The City Pipes and Stairways That Get Left Behind and Lead to Nowhere

Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind. Vestiges. Just as humans have tailbones and whales have pelvic bones, cities have doors that open into a limb-breaking drop, segments of… » 8/27/14 1:40pm 8/27/14 1:40pm

These giant pipes help keep an entire city safe

You may think this is some real life level of Mario Bros. Or that it's an organ pipe made for a robot giant but it's actually one of the pump stations that keep beautiful New Orleans safe from flooding. It sucks in water from one side and spits it out on the other. » 7/15/14 9:20pm 7/15/14 9:20pm

Manholes In D.C. Are So Full of Methane They're Ready to Explode

Washington, DC may not really have been built on a swamp, but it can't escape the swamp gas. Scientists just published a survey that maps a whopping 5,893 natural gas leaks in the city's aging pipelines. » 1/16/14 1:20pm 1/16/14 1:20pm

Why Cold Weather Makes Your Water Pipes Burst

We're currently experiencing colder-than-seasonal weather here in Seattle. This is causing a lot of problems with burst water pipes. Here is a picture of a couple of issues suffered by a friend of mine Ian. » 12/11/13 1:40pm 12/11/13 1:40pm

Pneumatic Tubes Are Working Their Way Back Into the Pipeline

You might think of pneumatic tubes as an arcane means of pushing letters around big buildings—but there's a quiet revolution in the pipeline which could see them challenging digital communication, at least some of the time. » 8/14/13 9:18am 8/14/13 9:18am

Eating In Concrete Tubes Is Not As Dystopian As It Sounds

Pretty much anyone who walks into a bar or diner in a group is scanning for a booth. It's just nicer to eat five plates of cheese fries in your own space. And the architects at Australian firm Techne clearly agree because they used concrete pipes to create seating spaces in the redesigned bar at Melbourne's Prahran… » 7/14/13 10:20am 7/14/13 10:20am

Puff on a Par 4 with this Sneaky Tee Weed Pipe

Just because your ball's not on the green doesn't mean you can't be. But rather than spark an obvious J on the front nine, be a little more discreet by smoking out of the Pitch-N-Puff. » 5/14/13 4:20pm 5/14/13 4:20pm

New Pipe Design Turns Taking a Shower into an Energy-Generating Activity

The ES Pipe Waterwheel, designed by Korean innovator Ryan Jongwoo Choi, is a simple plumbing accessory that turns simple workaday activities—running a bath, washing your hands, hosing off the dog—into hydroelectricity generative tasks. » 7/05/12 10:40pm 7/05/12 10:40pm

Incredibowl i420 Lightning Review: The Robocop of Toking Implements

If you've held onto a piece for more than two years, consider yourself lucky—glassware is designed to look pretty, not to be rugged. Until now, that is. The Incredibowl i420 smokes like a chimney no matter how hard you beat on it. » 4/20/12 4:20pm 4/20/12 4:20pm

America's Water Pipes Are Failing and We Need to Fix Them...Fast

By and large, America's water infrastructure is on the cusp of disrepair. Environmentalists and public health officials have been chattering about this for years, but now the problem has become more urgent and we need to overhaul much of it in a hurry. » 11/28/11 11:00am 11/28/11 11:00am

Danish Trolls Are Playing All Sorts of Twinkly Music On This Pan Pipes…

"Who's that tripping over my bridge?!" roared the troll. "It is I, the creator of elevator and massage room muzak, and I've come to have a tinkle on your bridge's underbelly-pipes!" » 6/29/11 3:40am 6/29/11 3:40am

Old Lady Trapped in Bathroom for 3 Weeks Irritated Neighbors by Banging…

A 69-year-old French woman became trapped in her bathroom after the door locks failed her, and locked her in. She was rescued after three weeks when neighbors became so fed up with her pipes-tapping call for help. » 11/25/10 8:00am 11/25/10 8:00am

The Cleanable Tobacco Pipe Invented By Kurt Vonnegut's Dad

After fathering sci-fi satirist Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Kurt Vonnegut Sr. dabbled in tobacco smoking, pipe cleaning, and innovation. The result: this patent for an easily-cleanable, tubular-stemmed tobacco pipe for "a maximum of digital cleanliness." That means clean fingers. [Atlantic] » 8/27/10 9:00pm 8/27/10 9:00pm

The Art of Japanese Manhole Covers

Your current favorite manhole fact: they're round so that they can't fall in the manhole, even when they're turned sideways. Your new favorite manhole fact: in Japan, they serve as canvasses for hundreds of beautiful, vibrant artworks: » 8/23/10 5:00pm 8/23/10 5:00pm

Huge Steel Pipes Being Turned Into Offices

When it was time to design new offices for a steel pipe factory, a clever guy decided to use the factory's product as a major part of the new additions. Puns about pipe dream designs aside, it looks pretty good. » 12/15/09 10:20pm 12/15/09 10:20pm

Dude Puts a Pipe in a TI-83 Calculator; Calculator Still Works

It must be creative pipe week here at Gizmodo, because people keep sending in their awesome creations. And this might be the best one yet: a functioning TI-83 calculator with a pipe built into it. » 3/13/09 12:20pm 3/13/09 12:20pm

Solopipe Self-Igniting Bowl Lets the Good Times Roll

No more fumbling around for a lighter with the brand new Solopipe, the self-lighting pipe that lets you put your weed in its bowl, slide the lid over it, and then you can carry around your own personal mobile smoking station right there in your pocket. Open up the lid on that bowl, pull the lighter's trigger, and… » 6/28/07 9:45am 6/28/07 9:45am