22 Jul '11, 1am

Man’s name in sand visible from space | The Upshot - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

Man’s name in sand visible from space | The Upshot - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

The outsized name of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan (2010 Geo Eye/Navteq) Here's a big idea: Writing your name in the sand so large that it can be seen from space . Of course, you're much better position to carry off this sort of vanity project if you're Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan , a super-rich Arab sheikh who is the president of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates . He also happens to own an island --an ideal canvas for what is essentially the world's largest self-referential graffiti tag. The letters were crafted by a crew who worked for weeks to create them. The inscription measures half a mile high and two miles long--and the letters are dug so deep that they form waterways. The writing won't be immediately washed away, but even Hamad--whose fortune is only surpassed by his monarchial rival in the region, Saudi King Abdullah--can only defy the elements for so long. Di...

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