Cracked brings us tales of Mind-Blowing Structures Built in Secret, and in my entirely humble opinion, the guy who came up with #2 not only wins at life, but in fact he wins the entire universe, and the buddies who helped him build the thing pretty much win at life simply for having been close enough to him in the first place to get in on the act.
According to Oberto Airaudi — who prefers to go by Falco — since the age of 10 he has experienced paranormal visions from “a past life” of amazingly intricate temples. While that might just sound like the ramblings of someone who smoked whatever Coleridge was on when he wrote “Kubla Khan,” Falco has made it his lifelong goal to recreate his visions.
One night in August of 1978, Falco and some like-minded companions started digging into the mountainside. Over the next 14 years, they worked in four-hour shifts, using simple hand tools and sketches Falco had made of his vision. Rumors began circulating that something was going on under the house, and in 1992, police showed up at Falco’s front door. When he wouldn’t let them in, they threatened to use dynamite. Realizing that the cops were either serious or villains from a Disney movie, Falco and his fellow “Damanhurians” complied, leading the police through their secret door and into the mountain.
While Falco is clearly inspired by something higher, the truly baffling part of this is that he did all this with friends working for free, out of the kindness of their own hearts, to make a grown-up’s childhood vision a reality. We’re all for lending a helping hand to our friends, but we’re pretty sure we would have thrown down our tools after the first four-hour shift.