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108 Extreme Weather Innovations

From Thunderstorm Architecture to Tsunami Relief Timepieces

— August 28, 2012 — Eco
These extreme weather innovations show how influential climate can really be.

From charity creations to architecture specifically designed to withstand certain natural disasters, humans and designers have adapted to turbulent weather and made the most of it. Because of increased technology and connectedness, relief endeavors have seen a pronounced shift that includes more people than ever. From t-shirts to watches, the commercialization of charity has become a more evident fad over the past few years.

Because preparation is so key to preventing the inevitably terrible consequences of extreme weather, urban planners and architects have developed some ambitious but extremely well-intentioned plans.

Whether you live in an area at risk or not, these innovations are interesting and incredibly valuable to those who need them. Sure to influence relief initiatives in the future, extreme weather innovations are among the most important creations out there.
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Virtuous Video Gaming
Virtuous Video Gaming
The Fukushima Game Jam Hopes to Revitalize Tech Development in the Area
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106
Country-Wide Well Wishes
Country-Wide Well Wishes
'Arigato from Japan' Brings Relievers and the Relieved Together
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105
Online Evacuation Planners
Online Evacuation Planners
Safety Maps Lets You Make and Print Your Own Family Safety Strategies
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104
Earthquake Commemoration Books
Earthquake Commemoration Books
The ‘Quakebook' Collection Recounts a Japanese Tragedy
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103
Earthquake Charity Timepieces
Earthquake Charity Timepieces
AC 01 Japan Benefit Limited Edition Clock Supports Those in Need
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102
Twitterific Disaster Relief
Twitterific Disaster Relief
Twitter Providing Support Makes for Speedy Survival
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101
Fatal Ice Fall Charts
Fatal Ice Fall Charts
This Tablet Infographic Shows the Correct Way to Walk on Slippery Surfaces
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100
Tsunami Relief Arcades
Tsunami Relief Arcades
The Limited Edition Art-Cade Machine Gets Auctioned for a Great Cause
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99
Life-Saving Sands
Life-Saving Sands
CO2 Structures Could Expedite Post-Disaster Construction
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98
Inspiring Disaster Relief Tees
Inspiring Disaster Relief Tees
Kris Van Assche x Misericordia 'We Love Japan' Brings Hope to Japan
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97
Radiation-Detecting Timepieces
Radiation-Detecting Timepieces
The Polimaster PM1208M Geiger Counter Wristwatch Will Protect You
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96
Natural Disaster Infographics
Natural Disaster Infographics
Fema's Tornado Season Infographics Show How Deadly a Tornado Can Be
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95
Skateboard Survival Gear
Skateboard Survival Gear
Alien Workshop Skate Recolonization Kits are for the Impending Apocalypse
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94
Disaster Social Media Warnings
Disaster Social Media Warnings
Mexico City to Implement Earthquake Warning Via Social Media
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93
Twisting Tornado Towers
Twisting Tornado Towers
'Off on a Tangent' Challenges the Conventions of Architectural Composition
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92
Earthquake Relief Bands
Earthquake Relief Bands
The Monocle Support Japan Bracelet Donates to Disaster Efforts
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91
Emergency Education Sites
Emergency Education Sites
Google Crisis Preparedness Website Teaches How to Use Tech During Crises
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90
Twisted Figure Tornados
Twisted Figure Tornados
'Cause and Effect' by Do Ho Suh Puts Weight on One Man's Shoudlers
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89
Eco Metal Vortex Vases
Eco Metal Vortex Vases
The UBU-FUGU-ROI.MGX Vases are a Whirlwind of Motion
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88
Survivalist Supplements
Survivalist Supplements
Survival Tabs Are Food Rations for Post-Armageddon Pill-Poppers
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87
Foul-Weather Infographics
Foul-Weather Infographics
Credit Donkey Graphics Urge Us to Prepare for Natural Diasters
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86
Virtuous Vending Tools
Virtuous Vending Tools
The Coca-Cola Japanese Red Cross Charity Soda Machines are Donation-Ready
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85
Eco Catastrophe Tapestries
Eco Catastrophe Tapestries
Mary Edna Fraser's Batiks Capture Breathtaking Natural Disasters
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84
Kicks That Give Back
Kicks That Give Back
The Soles4souls Relieve Haiti Earthquake Victims
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83
Charitable Duplexes
Charitable Duplexes
Frank Gehry's 'Make It Right' Designs Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims
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82
Natural Disaster Audio Ads
Natural Disaster Audio Ads
The Big Foote Music & Sound Campaign Promotes "Real Sound"
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81
Earthquake-Detecting PC Mods
Earthquake-Detecting PC Mods
The Quake Catcher Network Turns Laptops Into Seismometers (UPDATE)
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80
Moving Whirlwind Videos
Moving Whirlwind Videos
This 'Biking in Hurricane Irene' Clip Ventures Through New York
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79
Smokey Tornado Photography
Smokey Tornado Photography
Ryan Hopkinson Recreates Delicate Natural Disasters in Studio
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78
Disaster Seismogram Art
