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…The subway is not a dangerous place?

New York Subway

Lenore Skenazy of The New York Sun left her 9-year-old son at Bloomingdale’s with “a subway map, a MetroCard, a $20 bill, and several quarters, just in case he had to make a call.”

Several hours later…he turned up at home, safe and sound.

Surprised?

Half the people she told that story to were, but for what reason? Have we come to distrust our fellow man so much that we feel the need to keep children under lock and key so that they have no chance to foster any type of independence? I think we have, and Lenore would agree.

The problem is not that we aren’t aware of the risks, and haven’t heard stories of what can happen, it’s that “we all know that story — and the one about the Mormon girl in Utah and the one about the little girl in Spain — and because we do, we all run those tapes in our heads when we think of leaving our kids on their own.”

Except, instead of making them safer, locking them up just makes them dependent and afraid of the world.

    The statistics show that this is an incredibly rare event, and you can’t protect people from very rare events. It would be like trying to create a shield against being struck by lightning.

So perhaps it’s time for everyone to just relax a little bit, trust a little bit, and give a little bit, because otherwise, what kind of world have we created for ourselves?

[The New York Sun – Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride The Subway Alone]

…It’s Stockpile Saturday: Link Fest #1?

Tea Bags

The New York Times wrote a great article about the changes that tea is going through lately in response to its surging popularity.

[New York Times – Tea’s Got A Brand New Bag]

Bibi iPod Cover

Designers Laura and Paulina make these Bibi iPod covers that turn your little guy into a little monster.

[E-Mail For Information: laurenandpaulina@hotmail.fr]

[Via: Gizmodiva]

Netdisaster

Netdisaster lets you unleash some fury on the web. Try it out on DYH.

[Netdisaster]

[Via: Mobile Whack]

Park At My House

ParkAtMyHouse.com lets users let and rent parking spaces that would otherwise go unused.

[ParkAtMyHouse.com]

[Via: Autoblog]

A few brave and lucky hackers made a homemade flamethrower out of a toy water gun and some wiper fluid (and some stupidity).

[Via: Clip A Day]

Urban Monarch and Modern Drunkard put together two great guides about how to score free drinks when you go out. Put down the credit card, and slowly step away.

Drinks

[Urban Monarch – Drink For Free]

[Modern Drunkard – The Fine Art Of The Free Drink]

[Photo Via: marc_l’esperance’s]

Smells Of The City

Gawker put together a great map that documents the smells of the New York City subway system. Care for a tour?

[Gawker – New York City Subway Smell Map]

ThrustPac

The ThrustPac straps to your back and “converts horsepower to thrust to push you on any of your favorite devices”.

[ThrustPac]

[Via: Sci Fi Tech]

Finger Artwork

Funny Cool Stuff created 10 different finger themes that you can use when you want to decorate your digits.

[Funny Cool Stuff – Finger Artwork]

Popular Science has a ‘hands on’ with the Dyson Airblade, a 400 mph hand dryer.

[Popular Science – Dyson Airblade]

Alang India

Alang, India is famous for one thing: Recycling cruise ships. Peter Knego got a chance to visit the ship graveyard, and the pictures are breathtaking.

[Peter Knego – On The Road To Alang]

[Wikipedia – Alang]

[Via: Neatorama]

Map Of Springfield

MapOfSpringfield.com has created a huge map of the town where The Simpsons live. Google Maps, eat your heart out.

[MapOfSpringfield.com]

PingPongPixel

PingPongPixel is an interactive art experiment that uses colored ping pong balls to create giant images.

[PingPongPixel]

[Via: Josh Spear]

WhirlyBall

WhirlyBall “combines lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars”. Can sports get any better than that?

[WhirlyBall]

[Via: Dethroner]

Traffic Ticket

Lifehacker put together a great guide on “How To Beat A Speeding Ticket (Or At Least Better Your Chances)”.

[Lifehacker – How To Beat A Speading Ticket]

Meet People Drink Identifiers

Meet People Drink Identifiers from ATYPYK make the task of keeping an eye on your drink a clever conversation starter.

[Meet People Drink Identifiers]

[Via: Better Living Through Design]

Toyota wants to know how personal your car is with their Human Touch ad. It’s kind of creepy though.

[Via: Autoblog]

Tampon Crafts

Tampon Crafts turn that time of the month into an excuse to craft.

[Tampon Crafts]

[Via: Dethroner]

Soundbomb

Artist Felix Beck created a non-visual graffiti project called Soundbombs, “innocuous-looking 6-inch plastic shells that broadcast short clips (lines from Shakespeare, flatulence, or anything else you record) to unwitting passersby”. He doesn’t sell them, but instead takes applications, and prospective users must tell him where they will use it and how much they’re willing to pay. Get loud.

[Soundbombs]

[Via: bookofjoe]

Pepsi Sense Ad

Pepsi created an ad for the new Black Cherry French Vanilla flavor that included three senses: “sight, sound and scent”.

[Via: MIT Advertising Lab]

Orange

Sodium Laurel Sulfate, and ingredient in toothpaste, blocks sweet sensors on your tongue, which explains why orange juice tastes so bad after you brush.

[ABC – Why Does Orange Juice Taste So Bad After Brushing Your Teeth?]

[Photo Via: Strelitzia]

Cheeseburger

Information Architects put together a great read about interface, with a focus on the McDonald’s Cheesburger, the iPod, the Nintendo DS, and Google.

[Information Architects – The Interface Of A Cheeseburger]

Tide Chandelier

Stuart Haygarth created the Tide Chandelier out of man made debris that washed up along a stretch of the Kent coastline. “The sphere is an analogy for the moon which effects the tides which in turn wash up the debris”.

[Stuart Haygarth – Tide Chandelier]

[Via: MoCo Loco]

…The Interstate System is like a subway?

Interstate Subway

Chris Yates took the US Interstate System and remade it subway map style. Definitely a unique way of looking at the way we think of travel.

[Interstate Subway Map]

[Via: Boing Boing]

…Wesley Autrey is a hero?

Wesley Autrey

Though it’s all over the news and the blogosphere already, I just had to give Wesley Autrey some blog love of my own for his heroic actions. Autrey, a 59-year-old construction worker, jumped in front of a subway train to save Cameron Hollopeter, a 20 year old film student suffering from a seizure, shoving him into a two foot deep trough and lying on top of him while 102 feet of train passed overhead.

Subway Hero Diagram

This story almost brings me to tears. I wish only the best for someone so willing to risk his life to safe the life of a complete stranger.

[Via: USA Today]

…London’s underground is filled with animals?

Underground Elephant

Paul Middlewick stared at the London Underground map for so long, he started to see animals. Then, he realized that he wasn’t crazy, the tube lines, stations and junctions of the subway really did form into the shape of an elephant. Since that fateful discovery some 17 years ago, many more members of the animal kingdom have been discovered, all of which are documented at AnimalsOfTheUnderground.com, a collection of 27 animals. No drugs required.

[AnimalsOfTheUnderground.com]

[Via: Neatorama]