended to sell it on to a buyer who would melt it down, turning a quick profit of a few hundred pounds. But prospective buyers thought he had over-estimated the price and turned him down.
The egg languished in his kitchen for years … a very modest home in the Mid-West, next to a highway and a Dunkin’ Donuts. There was the egg, next to some cupcakes on the kitchen counter.
“He’s from another world entirely. It’s a world of diners and pick-up trucks, real blue-collar America, and he and his partner are still stunned by all this,” says Kieran McCarthy of Mayfair jeweller Wartski, who identified the egg when the scrap dealer (who wishes to remain anonymous) contacted McCarthy after seeing an article on The Telegraph website: Is this £20 million nest-egg on your mantelpiece?
(Pictured left: the lost egg featured in the 2011 Telegraph article).
“When I saw them in January, they hadn’t moved out but they were going to,” says McCarthy of the dealer and his wife. “Although I think it was just to a bigger house around the corner. They’ve also bought a new car.”
Full article on The Telegraph.
6. A Turkish Underground City that once housed 20,000 people
Derinkuyu extends 60 meters into the ground and could accommodate 20,000 inhabitants. This ancient city dates back to the 7th century BC. The early inhabitants of the underground city, built it to save themselves from invasions and war. Ingenuity presented them with an opportunity to build a livable area where they can go unnoticed and where they can protect their possessions.
This city consists of 600 doors that lead to amazing and massive rooms, chambers and facilities. The city could be completely closed from the inside with large stone doors and even each floor could be closed off separately. It was also methodically designed like a maze so to make navigating the city difficult for unfamiliar intruders.
Tourists can see around 10-15% of the entire underground city. More info found on Where on Earth
7. The White House Movie Theatre
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower with her grandchildren in the White House movie theatre, 1958, by Ed Clark found in the LIFE archives.
8. Lady Planters
9. Miniature Kiwi Grapes
10. Wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty
Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring.
Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long.
“However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins.”
Found on Endless Geyser of Awesome
11. Japanese Man Hole Covers
But in Japan, cities and towns regularly get creative with manhole covers, placing visually stunning works of art right underneath pedestrians’ feet. There are almost 6,000 of the covers around the country, turning a decidedly unglamorous necessity into museum-worthy art.
Photographer S. Morita has documented hundreds of these covers over the years; the complete set is available on Morita’s Flickr page.
Found on Flavorwire
12. A Pineapple Hotel in the English Countryside
The Pineapple is a two story summerhouse for rent, built for the 4th Earl of Dunmore. Though classical and orthodox at ground level, it grows slowly into something entirely vegetable; conventional architraves put out shoots and end as prickly leaves of stone. It is an eccentric work, of undoubted genius, built of the very finest masonry.
It probably began as a pavilion of one storey, dated 1761, and only grew its fruity dome after 1777, when Lord Dunmore was brought back, forcibly, from serving as Governor of Virginia. There, sailors would put a pineapple on the gatepost to announce their return home. Lord Dunmore, who was fond of a joke, announced his return more prominently.
Reserve your stay at the Pineapple from £53 per night on Unusual Hotels of the World.
13. Love Ever After
We met each other at a dancing party. It was January 1938. My friend invited me to the party. He said there were a lot of beautiful young girls. Another cadet with high boots had approached her but she didn’t like high boots and so she said no to him. I was the second one to approach her, I had a different uniform, but I’m still not sure if it was my uniform or my face that attracted her to me.
—Yevgeniy Kissin, Midwood, Brooklyn.
What is the secret to love? A secret is a secret and I don’t reveal my secrets!
—Ykov Shapirshteyn, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
I was having a problem in school because I had to write a music paper and I had never written anything about music. It was my mother who had suggested that I go see David because he knew so much about music. So I went over and I thought maybe he would write it for me! But he said no, I’ll help you but you have to write it yourself. He always had very high standards. After we wrote the paper together he asked me to go to a party with some of his army friends. You know, I had never thought of him romantically! He looked at me the way a man who has just come out of the army would look at a sexy woman.
—Sheila Newman, Flatlands, Brooklyn.
I was the kind of girl that fell in love right away. So the next day I would tell my friend, terrific, I’m in love already! But after my first date with Sol I did not feel that way. I think it only proved to this day that you can’t judge right away. It may not work out but as you get to know a person love comes.
—Gloria Holtzman, Midwood, Brooklyn.
Now I am going on 88. My wife is 85 and I’m only wishing for another 5 or 6 years of life. This is all we want. We don’t want to live much longer. As a matter of fact, I always say to my wife, I wish I could reach 94. This is the aim of my existence. I’d like to see my grandson earn a living and my granddaughter get married. We want them to be happy the way we were.
—Moses Rubenstein, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
New York couples who have been together for more than 50 years. This work includes photographs, voice recordings and text.
Discover the Love Ever After Project by Lauren Fleishman