Disaster Seismogram Art
The Tohoku Japanese Earthquake Sculpture is Based on a Graph
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77
Comforting Disaster Kits
Comforting Disaster Kits
The iBousai Evacuee Kit Will Provide Everything You Need in an Emergency
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76
Earthquake Detection via Satellite
Earthquake Detection via Satellite
NASA's Disaster Avoidance Plan
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75
Charitable Earthquake Anthems
Charitable Earthquake Anthems
Rihanna, Jay-Z and Bono Perform 'Stranded' at Hope for Haiti Now
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74
Haunting Hurricane Footage
Haunting Hurricane Footage
The Buffalo Picture House Hurricane Irene Video is Heartstopping
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73
Charitable Rose-Colored Glasses
Charitable Rose-Colored Glasses
These MYKITA for Japan Franz Sunglasses Aid Japan Relief Efforts
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72
Earthquake Tourism Games
Earthquake Tourism Games
Laser Taggers Play Around Destroyed Homes in China
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71
Disaster Baby Naming
Disaster Baby Naming
Chinese Earthquake Names
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70
Earthquake-Aiding Celebs
Earthquake-Aiding Celebs
George Clooney, Head Organizer of 'Hope for Haiti' Telethon
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69
Global Awareness Photography
Global Awareness Photography
Romain Philippon Compares and Contrasts Different Worlds
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68
Eathquake-Inspired Exhibits
Eathquake-Inspired Exhibits
Aya Takano’s ‘To Lose is to Gain’ is Reflective
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Earthquake Relief Tees
Earthquake Relief Tees
100% of Haitian Jack Profits Will Be Donated to the Yele Fund
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66
Making Hurricanes Obsolete
Making Hurricanes Obsolete
Bill Gates Files Patent to Control the Weather
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65
Natural Disaster Recreations
Natural Disaster Recreations
Jennifer Shaw's Hurricane Story Retells Her Traumatic Experience
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64
Disaster Discovery Devices
Disaster Discovery Devices
The J T Engineering College 'Earthquake Detector Robot'
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Earthquake Warnings Via Cell Phone
Earthquake Warnings Via Cell Phone
Japan's Mobile Safety
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62
Recycled Charity Bracelets
Recycled Charity Bracelets
The 'Choose Haiti' Initiative Raises Money for Earthquake Survivors
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61
Irons as Movie Monsters
Irons as Movie Monsters
Household Items Get Hollywood Makeover
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60
Emergency Refuge Igloos
Emergency Refuge Igloos
The Recurs(h)ive Project Would Provide Shelter to Those With Totaled Homes
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59
Learning From Natural Disasters
Learning From Natural Disasters
Contrasting Hurricane Gustav and Katrina
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58
Weather-Changing Submarines
Weather-Changing Submarines
Japanese Company Ise Kogyo Devises Way to Thwart Typhoons
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57
Impaired Driver Statistics
Impaired Driver Statistics
The Effects of Drunk Driving Infographic is Alarming
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Post Typhoontography
Post Typhoontography
Typhoon Morakot Photos on Flickr Function as Visual Citizen News
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Celebrity Earthquake Relief Tees
Celebrity Earthquake Relief Tees
The SAVE JAPAN! UT Project Helps Those in Need in Japan
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54
Musical Emergency Lights
Musical Emergency Lights
The Angler Flashlight Also Doubles as a Radio
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53
Flipped Houses
Flipped Houses
Erwin Wurm's 'House Attacks' Lays Seige to the Museum of Modern Art
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Tsunami Alarm System
Tsunami Alarm System
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Manmade Tornados as a New Energy Source
Manmade Tornados as a New Energy Source
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Emergency Couture For Dogs
Emergency Couture For Dogs
Earthquake Rescue Apparel
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49
Drowned Driving Ads
Drowned Driving Ads
The Volkswagen Touareg Campaign States That Water is No Obstacle
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48
Tsunami-Relief Timepieces
Tsunami-Relief Timepieces
Anna Marinenko's Prototype of the Japan Clock Serves as a Tribute
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Earthquake Flooring
Earthquake Flooring
The Terraviva Tile Collection Represents Imperfection and Time
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Pre-Disaster Home Design
Pre-Disaster Home Design
Sandbags for Seating
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Controversial Earthquake Fashion Photos
Controversial Earthquake Fashion Photos
Chinese Magazine Closed After Racy Rubble Pics
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Crisis-Assisting Art
Crisis-Assisting Art
Wieden + Kennedy Create this Poster to Raise Money for Japan
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Disaster Relief Underwear
Disaster Relief Underwear
Proceeds from the Japan Support Bra Set Will Aid Japan Crisis
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Cute Couple Umbrellas
Cute Couple Umbrellas
Keep You and Your Loved One Dry With the Senz Umbrella by Ameico
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Radical Rescue Gliders
Radical Rescue Gliders
Thees 'Swarming Micro Air' Vehicles are Lines of Vision in Disasters
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Earthquake-Resistant Abodes
Earthquake-Resistant Abodes
The 'Vistas del Angel' Home Could be a Dream House for Many
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Earthquake-Inspired Shelving
