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A theme park with natural and man-made landmarks at one-thousandth their actual size would foster appreciation for the size and proportions of our environment. The inquisitive of all ages could enjoy hands-on comparisons of realistic structures and geographical features.
The entrance road to the
park would follow between a 4 mile* Great Wall of China and an equally long Nile river before coming to 5 inch high great pyramids. The mountain area would stretch from the Netherlands highest point, 3.8 inch, to the UKs Ben Nevis, 4.4 ft, Australias Kosciusko, 7.3 ft, Mt McKinley, 20 ft, and a climbable 29 ft Mt Everest showing base camps, highest human dwellings and the highest living plants and animals.
A water area would include a 6 ft deep Lake Baykal, the 4 ft central span of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the 3 ft Angel waterfall of Venezuela compared to a 1.4 ft Empire State Building. A continental shelf, 8-inch wading pool could lead to a 36 ft deep Marianas Trench open for diving. Information would include deepest human dives in different categories, depths for deep-sea life, a 1-inch blue whale and a 1 ft QE2.
Other interesting structures would include a 9.6-inch Hindenburg next to 4-inch California redwoods, the Eiffel tower at 1 ft and the 1.4 ft Sears Tower.
* All figures are approximate.
Worlds tallest buildings
half actual park size [FarmerJohn, Oct 15 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Baked in Orlando, Florida, but only for stuff from mainland China. They have the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, etc. rendered in miniature. [krelnik, Oct 15 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]
I can put on my suit again [thumbwax, Oct 15 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]
oh why not?
[po, Oct 15 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Similar to the idea (not as good) [madradish, Oct 16 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Tobu World Square
I can't find an official site, but here's a link to google for it. [harebrained, Oct 15 2004]
Baked, in my hometown. Limited to Dutch landmarks, though. [Trickytracks, Oct 31 2005]
Welcome to the World
Baked! (sorta) [Ehrm, Oct 31 2005]
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Dec 09 2005]
(?) Didn't work out here
I saw it right after it opened [normzone, Aug 12 2007]
Peter Silly's point elaborated
XKCD seems to have a lot in common with the HB, except that its author seems to have as many of our thoughts as several of us put together. [pertinax, Jun 18 2011]
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||I would only hope the urge to step on the *1inch White House* would not become too much for me.
||Making the model of the model is going to be darn fiddly.
||Been there, loved it. Bought a realy, REALY, tiny t-shirt.
||Would this be constructed on an 8 mile diameter globe or as a 25 mile square Mercator projection theme park? It could be called World world!
||I think that the Great Wall might be a problem. As a very quick, uneducated guesstimate, it seems that it would be somewhere near a centimeter wide/high. Would you need signs to point out that it was even there?
||TwoSheds: For practical reasons the latter, if the whole world is to be represented.
||half: I missed that one. It makes the length even more impressive.
||[half] on average 3/10 of an inch - high.
||So, .762 cm. Even smaller than I guessed. At least I got the order of magnitude right. That's better than my usual guesses.
||And in this park he had a wall
With an itty brick here
And a tiny stone there
||And I've been thinking that I must be half crazy for wanting to build a scale model amusement park in a corner of my back yard. I think that the [Farmer]'s got me beat by .001 mile.
||There is something similar to this outside of Canberra in Australia (link), it's mostly small houses and whatnot but they are working on models of famous buildings. I went there earlier in the year and had fun pretending to be godzilla.
||wouldn't it be overrun with miniature
||Does this only apply to size, or could it
also apply to temperature, etc.?
You might be able to demonstrate just
how narrow a range of temperatures
humans exist in by placing a model sun
(150 degrees celsius) near an erupting
volcano (with a metal sphere at a
constant 0.9 degrees celsius), the
hottest temperature on earth (globe at
0.058 degrees celsius) and the coldest
temperature on earth (-0.089 degrees).
Perhaps, in order to demonstrate just
what humans are capable of, put in an
atomic fireball (a white-hot electrical
arc that you can feel from several dozen
||I'm not sure whether it would be
misleading considering that most of the
temperatures would be around freezing,
||Sorta baked, see last link.
||there is a such a place at disneyworld
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