Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Weird Wednesday articles below.
Ghostly spirits make themselves as comfortable in America's B&Bs as living guests do. #throwbackthursday #tbt
Facility managers have to deal with some unusual situations. But when it comes to getting rid of demons, well, that takes facility management to an entirely different level.
In northern Sweden, travelers will be able to escape to the trees later this year.
Three Holiday Inn locations are trying out a new way to provide guests a good night's sleep.
From New York to Amsterdam to Moscow and Singapore, flies are invading unlikely places: public urinals. Decals and paintings of the critters are being incorporated into the porcelain bowls in an effort to reduce the mess associated with public restrooms for men.
It can be difficult to start conversation among strangers, which is why RCA designer Thomas Urban Gardner has done his best to help "break the ice" with this groovy invention.
Here are some unusual tidbits about traditions associated with the Christmas tradition.
A family in Australia built a house to maximize the benefit they glean from the sun.
Stan Munro of Syracuse, NY has an unusual profession: he builds with toothpicks. We're not talking about school project or Boy/Girl Scout merit badge caliber, but entire recognizable architectural monuments from around the world.
This complete furniture set can be set up in less than 10 minutes and later disassembled and repacked like a standard pallet. No tools are needed in the process.
A real estate developer incorporated an uncommon natural element into his home in the Catskills after harboring his idea for several decades.
Here's the ideal toy (uh, I mean tool) for folks with a passion for the latest gadgets and gizmos: the Quad-Core, 1-kW, Liquid-Cooled Desk.
Dewpointe units create drinking water out of moisture in the atmosphere by using computer assisted purification technology.
Rochus Jacob was awarded the first prize for his Murakami Chair which incorporates technology into the skids of the chair to run an OLED light—thereby powering an attached reading lamp with energy generated from its own rocking motion.
Choices made by Egyptians digging burial tombs thousands of years ago may have led to present day problems.
This offering is not so much weird as it is scary, but when you think about the jobs in the world that have to be done, well, it kinda puts everything into perspective. Have a look at this video.
In Guangzhou, China, an unusual method is being employed to deter bridge jumping suicides: butter. The steel bridge in question has long been "popular" with jumpers, and officials have gone so far as to post security guards at both ends in order to thwart attempts--but to no avail.
At one point in time or another, nearly every facility has a problem with unwanted visitors. Sometimes they come in the form of rodents or birds. In this particular instance, the office is being bugged.
Gibraltar Airport is famous for two things: transporting British tourists to and from the Iberian Peninsula and its proximity to the city it serves. While incredibly convenient, this close proximity--less than 1/3 of a mile--creates some major problems.
Earlier this week, scientists in Scotland came to the realization that a discovery from 1990 was actually quite significant: a 500 year old undisturbed drain was a goldmine for archaeologists from Glasgow University.
Sometimes what you see is NOT what you get. Check out the following photos for an excellent example of the truth behind this statement.
A high school student is busy creating amenities for the some of the largest residents of the Oregon Zoo.
Are unsightly garbage cans junking up your visual landscape? You can now camouflage your cans by dressing them up in an attractive covering!
Travelers taking advantage of a deal in San Diego need to pack more than usual.
The world’s first floating apartment complex, The Citadel, will incorporate the benefits of water into the infrastructure of the development.
The OfficePOD can even be positioned in a garden and is packaged as a complete outsourcing solution for employers.
This one of a kind, handmade fixture by Domingos Totora and a team of artisans from Brazil is a decorative and utilitarian piece that reflects an adherence to ethnic ancestral style.
Air traffic at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport slowed to a crawl last week when a parade of more than 70 romantically inclined diamondback terrapins descended on the tarmac.
In the early hours of Saturday, June 27, 2009, something seriously wrong happened to a nearly completed 13 story block of residential flats in the suburbs of Shanghai. No, it wasn't destroyed by Transformers.
Italy is known for its distinct sense of design. Furniture manufacturer Tagliabue, founded in 1879, has introduced it Emmemobili collection, which is an excellent example of this unusual design sensibility.
One minute your childhood home is there. The next minute, it's gone. So are family heirlooms and other personal items. Why? Faulty GPS coordinates.
In Swaziland, sports authorities are up in arms about damage at the country's Somhlolo National Stadium.
According to the results of a study conducted in the UK on behalf of Kohler Mira Limited, soaping up during the work day can increase productivity and creativity for employees in certain industries.
Move over, Segway. Here’s the latest in furniture/transportation innovation. How much would your facilities staff love one of these to get around campus?
Firefighters had to evacuate a building in downtown San Jose on Tuesday (5/12/09), after the noxious fumes prompted someone to call 911. A hazmat team was also called in.
A restaurant in the Ukraine provides an unusual ambiance for its patrons.
Whatever it is, an odor eliminator inventor claims his product can rid you of it.
Federico Otero has created a clever, attractive application for repurposed egg crates.
What's the good of being photographed next to a sign with spelling mistakes?
For the past 18 months, 40 volunteers have been working on a nearly six-foot statue of Jesus made entirely out of 30,000 donated LEGOs.