San Quentin’s Giants
Launched as a pilot program “aimed to convince Americans to adopt the system of measure in use across much of the rest of the world,” Interstate 19 in Arizona is the only continuous stretch of highway in the United States that uses the metric system. As you can guess, the Carter administration program failed because America is still waiting on the rest of world to adopt the US customary system.
“My mum told me that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I should put a potato up there. I believed her.”
After complaining to physicians about abdominal pain, doctors found a sprouting potato deep inside a 22-year-old Colombian girl, which she had been using as some type of backwoods contraception device. Apparently, Mother does not always know best.
Peter Sutherland and Jim Mangan at Muddguts, Lance De Los Reyes at The Hole, and Chuck Webster drawing at the Wythe Hotel. All the info below.
Adding to the ongoing wussification of the world, the Madrileno village of Mataelpino has replaced bulls with large foam boulders for what was once their annual bull run.
Three solid shows opened in the parched City of Angels at the beginning of September: Eddie Martinez at Michael Kohn, KAWS at Honor Fraser, and Sam Falls at Hannah Hoffman. Here’s a look through all of them.
Photos courtesy of respective galleries
Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What? by Jon Mooallem
How the tech billionaire came to own 87,000 acres, three hotels, a wastewater treatment plant, a cemetery and 380 cats.
Leave it to the Japanese to integrate condoms into cuisine for a cookbook promoting safe sex.
A couple things here, a couple things there, and all the info down below.
Out of print since 1976, Roger Perry’s The Writing On The Wall has been called “the original book of London graffiti.” Featuring more street sayings than street sprayings, it’s a fine look at 1970’s London counterculture.
Glad somebody finally did this, although it could have been done with some better music… Without further ado, some dude running around NYC giving high-fives to people hailing taxis.
In Kiss My Aura, his latest show at Slow Culture in Los Angeles, artist Travis Millard has taken his pancake art, covered it in resin (not syrup), and used the plate as a frame. Oh, he also made some rad drawings too.
Ambition granted, buddy
Even unintentional things like the Colombian women’s cycling team’s uniforms
Unearthed and collected by Dave Schubert while digging through dead people’s stuff at garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets.
James Victore on a “Type Safari” through Brooklyn
A random benefit from last month’s earthquake in Napa Valley? Water. Lots of it. Seems all that shaking in the earth opened up fissures in the rocks that have allowed massive deposits of groundwater to reach the surface, turning once parched land into pockets of green. At one creek north of Vallejo, an estimated 200,000 gallons of water are flowing daily down the tiny waterway into the bay. Like all good earthly things though, the surplus is bound to stop. As one hydrogeologist said: “There is only so much water in there. As the water table lowers, the water flow diminishes. It’s like a bank account. You’ve just reached into the bank account and borrowed some money, but the spending spree will eventually end.”