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Noah's Ark Replica Could Make A Splash At 2012 Olympics

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - When Noah built his famous ark, he had two of everything -- except arks, of course.

That may be changing thanks to Dutch creationist Johan Huibers who has spent three years and $1.6 million of his own money building a modern-day replica of the Biblical ark.

Huibers was swept away by the idea 20 years ago after dreaming about a great flood sweeping Holland. He decided it was a signal to spread God's message, according to the Telegraph.

According to Biblical legend, the original ark was built to protect Noah's family and two of every kind of animal during a flood that lasted 40 days and 40 nights.

Huibers' vessel is reportedly the same size as the original ark. That works out to be about 450 feet long and 75 feet wide.

There are some concessions to modernity. For instance, the ark uses Swedish pine instead of the "gopher wood" mentioned in the Bible. Huibers says that's okay since, in the Bible, God told Noah to use a "resin wood." The ark is also built around a steel frame.

Another concession to reality, or at least animal rights activists: This Ark will be stuffed mostly with fake mammals. However, Huibers has also built an aviary on the deck house that will hold free-flying live birds. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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