Can you really live there?
by Staff
Life in a suburban split level isn't the only option if you're daring, desperate or have some architectural savvy. The old lady who lived in the shoe may have been an extreme home pioneer. These days, people feather their nests in some pretty peculiar places. Let's see if you can suss out fact from fiction when it comes to some notably weird, wacky and futuristic dwellings.

South Australia is the home of a community of cave dwellers living in caverns excavated to mine what substance?

  • gold
  • diamonds
  • opal

The teapot house in Zillah, Wash., was built in 1922 to raise awareness about what event?

  • the waning popularity of tea in the U.S.
  • the Teapot Dome scandal
  • the high cost of imported beverages like tea, coffee and spirits

The toilet house in Suwon, South Korea, sports what easily recognized toilet-centric feature?

  • a plunger tower
  • a toilet seat roof
  • a moat that flushes twice daily

The famous shoe house of Hellam, Penn., may look like it belongs in a fairy tale, but it was originally built by what notable professional.

  • pioneer podiatrist Wendel F. Sock
  • writer and illustrator Edwina Snood
  • shoe magnate Mahlon M. Haines

One of architect Antti Lovag's unique bubble houses in Cannes, France, has the distinction of being the summer home of what well-known designer?

  • Louis Vuitton
  • Pierre Cardin
  • Christian Louboutin

The Falling Water house in southwestern Pennsylvania is partially built over a scenic waterfall. Who is its famous designer?

  • Robert Venturi
  • Adolf Loos
  • Frank Lloyd Wright

What's one of the biggest problems with living underground in a dugout or cave?

  • combating bugs
  • dealing with dust and grit
  • finding a reliable light source

Living in a spaceship house can present some challenges, too, not the least of which is installing the appropriate décor. What iconic design inspiration was used for the New Paltz dome house in upstate New York?

  • a hexagon
  • a nautilus shell
  • a sphere

How big is the tallest tree house in the world?

  • three floors
  • five floors
  • 10 floors

A micro mini house may max out at a few hundred square feet. In that small a space, where's the most common place to put the bed?

  • a collapsible hammock
  • a Murphy bed
  • a loft bed