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11 Creative In-Flight Safety Videos From Around the World

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The last thing most airplane passengers want to do is pay attention to a rote pre-flight safety demonstration. After all, it's always the same from flight to flight. But some airlines are fighting back against ennui, producing creative and inventive in-flight safety videos to grab passengers' attention.

1. "BARE ESSENTIALS OF SAFETY" // AIR NEW ZEALAND

In June 2009, Air New Zealand created just one of many awesome in-flight safety videos. Set to the tune “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” the video featured the airline’s pilots and flight attendants delivered the “bare essentials” of safety. The cabin crew were in full body paint that resembled their uniforms and skillfully performed the safety instructions with strategically placed pieces of baggage and life vests. The video ended with the cheeky tagline, “From the airline whose fares have nothing to hide!”

2. "#VXSAFETYDANCE" // VIRGIN AMERICA

In 2013, Virgin America created an over-the-top musical in-flight safety video featuring singer Todrick Hall from American Idol. The video has everything from a dancing nun to an adorable kid rapping about oxygen masks. It’s well-choreographed and performed with dancers from So You Think You Can Dance. Virgin America even hired director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Street, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) to create the video.

3. "'80S IN FLIGHT SAFETY VIDEO" // DELTA AIRLINES

That same year, Delta Airlines created an awesomely retro safety demonstration video celebrating the '80s. The 5-minute video featured passengers with big hair, scrunchies, jelly bracelets, leg warmers, and the Rubik's Cube. It also featured iconic figures of '80s pop culture, including Alf, Teddy Ruxpin, and NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sitting in the co-pilot’s seat as a nod to the madcap comedy Airplane!.

4. "MILE-HIGH MADNESS WITH RICHARD SIMMONS" // AIR NEW ZEALAND

Two years later after "Bare Essentials of Safety," Air New Zealand created another great in-flight safety video, this one a “workout” featuring fitness personality Richard Simmons. Clocking in at about 3.5 minutes, “Mile-High Madness with Richard Simmons” featured disco music and fun in-flight aerobics.

5. "TRIP: THE VIRGIN ATLANTIC SAFETY FILM" // VIRGIN ATLANTIC

In 2014, Virgin Atlantic got animated, releasing a 5-minute-long safety cartoon that followed a passenger who nods off during a flight attendant's safety demonstration, only to dream about the instructions in a number of film genres. The airline teamed up with motion studio Art & Graft to parody iconic movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Goldfinger, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

6. "THE INTERNETEST SAFETY VIDEO ON THE INTERNET" // DELTA AIRLINES

One awesome in-flight safety video clearly wasn't enough for Delta: In May 2015, the airline kept the fun going with “The Internetest Safety Video on the Internet,” which crammed a number of popular Internet memes—from Nyan cat to the Ice Bucket Challenge to Charlie Bit My Finger—into the safety demonstration. The video itself managed to go viral; it currently has more than 9 million views on YouTube.

7. AND 8. "AN UNEXPECTED BRIEFING" AND "THE MOST EPIC SAFETY VIDEO EVER MADE" // AIR NEW ZEALAND

In late 2012, Air New Zealand created a Middle Earth-themed safety demonstration video to coincide with the theatrical release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The video featured passengers, the cabin crew, and pilots dressed like characters from the movie, including Gandalf the Grey, Legolas the Elf, Gollum, and Galadriel. Director Peter Jackson also made a cameo appearance in the video, which ends with the tagline, “The Airline of Middle-Earth.” The outside of Air New Zealand’s airplanes also featured Bilbo Baggins with Thorin Oakenshield’s company of 13 dwarves.

It wasn't the last time the airline would feature denizens of Middle Earth: In 2014, Air New Zealand made a second Middle Earth-themed safety video for the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The new video featured cameos from Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, and Jackson.

9. "ARE YOU READY TO FLY LIKE A SUPERHERO?" // PEGASUS AIRLINES

This year, Turkey’s Pegasus Airline teamed up with Disney Turkey and Marvel Comics to bring The Avengers on board their Boeing 737-800 aircrafts. “Are You Ready To Fly Like A Superhero?” features Marvel’s most popular superheroes and villains, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Odin, and Loki. Some of the safety demonstration video even unfolds like a comic book with panels and artwork. 

