Humor

September 27, 2013, 2pm PDT
What do an upside-down White House, a toilet-shaped museum, and a planetarium shaped like Saturn and its rings have in common? All can be found in futurist website io9's collection of the world's most extreme buildings.
io9
September 20, 2013, 2pm PDT
Though the Wall Street Journal's editorial board and Victoria's Secret Angels are unlikely to ride one, Citi Bikes have attracted a wide swath of New Yorkers. Apparently this also includes the city's ample supply of weirdos.
Grist
Blog post
September 8, 2013, 1am PDT
If American politicans and bureaucrats had favored public transit or pedestrians as aggressively as they favored cars in the 20th century, public policy would be very different indeed.
Michael Lewyn
September 6, 2013, 2pm PDT
A climate change advocacy group calls on the World Meteorological Organization to update their system for naming extreme storms after policy makers who deny climate change exists.
Climate Name Change
August 30, 2013, 2pm PDT
Satirical newspaper The Onion has released the results of a nationwide poll to determine what the country's residents associate with the word "America". Rather than apple pie, the flag, or baseball, the resounding choice was a strip mall parking lot.
The Onion
August 23, 2013, 2pm PDT
If you love the transportation-related puns you've been subjected to over repeated viewings of Cars, Cars 2, and, now, Planes with your children, you're going to be excited to hear about what Disney is working on now.
Funny Or Die
August 22, 2013, 1pm PDT
In a 1957 book, author Selden Rodman collected conversations with 35 of America's preeminent artists and architects. The interviews with Frank Lloyd Wright are a font of choice quotes on topics from Le Corbusier to NYC's density.
Brain Pickings
August 19, 2013, 11am PDT
Anyone living in New York, or paying attention to baseball, knows how one failed splashy signing can sink a team's competitiveness. Rather than trying to win with home runs, local governments should be playing small ball, argues Charles Marohn.
Strong Towns
August 16, 2013, 2pm PDT
The battle over who can present the most compelling infographical maps is apparently escalating. The good news, no matter the result, we all win. While these 80 maps may not explain everything, they sure do say a lot.
Bored Panda
August 16, 2013, 1pm PDT
Authorities have ordered an acupuncture clinic owner and former government advisor to demolish the bizarre addition he's built on top of his 26th-story penthouse apartment. If the description sounds weird, just wait until you see the pictures.
South China Morning Post
August 9, 2013, 2pm PDT
Streetsblog is running a humorous, and sadly disturbing, competition to find the most moronic statements uttered by state and local transportation officials. Meet North America's "Motor Mouths".
DC.Streetsblog
August 9, 2013, 1pm PDT
When President Obama sat with real estate website Zillow for an online discussion this week, he may have been surprised to see the site turn its appraisal eye on his current home. See how much they think the 132-room mansion he occupies would fetch.
WTOP
August 2, 2013, 2pm PDT
Community Cable 9 has outdone themselves with this trailer for the weekly broadcast of Whitehorse, Canada's City Council meetings. Don't you wish your council meetings were this epic?
The Washington Post
July 30, 2013, 7am PDT
Police in the New Jersey town of Woodbury are going to extraordinary lengths to bust drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians.
NJ.com
July 26, 2013, 2pm PDT
Buzzfeed has posted a stunning video clip of the mad scramble to exit and board a train along Beijing's subway line #13 during the morning commute at Xierqi station. Calling it "rush hour" simply doesn't do this justice.
BuzzFeed
July 26, 2013, 1pm PDT
We've found this week's ultimate time-waster! Slate has developed a map quiz that asks participants to guess which city is being depicted based solely on the geography of its Starbucks locations.
Slate
July 21, 2013, 1pm PDT
Throughout history, cities that built the tallest towers were the newbs and rubes of urbanization, proclaims land use attorney Bill Adams in this light hearted put-down of the architectural race for rarified air.
UrbDeZine.com
July 19, 2013, 2pm PDT
If you're looking or a sign that Bike Share has hit the big time this may be it: Victoria's Secret Angels have come out firmly against it.
New York Post
July 12, 2013, 2pm PDT
Leave it up to the fine folks at Copenhagenize, the cycling crusaders, to produce a fake commercial based on the real dangers of car driving, rather than the fantasy sold by car companies in their advertisements.
Copenhagenize
June 28, 2013, 2pm PDT
Seen across the Internet this week: a picture of a crazy (brilliant?) idea for stabilizing one's self on a subway car without touching any germ-filled surfaces. It may not be the wildest thing you'll see on a Tokyo subway, but it's probably close.
Rocket News 24