The Phoenix

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Death Ray...VEGAS Style, Baby!

Las Vegas...the city known for gambling, amazing shows on The Strip, and DEATH RAYS that turn guests into crispy toast!

The Vdara hotel is 57-story luxurious hotel that boasts every amenity you can image. The condo-like rooms are all non-smoking, feature a giant kitchen, and even washer/dryers. This award-winning building is also an archetectual marvel - it's mirror-like facade is concave, which means....

It reflects the sun and create a "Death Ray" effect for some poor unfortunate vacationers down on the pool deck. Modern engineering couldn't figure this out? It's freaking Nevada. And if any of them had paid attention in physics class, concave reflective surfaces easily reflect things like light, laser, and sun beams.

Unfortunately, one of these sorry victims happened to be Chicago attorney, Bill Pintas. Chicago attorney Bill Pintas felt the power of the dangerous ray first hand last week.

"It felt like I had a chemical burn. I couldn't imagine why my head was burning. Within 30 seconds, the back of my legs were burning. My first though was, 'Jesus, they destroyed the ozone layer!"

The picture to the left, by the way is NOT Mr. Pintas.

Now he knows how ants feel when under a magnifying glass!

On the Vdara Hotel's website, they claim: "Stay at the Vdara, and the experience will stay with you forever."

Um, yeah. Those burn marks are forever etched into your flesh.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! A Phoenix post.

So if one has fair skin and burns easily this is not the hotel for her. Good to know.

Do they provide free aloe?

9/29/2010 9:42 PM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...


9/30/2010 10:03 AM  
Blogger delmer said...

Singe City.

9/30/2010 10:27 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Jenn, No aloe - but they are getting bigger umberellas for the pool deck.

Angel, Next time you go to Vegas, you need to do an experiment for me. Maybe see if the Death Ray will melt styrofoam.

Delmer, That's genius!

9/30/2010 10:44 AM  
Blogger Perplexio said...

Welcome back old sport! I've missed your posts! They're ALWAYS interesting.

Maybe George Lucas should have used this idea as the REAL explanation to what happened to Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine in Episode III. After a few lucky hands of Sabbac (sp?) Palpatine decides to catch some rays at the pool...

9/30/2010 10:46 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Next Media Animation (NMA), the Taiwanese media group that brought you the animated depiction of Tiger Woods’ car crash, has created a short, animated video reporting on this story, “Vegas hotel guests fried by death rays”. Check it out!

9/30/2010 11:21 AM  
Blogger Phats said...

haha that kid in the picture that cracks me up! They should provide free sunscreen eh?

Welcome back!

9/30/2010 11:34 PM  
Blogger Mr. Shife said...

I saw this on Yahoo and could not believe it. Crazy but I should not be surprised since it is Vegas. And glad to see you back in bloggoland.

9/30/2010 11:43 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Rabbit, rabbit!

Glad to see you back with your amazing science stories.

This is how accidents happen. Unthinking tourists.

10/01/2010 12:39 PM  
Blogger cube said...

This was an amazing story. I guess they should start making architects pay attention in physics class.

BTW good to see you back in the blogosphere.

10/01/2010 2:12 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Perplexio: Yeah, or maybe some Death Sticks to go with the Death Rays.

Jenna: I will check it out!

Phats: Free skin grafts too.

Mr. Shife: I remember getting singed from the pirate show, but this is more extreme.

Nessa: One tourist said it melted a plastic bag in minutes!

Cube: The architect won an award too. And his picture on the website is hilarious. He looks so snotty and conceited. Too bad he's an idiot.

10/01/2010 2:31 PM  

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