The Safest House on Earth

Photo: Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal

Paranoid much? When you have as much money as the Corbi family (or enemies, I suppose), you too would have the world's safest home (complete with not one but four panic rooms, yo!):

Al Corbi, the owner of the Hollywood Hills house and founder of a company called Strategically Armored and Fortified Environments, or SAFE, says he can outfit homes with underground bunkers up to 30 stories below ground. He has designed one bunker in the style of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, with ceilings painted with clouds to give the impression of being outside, as well as spas and movie theaters and enough provisions to keep families entertained for months of underground living. The cost can be upward of $10 million for the most elaborate facilities.

Mr. Corbi built his own Los Angeles home both for his family and to show potential clients the latest in high-tech, high-end disaster protection and security. Constructed atop 60 steel-caged concrete caissons, each 30 feet deep and 30 inches in diameter, his house is designed to survive a high-magnitude earthquake.

A facial-recognition system, including multiple cameras, has also been placed throughout his house. A James Bond-esque fog system can be activated with the blink of an eye as a way to shock intruders. The fog ranges from a harmless-but-disorienting haze to pepper spray to a noxious gas that can debilitate whoever inhales it for up to 24 hours.

Pepper-spray fog system for your home? What could possibly go wrong?

Candace Jackson of The Wall Street Journal has the post: Link - via digg

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Agreed, but I think Alex likely wrote this with his tongue in his cheek, you know gallows humour. Unless of course, he's voting for Romney tomorrow, or rooting for him if he's not a U.S. citizen. I prefer to think he's just being sardonic.

You know, like the saying once you hit rock bottom, there's no where else to go go. Which, to anyone who has hit rock bottom knows, you can still descend further down, down, down...and shit.

(off-topic, but kinda funny in a morbid way:


Hemlock water dropwort

In 2009 scientists at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Italy claimed to have identified hemlock water dropwort (Oenanthe crocata) as the plant responsible for producing the sardonic grin.[8][9] This plant is the candidate for the "sardonic herb," which was a neurotoxic plant used for the ritual killing of elderly people in pre-Roman Sardinia. When these people were unable to support themselves, they were intoxicated with this herb and then dropped from a high rock or beaten to death. Their remains were then embalmed and wrapped with long strips of Fine Corinthian Leather, in a manner similar to the Egyptian mummification process. [citation needed] )
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