Easter Eggs Hidden In Popular Landmarks And Buildings
Sometimes finding adventure or someting new is right there at your fingertips and you have no clue. Other times you know the adventure is there but it’s blocked by armed guards or a $50K admission price and there’s really no way in hell youre getting anywhere near it. In this list you’ll find a few of both. Some you very well could seek out and interact with should you feel so inclined others are better viewed online or at a safe distance, you dont want to end up on a list or someting.
Pop Culture Buddhist
Thailand is home to a unique Buddhist temple called Wat Rong Khun or The White Temple. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat and opened in 1991, but it won’t be completed until the year 2100. The temple uses pop culture figures to get their message across. The upper portion of The Predator claws itself out of the ground just outside of the temple. The walls are covered in murals depicting an epic battle caused by man’s gluttonous ways. Figures include Kung-Fu Panda, Spider-man, Michael Jackson, the super creepy skeleton robots from Terminator, and Freddy Krueger. There’s also a rather graphic (maybe even bordering on insensitive) painting of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center that makes use of Angry Birds – just use your imagination to figure out how they did that one.
After Hours at Pixar, Mum’s The Word
An animator named Andrew Gordon from Pixar (the studio that gave us gems like Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., etc.) found a trap door and passageway that led to an open area which was meant to provide access to the building’s HVAC valves. So, what does the guy do? He turns it into a hangout; lighting and leopard print included. It was covered in knick knacks and graffiti and resembled a New York City subway bathroom. But, it was apparently the spot to be because he had his visitors sign the walls, and now there’s a ton of signatures. Years later, Gordon moved offices and converted the one next to it into the Lucky 7 Lounge. A bookshelf in his office slides away after a button hidden in the head of a statute is pushed, and there you’re able to enter workplace nirvana.
Navigate New York Like A Pro
Central Park is massive, taking up a staggering 843 acres in the heart of one of the planet’s biggest and most active cities. After the sun goes down, the park is lit by over 1,500 cast iron street lamps that were designed by Henry Bacon. Each of the lamps has a plaque and on it a number. These are not serial numbers you would expect them to be, but they’re rather a means of navigation. The first 2-3 tell you where the nearest cross street is and the last identifies what part of the park you’re in. Even numbers denote east, and odd numbers denote west.
The Vatican’s Got A Secret, Call Tom Hanks
The landmark of choice for its 5 million visitors and Mecca for Catholics is The Vatican. One of the more fascinating aspects of this monument isn’t its underground tunnels or passageways lined with the skulls of defectors, but a washroom decorated by Cardinal Bibbiena and the famous painter, Raphael. The walls are covered in so much nudity it would make Ron Jeremy blush.
Disneyland’s Members Only Club
Identified only by a small plate with the numbers 33 on it is a super secret spot for only the elite. Members and their guests have access to areas not accessible by the general public which includes the Club 33 restaurant, Le Salon Nouveau, a jazz lounge, and more. It’s the only place in the theme park to serve alcohol. Members also get early access to the park, Valet parking and access to exclusive events. Walt Disney had the club bulit for corporate VIP’s, but after his death, they began to offer individual memberships. The waiting list is long, but if you can handle the $50,000 initiation fee and the $15,000 yearly dues, you can still expect to wait about 14 years.
The Iron Mountain
Mr. Robot‘s Steel Mountain ain’t got nothing on this place. If a handful of guards at the only entrance to this facility doesn’t give you a hint, maybe a required 22-story elevator ride down to enter will. It’s the largest archive system in the world and has databases for Fortune 500 companies, it has backups for banks, master recordings from Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and more, and there’s nearly 30 million original negatives of famous photographs. Bill Gates owns Corbis which owns more than 15 million photos and they’re all stored here. Corbis makes $250 million a year just by licensing content. The temperature and climate of the mine make it perfect for preserving records. The space is 1.8 million square feet, has 3 fire trucks on site, and is reported to be able to withstand a nuclear bomb.