Well, rut-ro, Shaggy--seems like we've flown too close to the sun on this one--Dubai's ambitious World of Islands that were built as part of a luxurious resort are now eroding back into the sea from which they came. Millions of tons of sand were pumped in to form the islands to mimic the world, and as you can see no longer resemble the world so much as... suggesting it. Property assessments are grim. Oh well. I suppose the residents could always buy *real* islands somewhere. View the slideshow over at Inhabitat.