Welcome To Xuenshanshe Village, Population: One

While many people place a premium on having a room of one’s own, a man in China will do you one better. He has an entire village to himself.

As Mashable reports, Liu Shengjia makes up the entire population of Xuenshanshe village in the country’s Gansu province. Since around 2006, Liu has been the only resident. In the years leading up to his isolation, families in the area began to relocate to be closer to natural resources, while others died from old age. Liu meanwhile stayed behind to care for his sick mother and brother. After they died, he remained in Xuenshanshe and moved into one of the village’s abandoned homes. (“It was unoccupied anyway,” Liu told the People’s Daily.) He now tends to sheep and works part-time at a nearby forestry protection station, a job that brings in 700 yuan ($107) a month.

Liu has to travel for food and water, and is miles away from any other inhabitants. While the mountainous region is reportedly not especially hospitable and is prone to difficult winters, Liu told CCTV News he is able to get along pretty well. "Surviving here is not a problem for me, but I still prefer to move to a more populous area when the time comes," he said.

[h/t Mashable]

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New Nap Pods—Complete with Alarm Clocks and Netflix—Set for A Trial Run at Airports This Summer
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Sleepy travelers in Europe can soon be on the lookout for Airpods, self-contained capsules designed to help passengers relax in privacy.

For 15 euros per hour (roughly $18), travelers can charge their phones, store their luggage, and, yes, nap on a chair that reclines into a bed. The Airpods are also equipped with television screens and free streaming on Netflix, Travel + Leisure reports.

To keep things clean between uses, each Airpod uses LED lights to disinfect the space and a scent machine to manage any unfortunate odors.

The company's two Slovenian founders, Mihael Meolic and Grega Mrgole, expect to conduct a trial run of the service by placing 10 pods in EU airports late this summer. By early 2019, they expect to have 100 Airpods installed in airports around the world, though the company hasn't yet announced which EU airports will receive the first Airpods.

The company eventually plans to introduce an element of cryptocurrency to its service. Once 1000 Airpods are installed (which the company expects to happen by late 2019), customers can opt in to a "Partnership Program." With this program, participants can become sponsors of one specific Airpod unit and earn up to 80 percent of the profits it generates each month. The company's cryptocurrency—called an APOD token—is already on sale through the Airpod website.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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