The Earth is our home, the place that nourishes us and shelters us from the cradle to the grave, so we kind of expect it to be a uniform habitable place for all of us. But this is patently not the case. Outside of the cozy little modern nests that have been fashioned for us oh so carefully – barring the odd natural disaster – we are easily sheltered from harm and the many dangers that still pose a threat to us, out in the big lonely and wide world.
Because of the natural security of many of us in the western world, we forget our vulnerability in the wilderness; we are only an apex predator if we have the upper hand and the ability to outsmart another apex predator. Yet there are still those in the developing world who live on the teetering edge of nature’s chaos every day. There are even individuals in the west that have shunned the frenetic pace and comforts contained therein amid the rat race and returned to the call of the wild.
Furthermore, there are those who do continue their existence to endure in the throes of the modern world and choose to do so in the most bizarre and non-conforming ways, whether it be through mind boggling architecture, making the most of limited space or living in a weird location. There is no limit to how adaptable a human can be at times, even when this said adaptability is an almighty head scratcher among their peers and the rest of the world. Here is a list gathered together of a bunch of peculiar dwellings and harsh habitats humanity has taken itself up in.
10 Island House on St. Lawrence River
Nestled between the border of the USA and Canada, two of the largest countries on Earth, is a house built on a plot so small that there is just enough room to contain the house. Filling an island on the St. Lawrence River dividing the State of New York and the Canadian Province of Ontario, is a house that may as well be boating leisurely along the river.
9 The Cold Pole
For most human beings, we are used to temperate climates and living in seasonal and varied weather, though some of us have edged to the boundary of normality, pushing the limit of survival… and Vitamin D!
The city of Verkhoyansk is situated over 3,000 miles away from the Russian capital Moscow, and deep within the Taiga Forest, which is the world’s largest. The Siberian city also claims to be the “coldest city in the world,” therefore referred to as “The Cold Pole.” There is little chance for any warming up of the municipality when between the months of September and March Verkhoyansk experiences less than 5 hours of sunlight in any given day (reducing to virtually no sun at all in December and January).
8 Coming Out The Closet…
How well do people really know every nook and cranny of their house? Who’s to say what’s lurking within? This may sound like a poor tagline for some cheap horror movie, but the living have always had a penchant to be more creepy than the dead ever could!
6 Sistan Basin, Afghanistan
5 Changthang Region, Tibetan Plateau
4 Single Room, Single Location
As though they were straight out of the plot of the movie The Village, this family turned their backs on the world completely, ditching civilization by living on a mountainside!
The Siberian mountainside was disturbed by a team of geologists in 1978, who discovered The Lykov Family. The Lykov’s fled religious persecution in 1936, during the darkest days of the Stalin regime and had resided on the side of the mountain in one room. They survived on potatoes, rye and hemp seeds, until the boy of the family learned to trap in the late 50s. Their diet became more extreme as the mother died when winter ruined their crops, relying on only bark and shoe leather to see them through.
3 The Maldives
2 House in Nas Montanhas de Fafe, Portugal
1 Tornado Corridor, Oklahoma City,Tulsa, USA
The Interstate Corridor 44 runs past Oklahoma City and Tulsa and more than a million Americans live in this region of the State. Yet 120 tornados assailed Oklahoma City since 1890 and on May 3rd 1999, 70 tornados raged through Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, especially the titular city of the final State, wiping out 1,700 homes and a damaging a further 6,500, equal to $1 billion in damage. Only 5 years have passed in this area without a tornado hitting it (1992-1998). Tulsa County also has been ravaged by 69 tornados between the years 1950-2006, although not as disastrous as the Oklahoma City twisters, the city has been flooded in 1974, 1976 and 1984. The perpetual concern and frustration that living in a place where your home, work and everything you hold dear in the space of a few minutes must be maddening. But it also shows how crazy humans are about carrying on and living their lives.
Sources: livescience.com, popularmechanics.com
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