It's a sad fact of life as a building that, eventually, you're going to wear out your welcome within the community. At that point, you have two options: be torn down or become something else. All of the buildings on this list chose the latter option, with insanely impressive results.
#3. China's Water Cube Becomes Happy Magic Water Park
Built for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Water Cube was a bold statement to the world that, yes, the Chinese do know how to build structures that look like they're ready to hatch the next gigantic monster that will destroy every city in its path.
It was modern, beautiful and almost completely useless after the Olympics were over. That's when China came up with a radical idea: They would turn this former home of Olympics swimming into ... a water park.
Products have to be recalled all the time, so it's not usually a major surprise when it happens. But the following product recalls all share something in common that makes them stand out from the pack. Without exception, we can't believe a single one of these ideas made it past the development stage without someone just standing up in the middle of the meeting and saying, "You know, this looks like it could probably kill a small child."
Here are five recalled products for children that never should have made it to the open market in the first place.
#5. Super Bang Blast Balls
This is an article about toys that everybody should have known were going to be recalled well before they were ever actually recalled. Super Bang Blast Balls were a set of balls that basically exploded when you banged them together. It's as if these things were invented just so they could one day be featured in this article.
And the best part? Banging them together is what you were supposed to do. The main selling point was that they worked like caps. Caps as in the kind you put in a toy gun to make that "BANG" noise. Except now, you don't have to deal with the discomfort and inconvenience of having all that plastic between your hand and the resulting explosion.
The comedic misuse of English is pervasive in Japanese culture, to the point that there are entire websites dedicated just to hilarious gaffes that pop up constantly on billboards and store signs in Japan. But it's definitely not just advertisers and small business owners getting in on the English-mangling fun. Of late, the Japanese anime industry has been making great strides toward turning the concept of "Engrish" into an art form.
Here are three lessons we learned about the English language by watching Japanese anime ...