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Birthplace of the World's Shortest War

Stone Town, Zanzibar, experienced about 40 minutes of British bombardment in 1896.

Richey Piiparinen

A New Magazine Takes on Old Rust Belt Stereotypes

Belt wants to move beyond sad stories of deindustrialized America, written by and for outsiders.

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Dan Corson

Seattle's New Streetlights Are 40-Foot-Tall Singing Flowers

The immense plants live under the Space Needle and blast anybody passing underneath with a harmony of voices.

How a Song About Cheeseburgers Saved a Tiny Michigan Town: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Hazy Skies in Hong Kong? Just Pose With a Fake Skyline

Those looking for a great photo opportunity no longer have to worry about bad weather.

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No, Really, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Just Arm-Wrestled Hulk Hogan

Because Rob Ford.

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Awesome Photobooth of the Day: The One in the New York Public Library

Lovely self-portraits of people and their books.

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Buildings on Top of Buildings in China

This mysterious temple is tightly secured, with cameras and a fingerprint lock.

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A Search for the Brands of Beer Most Likely to Land You in the E.R.

Four malt liquors accounted for nearly half of all alcohol-related emergency-room patients in Baltimore.

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Can a Hockey Arena Survive Once the Hockey Team Moves Out?

Nassau Coliseum will lose the Islanders in 2015. But developers say with a serious revamp, that might not be a problem. 

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People Are Less Likely to Recycle Stuff That's Crumpled, Cut Apart, or Deformed

The weird psychology of deciding what to do with your trash.

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Haunting Photos From the Only 2 Cities Attacked by Atomic Bombs

Images from a new online exhibit from Google.

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Artist Turns London's Garbage Piles Into Bizarre Monsters

With bright paint and an eye out for the police, Francisco de Pájaro transforms street rubbish into hilarious googly-eyed freaks.

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JJ Tiziou

Urban Experiment of the Day: Can 1,000 Portraits Prove Everyone Is Photogenic?

A photographer from Philly wants to put your face on a billboard.

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Canada's Knockoff Cronut Burger Made a Bunch of People Horribly Sick

Several people were hospitalized.

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Chicago Has Loads of Surreal, Never-Built Visionary Architecture

Behold the Sears Tower deconstructed into flaccid tubes, a Mies van der Rohe building sunk in Lake Michigan, and other incredible concepts.

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Kabul's Utterly Mundane Urban Planning Crisis

The city's biggest problem isn't suicide bombers or militants... it's the traffic.

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Mesmerizing Public Art of the Day: A Video Installation to Distract LAX Travelers

Will this really "bring back the romance" of travel?

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Hey Middle East: Enough With the Regional Architectural Clichés, Already

We're tired of the Bedouin tents, sand dunes, and oasis motifs.