First, I’m not sure what makes this boat something that can survive the apocalypse; is it the railing up there? Second, I’m not sure this boat can float.
But in defense of Lu Zhenghai, a man in Urumqi, Xinjiang who spent his life savings of 1 million yuan building this vessel, it’s not exactly done. Quoting Global Times:
Lu said that due to a lack of funds, the boat is still not completed after two years of work.
“Now the boat still needs at least another million yuan for more equipment,” said Lu.
Equipment might be an understatement. Right now, it looks like he’s spent 1 million to build a barn with unstable supports. One more million and he’ll still be a few screws short of Noah’s Ark, I think.
Lu said he built this thing because he was afraid of the 2012 apocalypse.
Lu Zhenghai began building the boat in 2010, China News Service reported on Wednesday.
The vessel, designed by Lu himself, is 21.2 meters long, 15.5 meters wide and 5.6 meters high.
And it displaces about 140 tons of water. The boat will have a total weight of 80 tons after it is completed.
He’s running out of time, considering December is just around the corner.
The good news, however: China already has a Noah’s Ark. Several, in fact, thanks to inventor Yang Zongfu, and they only cost 1.5 million yuan.
Or Lu could do the sensible thing: throw up his feet, crack open a Yanjing, and watch the splendor that is a solar flare ripping through life, limb, and earth. The Yanjing is cold and delicious.