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Nation's Capital Ushers in the Holidays with an Exploding Christmas Tree

Next up: a rocket-propelled menorah?

Pouring Milk All Over Yourself: The Next Extremely Bizarre Trend?

This thought-provoking gag is the best new thing.

A 70-Year-Old Documentary About Cities Shows We Haven't Come Very Far

The walkable, bikable suburb of the "future" looks an awful lot like the smart growth ideas of today.

Urban Fixes to Fight the Next Sandy

Unconventional ideas for climate-proofing New York City.

Glow-in-the-Dark Parkour Performers Light Up Bangkok

Athletes sporting LED-studded suits cast neon streaks through markets and over roofs of the Thai metropolis.

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The Empire State Building Becomes a Dancing, Twinkling Light Show

A sleek new system adds motion to the traditional "Tower Lights."

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Bus-Stop Ads Torn Straight From Dante's Inferno

In Berlin, a shadowy street artist known as Vermibus transforms mundane billboards into creepy macabre frightscapes

Portland's New Velodrome a Big Win for Cyclists, Hematomas

A night of competitive cycling on "brakeless" single-speed cycles offers a veritable highlight reel of face planting and smashing into walls.

Holiday Car Ads in the Era of Millennials Buying Fewer Cars

Lexus takes aim at social media as a perceived deterrent to driving.

Improv Everywhere

Prank of the Day: Black Friday at the Dollar Store

Improv Everywhere doin' that thing they do.

This Could Be the Key to Making Downtowns Greener

This green wall out of the University of Washington could bring plant life to dense urban areas where green space is hard to come by.

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9 Years Later, Nobody Misses the Concorde

In hindsight, supersonic commercial travel turned out to be a very brief period in the history of aviation.

Black Friday 2012 Rewind: Here Are America's Craziest Shoppers

Warning: Ahead lies profanity, chair throwing and INSANE DEALS!

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'Drivelapse' of the Day: Route 66 in 3 Minutes

Brian DeFrees captures the big and small spots along the highway.

Visualizing a City's Prodigious Carbon Emissions

This simulation shows one-ton blobs of carbon dioxide rising from the street in giant blue spheres.

Watch This Crazy, Creepy Sci-Fi Video Made in an Abandoned House

Artist Jeff Frost paints massive geometric shapes on walls so that they function as optical illusions, blurring the line between 2D and 3D.

A House That Changes Shape Based on the Weather

Finally, a chance to perform home origami based on seasonal, meteorological, and astronomical conditions.

This Guy Was Doing Parkour Decades Before It Became Cool

Is this Jackie Chan's long-lost grandfather?

Kaid Benfield

Tips for Creating Public Spaces People Actually Want to Use

A city's residents understand how to make exciting streets, squares and parks. Here's how to engage them in the process.