Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts

Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Earthquake And Tsunami-Proof Housing

Japanese Realtor/Inventor Laments Resistance
 to Helium House
by Winsip Custer CPW News Service

Earthquake and Tsunami-proof
Helium House which Lu
calls "The Simeon
Li Win Lu, an inventor and real estate developer from Nagasaki, Japan is troubled that so few listened to his offers to mass produce his Helium House.  "It floated beneath four helium gondolas while tethered on two one-inch steel cables and would have survived the worst earthquakes and tsunamis, but people weren't willing to pay the $100,000 additional cost of the lift system that holds the comfortable little bungalow in mid-air."
Lu gives credit for the invention to Italian, Leonardo Di Vinci, German, Henri Giffard and Frenchman, Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier, and a Christian monk named Simeon Stylites, but Lu's small balloon factory was as much a result of his father's conversion to Christianity in 1940 than to the others mentioned.  "I was always told after World War II that the reason that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were chosen as atomic bomb detonation sites is because these cities were the two most Christianized cities in Japan and that they were destroyed for their Christian citizen's failure to evangelize the rest of Japan fast enough to forestall Japan's militarism that led to World War II.  It was then that I envisioned living somewhere other than planet earth and so I came up with the Helium House having first invented the Helium Shack.  "It was about a fourth the size of the Helium House," said Lu, "and less than half the current price of the full-sized Helium House.  Of course, living in the sky requires a special life style and it's not for everyone....rock gardeners, sleepwalkers and people who can't climb a rope ladder."

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