Tuesday, December 13, 2005

irony prediction

The Palm Islands in Dubai were created with huge pumps that ejaculated millions of tons of sand into a palm-treeish shape. The sand was then packed solid; giant vibrators were plunged into the ground for this purpose. The islands are covered with resort hotels and villas.

The first island complex was followed by another, bigger one:

and now a huge, sprawling development called the "World Islands," which are supposed to look like the continents of the world (but they sort of don't):

Here's the Irony Prediction: this whole multi-billion-dollar project was funded with oil revenues. The burning of fossil fuels is responsible for global warming. Eventually the polar ice caps will melt, the oceans will rise, and... guess what will happen to the Dubai Islands? Bye-eeee!


At 12:23 PM, Blogger Heart As Arena said...

It's like flying in Chinese airspace.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

part of me likes this crazy island-making project and part me hopes that you are correct that the whole place will soon be submerged. i think i would enjoy destruction by frenzied oil fire better, but the water melt it more likely.

At 6:59 PM, Blogger sloth said...

maybe by that time they will figure out how to inflate them & make 'em float?

other possible interpretations of palm islands:
feather duster
mascara brush

other suggested shapes for future Dubai islands:
Medusa head
planets, i.e., Jupiter, Saturn, etc.
various logos (with sponsorship)

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous sultan of schwing said...

how about a french tickler?

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Corny said...

I'd like to see Islands that spell out
and move all factorys with polution spewing chimneys to this place (we'll call it Insania for arguments sake), it'll be awful but look amazing from a helocopter.

At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Hooker said...

I want to be an island shaped like a chew toy shaped like a penguin.

At 12:09 AM, Blogger sloth said...

YES, Corny! Spell out messages to aliens... beautiful. If yer interested, Zug Island in Detroit = also amazing. The anti-Oz, with an intense olfactory component.

At 12:10 AM, Blogger sloth said...

hooker, I feel that I know ye. Your heart is made of pure heart.


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