Seattle resident Edith Macefield made headlines in 2006 for refusing to sell her house to developers, forcing them to build around it, in a case of life imitating the Pixar movie Up. She became something of a folk hero in the process. But did you know that in China there are tons of Edith Macefields, and that their holdouts often result in the land around them being completely demolished, resulting in a phenomenon called "nail houses"? The Atlantic published a slide show of some of these places, and they are incredible. Not in the would-be-nice-to-live-there way, but definitely in the makes-for-great-photographs way.
· 15 surreal pictures of Chinese 'nail houses' whose owners refused to cave to developers [The Atlantic]