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2014-01-21 08:41:11 PM  
Those lairs don't have convenient access to public transportation. What if the supervillain needs to take a bus?
 
2014-01-21 09:20:58 PM  
The house built by broadcaster Huell Howser in 2003 is the next best thing, a UFO-shaped house situated atop a volcanic cone. It's now owned by Chapman University, so you can kick up your heels there while working on your PhD in Horribleness.

Any doctorate from Chapman University would be a PhD in Horribleness.
 
2014-01-21 09:29:31 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Those lairs don't have convenient access to public transportation. What if the supervillain needs to take a bus?


No, no. The important thing is to have a car elevator.
 
2014-01-21 09:32:49 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Those lairs don't have convenient access to public transportation. What if the supervillain needs to take a bus?


static.tvtropes.org
 
2014-01-21 09:34:17 PM  
img.gawkerassets.comobservatory.designobserver.com
 
2014-01-21 09:36:39 PM  
Lair? I thought bad guys lived in compounds.
 
2014-01-21 09:39:50 PM  

Kumana Wanalaia: Candygram4Mongo: Those lairs don't have convenient access to public transportation. What if the supervillain needs to take a bus?

No, no. The important thing is to have a car elevator.


I knew Mitt was a supervillain!
 
2014-01-21 09:42:39 PM  
Do any of them have laser shark tanks with unnecessaraly slow dipping mechanisms?
 
2014-01-21 09:43:53 PM  
Des Moines, Iowa.

scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2014-01-21 09:44:06 PM  
Surprising lack of my basement.
 
2014-01-21 09:45:14 PM  

Dragonflew: Lair? I thought bad guys lived in compounds.


Some lairs have a PO Box at a compound for vanity reasons but are more like trailer communities for the 50+ villain lifestyle.
 
2014-01-21 09:46:27 PM  
List fails; doesn't have Cheney's volcano lair.
 
2014-01-21 09:48:50 PM  
Perhaps something in... WISCONSIN

citynoise.org
 
2014-01-21 09:50:22 PM  

iheartscotch: List fails; doesn't have Cheney's volcano lair.


Cheney doesnt need a volcano lair, he has a fully armed and operational space station.
 
2014-01-21 09:51:04 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Those lairs don't have convenient access to public transportation. What if the supervillain needs to take a bus?


It's unlikely the supervillain is going to need to take the bus, but proximity to a public transit hub does make for happier minions.
 
2014-01-21 09:54:09 PM  

Oldiron_79: Do any of them have laser shark tanks with unnecessaraly slow dipping mechanisms?


"Why not just buy an island in Australia?"

(Please read in voice of Scott Evil)
 
2014-01-21 09:57:01 PM  
Build an evil penthouse on top of the Space Needle.  There's already a Starbucks up there.
 
2014-01-21 09:58:43 PM  
outside omaha
cdn.theknot.com
 
2014-01-21 10:01:37 PM  
ohioauthority.com

For the supervillain on a budget.....in CLEVELAND!!!
(it's a bit of a fixerupper these days, though)
 
2014-01-21 10:02:38 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: [ohioauthority.com image 356x238]

For the supervillain on a budget.....in CLEVELAND!!!
(it's a bit of a fixerupper these days, though)


Is it in East Cleveland?
 
2014-01-21 10:08:20 PM  
weburbanist.com
 
2014-01-21 10:09:35 PM  
WordsnCollision:

Hey it even comes with a place for your minions to play!
 
2014-01-21 10:12:14 PM  

Dragonflew: Lair? I thought bad guys lived in compounds.


Some live in strongholds. You know, for tax purposes.
 
2014-01-21 10:14:53 PM  

Texas Gabe: Dragonflew: Lair? I thought bad guys lived in compounds.

Some live in strongholds. You know, for tax purposes.


When they're not being dead for a year.
 
2014-01-21 10:17:32 PM  
I've always wanted one of those missile silo homes, but if I was a rich dude with money to burn I'd probably build an off the grid home in the Andes mountains - in or very near to the Urubamba Valley.
 
