Australian Woman Demands: “Stop Taxing My Period!” An online petition to end the tampon tax has garnered over 95,000 signatures.
Jon Stewart Fights to Break Military Veterans Into the TV Industry For the past three years, The Daily Show host has secretly trained vets on the ins and outs of the entertainment game.
To Fight Fat, This App Requires You to Move to the Music “Moving Tracks” can make jogging all the more fun/all the less terrible.
Designers Skewer FIFA Sponsors to Highlight Worker Abuse To protest treatment of the workers readying Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, activists target FIFA’s corporate backers.
We Asked You to Walk, Bike, or Run for Charity. 4,000 of You Did It. You ran, walked, and biked 31,280 miles last week—all while Sambazon supported the charities you love. #100StartsWith1
George W. Bush Wanted to Officiate a Gay Wedding The conservative former president once offered to marry two friends who just happened to be a lesbian couple.
|Swedish Treehouse Hotel Imitates Shapes Both Real and Imagined Swedish Tree Hotel is a Tree House Fantasy|
In the Swedish village of Hrads, population 600, sits a hotel where the aesthetic of the rooms alternates between of-the-earth and unearthly. There's the room called The Bird's Nest, which looks like a mess of twigs floating in the air and camouflaged among the trees' canopy. And then there's the UFO (pictured above), which lets guests pretend they're visitors on an alien aircraft.
But the disparate designs of the Tree Hotel's rooms are tied together by their respect for the nature that surrounds them. The five rooms in operation so far—eventually there will be 24—are suspended four to six meters above the ground in live trees, without harming the arbors. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide remarkable views of the forest and nearby Lule River. The rooms are built from chemical-free wood and are plumbed with combustion toilets that incinerate waste with 1,112-degree heat.
"While we want to have our hotel in the middle of nature, we want to do it on nature's terms," says the Tree Hotel's website. Good work doesn't go unnoticed. In addition to giving shivers to the design blogosphere, the hotel just won Sweden's Grand Tourism Award for 2011. But starting at $609 a night for two people, a visit is probably best reserved for the "before I die" bucket list.
Stellar sheets: A look inside the UFO
The aptly named Bird's Nest
The Bird's Nest's interior is less than avian.
The Mirrorcube is another accommodation option.
Mirrors for walls bounce back scenic views.