John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Some Taiwanese look on the bright side of a deadly storm by posing with slumping receptacles.
Though locals are no doubt still bemoaning the storm’s destruction—the latest toll is about two-dozen dead in Taiwan and China—some have embraced the damaged boxes, flocking to pose for goofy pictures. They’ve become such a sensation there are now toys of them circulating. Reports the Taipei Times:
Two mailboxes in Taipei have become tourist attractions after a shop sign fell on them during Typhoon Soudelor, with visitors saying they now resemble two people standing next to each other and leaning.
The mailboxes—one red and the other green—are on Longjiang Road (龍江路) in Taipei….
Chunghwa Post Co chairman Philip Ong (翁文祺) yesterday said that the two mailboxes would remain at their current location, adding that the post office plans to turn the site into a tourist attraction.
He added that a sign would be set up to the side of the mailboxes informing visitors how they had been damaged by Typhoon Soudelor.
Even as monuments, the boxes will still accept letters.