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120-Foot Golden Statue of Mao Zedong Towers Over Village in China

Built from concrete, steel, and bathed in gold-colored paint, the massive golden Mao Zedong statue took nine months to build and was completed just last December.

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Chinese leader Mao Zedong — popularly known as Chairman Mao — is hailed as the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. He led the Communist Party of China from the time is was established in 1949 until his death in 1976.

In anticipation of Chairman Mao’s 40th death anniversary in September this year, Chinese businessmen and even some rural communities pooled their funds last year for what they thought would be an awesome tribute to the late leader. They came up with almost 3 million yuan or around $459,000 for the supersized endeavor.

This Chairman Mao statue is literally larger than life!

This Chairman Mao statue is literally larger than life!

Built from concrete, steel, and bathed in gold-colored paint, the statue took nine months to build and was completed just last December. It depicts Chairman Mao sitting on a chair with his hands clasped together. It now looms large over Tongxu county near the city of Kaifeng in Henan province.

It took nine months to build the statue.

It took nine months to build the statue.

Liu Jianwu, the dean of China’s Mao Zedong research center, praised the statue. He explained that it was only natural that the people would come up with the can’t-be-missed creation.

Look at the size of that shoe!

Look at the size of that shoe!

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“In contemporary China, Mao Zedong represents the embodiment of fairness and justice. So people hold these kinds of emotions towards him,” Liu said. However, he also added: “There is no need to build such a big statue and I do not suggest people imitate this either.”

It's surrrounded by empty fields.

It's surrrounded by empty fields.

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Indeed, for some people the creation of the enormous tribute statue is ironic. Chairman Mao, as The Guardian‘s Tom Phillips recalled, has been blamed for the deaths of millions of Chinese citizens when his efforts to push for breakneck industrialization caused a calamitous famine.

"Massive" doesn't even begin to describe it.

"Massive" doesn't even begin to describe it.

The death toll from the catastrophe has been pegged at 45 million. Henan province — which is still tagged as a poor region — was actually one of the areas worst hit by the famine.

Just imagine the statue standing up and stepping on that van.

We imagine it standing up and stepping on that van.

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For his part, Professor Michel Hockx — the director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) China Institute at the University of London — said, “[The building of the statue] is a massive act of nostalgia, mixed with popular religious sentiment.”

It has become a favorite selfie spot.

It has become a favorite selfie spot.

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Hockx pointed out, “There is a tradition in poorer areas in China to erect blingy statues of popular deities in the hope of gaining good fortune. It seems that this particular community has raised Mao to that level.”

A drone took a closer look at the supersized tribute statue.

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Needless to say, the enormous statue has made a big impact on everyone.

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A Lake Fell Off a Cliff in Canada, Causing Massive Flooding!

Now even a lake can fall off a cliff, thanks to Global Warming!

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Quick, think of things that can fall or dive from a cliff. A person maybe, an animal, a rock... a whole lake? Wait what, a lake?

Yes you read that right. Although a lake falling off a cliff seemed unheard of, that was what happened in the Northwest Territories of Canada when an unnamed lake "fell off" the arctic Fort McPherson hamlet, causing massive flooding in the area.

The lake has been preserved and held together by walls of ice and permafrost almost 30 meters thick. These permafrost barriers around Fort McPherson has been around for thousands of years, as remnants of the last Ice Age era when the Laurentide Ice Sheet was formed. However, ongoing and intensifying effects of global warming has slowly melted the permafrost around the area, and thus unleashing the waters of the lake.

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This Shape-shifting Hotel May Just Revolutionize the Hotel and Luxury Cruise Industries

Part hotel and part cruise-ship, this shape-shifting hotel may be just revolutionize the hotel and luxury cruise industries.

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Part hotel and part cruise-ship, this shape-shifting hotel may be just revolutionize the hotel and luxury cruise industries.

Called the Morphotel, this futuristic hotel changes its shape while traversing the ocean. Designed by engineer and architect Gianluca Santosuosso, the hotel/cruise-ship is composed of a half a mile-long spine which can curve according to the direction of water current. With this feature, the hotel can travel across open waters at slow speeds. Being a cruise ship as well, it can dock in different cities across the world to allow passengers to embark or disembark. Another unique feature of this luxury cruise ship is that some of the rooms in its spine can undock from the main hotel and sail in close proximity to the hotel. Furthermore, its main dock can also be used as a helipad. How awesome is that?

If the aforementioned features aren't enough to convince you yet of its awesomeness, then perhaps this should do the trick: the morphotel is able to produce its own energy by harnessing energy from waves and solar panels! Not only is it futuristic and innovative, it's also eco-friendly!

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The Most Gorgeous Blue Lagoon in the World Found in Iceland

World’s Best Blue Lagoon in Iceland, See breathtaking photos and add this in your next travel destination!

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Iceland is known for Bjork and geothermal spas. This lagoon is being visited by thousands of tourists all year round. The view and experience here is extra ordinary, it is very beautiful.

So if you’re thinking of a place to visit, you might want to consider this to your travel destinations.

The blue lagoon water loses some of heat on its way up enough for the people to enjoy swimming and relaxing in the lagoon.

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