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La calle con mas curvas del mundo

Lombard Street es una calle de San Francisco, en California, Estados Unidos. Esta orientada de este a oeste, comenzando en El Presidio y terminando en el barrio de Embarcadero.
Es mundialmente conocida por un tramo específico de su trazado, el situado entre Russian Hill y Hyde Street, donde la calzada está distribuida en ocho virajes, que le otorgan el título de la calle más sinuosa de los Estados Unidos.
Su concepción sinuosa se realizó en 1922 por el propietario Carl Henry, con el objetivo de reducir la pendiente de 27º que presentaba la calle, haciendo posible con esta medida que pudiera ser transitada por automóviles.
En 1999, se creó una comisión especial para tratar de resolver los problemas de circulación dentro del propio barrio. Dicha comisión decidió en 2001 que no sería legal cortar de manera permanente el paso a la circulación por el tramo más inclinado de la calle. Acordó impedir el estacionamiento en esta zona durante el verano, habilitando otra para ello e incrementar las multas a aquellos que quebrantaran la nueva norma. Igualmente, se propuso utilizar minibuses para llevar a los turistas hasta Lombard Street, pero los vecinos contestaron que el gran atractivo de la calle para muchos turistas era el de poder conducir su automóvil por la parte sinuosa de la calle.

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Esta calle también es conocida porque Alfred Hitchcock, en su película Vértigo, sitúa en el número 900 de esta calle el hogar del protagonista y en el videojuego Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, la calle aparece parodiada con el nombre de Windy Windy Windy Windy Street, es decir, la calle del viento, haciendo referencia al viento que suele soplar en esta calle.

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13 Coolest Airplane Paint Jobs

Aviation geeks know Japan as the home of aircraft--like the one above--painted with Pokémon, a distinct Japanese cultural creation. (Link)

In 1997 British Airways adopted a new livery. One part of this was a newly stylized version of the British Airways "Speedbird" logo, but the major change was the introduction of tail-fin art. Also known as the Utopia or world image tailfins, they used art and designs from international artists and other sources to represent countries on BA's route network. The signature of the artist was carried near the design on the tail.

The new corporate logo was created by the London-based design agency Newell and Sorrell, who also oversaw the implementation of the tailfin designs.

Air India Express Boeing 737-800. (Link)

African Airlines have always had a simple professional and elegant look but South African designers changed that with some really revolutionary livery like the Mango Airline. (Link)

Frontier Airlines, an airline based out of Denver, Colorado, have the company slogan “A Whole Different Animal,” each of their planes depicts a different animal. (Link)

Alaska Airlines 737-400 Combi Aircraft in Barrow, Alaska. (Link)

This plane is from GermanWings. It was photographed at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. (Link)

When Southwest Airlines wanted to represent California on an airplane, it painted a big bear. But how do you represent the state of Illinois?
Well, they didn't paint a picture of a reclining Abraham Lincoln, which was my first thought. They instead painted an eagle with a shield.

Disney characters on a themed Alaska Airlines jet called “Spirit of Disneyland II.” The plane is adorned with the faces of Disney's most recognized characters – Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. (Link)

The Simpsons Jet, Western Pacific Air. (Link)

Taiwanese airline EVA has repainted one of its jets with giant Hello Kittys. Surprisingly, the plane's interior is much worse. (Link)

Southwest Airlines unveiled the newest addition to their fleet of aircraft: a Boeing 737 with a gigantic painting of swimsuit model Bar Rafaeli. (Link)

This is a great new infographic paint job on a Kulula Airlines (a South Africa airline) Boeing 737, informative and humorous. With labels detailing many of the plane's features, this looks like a a training plane. (Link)

20 Most Bizarre Houses around the world

The Spaceship House, a weird house in Chattanooga (TN, USA).

The Teapot Dome, a strange house in Zillah (WA, USA). It was built in 1922 as a reminder of the Teapot Dome Scandal involving President Warren G. Harding and a federal petroleum reserve in Wyoming.

The Boeing 727 House, a weird house in Benoit (Mississippi, USA). The plane set Joanne Ussary back $2,000.00, cost $4,000.00 to move, and $24,000.00 to renovate. The stairs open with a garage door remote, and one of the bathrooms is still intact. And let’s not forget the personal jacuzzi in the cockpit.

The Toilet-shaped house, in Suwon (South Korea). South Korean sanitation activists marked the start of a global toilet association right here on November 21, 2007, by lifting the lid on the world's first lavatory-shaped home that offers plenty of water closet space.

The Nautilus House, in Mexico DF (Mexico), is a seashell-inspired abode built by designed by Senosiain Arquitectos for a couple.

The Shoe House in Hellam (Pennsylvania, USA). It was an actual guesthouse (3 bedroom, 2 baths, a kitchen and a living room) of a local shoe magnate, Mahlon N. Haines. After his death, it was an ice cream parlor for a while, and now it is a museum.

The Upside-Down House, in Szymbark (Poland). The house was created by Daniel Czapiewski to describe the former communist era and the present times in which we live.

The Cube houses, in Rotterdam (Holland). All of this 32 cube houses are attached to each other. Designed by architect Piet Blom in 1984, each cube house has three floors.

The Bubble House in Cannes (France). In the early eighties, fashion designer Pierre Cardin bought this atypical summer house built by architect Antti Lovag.

The Eliphante Art House, in Cornville (AZ, USA). Artist Michael Kahn and his wife Leda Livant built it from found materials piece by piece.

The Mushroom House, in Cincinnati (Ohio, USA).

The One Log House, in Garberville (California, USA). It is a one-bedroom house hollowed out from a single log that came from a 2,100-year old redwood tree. After felling this 13 foot diameter forest giant, Art Schmock and a helper needed 8 months of hard labor to hollow out the log into a room 7 ft. high and 32 ft. long, weighing about 42 tons.

The Fallingwater, in Pennsylvania (USA). It was designed by American architect
Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 and built partly over a waterfall.

The Steel House, in Lubbock (Texas, USA). Architect and sculptor Robert Bruno
spent 23 years building this strange home that looks like a giant pig out of 110
tons of steel.

The Pickle Barrel House, in Michigan (USA).

The Strawberry house, in Tokyo (Japan).

The Errante's Guest House, in Chile.

The Kettle House, in Texas (USA).

The Kvivik Igloo, in Kvivik (Faroe Islands).
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