Dutchman Constructs Noah’s Ark Replica To Save The Netherlands From Flood

A Dutchman has built a replica of Noah’s Ark to biblical proportions, following a dream his homeland would be flooded.

Johan Huibers, a wealthy businessman, used the ancient measurement of the cubit — the length of a man’s arm from elbow to fingertips — to build the vessel to the dimensions specified in the book of Genesis. The finished craft — which has just been opened to the public on the Merwede River in the Dutch town of Dordrecht — will operate as a “Bible museum,” with life-sized plastic animals and an aviary of live birds to give visitors more to interact with.

The origin of the project stems from a dream Huibers said he had in 1992, in which the low-lying Netherlands was flooded by the North Sea. He resolved to build the ark, to inspire children with the biblical story of how Noah and the inhabitants of his Ark survived the flood that, according to Old Testament, washed the world clean of sin.

Despite his best efforts, it was impossible to adhere entirely to the biblical description of the Ark. Genesis describes Noah’s boat as made of “gopher wood,” but experts disagree over what this is. Instead, Huibers and his team built the boat by welding together the metal hulls of 25 barges into a single frame, which was then covered with Scandinavian pine. Weighing about 3,000 tons, the boat contains sleeping quarters, a theater, restaurant and conference facilities to seat 1,500 people.

Huibers initially wanted to sail his ark to London for the Olympics to share his message with sports fans. But he was forced to abandon his plan to sail across the North Sea after authorities raised safety issues.

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Source: CNN

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Waiter Receives $5K Tip From Regular Customers

Greg Rubar, 42, has waited tables at D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe in Houston for 16 years. But his car was flooded during a thunderstorm weeks ago and so he had been taking taxis to work and borrowing the restaurant’s catering truck from the owners. But on Saturday, a couple who have been coming to the restaurant for about eight years gave him a handful of cash to help solve his car troubles.

“He said, ‘I’m not going to be giving you a tip for a while. Take this money. Go buy yourself a car,’ ” Rubar told the Houston Chronicle. “Nobody ever gives me anything,” Rubar, who hesitated to take the money, told the newspaper. “They just wanted to help me out. They’re nice people.”

The couple wishes to remain anonymous, the Chronicle reports. Nash D’Amico, the owner of the restaurant, said Rubar tried to give the money back, but “they wouldn’t hear of it,” the Chronicle reported. The money is technically a gift, not a tip, because it was not attached to a bill.

“The next time I see them I want to offer to pay it back,” Rubar said. “To me, it would be more of a gift if it was a loan.” If the couple refuses, Rubar said, “I’m going to get the best car I can get for the money.”

What do you think is the best thing that Rubar should do about the money? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Chron