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Stfnal Occurances in Daily Life

Or, why architects should be careful to pay attention in Physics class...

Las Vegas death ray roasts hotel guests
By Lester Haines
29th September 2010 11:08 GMT

Poolside guests at a newly-opened Las Vegas hotel have been enjoying the complex's quick-tan facility - a solar "death ray" with the power to burn flesh and melt plastic.

The architects responsible for the MGM Mirage Vdara underestimated the converging power of the building's concave facade, which concentrates a roasting beam onto the pool area.

Barbecued guest Bill Pintas recounted to ABC his midday experience of the ray, as he exited the pool and settled into his lounge chair. He said: "I'm sitting there in the chair and all of the sudden my hair and the top of my head are burning. I'm rubbing my head and it felt like a chemical burn. I couldn't imagine what it could be."

Pintas quickly found out that taking shelter under an umbrella offered no protection from the intense beam, which burned right through a plastic bag the grilled guest was using to carry newspapers.

"I was effectively being cooked," Pintas told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I started running as fast as I could without looking like a lunatic."

Wisely retreating to the bar, Pintas reported the effect to employees, who were "kind of giggling" and confirmed: "Yeah, we know. We call it the death ray."


Now all I want to know is... how long before this hotel turns up on CSI?


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Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I'll bet it's this season; it's too good to pass up.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Unintended consequences: they're everywhere. Remember the East German television tower with the sphere on it? As spheres do, it reflected the sunlight as a cross, and Berliners dubbed it "The Pope's Revenge".

Edited at 2010-10-02 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Snicker! I cannot verify this one, but back when I was in college (USC, 1968-1972), you couldn't go near the physics or engineering departments without encountering the rumor that the one of the newest class buildings, a dark tinted glass slab facing east west, had originally been put up without enough insulation due to some idiot deciding to cut costs, and of course become uninhabitable until they fixed it.

Could be true I suppose; there was that chemistry course I took that had lectures right after lunch, in a small cubical building with very comfortable seating and flaky air conditioning. I think the only reason anybody stayed awake in that class was the prof's penchant for demonstrating highly exothermic reactions (i.e. small explosions) during the lecture. I varied my usual lecture-room custom by being careful to sit in the BACK of the room next to the exit. :)
Oct. 2nd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know about CSI, but how about a class-action lawsuit?
Oct. 2nd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Probably one cooking (as it were) as we speak. :)
Oct. 2nd, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
I see a lawsuit a-comin'! As if MGM already has enough financial problems!
If someone actually gets violently burned, the hotel can be sued and the claim can be upheld since the proprietors knew of the problem and did nothing to fix it.

Jeff Ringtail
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