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Western Europe's Mild March Has Led to an Air Quality Crisis in France

The entire Paris region's public transportation system will be free this weekend in an effort to stem the early spring smog.

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The Legacy of Urban Renewal Helped Make Morrissey Sad

The singer has a new autobiography out, and it turns out the Pope of Mope had a lot to be bummed out about in Manchester.

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The Atmospheric 'Rivers' That Explain Why Flooding Has Gotten So Vicious

Imagine the amount of water pouring out the mouth of the Mississippi River, times 15. That's what these things move through the air over time.

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The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

Almost Nobody Washes Their Hands Properly After Using the Bathroom

Also, Brazil deploys an energy-generating toilet and Britain scares the hell out of potential drunk drivers.

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Would You Sleep in a Hostel That's Also a Birdhouse?

Thomas Savage would like to dot the English coast with beach inns filled with migrating birds.

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The Ice in Restaurant Sodas Can Have More Bacteria Than Toilet Water

Reporting only the most crucial stories in world bathroom news.

American Hero Beats the British at Their Own Cheese-Rolling Game

England weeps as a man wearing the American flag captures Cooper's Hill's coveted wheel of dairy.

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No More Alcohol for Egypt's Suburbs

Also, a Sydney mall muzzles screaming children and Winston Churchill gets the axe from downtown Nottingham.

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Tree-Climbing Obama Heckler Exiled From D.C.

Also, politicians in Naples are sick of you assuming they're all criminals, and the U.K. suspends the coolest teacher ever.

The Skateboard As a Swiss Army Knife for Urban Living

Coat hanger, bottle opener, laptop desk? A French artist shows that a skateboard can be all of these, and more.

This 12-Year-Old Parkour Athlete Will Amaze, Scare the Crap Out of You

Robbie Griffith is starting to get noticed in the urban sport, and it's easy to see why.

Beijing Tries to 'Rectify' Jaywalkers: This Week in Bans

Also, Albuquerque is left vulnerable after outlawing barbed wire and a British ice cream-truck driver who rocked too hard is shut down.

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The Case for Simplified Coffee Shop Ordering

Forget "venti cafe latte." One London store would rather you ask for a "cup of really really milky coffee."

Is the Air Inside Public Bathrooms Rife With Infectious Particles?

 A review of the research indicates that could be the nasty truth, and other toilet tidbits.

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South Carolina Town Terrorized By Exploding Toilet

The detonating commode went off in Town Hall and lodged porcelain shrapnel in a door.

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England's Novel Idea for Funding Affordable Housing

Officials propose using the money from the sale of radio frequencies to pay for new housing stock.

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Mapping the Mysterious Cave Network Under Nottingham

Researchers are creating the first 3-D map of the city's hundreds of manmade caverns.

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Los Angeles Rids Its Schools of Styrofoam: This Week in Bans

Also, a British tractor thief gets his comeuppance and a Nigerian church freaks out over bombs in women's headdresses.