John Metcalfe

Nick Ross

Sick of City Noise? Just Duck Into This Street-Corner Confessional

Modeled after Catholic confessionals, this portable furniture allows people a private place to chat away from all the hubbub.

YouTube/InsightMovingImages

In Liverpool, a Leviathan Awakens from the Briny Deep

A 50-foot tall creature in a diving suit stalks the streets of England.

J. Taylor Wallace

The Tea Party Is Not Happy With Chicago's Sarah Palin Sculpture

The artist behind the Palin-shaped public art has been informed: "You will be the next one to burn."

citycalfe

Portland: Build This Retirement Home for Chickens!

Portlanders are putting their elderly poultry out to pasture. We have a better idea.

Jo Peel

A Mural About City-Building That Actually Doesn't Stink

This time-lapse video chronicles painted cranes as they "build" a city from the ground up, with real-life objects blending into two dimensions and vice versa.

Citycalfe

This Week in Bans: Michigan Town Terrorized by 'Monster' Graffiti

Also, a girl can't wear the Confederate flag to prom in Tennessee; the British can't even support their own Olympics; Yertle the Turtle is banned in Canada.

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A Streetlight Powered by Algae: Is This Actually Possible?

The French biochemist behind this strange green light sees it having a "massive" palliative effect on global warming.

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The Greening of China's Smoky Funeral Rites

Instead of burning paper money to honor their deceased relatives, many Chinese people are choosing to just write a check.

Paul Kweton

A Rocking Chair for You and Your Dog or Cat

Because pets love to be swung back and forth, that's why.

YouTube

Chinese Woman Swallowed by Sudden Hole in the Sidewalk

China's hungry infrastructure claims yet another victim.

David Heatwole

West Virginia's Outlaw Toilet Bandit Explains His Artistic Vision

David Heatwole was sick of looking at an empty pedestal in Martinsburg's town square. So he turned to Craigslist for inspiration.

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These Cities Really Hate Junk Mail

Which American communities have made the strongest attempts to suppress postal advertising?

Wikipedia

The Fascinating Story of How Those Tropical Insects Made It Into Your Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks has said it's stopping the use of bug-based red dye. Why? Making the stuff looks like so much fun!

Andela/YouTube

Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?

Bernt Rostad/Flickr

This Week In Bans: Alabama Chokes on 'Dirty Bastard' Beer

Also outlawed around the world: "gay cure" ads in London, discrimination on the basis of sexuality in Indiana, South Carolina yarn bombing.

Reuters

Protest of the Day: Italian Museum Is Burning All Its Art

The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples has decided to protest the government's austerity measures... with FIRE.

Rita Crundwell vs. Harriette Walters: Who Embezzled Better?

Walters stole nearly $50 million from the District of Columbia, but Crundwell allegedly ganked more than half that amount in a town with a budget of only $8 million.

Reuters

China's New Super-High, Super-Long Suspension Bridge: Not Recommended for Vertigo Sufferers

In the realm of tall bridges, Aizhai takes first place as the world's longest.

McVitie's Intl.

Flavors We Do Not Want to See in Lickable London Elevators: Jellied Eel, Blood Pudding...

The U.K.'s first "lickable lift" raises horrific questions about what kind of flavors will be gracing the walls.