sábado, 22 de septiembre de 2012

Man etches name in the sand of the desert, visible from space

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Gross opulence or a severe case of vanity it may be, but it's hard not to be impressed by this huge piece of graffiti. Or is it mega-landscaping? Or a new waterway? Frankly, it could be any of the above.

Measuring 1,000 meters high, and two miles wide, the name "HAMAD" has been etched into the island of Al Futaisi just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The letters are dug so deep that they form an artificial waterway when filled with seawater and it is so large that it can be easily spotted by satellite -- this landmark will be around for some time to come.

The lettersbelong to the billionaire Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The 63 year old is a member of the ruling family of the oil rich nation. The guy is used to living big. He built a pyramid to house his 200 cars. He had the world’s largest truck built that has a cabin large enough for 4 bedrooms.

Last but not least, he has had a motor home built shaped like the Earth at exactly one-millionth of the size of Earth. So, why not carve your name into the sand to be seen from outer space, because he can. 

Source: Discovery News