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Nude Portrait of Canada's Prime Minister Inspires Censorship

Get your eye bleach handy, folks.

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This Week in Bans: Massachusetts City Plagued by Horrible Saxophonist

Salem has had it up to here with inept jazz musicians. Also outlawed recently: noisy electronica in Santa Cruz, payday lenders in Iowa and the entire vice squad of Salt Lake City.

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Why Aren't Cities Littered With Dead Pigeons?

A wildlife expert and Smithsonian scientist help solve one of life's enduring urban mysteries.

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The Solar Eclipse on Sunday: Will Your City Be Able to See It?

A yawning black hole opening up in the dead center of the sun is on the bill for May 20.

Filthy Luker

Heart-Stopping Art of the Day: Giant Inflatable Tentacles

An artist from the U.K. makes it look as if buildings are being strangled by a malignant Kraken.

Could Electric Truck Lanes Reduce L.A.'s Horrific Pollution?

Plans are emerging for an electric-powered truck highway in the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.

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Plastic Straw Bans Are the New Plastic Bag Bans

Environmentalists have kicked off a campaign called "Straw Wars" to rid London's Soho district of drinking straws.

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This Armored Wallpaper Can Stop People from Stealing Your Wi-Fi

Researchers in Grenoble, France, have developed a wallpaper that blocks wireless internet signals from leaking out of your home.

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Why Does This Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Has the city's public-works department gone rogue?

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Hockey Fans Throwing Weird Crap on the Ice: A City-by-City Breakdown

Depending on where you live, you might see hockey nuts chucking fish, octopi, beef, or sex toys.

OwnZown

A Mirrored 'Stealth Cap' for Hiding in Crowds

Who doesn't want to enjoy some alone time in a shiny polyhedron from outer space?

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This Week in Bans: Vienna Finally Removes an Anti-Semitic Street Sign

Also, Ireland puts the chill on tanning beds and trashy fashion models of the U.K., beware.

Florian Rivière

A Strange Merry-Go-Round For Shopping Carts

An artist transformed this revolving billboard in Berlin into something that's fun for kids.

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Rita Crundwell: America's New Queen of Municipal Embezzlement

According to feds, the former Dixon, Illinois, comptroller spent much of the $53 million she's accused of stealing on horses with names like "Packin' Jewels" and "Have Faith in Money."

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Knitting Chain-Link Fencing Into a Work of Art

A design team in Rotterdam has a creative solution to scenery-marring construction fences.

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.

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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."

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Portland: Build This Retirement Home for Chickens!

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