Concave Mirrored Skyscraper Creates Death Ray, Melts Car
A new skyscraper in London nicknamed the Walkie Talkie has melted a car parked nearby because the curved and mirrored exterior of the building focuses the sun's energy on a nearby street in the afternoon. What architect would be foolish enough to design such a building? Oh right, THE SAME GUY RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING THAT DEATH RAY HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS BACK IN 2009. You get your architecture degree from the back of a cereal box? Maybe you should just stick to building LEGO playsets. Or at least only catering to supervillains.
The car belongs to Martin Lindsay, the director of a tiling company, who parked his Jaguar in central London's Eastcheap on Thursday afternoon.
The car was in the ray for just an hour but the panels were buckled and there was reportedly a smell of burning plastic.
People walking buy often have to shield their eyes from the incredible glare and the building has been dubbed the 'Walkie Scorchie' by nearby workers.
Joint developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said they are investigating, adding: 'As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected.'
Seriously, why does this guy keep building concave skyscrapers? Because maybe he should stop doing that. That's like a car designer who keeps putting the ejector seat buttons on the windshield wiper knob. First time it rains somebody's going through the roof.
Hit the jump for some shots of the damaged car.
Thanks to Erica G and dave, who have always dreamed of living in giant death rays and watching everything outside their mirrored walls burn. Me too kinda.