2014-01-21 10:20:06 PM  

mongbiohazard: I've always wanted one of those missile silo homes, but if I was a rich dude with money to burn I'd probably build an off the grid home in the Andes mountains - in or very near to the Urubamba Valley.


oddly specific
 
2014-01-21 10:20:24 PM  
www.coolthingsinrandomplaces.com
Pod City of Sanzhi, Taiwan
Pros: Perfect for the supervillain who needs housing for a lot of minions!
Cons: Now demolished...

"But wait," you say, "I need to be somewhere close to public transportation. Maybe in a city." Well have I got the place for you:
www.pixelroaddesigns.com
Pros: Great views, thousands of square feet of space, and a historic landmark to boot! And it's located in Detroit, a major city where law enforcement response times are very slow!
Cons: It's in Detroit, and preservationists may not like it being turned into a supervillain lair...
 
2014-01-21 10:23:30 PM  

mongbiohazard: I've always wanted one of those missile silo homes, but if I was a rich dude with money to burn I'd probably build an off the grid home in the Andes mountains - in or very near to the Urubamba Valley.


On my street where I grew up there was a house built underground (it was a popular way to save energy in the 70's).  You know that those houses don't have?  Windows and noise from outside.  Even with light pipes you still get the very distinct feeling you are living in a basement, or a coffin.
 
2014-01-21 10:25:43 PM  

BafflerMeal: Surprising lack of my basement.


It's a COMMAND CENTER!!!
 
2014-01-21 10:28:36 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
1.bp.blogspot.com

/Behold Buzludzha, the abandoned Bulgarian Communist party HQ
 
2014-01-21 10:32:08 PM  

BafflerMeal: mongbiohazard: I've always wanted one of those missile silo homes, but if I was a rich dude with money to burn I'd probably build an off the grid home in the Andes mountains - in or very near to the Urubamba Valley.

oddly specific


Well, I've been there and it's breathtakingly gorgeous. Probably the most beautiful place I've ever seen in my life. To be in a nice mountainside cottage and watch as the sun rises or sets over the mountains... Well, that's the bookend to a hell of a day.

Civilization nearby if you ever need to see a doctor or something, plus somewhere to pick up groceries/supplies once in a while. Friendly people, and many spectacular archaeological sites nearby as well. And if you ever need to fly out of town Cuzco isn't too far away and they have an airport.
 
2014-01-21 10:32:27 PM  
How about Pyramid Rock

media.npr.org
 
2014-01-21 10:33:57 PM  

Lsherm: mongbiohazard: I've always wanted one of those missile silo homes, but if I was a rich dude with money to burn I'd probably build an off the grid home in the Andes mountains - in or very near to the Urubamba Valley.

On my street where I grew up there was a house built underground (it was a popular way to save energy in the 70's).  You know that those houses don't have?  Windows and noise from outside.  Even with light pipes you still get the very distinct feeling you are living in a basement, or a coffin.



That actually sounds delightful to me. The wife and I have a house with a finished basement and we spend roughly 90% of our time down there. I like my lighting soft and dim, and my house quiet. I wouldn't mind a hobbit house either.
 
2014-01-21 10:36:15 PM  
Not clicking, but did Alcatraz make the list?
 
2014-01-21 10:37:45 PM  
I give you the Robarts Library in Toronto.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-21 10:40:00 PM  

mongbiohazard: Lsherm: mongbiohazard: I've always wanted one of those missile silo homes, but if I was a rich dude with money to burn I'd probably build an off the grid home in the Andes mountains - in or very near to the Urubamba Valley.

On my street where I grew up there was a house built underground (it was a popular way to save energy in the 70's).  You know that those houses don't have?  Windows and noise from outside.  Even with light pipes you still get the very distinct feeling you are living in a basement, or a coffin.


That actually sounds delightful to me. The wife and I have a house with a finished basement and we spend roughly 90% of our time down there. I like my lighting soft and dim, and my house quiet. I wouldn't mind a hobbit house either.


Well, to each his own, but every time I played over at their house I was creeped the fark out.  They also had serious issues with water leaks, but I think engineers have figured out how to avoid those by now.
 
2014-01-21 10:47:11 PM  
I think something like this would be a good lair.
static1.businessinsider.com
 
2014-01-21 10:53:51 PM  

mongbiohazard: I've always wanted one of those missile silo homes, but if I was a rich dude with money to burn I'd probably build an off the grid home in the Andes mountains - in or very near to the Urubamba Valley.


