A fellow in Lawton, Oklahoma chased a twenty dollar bill he dropped down a storm drain and ended up lost in the city's pipe system for two days. Some young people finally heard his cries for help. According the KSWO, the man had minor scrapes and a bump on his head and couldn't recall how he had become disoriented. He is very lucky he didn't encounter any alligators or, worse, Mole Man.
Our cities' sewers are some of the most incredible structures in the built environment. In a new book, "An Underground Guide to Sewers: or: Down, Through and Out in Paris, London, New York, &c." historian Stephen Halliday explores the systems (and people) that deal with our shit so we don't have to. From the book… READ THE REST
Bursting through some old and rotten planks in an abandoned park buidling, 13 year-old Jessie Hernandez plummeted into the Los Angeles sewer system. The City of Fallen Angels spared no resource or technology in their 12 hour long search to save the young man. Via RawStory: "This young man rose like Jesus," said Bryant Jones,… READ THE REST
The latest fatberg (a hardened mass of condoms, nappies, wet wipes, fat, and other things that people insist on flushing down their toilets) (previously) to clog London's sewers is the Whitechapel whale, measuring 820 feet long, weighing 130 metric tonnes (as much as 11 double-decker buses) (this is a standard measure of fatbergs). READ THE REST
When construction workers, landscapers, or warehouse workers complain of aches and pains incurred on the job, we acknowledge the rigors of back-breaking physical labor. But when keyboard warriors who spend all day in front of a screen gripe about shoulder, arm, or wrist discomfort, it's easy to laugh it off as less than critical. Life-threatening?… READ THE REST
At first, the thought of jumping into the real estate game after the world's year under the COVID-19 bubble could feel like a risky proposition. But, while the depressed economy might trigger fears of fewer business and residential customers, some prominent real estate investors say the current state has many properties selling at great prices,… READ THE REST
We're all usually overjoyed to add a new piece of technology to our galaxy of devices. But, once you've spent a lot of time with that new addition, it can start to lose some of its luster – and your eye starts wandering. Call it the 'seven-year itch' of technology. But considering how fast technology… READ THE REST