Cool stuff

The futuristic $14.5 million luxury trimaran yacht

The futuristic $14.5 million luxury trimaran yacht Adastra has turned heads during its unveiling ceremony in China. It took five years to plan and build and has been described by boating websites such as Boating International as one of the “world’s most amazing superyachts”. At 42m-long and 16m-wide, the fuel-efficient boat weighs in at 52 tonnes.

It has a maximum speed of 22.5 knots and has a range of 4000 nautical miles at 17 knots – which is enough for a trip from the UK to New York. The vessel, designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs and built by McConaghy Boats in Zhu Ha, China, can even be controlled with an Apple iPad within a 50m range.

Dubai Roller Coaster

Dubai Roller Coaster – the world’s fastest roller coaster is at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.

It does 0-60mph in less than two seconds, uses the type of hydraulic winch that flings jets off aircraft carriers and races round the track at 150mph.

The bright red roller coaster, located right next to the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit, takes passengers on a high-speed ride that lasts less than two minutes, rising to 170ft and taking in dips, curves and turns which arc just 5ft above the ground.

Entry to Ferrari World costs £37 and there are also children’s attractions, shows and other heart-stopping rides like G-Force, the tower of speed which propels riders more than 200ft into the air before plunging back down.

A village without roads

Giethoorn is an internationally well-known tourist attraction in the Netherlands. In the old part of the village, there were no roads (nowadays there is a cycling path), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing.

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland, about 5 km southwest of Steenwijk.

snake massage

A spa in the northern communal village of Talmey El’Azar Israel offers snake massage treatments using Milk snakes, Corn snakes, Florida and California King snakes.

Ada Barak applies the treatments to those that are unnerved by the reptiles, with the belief that once customers get over the fear of the creatures, they find the contact to be soothing.

Time Magazine reporter Tim Mcgirk was brave enough to experience this trend.