Earthquake-Inspired Shelving
Tembolat Gugkeav's Tectonic Bookcase is Precariously Balanced
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City-Wide Covers
City-Wide Covers
Vector Foil Proposes Houston Dome as Natural Disaster Shield
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Despairing Disaster Photography
Despairing Disaster Photography
Rick Bajornas Documents the Devastating Flood in Awash Valley
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Collapsible Earthquake Helmet
Collapsible Earthquake Helmet
Tatamet
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Twisted Accessories
Twisted Accessories
Jewelery Inspired by Vicious Tornadoes Is Contrastingly Delicate
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Portable Patio Counters
Portable Patio Counters
The Sky Deck Table is a Smart Alternative to Traditional Outdoor Furniture
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Imitation Roofing Materials
Imitation Roofing Materials
Steel MetroRoofs Look Like Tiles
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Tornado Fashion Kits
Tornado Fashion Kits
Glam Natural Disaster Survival Kit Includes Edible Undies
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Photography from on High
Photography from on High
Incredible Aerial Images
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Duracell Bunny Rhinos
Duracell Bunny Rhinos
Schools of Pink Bunnies Form into Massive Terrorizers
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Sturdy Green Housing
Sturdy Green Housing
Sustainable Straw Bales Survive Earthquake Test
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Earthquake Predictions
Earthquake Predictions
Great Southern California Shake-Out
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Bunny Tornado Commercials
Bunny Tornado Commercials
The Duracell Bunny Bursts on the Scene in 'Bunny Fusion'
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Disaster Domicile Drops
Disaster Domicile Drops
Parachute Shelter Delivers Tents from the Air to Victims on Broken Ground
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Disaster-Inspired Fashion Photography
Disaster-Inspired Fashion Photography
The Work of Phillip Toledano
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Hand Crank Cell Phone Chargers
Hand Crank Cell Phone Chargers
Must-Haves in Earthquake Prone Areas
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Emergency Cubed Homes
Emergency Cubed Homes
The ePod Shelter Gives Natural Disaster Victims a Temporary Dwelling
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Twirling Waste Sculptures
Twirling Waste Sculptures
'Thrown to the Wind' by Wang Zhiyuan is a Trash-Art Compilation
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Wacky Windblown Portraits
Wacky Windblown Portraits
Jonathan Robert Willis Creates Indoor Tornadoes to Help His Models Pose
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Oil Spill Visualizations
Oil Spill Visualizations
'If It Was My Home' Helps You Visualize an Oil Spill Where You Live
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Circular Library Bookshelves
Circular Library Bookshelves
Ex Libris' Curvy Design is Capable of Holding 20,000 Tomes
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Pop-Up Paper Refuges
Pop-Up Paper Refuges
The Origami Shelter Provides Easy Emergency Protection for the Elements
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Charitable Corsets
Charitable Corsets
Lady Gaga Auctions Costume for Haiti
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Emergency Floating Abodes
Emergency Floating Abodes
A Gravity-Defying House from the Brad Pitt Make It Right NOLA Foundation
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$4,000 Survival Capsules
$4,000 Survival Capsules
Cosmo Power “Noah” Designed to Protect from Natural Disasters
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Tsunami-Ready Rafts
Tsunami-Ready Rafts
The FloodHopper Should Become a Standard Household Item in Innondated Areas
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Disaster Jeans Fashion
Disaster Jeans Fashion
Diesel Gets Caught in a Storm of Denim Ads for Fall/Winter 2009-2010
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Tornado Hair
Tornado Hair
'I Am the Storm' by Lill-Veronica Skoglund Features Wild Windswept Hair
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Disaster Housing Designs
Disaster Housing Designs
The Octagon Post-Earthquake House
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Disaster-Ducking Houses
Disaster-Ducking Houses
The Tornado House Burrows Underground During Extreme Weather
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Earthquake-Resistant Tire Homes
Earthquake-Resistant Tire Homes
The Michael Reynolds Earthship Biotecture for Haiti
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Tidal Wave Architecture
Tidal Wave Architecture
Tsunami Museum is Covered in Water Walls, Filled With History
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Sustainable Super Stadiums
Sustainable Super Stadiums
The Grand Stade de Casablanca is a Monolithic Eco Sports Structure
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Natural Disaster Architecture
Natural Disaster Architecture
The Solus4 Marine Research Center is Inspired by Tsunami Waves
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Thunderstorm Architecture
Thunderstorm Architecture
Tornado-Like 'Helix' Building Blows Them Away in Abu Dhabi
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Disaster-Safe Eco Housing
Disaster-Safe Eco Housing
Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Design a Flood-Proof Green Abode
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Modular Emergency Refuges
Modular Emergency Refuges
The Almost Home Shelter is a Temporary Home for Disaster Survivors
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2
Eco Domed Abodes
Eco Domed Abodes
The Solaleya Pearl Dwelling Embraces Passive Energy Practices
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Hilarious Natural Disaster Photos
Hilarious Natural Disaster Photos
Pictures Show the Funny Side of Floods
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