Wed 04 May 2016
Quirky facts you didn't know about houses:
I will stop popping it....soon.
Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper for homes.
It was invented by engineer Al Fielding and Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes in 1957. The two were not, however, trying to make a product to be used as a packaging material. Rather they were trying to create a textured wallpaper. Needless to say, this wallpaper idea didn't sell too well.
Wahoo the mortgage has been paid off!
In Scotland, homeowners paint their front doors red when they pay off their mortgage.
A house that literally floats on air
A Japanese company has developed a residential earthquake proofing system which raises a house off its foundations (3cm in the air) using just air pressure. It will levitate until the earthquake ends, then be placed gently back onto its foundation.
Fancy using a herd of goats to mow your lawn?
Take Google's eco-friendly approach to landscaping by using the rent-a-goat services of California Grazing. Rather than use gasoline-guzzling, noisy mowers at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters — the Googleplex — Google has been known to keep its lawn coiffed with rent-a-goats.
The original housewarming party was — literally — a housewarming.
Guests brought firewood as gifts and lit fires in all the fireplaces in the home. Obviously this warmed up the place for the family, but it was also believed to ward off evil spirits. Uninhabited homes were thought to attract roaming ghosts, so a new home would have to be rid of that bad energy before it could become a happy abode.
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