John Metcalfe

Using Kaleidoscopic Mirrors to Fight India's Littering Problem

The Cleanoscope, a public trashcan in Mumbai that looks like a kaleidoscope, is meant to make throwing away trash fun.

In Tashkent, Hide Your Candy Hearts

Upset with Western decadence, the government of Uzbekistan is urging its citizens to shun Valentine's in favor of Emperor Babur.

Valentine, Nebraska vs. Loveland, Colorado: Which One Is America's Ultimate Valentine's Day City?

Two U.S. towns lay claim to being the nation's best place to spend Valentine's. We'll be the judge of that.

Chicagoans vs. Falling Icicles: A History

The Chicago skyline is gorgeous to look at, but in the winter it rains down icy fingers of death upon the populace.

World's Oldest Known Underwater City Gets a 3-D Makeover

Divers used a robotic optics system to create a photorealistic reconstruction of Pavlopetri, an ancient trading post off the coast of Greece.

Mapping America's Illnesses, in Near Real-Time

Twitter reports of coughing, upset stomachs and, er, "man flu" all pop up on SickWeather.com's disease map.

Disturbing Video of the Day: Cloud of Filth Emanates from Bus Seat

Still want to sit in cloth-backed bus seats?

This Week in Bans: 'Gay Lifestyles' Outlawed in St. Petersburg, Russia

Plus, Tucson kills its Mexican American Studies program to comply with state law; Gulfport, Mississippi, clears out lawn couches; a meat thief is banned in Britain.

Inside Smellvertising, the Scented Advertising Tactic Coming Soon to a City Near You

U.K. bus stops will soon smell like delicious baked potatoes. And this is likely just the beginning.

DVD Release of Director's Cut of Ben Affleck's 'The Town' Gets Its Own Boston Street for Some Reason

The 2010 bank-robbery flick finally gets the recognition it deserves with Boston's newest street corner, "The Town Take 2 Place."

San Francisco Tops the Nation in Parking Meter Fines

Only New York City has comparatively expensive tickets for parking at an expired meter.

Occupy L.A. Asks the City to Return Its Murals

The Los Angeles protesters are up in arms about the prospect of their artwork landing in a museum or art gallery.

Solar-Powered Concept Car Fuses 'Batman' With 'Tron'

A London designer gives the staid solar car a badass, stealth-bomberlike makeover.

Last Chance to Become a Literary Evangelist for World Book Night

You too can have a chance to spread free copies of your favorite books around American cities.

What's the Story Behind That Gun-Violence Super Bowl Ad?

America's mayors have joined up to battle criminal-gun trafficking... and to make entertaining football commercials, apparently.

Portlander Designs Electric, Boxy Scooter of the Future

For those who love riding around town on what looks like a ridiculously large iPod, there is the BOXX.

American Schools Are Failing Miserably at Science Education

The majority of U.S. states have "mediocre to awful" standards in science, according to a brutal new scorecard.

Los Angeles Is the Smelliest City in America, Says GQ

The best smelling, that is. See where your city ranks on this highly unscientific listing of odorous burgs.

Strip Malls Like You've Never Seen Before

The American landscape is littered with the decaying corpses of strip malls. Here are a few innovative ways we can turn them to our advantage.