For Sale: The Safest House in America, Complete With Hidden Command Center

Paul Wegener
Paul Wegener

For some people, locking the front door just isn't enough to feel fully safe at home. Maybe they set up a home security system. Maybe they go out and buy a fancy smart home hub with a security camera. Or maybe they spend six years and $30 million to build a veritable fortress mansion, as one guy in Atlanta did. That house, called the Rice House and referred to as one of the safest homes in America, is now up for sale for $14.7 million.

Built by an entrepreneur who hired a security architect with a background designing Justice Department buildings (and his own bunker/house), the Rice House is billed as a "modern fortress" in the real estate listing.

For its owner, creating an impenetrable home was more of a personal challenge than a real security need, according to Bloomberg. But by its features, you'd think it was built for a Bond super-villain or a head of state, not a businessman in a wealthy Atlanta neighborhood.

A secure door with several locks
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It has its own water and power supply, a 5000-square-foot command center hidden behind a waterfall, a vault, and doors capable of withstanding machine gun fire. There’s an indoor gun range, in case you need some target practice. There’s enough room in the garage for 30 cars, in case you have a few dozen Batmobiles—or you want to invite friends to hunker down with you during the apocalypse.

And since anyone who lives there might be more invested in staying safely inside the gates than going out on the weekends, the place has plenty of amenities that make it a standalone mini-community. It’s got its own art gallery, a gym, a bowling alley, a wine cellar, a home theater, and a pool. It has three kitchens and two commercial elevators, with staff quarters so the servants you inevitably need to cater to you never need to leave, either.

But wait, there’s more. If the house lacks something you want, that’s fine! Because according to the listing, “the property purposefully awaits final personalization.” In other words, for your $14.7 million, it’s not finished.

Check it out here.

The Smart Reason IKEA Mugs Come With a Chip on the Bottom

This IKEA mug has a low-key design element that might make your day a little easier.
This IKEA mug has a low-key design element that might make your day a little easier.
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IKEA might be best known for its array of ready-to-assemble furniture like beds, bookshelves, and desks, as well as the wafting scent of Swedish meatballs. But the popular household goods franchise also sells a steady number of coffee mugs. Most are unremarkable, including the spectacularly named VARDAGEN, and therefore never go out of style. But the VARDAGEN does have one odd feature. The 3.25-inch off-white stoneware mug comes with a chip on the bottom. Why?

According to Reader’s Digest, the chip has an official IKEA term: It’s called a drainage gate, and it has a very specific purpose.

The drainage gate was implemented so water wouldn’t collect on the bottom of the mug in a dishwasher. Since mugs are loaded upside-down, water has a tendency to pool on the bottom, which could conceivably result in a slightly splashy mess when unloading.

Because the “chip” is so smooth and uniform, it’s unlikely too many people mistake it for a damaged product. You can also find the drainage gate in the VARDAGEN teacup and saucer set.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

Can You Guess the Brand Based on Just a Piece of Its Logo?

Would you be able to recognize these logos if they had been tampered with?
Would you be able to recognize these logos if they had been tampered with?
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As any good marketing analyst will tell you, a well-designed logo can easily be the difference between an internationally recognized company and one that quickly fades into obscurity. And now, since apps aren’t disappearing anytime soon, it’s especially important for a brand to be immediately identifiable by a tiny, often wordless icon.

No matter how small, a logo can still say a lot about what it stands for. An organization that wants to promote sustainability and environmental awareness, for example, is much more likely to design a green logo than a red one. And Target’s logo, which looks like a literal target, hits the mark when it comes to helping customers remember what website they’re shopping on. Other companies, like Baskin-Robbins, are slightly more subtle—the ice cream franchise’s BR logo contains the number 31, representing how many flavors you can choose from.

While you might effortlessly recognize a Target or Baskin-Robbins logo on a highway sign or in a social media advertisement, would you be able to do the same if part of that logo was missing or distorted? That’s exactly what UK-based loan provider Transmit Startups has done to eight logos below—words have been deleted, some colors have been changed, and certain design elements have been blurred or obscured. Try your hand at identifying which brand each one belongs to, and then scroll down to reveal the answers.

Guess the Brand

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Check Your Answers

1. Heinz

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2. HSBC

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3. Instagram

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4. Netflix

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5. Tesco

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6. Marks & Spencer

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7. Disney

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8. Amazon

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