John Metcalfe

Dodging Bulls and Gunshots on New Jersey's 19th-Century 'Bicycle Railroad'

No trace of the primitive people mover remains, except an extremely colorful history.

A Glow-in-the-Dark Skate Park for Nocturnal Thrashing

Now French skaters can Ollie North any time of the day, thanks to the equivalent of a million fireflies' cumulative photon storm.

This Week in Bans: New Jersey Town Bullied By Aggressive Turkeys

Also, Spokane bans malt liquor after a rash of drunken crimes and Austria outlaws noisy cows.

Does This 13-Foot-Tall Japanese Robot Really Exist?

We're calling B.S. on this fully armed, $1.3 million deathbot.

Brooklyn Volcano Claims a Sacrificial Car

One more reason not to park over a manhole.

Death for the World's Largest Eco-Bathroom

All the bathroom news that's fit to print.

Inside the Surprisingly Lucrative World of Cardboard Theft

With the help of a rental truck, you too can cash in on the multimillion-dollar cardboard-rustling business.

Terrify Your Fellow Bikers With This Glowing Anglerfish-Cycle

Who doesn't want to ride around Australia inside a marine predator's gaping maw?

A Museum Exhibit Based Around the Humble Plastic Bag

Cost of entry to this unusual Swiss show: One plastic sack (seriously).

A Rat and Pigeon Perform the Olympic Torch Relay

London's most athletic vermin run the torch in this charming animation.

This Week in Bans: San Francisco Bites Apple for Recycling

Also, medical-marijuana dispensaries are outlawed in L.A., chained-up pooches in Virginia.

Is Another Derecho Coming to the East Coast Thursday?

Weather forecasts like these can change substantially over the course of mere hours.

The Hidden Dangers of Driving Over Manholes

Watch cars get launched into the air like rockets due to ill-fitting manhole covers.

A Subway Train Ceiling Straight Out of 'Harry Potter'

London designers want to outfit the Tube with a real-time scrolling display showing the sky passing by above.

Jewelry Inspired By the Looming Oil Crisis

When oil becomes as valuable as gold, will we wear it like gold?

Go Ahead, Cram 3 of These Folding Cars Into 1 Parking Spot

The Hiriko electric vehicle is so cute you might just want to pick it up and carry it home.

Indian Town Not Liking Family Who Lives in Public Bathroom

Our weekly dump of public-restroom news.

Mapping Tokyo's Train System in Slime Mold

In the future, urban planners could lose their jobs to ultra-efficient slime molds.

The Grossest Hotel in New Orleans Meets an Explosive End

The Grand Palace Hotel on Canal Street will no longer house rats, bedbugs and "black goo."