John Metcalfe

CT Hsu & Associates, P.A.

Can a Parking Lot be 'Excellent'? You Betcha

The Orlando Magic's aluminum-plated garage and Duke University's green-walled parking lot are among the winners of the 2012 International Parking Institute competition.

Google

Google's 'Street View' Hits the Hiking Trail

Carrying a 40-pound rig with 15 cameras in it, no less.

AZDOT

Arizona's DOT Fights Haboobs with Haiku

"Stop with the driving / already. It's a freaking / mile-high cloud of dust."

Ola Giertz

Freaky Furniture of the Day: Human Hair Chairs

Thanks to Swedish designer Ola Giertz, the stuff that sprouts from your head now can be a place to rest your butt.

Oscar Llerena/Flickr

This Week in Bans: Santa Monica Outlaws Christmas Displays

Also banned recently: Porch sofas in Durham, North Carolina; public profanity near Boston; a British man who drinks mouthwash.

NYC DOT

Woohoo! NYC's Downtown Now Boasts a Zip Line

New Yorkers can fly through the air as part of the city's summer celebration of livable streets.

Ibanez Kim Studio

A Jacket That Lets Introverts Hide in a Cloud of Fog

This weather-producing coat out of Cambridge is perfect for city-dwellers who want privacy.

Sittichai Jittatad/Flickr

Welcome to 'Toilet Tuesday,' a Weekly Look at the Loos That Matter

Serving up the latest and most piquant of public bathroom news.

lawrencepurdatcom/YouTube

Death Served Cold: Revisiting the Bloody 'Glasgow Ice-Cream Wars'

Animosity still lingers among Scottish ice cream-truck drivers long after the infamous gangland battles of the '80s.

Vilhelm Pedersen

Introducing Officials Gone Wild: A Blotter of Local Leaders Behaving Badly

It's hard to keep up with all the minor political scandals out there. Let us help you with this weekly list.

kidinspace/YouTube

Famous Glasgow Slum Meets 600 Lbs. of Explosives

The '60s-era Red Road Flats complex was once seen as the solution to urban overcrowding in Scotland; now it's turning to rubble.

BRC Designs

How Ghana's Coffin Builders Inspired 'Zombie Furniture'

Looking for furniture that will both tie the room together and make your guests gag with fear?

LvE/Flickr

This Dresden Drainpipe Will Rock Your World

This byzantine downspout would be a deathtrap for Mario and Luigi.

Inigo Manglano-Ovalle

In Santa Monica, a Sculpture That Aims to Change the Weather

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's "Weather Field" installation is designed to create a "microclimate" in the air.

Nikolai Alekseev

This Week in Bans: Moscow Outlaws Gay-Pride Parades for Next 100 Years

Also, California cities binge on foie gras before it's banned; Boston knocks down satellite dishes; you can't dress up like Tinker Bell at Disney World; a British city welcomes back meter maids.

Shutterstock

A Crime Most Slippery: Grease Thieves Plague the Restaurant Industry

Step aside, copper thieves. There's a new weirdly brazen criminal in town.

Words Pictures Ideas/Flickr

Cash Still Needed to Turn S.F.'s Bay Bridge Into a Giant, Glimmering Lite-Brite

Artist Leo Villereal is still hoping to outfit the iconic span with a carpet of white lights that's 1.5 miles long.

Funny or Die

Stringer Bell Puts on a Few Pounds for 'The Wire: The Musical'

A fake musical of David Simon's Baltimore saga has surfaced, featuring actual actors from the show.

Zac Ong

Pardon Me, But These Lasers and Blinking Lights Mean You Are Standing Too Close

Let strangers know they're invading your personal space with this annoying little gadget.