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New York’s Oddest: The Skyscraper With No Windows

It’s a building that rises above from others – not because of how many floors it has but because of how aesthetically different it looks.

If you think about a modern building , the thing that would instantly come into mind are skyscrapers with large glass windows that are extremely appealing to the eye. This, however, is not the case of one very unique building in New York. The building at 33 Thomas St., New York.

So what makes the 33 Thomas St., building in New York extremely different from the other metal skyscrapers in the Big Apple? Well, for one, it does not bare a single window.

Yes, that’s right, a commercial building that does not give its workers or residents a view at all. Although it is an odd concept for a building, the previous company that owned it had a legit reason for making it that way.

The building with no windows, a past AT&T HQ

Source: Wally Gobetz

The building was owned by the company AT&T back in 1974 by the architect John Carl Warnecke. AT&T asked Warnecke to create a building for them that was secure enough to protect their expensive technology in case of a nuclear blast. It is said that the structure could even survive for more than 2 weeks after a fallout.

Well, it looks like Warnecke delivered what AT&T asked for.

Looking like a modern fortress as it stands out from all the skyscrapers.

Source: Jordi E

Previously, the skyscraper was called Long Lines Building. The reason behind this was AT&T housed all of their solid-state switches and their long distance phone company lines in the building, thus the name Long Lines. The building might look like it could have more than 40 floors but in reality. it only has 29 floors.

Air vents can be seen on the side of the building.

Each floor of the building is 18 feet high and was also designed to bare extreme heavy weights. But today the building is no longer operated by AT&T although it is still used by some local phone companies for telephone switching as well as high security datacenters. It is also no longer named as Long Lines Building instead it has been named accordingly to the street at where it is located.

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The Lost World of St. Kilda, an Isolated Island Where People Survived by Eating Birds

4,000 years worth of “never retreat, never surrender.”

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Somewhere off the west coast of Scotland is a tiny, remote island considered the most far-away portion of the British Isles. It is virtually uninhabitable; an island of jagged granite boulders, tall cliffs and a hostile climate. It’s called St. Kilda, and until the early 20th century, its hardy residents eked out a difficult existence, sustained mainly by eating birds.

The remote archipelago was inhabited for about 4,000 years. The only settlement, the Village Bay, was located on the largest island Hirta. The windswept island was unsuitable for farming but the islanders did grow a small amount of barley, oats, and potatoes. However, the strong winds and saltwater would usually damage the crops.

The wind blows so hard, that trees refused to grow on this island.

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25 Mysterious Places Google Earth Doesn’t Want You to See

Censoring these locations has logical reasons, such as security, privacy concerns, and trade secrets. However, this doesn’t stop conspiracy theorists from having a field day.

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We all had that fun experience of navigating through Google Earth to see different places we only dream of seeing. Imagine being virtually in any country or tourist destination with only a click of your mouse. This inspires the inner travelers and amateur geographers inside us.

But did you know that there are some places that we are not allowed to see? If you tried zooming in these destinations, you would only likely see pixelated or blurred images. Censoring these locations has logical reasons, such as security, privacy concerns, and trade secrets. However, this doesn’t stop conspiracy theorists from having a field day.

Although hundreds of sites have been covered up on Google Earth, some of these places can be freely visited by regular citizens. Others are restricted due to contamination and health risks. But whatever the case is, it only further arouses the curiosity of people....

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Viral Commercial: Animal Shelter’s Low-Budget Cat Ad Is Purr-fectly Funny!

I absolutely love this ad – like fur real!

With the right amount of creativity, it’s really not impossible for a commercial to go viral online – even if you only have a limited budget to produce it. Take it from Furkids, an animal rescue organization in Atlanta, Georgia, that recently scored a viral hit with a short but genuinely funny cat commercial.

The video stars Paul Preston going around the animal shelter, endorsing the cats to potential owners using the approach of a used car salesman.

Source: Furkids

His ‘marketing pitches’ are absolutely hilarious that even the staff filming the ad couldn’t help but chuckle in the background. ...

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