This Man Gave Up His Life In An Apartment To Live In A Tent With An Epic Interior
Jay Dawson June 8th 2017 Entertainment
How far would you go to change your life? Many of us are stuck in the rat race, paying insane mortgages or crazy rent prices, working in jobs we don't like just to live in a place we don't have the time or the energy to enjoy. But this guy took the plunge, and got away from it all. His friends thought he was being ridiculous, until they saw how happy he had truly become. This is one way of living you'll have to see to believe...
He Changed His Life
Meet Bryce Langston, a thirty-something New Zealander whose life was much like any other's. He was unhappy, unfulfilled in his job, and he spent all of his time paying the rent on his place in Auckland. After work was over, he was simply too tired and too stressed to do anything but watch TV and sleep. One day, he decided to take a drastic step and change his life forever.
For a long time, Bryce had been dreaming of downsizing and getting away from it all. A big fan of Henry Thoreau's Walden - a book in which the author fends for himself as a hermit on the shore of Walden Pond in Massachusetts - Bryce wanted to do something similar. But the book was written in 1845. How was it possible to do this in this modern environment? Bryce wasn't sure, but when he first saw this tent he knew it was possible...
Take A Look Inside
You're going to get a full tour of the tent soon, but for now, we can describe some of the basic features to you. Situated on a small plot of land in the hills near Auckland, it may look small from the outside, but it does in fact contain everything Bryce needs to survive. Not just to survive, actually - to live pretty damn comfortably.
He's got everything there in the tent, and even though it's far, far smaller than a regular house, it doesn't seem cramped or messy. Even with a double bed, stove, sink, chests of drawers and lounge area, the space is still light and airy. It's not cluttered by all the knick-knacks and cheap rubbish that we accumulate in our lives of mass consumption. It's got the basics, and it's got them just right.
For those of you that don't know, or have never heard of The Lord Of The Rings, New Zealand is a spectacular country, split into two long, main islands and located in the Pacific to the southeast of Australia. Where Australia excels in scorching outback and tropical wonders, New Zealand, helped by its cool and damp climate, has some of the most stunning green rolling hills, soaring mountains, gorgeous little bays and inlets, and a heck of a lot of sheep.
In The Lord Of The Rings, much of the scenes in The Shire and in the mountains were shot in director Peter Jackson's native country of New Zealand. The dramatic and achingly beautiful landscapes you see on film are exactly how they look in this magnificent country. We really can't gush about it enough.
Priced Out Of House Ownership
But there is one problem with New Zealand, and it's one that the country shares with the rest of the world. Property prices are rising fast, and it's more than many young people can afford. More and more, young people have to work to the bone just to raise enough funds for a house deposit. And even then, they're saddled with massive mortgages that essentially financially cripple them for life.
Renting a house is often not much better. Thanks to globalization and masses of foreign investment that come with it, an aging population, and a housing shortage in inner city areas, affordable housing is simple impossible. People are paying half, or even more, of their monthly wage on rent - leaving little money for pleasure. But as this video is about to show, there's a way out of this depressing maze...
The Minimalist Revolution
There's a new buzzword in architecture and living, and its name is minimalism. For the last few years, designers have been focusing on small spaces, not big ones, in an effort to maximize what are already overcrowded urban zones. With footprints of only a couple of dozen square feet, these new places still pack a serious punch when it comes to livability. There's still room for everything you'll ever need.
Not only that, these homes are being built from sustainable and low-cost materials, making them cheaper than ever before. Sometimes they're even recycled materials, like shipping containers, and sometimes they're so small and modular, it's easy to just pack them up and ship them off to a new place. All you need is a patch of land, and you're ready to start living a new, clutter-free life.
Alongside this, the theory of minimalism is just as the name suggests: it's a philosophy that means downsizing what you own, and realizing what you need. These new spaces might be small, but the idea is that you don't actually need that many things to live a happy life. Less fortunate people, and those living in remote locations across the globe often live with far less. They don't need a fancy new media center - so why do you?
In essence, it's a rejection of the mass consumerism that's dictated this modern age. We live now in a world of cell phones that are replaced every year, of kitchen gadgets we use precisely once, of garden ornaments that serve no function and are immediately forgotten. We live in a world of more and more things that advertising convinces us we absolutely must have. Minimalism says no, you don't need it.
What Is This Place?
Bryce's home is a tent, plain and simple. But it's a beautiful, well-constructed tent, manufactured by Lotus Belle and called the "Outback" It only cost him somewhere around two thousand dollars, but it's designed for rugged, everyday use. Even in New Zealand, where the weather can often get wild and wet, the 350 grams-per-square-meter canvas is up to the task. The flooring of the tent is the same heavy-duty material that many kayaks are made from, meaning that the environment stays out.
It's camping like you've never seen it before, or "glamping" (glamorous camping) as it's known in some circles. Just because Bryce is living out in a rural area, in a tent, doesn't mean he lacks the creature comforts of warmth and security. Coupled with outdoor decking that wraps around the tent and provides a beautifully relaxing space, he's living a dream, at one with nature and yet not completely roughing it.
Living An Explorer's Dream
You're going to see in a second just how much of Bryce's dream he's realized in such a short time. There's probably one question you've been asking yourself this entire time: where the hell does he go to the toilet? The answer is, just like his home, simple, elegant, and perfectly executed. It's an outhouse.
Yep, an outside bathroom. But not just any outside bathroom. This one's connected to his deck via a cool rope bridge, and paneled with tiki-style bamboo from his neighbor's farm. It's connected to sewage, so there's no nasty smells, and it even has hot water in the shower. All of this, plus his 7-gallon fridge inside the tent, is powered by a simple and cheap 250w solar power system. There's no need to draw power from the grid and pay for costly energy bills. See, he's thought of everything.
Just A Temporary Measure
For the moment, Bryce's life is idyllic to the extreme. He still works a day job, but it's one that he's happy about. And with his dream ten to come back to and chill out in, he's found himself more relaxed than ever before. Even so, he's not resting on his laurels. The minimalism bug has bit him bad, and he's already got a new project to work on.
On nearbly land, Bryce is building a more permanent structure. It'll be a tiny house, just like his tent, but it'll be made from recycled timber and still off the grid. Don't worry: he's not planning to start accumulating stuff and slide back into that old trap. It'll be like a cabin, simple, rustic, and an efficient use of space. Now that he's got his tent, and he's removed all the unnecessary distractions from his life (what others would call Netflix), he's got plenty of time to work on his dream.
See It For Yourself
Here's your chance to see this extraordinary project for yourself, and dream of your own life away from the masses and the look-alikes. Join Bryce as he takes you on a tour of this incredible home, and you can see how one man turned a small, inexpensive plot of land, a cheap structure, and some recycled materials into a home fit for a king.
So what do you think? Is this something you could ever imagine doing for yourself, or do you really need all the junk that's scattered around your house? Could you ever see yourself dropping just a couple of thousand dollars, and being set up for life, or do you really have to be in amongst the crush of the crowds, working until you're old and grey? Could you wake up in this home and think "yes, I've made it"?
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.