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Saturday, February 09, 2021

What’s 105 stories tall, located in downtown Pyongyang, and an overpowering reminder of the dysfunctionality of the North Korean regime?

That would be the Ryugyong Hotel, a colossal failure in totalitarian architectural design:

Even by Communist standards, the 3,000-room hotel is hideously ugly, a series of three gray 328-foot long concrete wings shaped into a steep pyramid. With 75 degree sides that rise to an apex of 1,083 feet, the Hotel of Doom (also known as the Phantom Hotel and the Phantom Pyramid) isn’t the just the worst designed building in the world — it’s the worst-built building, too. In 1987, Baikdoosan Architects and Engineers put its first shovel into the ground and more than twenty years later, after North Korea poured more than two percent of its gross domestic product to building this monster, the hotel remains unoccupied, unopened, and unfinished.

Distressed real estate on this grand a scale just screams for an injection of Donald Trump! Maybe he can build a reality show around it; the losing contestants get hauled away by the secret police…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/09/2021 04:51 PM
Category: Political
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So I’m thinking about swapping out my current cellphone ringtone with that 70s-tastic opening theme from “The Love Boat”:

But despite the kitschy charm, I’m concerned that it may come across as too fruity. Then again, it’s close to Valentine’s Day, so I probably have a window of non-judgmental opportunity.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/09/2021 04:22 PM
Category: Pop Culture, TV, Tech
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