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Subpar Mini Golf, Complete with the Golden Gate Bridge Loop-de-Loop

Photo: Rusty Blazenhoff/Flickr Now that is a putt putt golf loop-de-loop! Rusty Blazenhoff of Laughing Squid went to Subpar Miniature Golf (hah! get it? Subpar?) in Alameda, [...]

The Late Movies: Fireworks Around the World

The celebrate Independence Day in the US, I’ve collected fireworks displays from around the world. Can’t find a good fireworks show in your neighborhood? Just make these fullscreen and crank up the speakers. New Year’s Day 2012 – London BBC One’s coverage of the fireworks display in London for New Year’s 2012, complete with an [...]

Link Latte 161

#161 – Week of July 15, 2011 Ghastly 2-meter-long Sea Creature, info – [Leptocephalus video]The Wonders of Tree Bark – [fantastic photography]1988: Iran Air Flight Shot Down by US, info – [disaster]Extreme: Climbing the Golden Gate Bridge – [wow pics]Huge Breakthrough in Computer Memory – [science]Wow: Hypothermal Worm, Mosquito Eyes, more – [micro]Secret Mechanics Optical Illusion, [...]

The Golden Gate Bridge’s Accidental Color

Architect Irving Morrow designed the Golden Gate Bridge, and he chose its color. The three popular bridge colors of the day — black, gray, and silver, wouldn’t cut it. Morrow disdained black: it would reduce the scale of the bridge; gray would not be distinctive; and silver was more suited to a dirigible. So how [...]

Pet Cemetery Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Photo: Telstar Logistics Here’s something I didn’t know about San Francisco: underneath the Doyle Street ramp to the Golden Gate bridge is a pet cemetery from the former Presidio Army Base: Built in the 1930s, at the same time as the Golden Gate Bridge, Doyle Drive is now a seismic hazard, so it is being completely rebuilt. [...]

Japan’s “Suicide Forest”

It’s perhaps the most obvious setting for a horror movie imaginable — and it’s real. And incredibly grim. There is a thick, in places nearly impenetrable forest around Mt. Fuji, and it’s the most popular place for suicide in Japan. It’s the second most popular spot in the world behind the Golden Gate Bridge. From [...]

Most Stunning Bridges

World’s Most Stunning Bridges (PHOTOS) From the epic expanse of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge suspension bridge in Japan to the timeless grandeur of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the world is covered with bridges that are not only marvels of engineering but also of beauty and inspiration.In honor of these achievements, we present 12 stunning bridges [...]

Fictional Company Makes Access to Cool Stuff (and Parking) Easy!

So this is pretty genius. Back in the 80s, a gentleman from San Francisco discovered that by camouflaging his van as a work vehicle, he could park in loading zones, deter thieves, and gain access to all sorts of cool places to explore and photograph that he probably wouldn’t be allowed into otherwise. The “company” [...]

Alphabet of Computing

If you think that Apple was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, think again: there was a “third founder” of Apple. In 1976, Ronald Wayne gave up his 10% stake of the fledgling company for $800 because he was worried that the company would fold and that he would be liable for debts incurred [...]