Notes From the California Penal League

San Quentin’s Giants

Meanwhile in Australia…

“When I’m driving, I definitely can’t do that math”

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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.”

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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.

Art Tonight (and this weekend) in New York

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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.

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Running of the Balls

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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.

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Live and in Bright Color in Los Angeles

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

Printables

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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.

“I want to cook condom food for you”

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Leave it to the Japanese to integrate condoms into cuisine for a cookbook promoting safe sex.

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Art Tonight (more This Weekend) in NY, LA, & SF

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A couple things here, a couple things there, and all the info down below.

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The Writing On The Wall

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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.

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Lunchtime Laughter

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.

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Art From the Skillet

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.

Having that “wild ambition” of Experiencing Prison Life in North Korea

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Ambition granted, buddy

In Colombia, Everything is Sexy

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Even unintentional things like the Colombian women’s cycling team’s uniforms

Found Photos (pt. 21): Postcard Edition

Unearthed and collected by Dave Schubert while digging through dead people’s stuff at garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets.

$9.55, $19.05 and $38.10

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How to outsmart those annoying, interest earning balance thieves at the MTA

“If It’s Big and Ugly, It’s Not Big Enough”

James Victore on a “Type Safari” through Brooklyn

“This was never wet before”

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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.”

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