John Metcalfe

Earthquake Creates Weird Lightshow Over Mexico City

The electrical infrastructure in Mexico's capital did not respond happily to Sunday morning's quake.

The Atlantic Cities

Somebody in San Francisco's Public Works Department Is Awesome

A municipal arborist whittled this damaged tree into a street chair for the neighborhood.

NCDC/NOAA

Good News, You're Not Paranoid! 2012 Really Was a Historically Bad Year for Weather Disasters

All in all, the U.S. suffered 11 meteorological calamities costing $1 billion or more.

Johan Wieland / Flickr

Beating Horses To Make Them Go Into the Ocean: Not Cool

Also, Malibu considers outlawing rat poison and another Mexican city bans bullfighting.

Greg Papove

Bike Paths Need More of These – Wooo! – Jump Ramps

Cycling in Vancouver just got a little more wild.

New Satellite Maps Reveal the Staggering Extent of Europe's Flooding

This monumental dousing has been called Europe's worst flood since the Middle Ages.

Yes, This Public Sculpture Is Really Made From Condoms

Hundreds of glowing, pendulous prophylactics liven up a drab square in Madrid.

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The Giant Rubber Ducky Is Migrating to Pittsburgh

The huge, globe-trotting waterfowl will make its American debut in September.

Amanda Durbin

The Melancholy Beauty of San Francisco's Street Mattresses

"There could be rotting flesh and feces on a mattress," says photographer Amanda Durbin, "and I'd still snap a photo before I called the authorities."

Almost Nobody Washes Their Hands Properly After Using the Bathroom

Also, Brazil deploys an energy-generating toilet and Britain scares the hell out of potential drunk drivers.

A Massive Implosion Visible From Manhattan

Demolition crews exploded the tallest building on Governors Island this weekend to make way for new parkland.

NOAA/NASA

Tropical Storm Andrea Is a Wuss

Oh, the (non) horror!

Thomas Savage

Would You Sleep in a Hostel That's Also a Birdhouse?

Thomas Savage would like to dot the English coast with beach inns filled with migrating birds.

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One Chinese City Wants to Punish Unmarried Women With Kids

Because it's their fault that married men cheat on their wives, the reasoning goes.

NASA

Santa Fe Is Squished in a Sandwich of Fire

New Mexico's major wildfires are covering the city with plumes of acrid smoke.

The Atlantic Cities

Can You Spot the Hidden Parking Garage on This San Francisco House?

Hint: Think of Transformers.

Kobi/Arik/Q-Fog Team

Just in Time for Summer, a Bicycle That Sprays You in the Face With Water

The Q-Fog handlebar system splurts cooling jets of water onto overheated cyclists.

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The Ice in Restaurant Sodas Can Have More Bacteria Than Toilet Water

Reporting only the most crucial stories in world bathroom news.

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Pigeons Might Be Way Smarter Than We Give Them Credit For

They're good at manipulating touch screens to get food rewards, for instance.