Spooky Underground Bunker Mimics Above-Ground Life in the 1960s

Back in the '60s and '70s, bunkers weren't just for the overly paranoid or doomsday obsessed. According to The Washington Times, "by 1960, nearly 70 percent of American adults thought that nuclear war was imminent. By 1965, an estimated 200,000 shelters were built—but that’s just an estimate. It’s hard to know exactly, because people didn’t talk." 

Since bunkers were so popular, it makes sense that they ranged in extravagance. To make these underground prisons more appealing, people like Girard B. "Jerry" Henderson fluffed them up with every amenity possible. His company, which was called Underground World Home Inc., created over-the-top bunkers that offered features like artificial sunlight, working bathrooms, and fake trees. Henderson's underground suburbia promised to be almost as good as the real thing—plus the appeal of no pollen, intruders, or radiation.

You can see one of these relics, which went on the market after foreclosing in 2012. The eerie shelter, at 3970 Spencer Street in Las Vegas, looks just like a regular home in the 1960s. It has a working kitchen, a Jacuzzi, a pool, two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and even a dance floor. The 5000-square-foot space is located below another home, which is traditionally above-ground. Thanks to the manually operated sky and artificial trees, it almost looks like it's really outside (but not quite). The spooky bunker looks completely untouched by time. 

In March of 2014, the home was purchased by a shadowy non-profit called Society for the Preservation of Near Extinct Species for a cool $1.15 million. There is little to no information about this Nevada-based operation and it's not clear if the organization's name is just a joke, considering their purchase. The sellers, Seaway Bank and Trust Co. in Chicago, were also a little flummoxed on the details. "I have no knowledge about who the buyers are. I just signed the deed," William Bates Jr., general counsel for Seaway, told VEGAS INC

[h/t So Bad So Good]

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The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

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Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone
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Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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[h/t CNN]

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