Fake for Real: Fantasy Castle
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle could be the single best-loved structure in the world. Ever wondered where Walt Disney got his enchanting fairytale aesthetic? The castle, which was featured in the classic animated film, was modeled on Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein a fantastical imitation of a medieval castle built in the 19th century by King Ludwig II in homage to composer Richard Wagner. After seeing it in the movie, children of all ages dreamed of seeing it in real life. And since Disney is in the dream realisation business, in 1955 they built “the castle from the movie” at Disneyland.
Fake for Real: Man in the Mirror
Some days when we look in the mirror we like what we see, some days less so. Would it not be great to be able to tweak the image a bit? After all, it is our main manifestation to the outside world, right?Our beloved King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is living proof that manipulating your own looks can be a precarious game. At the height of his success, Jackson underwent pioneering plastic surgery to recreate his own face according to an ideal he had in mind. Sadly, after each operation, that ideal seemed to shift, necessitating new adjustments. People were shocked when a mug shot from his arrest was published in 2004: in it, Jackson arguably looked scarier than the zombie he had played in the 1983 hit video “Thriller”. Read more
Fake for Real: White House
The White House, seat and symbol of the US government, is built in a Roman style, which was in turn inspired by Greek architecture. At left, we see it applied in the Villa Rotonda, a building by the renaissance architect Paladdio. Different empires, same building.Recently the Chinese entrepreneur Huang Qiaoling (34th on Forbes’ list of rich people in China) had a replica of the White House built in his garden so he could meet business associates in the “Oval Office”.
Do you “MIND”?
NeuroSky (founded in 2004) innovator in “wearable” bio-sensor/signal processing systems and SEGA TOYS are developing mind-controlled computer games and next generation consumer toys. It is assumed products become available to the public in 2008. This brainwave technology can further be applied to wheelchairs, the lights in your house, even cellphones.