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Easiest Demolition Job Ever?

 
After failing to find a buyer, the house built entirely out of Legos in Surrey, England, is being dismantled brick by mult-colored brick. Built by James May of the BBC's Top Gear, the home was never intended as a permanent structure and was built on a vineyard without the necessary permits. It did however feature a working toilet, shower and a "very uncomfortable bed." One visitor apparently made off with the Lego constructed cat.

Alas, the vineyard needs to grow its grapes and May had to sell or dismantle. Legoland was interested but could not afford the moving fee. So the 3.3 million Lego bricks are coming down and will be donated to charity.

What do you think: Silly waste of time or Genius tourist attraction?




Photo courtesy of Muffet.

CFL Sales Plunge

 
It's got a lot of higher-ups shaking their heads. Despite being proven energy and money savers and getting a big government push, sales of compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) have plunged.

Sales have declined 25% nationwide from their peak in 2007 with sales in some regions diving 35-50% (here in Massachusetts!). "Based on additional data and analysis...it's apparent that the market is headed in the wrong direction," said Richard Karney of Energy Star.

What's going on? Some speculate buyers are disappointed by CFL performance. Or perhaps American consumers are resistant to change -- 90% of American light fixtures are still using traditional incandescent bulbs.

One certainly could not argue against the cost savings -- CFLs cost around $2 a bulb and last seven times as long as conventional lightbulbs. CFL makers are pushing for more incentive programs to maintain their admittedly tiny, market share.
How do you feel about the CFL bulbs?








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