Apparently São Paulo, Brazil still has public phone booths — or at least it did. Now, thanks to the Call Parade public art project, it has giant brains, disco balls, can-can dancers, and miniature cities. One hundred artists have transformed 100 phone booths to add some whimsy to the city, and/or attract zombies.
Mars is the star of the news cycle right now, but this new time-lapse video of Earth from the International Space Station kind of gives the Red Planet a run for its money.
I’m really hoping this is a glimpse of evolution in action — like, over thousands of years, the cats that know how to work surfboards will be more likely to survive dog attacks and live long enough to breed, and in a few millennia we’ll have a race of semi-aquatic feline surfer dudes.
At Atlantic Cities, Sarah Goodyear puts her finger on a truth universally acknowledged by everyone in the world except WalkScore: “A mile in an American suburb is a lot longer than a mile in Rome.” In other words, walking 10 city blocks is very different from walking a mile up the side of a highway with intermittent sidewalks. A new tool, Walk Appeal, is trying to take that very real difference and quantify it. Steve Mouzon, the tool’s creator, explains that distance is only one of the factors that determine how far people are willing to walk. Imagine, for instance, …
If you couldn’t tell from the robot voice intoning “VEL-O-DROME” for nearly a minute and a half, this is the welcome video for the Olympic velodrome, where the cycling events take place. And as far as I can tell, it was produced in 1982 and just held in a vault for the last 30 years.
Due to Detroit's budget gap, the park in Joshua Smith's neighborhood was full of tall grass and trash. Instead of moping and watching TV, the 9-year-old took matters into his own hands.
If you can’t make it beyond the first 30 seconds of wretched rap in this public service ad campaign, here’s the basic gist: It’s Aug. 9! Happy National Night! Now please, please save Singapore’s flagging population by putting your genitals inside other people’s genitals or vice versa! You should really watch the rest, though, because it is lunacy:
We've never seen pictures of the disaster that were anywhere near as staggering as these.
We all loved the Good Humor ice cream truck, but let’s be realistic: Good humor is for children, children with a naive understanding of the world and its woes. What we need, as adults, is an Ennui Truck. And it would sell sophisticated, grown-up frozen treats like blackberry/goat cheese popsicles. In the absence of the Ennui Truck, though, NPR tells you how to make those goat cheese pops — and sangria popsicles, and lime-jalapeno popsicles — for yourself and your very worldly friends.