Design

Chicago's Trendiest New Lunch Option Comes Out of a Vending Machine

Farmer's Fridge sells fresh, swanky salads out of recyclable jars.

The World's First Porsche Was Just Discovered in a Shed in Austria

It ran on over 1,000 pounds of battery. 

This Year's Super Bowl Has a Particularly Embarrassing Neighbor

Chris Christie described it as "the ugliest damn building" in the state, "and maybe America."

Maps

Famous Subway Maps, Reimagined as Vintage Super Mario Brothers Games

Yup, it's all there, from the 8-bit landscapes of toadstools and Koopa Troopas to Peach's Castle.

Maps

Navigating L.A.'s Future Subway System, as Seen in 'Her'

The public transit map Theodore Twombly would have used to get around.

Actually, the Sochi Olympics Does Not Have a 'Double Toilet'

Russians aren't that weird when it comes to using the bathroom, it seems.

The Long Regulatory Road to America's First Cat Cafe

Pending a whole lot of permits, one could open in San Francisco this summer.

Strap-on Skis for Your Bicycle

A simple solution for getting around in the snow.

Videos

Ride With a Rebel Dirt Bike Gang of Baltimore

A documentary explores a controversial subculture through the eyes of a young boy.

Maps

The Tom Waits Map of the World

Mining the musician's lyrics to find out where, exactly, "all the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes."

A Functional Trike Made From Recycled Household Parts

Think beach chairs, scooters, and other junk just lying around.

Maps

The Narrow Geography of the Grammy Awards

Half of the nods for this year's biggest awards went to artists living in L.A., New York, or Nashville.

Next Economy

The Library of the Future Is Here

It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."

Designing a Less Confusing Parking Sign

A much more visual and intuitive take.

The Plight of Cambodia's Garment Workers, On Display on a Manhattan Sidewalk

Artist Kat Eng crouched outside Times Square's H&M for eight hours, sewing on a hand-operated machine.

Behold, the Bizarre Mash-Up of a Vespa and a Segway

It has all the ridiculousness of the Segway, and none of the romanticism of the classic Italian scooter.

Videos

Tracking the Flight Paths of Birds

The chaotic order of nature's social networks.

Videos

Swedish Trade Unions Are Making Fun of Your Sad, Non-Swedish Lifestyle

A tongue-in-cheek video makes the case that even an average Swede is better off than an upper-class American.

The Decline of the American Book Lover

And why the downturn might be over.