5 Unusual Drive-Through Spots

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A burger and fries or a cup of coffee aren't the only items you can get at a drive-through window. Here are five more unusual services offered on-the-go.

1. EMERGENCY ROOM

When you're going to the emergency room, the last thing you want is to sit next to someone who's coughing and sneezing. Who knows what they're coming in for and how contagious it is? Luckily, Stanford has a plan to ease those worries. Earlier this summer, researchers experimented with a drive-through emergency room to ease congestion during the busy flu season. Patients drove in and were first registered and given paperwork, because it wouldn't be a trip to the hospital without paperwork. At the next stop, they went through the triage and had their vital signs checked. Finally, they were seen by a doctor and diagnosed, where they were either admitted to the hospital or told to drive away. The organizers hope the drive-thru ER would help cut down on wait times and quickly move along patients that didn't need extensive treatment. Too bad this happened after the opportunity to write an ER/Taxi crossover.

2. LEGISLATIVE VISIT

Over the last month, when politicians have been meeting with their constituents, it hasn't gone well. So adding road rage to the equation wouldn't seem to do much to help. Luckily, Pennsylvania state representative Kevin Murphy hasn't reported any of those problems with his drive-through consultation window. He says the drive-up window at his Scranton office allows more people to see him and makes submitting paperwork more convenient for the elderly and disabled. When he can, he even staffs the window himself two days a week.

3. WEDDING CHAPEL

In Las Vegas, where you can get married on a whim, doesn't it just make sense that you should be able to do without getting out of your car? Enter the Little White Chapel's Tunnel of Love. The Chapel, which hosted such celebrities as Michael Jordan and George Hamilton, opened up a drive-through window for weddings in 1991 after the owner saw a handicapped couple having difficulty getting into the chapel. The tunnel has been tricked out with a decorated ceiling. The Little White Chapel doesn't have Vegas's only drive-up window, though. Based on pictures, couples riding anything from antique cars to scooters have gone for convenience for their ceremonies.

4. CONVENIENCE SHOPPING

It seems incredibly misguided to offer a drive-through liquor store, what with our whole effort against drunk driving. But the ultra-convenience stores have been springing up across the country. Some offer more than just alcohol; recently stores offering groceries have been abandoning the parking lots and opening the aisles up to cars. People can drive up, place an order with a staffer, and have it delivered to their car at checkout. In some chains, you can even just pop the trunk and have staffers put your bags right in there for you.

5. TREES

Like the forest, but don't want to get out of your car? Then head down to California, where people have been carving tunnels through the giant Redwoods since cars became popular. A popular site is the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree in Legget, which has been in business since 1930. But there are plenty of other drive-through trees, including the Drive-On Tree, which allows you to go up a ramp onto a fallen tree and pretend your car conquered nature.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The 10 Best Shark Movies of All Time, According to Rotten Tomatoes

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If the ongoing popularity of shark films has taught us anything, it’s that we simply can’t spend enough screen time with these predators, who can famously ruin a beach day with one swift gnash of their teeth. And even if shark attacks are far less common than Hollywood would have us believe, it’s still entertaining to watch a great white stalk an unsuspecting fictional swimmer—or, in the case of 2013’s Sharknado, whirl through the air in a terrifying cyclone.

To celebrate Shark Week this week, Rotten Tomatoes has compiled a list of the best shark movies of all time, ranked by aggregated critics' score. Unsurprisingly topping the list is Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws, which quite possibly ignited our societal fixation on great white sharks. The second-place finisher was 2012’s Kon-Tiki, based on the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s harrowing voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft in 1947.

If you did happen to write off Sharknado as too kitschy to be worth the watch, you might want to reconsider—it ranks sixth on the list, with a score of 78 percent, and its 2014 sequel sits in ninth place, with 61 percent. The list doesn’t only comprise dramatized shark attacks. In seventh place is Jean-Michel Cousteau’s 2005 documentary Sharks 3D, a fascinating foray into the real world of great whites, hammerheads, and more.

But for every critically acclaimed shark flick, there’s another that flopped spectacularly. After you’ve perused the highest-rated shark films below, check out the worst ones on Rotten Tomatoes’ full list here.

  1. Jaws (1975) // 98 percent
  1. Kon-Tiki (2012) // 81 percent
  1. The Reef (2010) // 80 percent
  1. Sharkwater (2007) // 79 percent
  1. The Shallows (2016) // 78 percent
  1. Sharknado (2013) // 78 percent
  1. Sharks 3D (2004) // 75 percent
  1. Open Water (2004) // 71 percent
  1. Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) // 61 percent
  1. Jaws 2 (1978) // 60 percent

[h/t Rotten Tomatoes]