By Alison Rice.

2002 Walk-Through

Builders are used to eye-popping anecdotes about the cost of land or the price of insurance. But these tales weren't the only attention-grabbing stories in the construction industry this year.

Wood chipper not included: A Minnesota woman paid $10,000 on eBay for the 648-square-foot cabin immortalized in the quirky crime film "Fargo." She plans to move the cabin to Wisconsin.

Smooth sailing: Tired of fighting for land deals? Look to the sea, where a Norwegian company recently launched The World, a 644-foot cruise ship of 110 condominiums. Prices start at $2 million for the condos, which have between two and six bedrooms, and the ship is 80 percent sold, according to The New York Times.

Trading spaces: If you think the housing market is tight in California, consider this: More than 600 people have expressed an interest in a "stylish apartment" being redeveloped in London, England. The apartment's former life? As a public toilet. "It's an Edwardian building with lots of original features," the developer told The Wall Street Journal.

Photo: Courtesy Residensea

The World features 110 condominiums for affluent buyers who don't want a land-locked lifestyle. Ultimate safe room: People who stockpiled water and canned goods for Y2K now have a housing option as security-conscious as they are: a converted missile silo. Listed (where else?) on eBay with an initial bid of $550,000, the property is located in the Adirondacks, where a chalet home conceals below it the former silo and launch control with its 2,300-square-foot luxury living space.

Sky high: If above-ground life is more your style, consider the Blur Building, which The Economist called "mistifying--and delightful." Built as a pavilion for the 2002 Swiss Expo, the $7.5 million building gives people the sensation they're visiting a cloud, thanks to a complex water system that creates fog.

Places to Build a Business

Vegas, baby: Nevada, home to one of the country's best housing markets, also ranks as the second-best state for entrepreneurs in 2002, according to the Washington-based Small Business Survival Committee. The worst? The District of Columbia. Best States for Entrepreneurs to do Business

1.South Dakota





6.New Hampshire





Worst States for Entrepreneurs to do Business

1.District of Columbia




5.New Mexico


7.Rhode Island

8. Iowa

9.New York


Source: Small Business Survival Committee