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Les Machines de l’île is a 333 acre amusement park in Nantes, Verne's hometown.

H.G. Wells has been known for his hatred of Jules Verne, but perhaps even he would admit that a steam punk amusement park, based on Verne's writings, is an entertaining idea. Or at least that a steam punk amusement park based on Verne's writing is completely appropriate for other, less flattering, reasons.

 

steam punk elephant water ride. I think.
An elephant water ride with DaVinci wings because you know that's a thing in the world of Verne, though it's not actually in any of his books, probably.

Les Machines de l’île is a 333 acre amusement park in Nantes, Verne's hometown. If you like steam punk, love to indulge your steam punk-loving kids, and find Paris too nice for the likes of you but want to spend a fortune in France anyway, then this is definitely worth checking out.

No dogs.

Drones. We should have known they would be a problem when "drone" was the best name we could come up with.

Drones. We should have known they would be a problem when "drone" was the best name we could come up with.

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Drones: how not to kill people with your Christmas present
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This might be the most annoying and most hilarious present this Christmas
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Dads With Drones Are Ruining Christmas
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Drone revolution still waiting on FAA rules
Scott Mayerowitz, Jan. 7, 2015, Associated Press, The Wichita Eagle

Our planet is drying up. The water is evaporating and the carbon dioxide is increasing in a feedback loop until the heat kills all life on earth.

Our planet is drying up. The water is evaporating and the carbon dioxide is increasing in a feedback loop until the heat kills all life on earth. On January 22nd, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced the human race is now 3 minutes away from destruction on their Doomsday Clock.

They make this sort of announcement every year at this time, a symbolic pronouncement on the state of the world as Mankind threatens it with pollution, war, radiation, and fear of clocks not made by Apple, which we all thought we'd have by now; what's different this year is that the symbolic time-running-out message is as dire as it's ever been since they started it in 1947, when all humanity had to worry about was the atomic bomb and television.

And they're not the only ones having a bad day;

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