November 8, 2007
What could be the world’s most expensive wallpaper made of? Of money, obviously! I just came across an interesting post about the Money Pubs in the US where money is being put on the walls, dollar bill by dollar bill. The two money pubs mentioned are the No Name Pub that started in 1931 in Big Pine Key, FL as a general store and the McGuire’s Irish Pub that opened in 1977. In the 70’s and 80’s, the No Name Pub became widely famous because of Jimmy Buffet popularity. People started coming and so their money and that money started being put on the walls, dollar bill by dollar bill. The thirty year results can be seen in the pictures. Startlingly, there is over $750,000 in singles hanging on the walls and from the ceiling.
On the other hand, McGuire’s Irish Pub has an interesting story with money wallpapers. Molly, the Pub’s first waitress, took her first dollar tip and stapled it on the wall. Since that day, there has been over $550,000 in dollar bills stuck on the walls and ceiling. The best thing is that these dollar bills have been artistically stuck on the walls and ceiling.
November 5, 2007
Ferrari World will headline the emirate’s $40 billion transformation of Yas Island, a 2,500 hectare plot in the Gulf opposite Iran, into a luxury tourist destination, Aldar Properties PJSC, a developer owned by Abu Dhabi’s ruling al-Nahyan family, said in a statement today. The family owns 5 percent of Ferrari SpA, maker of the eponymous Italian sports car.
A Foundation Stone Ceremony was held on 3 November to signify the start of construction with the official opening of the park scheduled for 2009.
A foundation stone ceremony included the burial of a time capsule containing parts from the F2007, the F1 World Champion Ferrari car, together with an artist’s impression of the theme park. The capsule will be opened at the Ferrari’s 100th anniversary in 2047.
When completed in 2009, the attraction will provide amusement for the whole family, featuring multi-format high tech theatres, a variety of sophisticated driving schools (for both children and adults), Ferrari automotive displays and participatory learning centres as well as food and entertainment. Among the 24 attractions, the Park will offer a mix of high-octane and family rides with roller coasters jetting into the sky and dipping through the covered areas.
After the Foundation Stone event at Yas Island, a brand new Ferrari Store will have its official grand opening in Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall.
At the heart of the park will be an advanced and sophisticated circuit offering driving courses, which will be the home of the first Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix in 2009.