Mark Byrnes

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Mexico Has a Dog Kidnapping Problem

Animal care organizations report a quadrupling of kidnappings in recent years, buoyed by robust ransom opportunities.

Wikimedia Commons/Mark Byrnes

Victor Gruen Wanted to Make Our Suburbs More Urban. Instead, He Invented the Mall

How we ruined Gruen's plan for more walkable, tight-knit American downtowns.

Disneyland's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Day

On the anniversary of its opening, a look back at what Walt Disney called "Black Sunday."

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Lessons From North Korea on Using Brown Sugar to Smuggle a Bunch of Weapons

Inside the bizarre international controversy that's washed up on Panama's shores.

Mark Byrnes

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.

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Nuns, Cows, and Ridiculous Costumes: Beautiful, Strange Scenes From the Tour de France

Oddball fans, striking landscapes and other pictures from this year's race.

Gus Petro

This Is What It Would Look Like If You Dropped Manhattan Into the Grand Canyon

Whoa.

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'We Are All Trayvon'

Across the country, protesters rage at the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Mathieu Tremblin

This Is Not a Watermark: Meet French Street Artist Mathieu Tremblin

A look into the mind of the often subtle urban interventionist. 

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A Paris Commuter Train Derails, Killing at Least 6

Officials describe an "apocalyptic" scene in Brétigny-sur-Orge, just 12 miles south of the city.

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What the World's Most Oppressive Walls Look Like on Berlin's Old One

A new photography project captures barriers in Baghdad, Korea, Israel and Belfast.

Reuters

When Is a Giant Inflatable Duck Not a Giant Inflatable Duck?

Counterfeit copies of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's massive sculpture are popping up across China.

Reuters

Watch Vietnam Transition From Communism to Capitalism

A look back in the early 1990s.

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'Why Is Boston So Racist' and 50 Other City Stereotypes Revealed by Google Autocomplete

Austin is 'liberal,' Tampa is 'trashy,' and Buffalo is both 'cold' and 'depressing.'

Reuters

Scenes From Pamplona's Crazy, Week-Long Running of the Bulls

There are people in giant masks who chase children and hit bystanders with sponges on sticks.

Reuters

The Earthquake-Damaged Washington Monument Looks Really Snazzy at Night Now

An illumination project for America's most famous obelisk.

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You Won't Be Able to Stop Staring at This Wild, Perspective-Bending Street Art

Walk high above the mountains without ever leaving the ground.

Emily Shur

The Many Disguises of California's Cell Phone Towers

A "Where's Waldo" game that you can play on the freeway.

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Why Aliens Will Love Visiting D.C. Once All the Humans Are Gone

Ellen Harvey looks into the future and sees extraterrestrials amid neo-classical ruins.