John Metcalfe

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Why Is Santa Cruz Awash in Dead Squid?

Beaches are littered with a trail of rotting cephalopods stretching for 11 miles.

Inside the Incredible Secret Mission to Climb Europe's Tallest Building

Russian adventurers dressed like construction workers to reach the ice-covered pinnacle of Mercury City, which is taller than London's Shard.

The Nastiest Cyclist vs. Driver Videos of 2012

The Battle of the Commute rages on, as this painful-to-watch footage shows.

Jonathan Lansey

BEEEEEEEEP! This Bike Sounds Like a Car Horn

The "Loud Bicycle" prototype can blast careless drivers with a 30-second trumpet that's as loud as a rock concert.

Beijing Tries to 'Rectify' Jaywalkers: This Week in Bans

Also, Albuquerque is left vulnerable after outlawing barbed wire and a British ice cream-truck driver who rocked too hard is shut down.

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5 Tips From NASA for Catching Tonight's Geminid Meteor Shower

An expert explains why light pollution won't totally destroy 2012's final and most dazzling space show.

Humongous Swollen Duckling Paddles Down the Thames

From what hellish port of call did this monstrous waterfowl come?

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The Bay Area's New Most Expensive House Goes Up for Auction

The $45 million price tag will get you a huge lap pool (with cabana), an art gallery, a movie theater, and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar.

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Real-Life George Costanza Caused the Bomb Scare at Pittsburgh's Airport

The unnamed cleaning contractor had built a secret napping nest inside an airport bathroom.

Brad Lyon

Watch This Anxiety-Provoking Simulation of U.S. Births and Deaths

The screams of the newly born and grim silence of the dying is visualized in this statistical tango that's mesmerizing to watch.

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The Case for Simplified Coffee Shop Ordering

Forget "venti cafe latte." One London store would rather you ask for a "cup of really really milky coffee."

Big Chunk of Turkish Infrastructure Caves In, Eats a Student

This person probably did not imagine spending the day trying to crawl out from a brand new hole in the street.

Myanmar's 2012 Balloon Festival Experiences a Flaming Hiccup

In Southeast Asia, the Hindenburg makes a hair-raising encore.

Kenneth Murray

Atlanta's Newest Airport Art Celebrates Violent Storms and 'Boobs'

That's pretty much all you could ask for in an artwork, right?

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Salt Lake City Battles Metastasizing Parking Lots: This Week in Bans

Also, an Indian town tries to prevent adultery by taking away women's phones and Washington, D.C., stops being so uptight about booze.

A Never-Before-Seen Satellite View of Earth's Cities at Night

NASA has unveiled the most detailed nocturnal image of Earth to date, and it's a stunner.

Explore a Japanese City Built From 100 Gingerbread Houses

Take a tour through savory alleys and delicious plazas from a gingerbread man's perspective.

St. Louis Loses a Historic Bridge, Gains Awesome Demolition Footage

Part of the nation's first interstate highway project is no more, having been spectacularly dropped into the Missouri River on Tuesday.

This Tiny Robot Makes Street Signs Much Prettier

An urban hacker from Tokyo thinks street poles should look like candy canes, and he's built the 'bot to do that.