Fatbergs, Naked Tourists, Bedbugs: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Summer's almost over but that doesn't mean we can't have one last warm-weather, city-ruining hurrah. Let's check out some exhibitionist visitors to Barcelona, unwelcome new passengers on the NYC subway, and an airplane-sized mass of congealed fat moving under London. What's Ruining Our Cities? These guys are. » 9/07/14 2:00pm 9/07/14 2:00pm

20 Awesome Stickers From When Your Suitcase Told Stories

There was a time when well-traveled luggage looked like the suitcase above: covered with travel stickers, trophies of every adventurous explorer. My father, who spent his youth traveling across Europe in the 60s and 70s kept his weary suitcase for a long time; as a child, I admired all those well-aged little pictures… » 1/30/14 9:20am 1/30/14 9:20am

Olympic-Sized Pool Boat Is an Instant Tourist Attraction—Just Add Water

The city of Antwerp is currently in the process of converting an old ferry boat into its newest tourist attraction—an almost 400-foot long swimming pool that will double as a skating rink in the cold winter months. It's an idea that's so simply genius we think every city should build one. » 5/03/12 3:40pm 5/03/12 3:40pm

Tourists Can Now Dangle Precariously From CN Tower

This is not going to end well. The CN Tower, which stretches 116 stories above the Toronto skyline, its "main pod" hovering there like some sort of malevolent spacecraft, will now invite tourists to stroll around its perimeter. There will be no fences, no ledges, no plexiglass walls. NOTHING, in fact, standing between… » 5/11/11 6:00am 5/11/11 6:00am

Rockport Paper House Is Most Ambitious Papercraft Ever

Back in 1922, a mechanical engineer began building his summer home in Rockport, Massachusetts, out of paper. Originally used just as insulation, Elis Stenman soon began to make furniture and decorations out of paper as well. What resulted was Rockport's Paper House, which is remarkably still standing after 80 years.… » 7/27/08 9:30am 7/27/08 9:30am

Santa Monica's 160,000 LED Ferris Wheel Powered By The Sun



Santa Monica has delivered a bright and shiny upgrade to its Pacific Ferris Wheel, dismantling the old one to make way for a new behemoth that boasts 160,000 LED lights. The 90-foot ride, manufactured by Chance Morgan Rides, delivers visual performances every night and cost the city $1.5 million. Thanks to solar… » 6/07/08 8:00pm 6/07/08 8:00pm

NEC Phone Translates Spoken Voice Into Touristy Demands

A newly developed phone from NEC will take the spoken words of Japanese tourists and turn them into an English translation on the fly. The translator's 50,000 word vocab is geared towards the typical tourist pleas: "Can I have a subway route map?" "How far away is the hotel?" and "Where can I find decent Japanese food… » 11/30/07 8:42am 11/30/07 8:42am