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The Ridiculous Mistakes Artists Make When They Try to Draw the U.S. From Memory

Cy Twombly left out New Mexico "because otherwise the map would look like underpants."

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Jonathan Trappe

Area Man Attempts to Cross the Atlantic Using Nothing but Helium Balloons

A real-life Up, aided by weather-tracking software and documented on Facebook.

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Kristian Buus/Greenpeace

Massive Puppet of the Day: A Polar Bear the Size of a Double-Decker Bus

Meet Aurora.

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Prove You Love Your Girlfriend ... by Having Her Kidnapped

In Kazakhstan, a romantic can order a mock attack that makes his loved one feel threatened, then step in to save the day.

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Sean Yong / Reuters

This Vending Machine in China Sells Living Crabs

The crab-o-mat is designed to satiate the appetites of boozy, late-night revelers.

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Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps

Two ways to chart the connection between reading and place.

Hammerhead

Gadget of the Day: A Bike Navigator That Keeps Your Eyes on the Road

The Hammerhead straps onto your handlebars, using bright LEDs to point you in the right direction.

Reuters

The Case Against Rebuilding the Coastline After Superstorm Sandy

We should be retreating from the shore, not developing structures that will only flood again.

Rescuing the Adorable Icons of Chicago's Public Housing Projects

These concrete animal statues were removed in the early 2000s, but a new project is hoping to bring them back.

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ANIMAL NY

You Have to See This BMX Pro Do Sweet Tricks on a Citi Bike

Tyrone Williams makes bike-sharing look cool. 

Maps

A Block-by-Block Map of Brooklyn, in Garbage

No, Jennifer Maravillas is not crazy. But she does walk the streets picking up interesting pieces of trash.

When Manhattan Was Mostly Hills and Shrubbery

In the 1830s, there was plenty of green space to go around in New York (and snakes).

Les Lalanne and Paul Kasmin Gallery

Manhattan Has a Gas Station That's Also an Art Gallery

For its inaugural exhibit, the Getty station in Chelsea will be filled with metal sheep.

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Watch One World Trade Center Grow From 0 to 1,776 Feet in 2 Minutes

A timelapse video shows Manhattan's tallest building emerge.

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How Gothic Architecture Took Over the American College Campus

Colleges look medieval partly because of envy, industrialism, and racism.

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The Quest for the Best Designs For a Post-Sandy World

Follow along as The Atlantic Cities reports on the results of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force's Rebuild By Design project.

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Herbert Baglione / Facebook

Frankfurt's Central Plaza Gets a Demonic Makeover

Artist Herbert Baglione is slowly covering the world in eerie wraith-creatures.

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Harry Enchin

What Early 1900s Torontonians Would Look Like on Today's Streets

One photographer merges old photographs of street life in Toronto with the same sites today.

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Randy Hage

The Secret Life of New York Storefronts, in Miniature

How Randy Hage creates dioramas of the city as it once was.