Strange place: Italian Village has Artificial Sun

As our collection of strange places builds up, we have realized that a number of them are actually beneficial to humans such as:

This place might beat all of them though.

Viganella is a small village in Italy Located at the bottom of a deep valley

It being so deep in the valley means that from November to February, the village gets no sunlight.

Town of Viganella

Town of Viganella

Having no sunlight can be devastating to the growth of crops and even the health of people. These people miss the sunlight so much that when it comes back every february 2nd, they throw huge celebrations. These celebrations ended in 2006 when this issue was resolved thanks to  architect and sundial designer, Giacomo Bonzani.

He has built a mirror that rests on the slopes of a mountainside above Viganella, and it reflects sunlight into the town. Now the people of this town have sunlight all year-long.

The mirror is 40 square meters in size, 8 meters wide by 5 meters high and is located about 870 meters above the village. It is controlled by a computer software that tracks the sun and tilts and turns the panels of the mirror so that the rays are always reflected downwards.

Viganella has become a lot more popular now after the creation of this “artificial sun.”

mirror sun in viganella,italy

According to Bonzani, who first came up with the idea of reflecting sunlight on to the square, “no one believed it was possible at first. But I was certain. I have faith in physics.”

Engineer, Emilio Barlocco, designed the mirror for Bonzani.  According to the Mayor of the village, Pierfranco Midali, it wasn’t easy getting the mirror ready. “We had to find the proper material, learn about the technology and especially find the money.”

This mirror cost around 100,000 Euro’s.

It’s nice to see money being spent on technology that benefits the human race, rather than money being spent on nuclear weapons or war.

Mirror in Viganella

The Mirror of Viganella

Source: BBC News



The “Euthanasia Coaster” is Designed to Kill You

Julijonas Urbonas

Is Julijonas Urbonas the next Dr Kevorkian?

If you have ever experienced a basic roller coaster, you probably remember that slow climb up to the top before making your way down a steep drop. Now imagine making your way up and knowing that this roller coaster will end your life.

Sounds pretty scary, right?

Lithuanian designer Julijonas Urbonas envisions such a roller coaster, and for some strange reason it might become a reality.

According to Urbonas, the “Euthanasia Coaster is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely — with elegance and euphoria — take the life of a human being.”

The ride last for what might be the longest (and last) 3 minutes of your life. It begins with a very long and slow climb to the top (about a third of a mile). On the way up a 1600 foot climb, the riders have time to re-think their decision, or reminisce about their lives. The long climb is followed by a massive fall which turns into 7 deadly loops. Traveling at a speed of 223 mph, the drop and the loops combined take a total of one minute. The gravitation force that is created by this combination is lethal.

Urbonas said that he was inspired by his love for amusement parks and his PhD study. He explains that the roller coaster isn’t just about death. It is more of an art to him and he defines it as an “Euthanasia system that offers a person an artful departure from the world.”

Seems pretty ridiculous to me!

To me he sounds like Dr.Kevorkian with a little touch of excitement. He is basically assisting people with suicide which is something Jack Kevorkian did. Instead of a physician-assisted suicide, this roller coaster can be considered an attraction-assisted suicide.

Basically, people who choose to ride the roller coaster will experience cerebral hypoxia. This is something that happens to people when they fly at high altitudes or deep-water dive.

Urbonas explains what a person would experience:

“if you are lucky, or rather g-force-resistant enough to be awake [after the initial fall], your vision may blur, lose color (greyout) and peripheral sight (tunnel vision), even disappear completely (blackout) together with hearing. Eventually, this experience — accompanied with disorientation, anxiety, confusion, and, most importantly, euphoria — is crowned with GLOC (G-force induced Loss Of Consciousness), during which the body is completely limp and vivid bizarre dreams occur such as being in a maze and unable to get out, or floating in a white space, not knowing who you are, why you are here, etc.”

This euphoria seems pretty intense and some may want to experience it, but the part where you die at the end is not that appealing.

Euthanasia Coaster

Euthanasia Coaster's deadly design

He tries to make his idea sound somewhat sane when he explains one of the coasters features:

“The rider has a few minutes to contemplate his decision and his life in retrospect. He would find enough time to adapt to the height and get through a series of imaginary fatal falls, while realizing that the objects on the ground are getting smaller…The slightest movement of the car would trigger intense heart-beating and goosebumps and most importantly it would test your decision. Therefore the very top of the tower is an ideal place to give the very last word.”

I don’t buy it at all.

If this roller coaster is built, expect a great amount of lawsuits against it. Although Euthanasia is legal in Lithuania, the coasters inhumane nature will cause too many problems. My prediction is that Euthanasia will actually be made illegal if this attraction is built.

Dr.Kevorkian thought he had a good idea until he was put in jail for 8 years. Personally, I believe it is a terrible idea, and it would only add to the stupidity of the human race.

Source: Discovery News

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