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These would make good donated homes for Haiti earthquake victims. They are hurricane and earthquake proof, cheap and readily available. As others said, they can be made comfortable with a little insulation, drywall and ventilation.
Edit-Oops I didn't see the above post! Good idea War and Anti War!
This would make a great project for civil engineering students. Take a series of containers, convert them into living spaces and then live in them during your next school year. Every year you would get a block of living pods-- that could be disassembled and used elsewhere or even kept for cheap student accommodations. You learn most from real life projects.