We promise they aren't the manifestation of some depraved high school math teacher. Geodesic domes are certainly geared toward the mathematically minded, but they also have a lot of practical uses. How much do you know about these domes?
But actually lopping the Earth in half is not recommended. Geodesic means Earth-dividing in Latin.
They take material efficiency to a higher level, using about 30 percent fewer physical components than rectangular buildings.
It's shaped like a huge, silver orange, which is appropriate, as Spaceship Earth is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
We like triangles, too, but we don't think they meant for domes to have interior waterfalls. Lots of seams make for difficult waterproofing, as many dome owners have learned ... the hard way.
You'll find children hanging upside down from them at playgrounds. The domes are commonly used as those half-sphere jungle gyms found in parks everywhere.
You can almost hear your children think (and that's not necessarily a good thing). Domes transmit sound everywhere, meaning there's very little privacy.
They symbolize their inventor's "lofty ideals." Lofts let you build higher toward the ceiling while consuming a minimum of floor space with supports.
And they're not susceptible to Kryptonite, either. These domes are very strong and stable yet use a fraction of the building materials that other structures require.
Often, the parts are color-coded for speedy assembly. If you're colorblind, though, you may wind up with a really weird dome.
It created a huge sensation throughout his home country, Germany. Walter Bauersfeld built the first dome in Jena.
To infinity and beyond! Bauersfeld's dome ceiling was perfect for projecting maps of stars and planets.
He totally just made up that word -- tensegrity. No really, he did. Buckminster Fuller combined the words "tensional" and "integrity" to describe this principle, which can be used to make super-strong buildings.
Look at this snowflake, man! It's just, like, so cool! Natural shapes inspired Fuller to create efficient geodesic designs, which subsequently inspired many hippies.
You might as well get used to not having pictures -- the curved walls of domes mean standard straight frames won't hang easily.
Super-strong construction and a low center of gravity make these buildings nearly indestructible compared to traditional homes.
It's the strongest shape out there. Triangles distribute weight and stress better than any other polygon.
A 20-sided polyhedron, the icosahedron's potential for creating new dome designs is infinite.
It's falling apart, too, thanks to a severe Midwestern storm. Bucky's dome home is located in Carbondale, Ill.
Eaves and soffits are great for shedding water, but the wind grabs them and won't let go. Domes don't have any overhangs.
They were so cool at the time, though. But the cons became more obvious to more people, and they weren't willing to give up their squarish homes.