I would build mine in La Ciudad Perdida in Colombia.  It is a few day hike, so you do not have all the fat tourists like you do at Machu Piccu.

esphoto500x500.mnstatic.com

And the blood would flow fortnightly with the sacrificing of the hipster/hostelers.  I am going to hide loudspeakers throughout the place and when you hear "spill the wine" by War, the festivities will begin.

tradingvoyageur.com


paradiseintheworld.com
 
2014-01-21 10:55:22 PM  

mongbiohazard: BafflerMeal: mongbiohazard: I've always wanted one of those missile silo homes, but if I was a rich dude with money to burn I'd probably build an off the grid home in the Andes mountains - in or very near to the Urubamba Valley.

oddly specific

Well, I've been there and it's breathtakingly gorgeous. Probably the most beautiful place I've ever seen in my life. To be in a nice mountainside cottage and watch as the sun rises or sets over the mountains... Well, that's the bookend to a hell of a day.

Civilization nearby if you ever need to see a doctor or something, plus somewhere to pick up groceries/supplies once in a while. Friendly people, and many spectacular archaeological sites nearby as well. And if you ever need to fly out of town Cuzco isn't too far away and they have an airport.


HAHAHA!  YOU FOOL!  Now I know where to find you and what local resources I can exploit!

/the waiting game begins
 
2014-01-21 10:57:23 PM  

ryant123: I give you the Robarts Library in Toronto


That would make a great Team Foundation setting.  It even has a portal on the front for the lavafall.
 
2014-01-21 10:57:50 PM  

ryant123: I give you the Robarts Library in Toronto.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x637]


It looks like a giant concrete turkey.
 
2014-01-21 11:01:47 PM  
In Manizales, Colombia someone bought the towns old water tower, and turned it into bar.  I always thought it would make a great lair.

I have lived on and off in the Andes since 89, and the views are often amazing, and I will retire there.

img153.imageshack.us

Here is a view from it at sunset.

www.colmedica.com
 
2014-01-21 11:02:24 PM  

fst_creeper: ryant123: I give you the Robarts Library in Toronto

That would make a great Team Foundation setting.  It even has a portal on the front for the lavafall.


What is 'Team Foundation'.  GIS gives me some MSFT Server stuff.
 
2014-01-21 11:02:56 PM  
Oddly enough, I always thought Reunion Tower would make a good lair
previewcf.turbosquid.com
 
2014-01-21 11:04:34 PM  
www.travlang.com
 
2014-01-21 11:08:13 PM  

BafflerMeal: hat is 'Team Foundation'.  GIS gives me some MSFT Server stuff.


Gah, freudian developer slip.  Team Foundation Server is a (better than Visual Source Safe but still not so awesome at times) versioning and code control repository.

However what I was talking about was Team Fortress.

/Time to step away from the keyboard..
 
2014-01-21 11:17:20 PM  

blacksho89: Texas Gabe: Dragonflew: Lair? I thought bad guys lived in compounds.

Some live in strongholds. You know, for tax purposes.

When they're not being dead for a year.


I thought you got the best sound balance from inside a stronghold some thirty-seven miles away from the stage?
 
2014-01-21 11:18:16 PM  

zzrhardy: Oldiron_79: Do any of them have laser shark tanks with unnecessaraly slow dipping mechanisms?

"Why not just buy an island in Australia?"

(Please read in voice of Scott Evil)


FTFY.
 
2014-01-21 11:23:59 PM  

fst_creeper: BafflerMeal: hat is 'Team Foundation'.  GIS gives me some MSFT Server stuff.

Gah, freudian developer slip.  Team Foundation Server is a (better than Visual Source Safe but still not so awesome at times) versioning and code control repository.

However what I was talking about was Team Fortress.

/Time to step away from the keyboard..


MMM MMM MMPH!

or in the language of your people, "eat lead!"
 
2014-01-21 11:39:41 PM  
I've always been partial to using Poveglia as a super villain retreat. Used to be a plague quarantine area, then a hospital for the mentally ill back when "hospital" was a generous term.
 
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