The 20 Most Decadent Costumes Of The Miss Universe Pageant

You’d never guess it given its present day opulence, but the Miss Universe Pageant actually came from rather humble beginnings. Once a simple 1950s swimsuit contest in California, the larger than life Miss Universe event has evolved into a spectacular worldwide institution, most notable in its costume contest.

A clear nod to Optimus Prime in her costume choice, the Internet welcomed this year’s American contender, Erin Brady, with open arms. The very designers who create the many glitzy ensembles for the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show crafted Brady’s futuristic study on decadence. Of all the lively designs on display during the contest, the following Miss Universe costumes definitely take the word intricate to a whole new level.

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Micro Apartments, New York’s Major Design Trend

Smallest Apartments

Sources: AOL and Inhabitat

New York City is famous for its large population of people who live in tiny, borderline microscopic apartments. How small, you ask? Try 78 square feet, which is the size of an apartment occupied by a man named Luke, who submitted his ultra-small abode into a contest hosted by apartmenttherapy.com. Needless to say, he won the contest. Before Luke spoke up, the smallest New York apartment on record was occupied by Felice Cohen, who boasted a 90 square foot living space.

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The Forward-Thinking Wonders Of Water Studio

Water Studio Floating Dragon

It’s no secret that climate change is on the rise. Many years down the road, long after the polar ice caps have really started to melt and there’s less viable land available for living purposes, mankind will likely turn to the seas for alternatives. But one design studio nestled in the heart of the Netherlands has already begun its mission to create aquatic urban architecture that utilizes liquid as a solid foundation.

Water Studio Sea Tree

Ocean Flower

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Ingenious Inventions

Da Vinci's Ingenious Inventions Portrait

Source: Forbes

In life, we sometimes come across people who excel at most everything, and Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most incredible examples. Talented artist, ingenious inventor and revolutionary scientist are just some of the titles the great Da Vinci held during his 67-year long life. And while Da Vinci lived a handful of centuries before we were even thought of, it is many of his forward-thinking prototypes that have provided the foundation for the most innovative inventions in recent memory.

Parachute

Da Vinci's Ingenious Inventions Parachute

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Forever fascinated by the possibility of flight, Da Vinci spent much of his time thinking up ways to get mankind in the air–and perhaps more importantly, how to get them back down safely. Eventually, he came up with the first-ever parachute; a wooden pyramid structure draped with a piece of cloth that would slow down a person’s terminal velocity as they fell to earth. As Da Vinci himself wrote, it allowed man to “throw himself down from any great height without suffering any injury.”

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