Published on Aug 14, 2012
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A Chinese man spent two years and a small fortune creating what has been dubbed China's "Noah's Ark," a tough, yellow bubble meant to protect riders from radiation, fire, and high temperatures.
Yang Zongfu took his futuristic creation for a little test spin this week, rolling the ball over 50 yards down a hill in Zhejiang province, China Daily USA reports.
According to physics professor Liao Qinghua, who spoke with the publication, this new survival ball is feasible and could be created in accordance with theories from physics.
China Daily also reported that one man from Shanxi province in the country's north booked 15 of Yang's pods.
The entrepreneur told the Shanghai Daily that he invented the ball after reading that a series of disasters would strike China in 2008.
He spent $236,100 (1.5 million yuan) to build the "Ark," and it is over 4 yards in diameter, has 300 springs, 75 airbags, and can house a family of three for two weeks, the Daily reports.
After his downhill test drive, Yang was apparently fine, except for a small cut on his chin that resulted from improper use of his helmit, according to the Daily.
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