10. "OLD SCHOOL" // AIR NEW ZEALAND

In 2013, Air New Zealand enlisted Golden Girls star Betty White to host an “Old School” safety demonstration video. Instead of taking place on an airplane, the video takes place entirely in a retirement home resort. The Love Boat’s Gavin McLeod is also featured.

11. "TAP SAFETY VIDEO" // TAP Portugal

TAP Portugal recruited real passengers to perform safety instructions in a highly-stylized set located in a hangar at Lisbon Airport. The production took eight days to complete; the video won the APEX Passenger Choice Award for Best In-Flight Video in 2013.

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China's New Tianjin Binhai Library is Breathtaking—and Full of Fake Books
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A massive new library in Tianjin, China, is gaining international fame among bibliophiles and design buffs alike. As Arch Daily reports, the five-story Tianjin Binhai Library has capacity for more than 1 million books, which visitors can read in a spiraling, modernist auditorium with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Several years ago, municipal officials in Tianjin commissioned a team of Dutch and Japanese architects to design five new buildings, including the library, for a cultural center in the city’s Binhai district. A glass-covered public corridor connects these structures, but the Tianjin Binhai Library is still striking enough to stand out on its own.

The library’s main atrium could be compared to that of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum in New York City. But there's a catch: Its swirling bookshelves don’t actually hold thousands of books. Look closer, and you’ll notice that the shelves are printed with digital book images. About 200,000 real books are available in other rooms of the library, but the jaw-dropping main room is primarily intended for socialization and reading, according to Mashable.

The “shelves”—some of which can also serve as steps or seating—ascend upward, curving around a giant mirrored sphere. Together, these elements resemble a giant eye, prompting visitors to nickname the attraction “The Eye of Binhai,” reports Newsweek. In addition to its dramatic main auditorium, the 36,000-square-foot library also contains reading rooms, lounge areas, offices, and meeting spaces, and has two rooftop patios.

Following a three-year construction period, the Tianjin Binhai Library opened on October 1, 2017. Want to visit, but can’t afford a trip to China? Take a virtual tour by checking out the photos below.

A general view of the Tianjin Binhai Library
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman taking pictures at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A man visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman looking at books at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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[h/t Newsweek]

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One of Gaudí's Most Famous Homes Opens to the Public for the First Time
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Visiting buildings designed by iconic Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí is on the to-do list of nearly every tourist passing through Barcelona, Spain, but there's always been one important design that visitors could only view from the outside. Constructed between 1883 and 1885, Casa Vicens was the first major work in Gaudí's influential career, but it has been under private ownership for its entire existence. Now, for the first time, visitors have the chance to see inside the colorful building. The house opened as a museum on November 16, as The Art Newspaper reports.

Gaudí helped spark the Catalan modernism movement with his opulent spaces and structures like Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and La Sagrada Familia. You can see plenty of his architecture around Barcelona, but the eccentric Casa Vicens is regarded as his first masterpiece, famous for its white-and-green tiles and cast-iron gate. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Casa Vicens is a treasured part of the city's landscape, yet it has never been open to the public.

Then, in 2014 the private Spanish bank MoraBanc bought the property with the intention of opening it up to visitors. The public is finally welcome to take a look inside following a $5.3 million renovation. To restore the 15 rooms to their 19th-century glory, designers referred to historical archives and testimonies from the descendants of former residents, making sure the house looked as much like Gaudí's original work as possible. As you can see in the photos below, the restored interiors are just as vibrant as the walls outside, with geometric designs and nature motifs incorporated throughout.

In addition to the stunning architecture, museum guests will find furniture designed by Gaudí, audio-visual materials tracing the history of the house and its architect, oil paintings by the 19th-century Catalan artist Francesc Torrescassana i Sallarés, and a rotating exhibition. Casa Vicens is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. General admission costs about $19 (€16).

An empty room in the interior of Casa Vicens

Interior of house with a fountain and arched ceilings

One of the house's blue-and-white tiled bathrooms

[h/t The Art Newspaper]

All images courtesy of Pol Viladoms.

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