John Metcalfe

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The Secret to Less Smelly Sewers: Old Coffee Grounds

Researchers at the City College of New York think they've found a way to use coffee to neutralize a city's most unpleasant odor.

Soner Ozenc

Finding Mecca the High-Tech Way: With a Light-Up Prayer Mat

The fabric glows when the pious point it toward the Muslim holy city.


This Week in Bans: The Great Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Menace

Also, Mumbai silences "laughing yoga" practitioners and Seattle prohibits a cancer survivor from swimming topless.


The World's Biggest Post-It Note Mural

Eduardo Zamarro's "Wall of Happiness" celebrates the little-known "Institute of Happiness" in Madrid.

VIGO Gallery

An Art Exhibit Underneath London Made of Entirely of Fungus

"The Majesty" is an installation in an abandoned London railway vault that's crawling with slow-moving, spore-spitting mold.

Shaun Merritt/Flickr

Toronto Mayor Falls Short of Dieting Goal; Also Falls Off Scale

Rob Ford ends his quest to lose 50 pounds in a painful-looking way.

Impure Blog

Visualization of the Day: The Population Growth of 590 Cities

This chart might break your brain.


Get Ready for Pizza Vending Machines, America

Is this what passes as "genuine Italian pizza" nowadays?


Toilet Tuesday: Of Course There's an App for Pooping

Our weekly look at the loos that matter.

John L. Magee

Officials Gone Wild: You Can't Go Naked in Public Without Consequences

The crimes, blunders and everyday embarrassments of our esteemed municipal leaders.

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's 'Street View' Hits the Hiking Trail

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


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.


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.


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.