Dutchman Johan Huibers decided to build an ark. Not a Lego or popsicle stick model, but a real-life replica of Noah's Ark built to scale. He began his work in 2008 and recently finished this $US1 million project.
The wooden ship is immense. It weighs 3000 tons, is 137m long and holds 1500 passengers. It's so big, the pine boat needs a steel hull for reinforcement. Besides people, there's room for two live chickens and some replica animals for effect.
Johan's Ark is ready for its maiden voyage down the canals of Holland. Huibers is even hoping to sail it to the Thames River for the 2012 Summer Olympics, if London lets him. [The Scuttlefish]