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Originally posted by Regenmacher
Big pharma probably loves the mole people idea, they would make a killing on psychotropics and all the other maladies that go with sunlight deprivation.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
Regen, most subterannean homes have skylights built into them to introduce natural sunlight. At the very least, you can have a chimney with angled reflective surfaces, to bring a beam of light down into the living room or den, or wherever you spend the most time.
So, 99.9% of the time, sunlight won't be an issue. Who spends all day indoors anyway? Unless there's a serious issue outside, you can just leave your home and take a stroll in the sunshine to stave off the crazies.
In case of a nuclear war, I think going crazy from the lack of sunlight will be the least of our worries. Going crazy from the nuclear war is a more likely prospect, I think. Going crazy from eating nothing but saltines and peanut butter. Going crazy from having nothing but lukewarm water to drink.
I'm fascinated by the idea of living underground. The benefits far outweigh the disadvantages, I think. These sorts of dwellings have become quite popular in Europe over the last decade or so, there's one company I sort of remember researching, I think they've coined the phrase 'Hobbit Homes' for a sort of buried dome structure with plexi ceilings and interconnected tunnels between rooms.
I've always wanted to buy an old flooded missle silo and convert it into a wacky loft, with lots of headroom (understatement of the century). Shielded communications suites and blast doors only sweeten the pot. A few feet of water to pump out, a whole lot of mold to bleach away, and some asbestos/lead removal, and you've got a modern castle.
Maybe I've come to romanticize the idea of living underground, but there's only one way to find out.
Originally posted by khunmoon
Originally posted by Numbercruncher
You know all houses should be built underground anyway, have you ever been underground ?
Yes I have.
Depending on where, it's so f## damned hot that nobody wanna live there.
Ever heard about Geothermic energy?
Some places in New Zealand you only have to burry your egg half a foot down in the sand to get it boiled.
Caves in SE Asia can be so hot that you understand why hell is allocated with underground.
Might work with places that have a nice cool top soil. Like UK or Wisconsin.. or...