Real Life Lore asks a question that I've never actually considered before: what if everybody in the entire world lived in just one building? How big would the building have to be to be able to fit all 7.4 billion of us? Surprisingly, not that big. That red cube up above would do the trick and it only takes up a few blocks of Manhattan.
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Video: This is very probably one of the scariest places you can park your bum: At the very edge of a corner of a very tall building in downtown Toronto. To make it even worse, Oleg Cricket, the guy in the video, decided it would be a perfect time to start spinning around while he's sitting too. I've never been so stressed out after watching someone sit down.
Video: I'm totally safe and sitting in front of a computer screen, and yet I'm sweating because watching this guy pull his crazy jumps from buildings is just not OK. This one is especially brutal because I really didn't expect him to end up where he landed. He starts on the roof of the building 40m in the air and ends up safely down in the harbour — but I thought he was gunning for that soft middle landing of water between the dock and not, like, on the freaking other side.
Image Cache: This wonderful photo series comparing the size of things by Kevin Wisbith is a really fun way to earn some brain wrinkles, because it gives you a better sense of the true size of random buildings, ships, machines and other objects. You get to see things like the Death Star hover over Florida in space, a B-2 bomber stretch across the width of an entire football field and the Titanic lay out on top of a freaking aircraft carrier.
Video: Here's a compilation of crazy runs, jumps and parkour tricks from Oleg Cricket, a daredevil who was either born without fear or recently made into some sort of superhero. Hell, maybe even both. You can see him sprint and jump off the side of skyscrapers, flip and twirl over gaps between buildings onto the roof next door, and even jump down multiple stories from the balcony as if he were Spider-Man. Oleg is nuts (even when compared to other parkour guys) but he's really, really good at what he does.
Video: Because of the city's history, unique geography, the towering buildings, the cramped quarters, all the greenery nearby and the water pushed up against the city, Hong Kong is a pretty magnificent place to photograph. Taking pictures of what's above and what's around and what's below is always pretty to look at. This drone view of Hong Kong might be the most spectacular of any photo or video footage ever taken of the city.
Video: On New Year's Eve, the 63-storey Address hotel in Dubai caught on fire. It was a scary sight made worse as the back drop to the fire was the Burj Khalifa (and Dubai's New Year celebration). The entire skyscraper seemed to be burning! But thankfully only 14 people suffered injuries. This time lapse by Kirill Neiezhmakov shows the skyscraper on fire in incredible detail. It's such a jarring visual, the recognisable Dubai skyline engulfed in fire and dark smoke.
Video: Light pollution. It really screws up the view. It would be so great if the stars in the sky could still be seen over big metropolitan areas. But it doesn't work like that. You have to go far away from civilisation into deserts and nature to see the stars and cosmos the way they are meant to be seen. David Oliver Lennon wanted to bring the beautiful night sky closer, so he layered the sky in Tasmania on top of the skylines of big cities. It's truly stunning.
Video: There's a holy crap moment in this wingsuit video where you hold your breath and wonder if the guys flying in the air are actually going to crash into the side of the building and if you should turn off the video. But then they make a perfect turn move and basically zip right next to multiple buildings on their path. They're so close they could probably high five someone on the balcony. It's impressive.
Briefly: The tallest building in the world? The Burj Khalifa. Duh. But if plans had worked out differently for other buildings, the Burj Khalifa wouldn't even crack the top 10 tallest buildings in the world. Here's a cool chart showing all the tallest planned buildings in the world. Some of them are still ongoing while others have long been canceled. I wish they all existed in real life.
Wow. This drone zooms so fast through this abandoned hospital in Spain that I'm pretty sure it might've reached warp speed. All the footage in the video below, taken by CHARPU FPV, is in real time. It's pretty amazing control to fit into such small holes in the building and fly so gracefully through the hallways at such ridiculous speeds.
The infrastructure being built for Qatar's World Cup is using the most cutting-edge construction technologies. Yet due to the poor treatment of migrant workers, an estimated 4000 people could die building it. A new timeline of construction deaths shows this inconsistency throughout history: Even though construction methods have improved over time, worker conditions don't always keep pace.