Archives: 2012 October

Archive for October, 2012

Be Safe. Be Super.

Thanks, DCist.


Hurricane Horse Tells A Joke

I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost

A Not-So-Gentle Reminder

Thanks, PJs!

Double Down: Lil Giant

It’s been an insane off-season for America’s pastime, and that’s mostly a good thing. There have been stories of heartbreaking loss, unprecedented triumph, rags-to-riches glory, and — oh, sweet lord — that beard. It all comes to a close soon: Tonight brings Game 1 of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. The best-of-seven championship round between two dark horses will surely be one to remember, but both clubs already have an entire season of unforgettable moments to look back on — especially them friendly Giants.

Earlier this week, not a fortnight after The Tony Bennett graced the field at All Telephones Tapped to sing God Bless America, none other than Lil “Weezy Baby” Wayne gleefully strutted out to lead the rapturous crowd in Take Me Out to the Ball Game. The tempestuous rapper has never looked happier, and we like to think it’s one of the most memorable moments of Major League Baseball (that didn’t involve a big stick being waved around in the air) in 2012:

Shady Read

Thanks, Melloy!

Stefon Tells Several Jokes: Halloween Edition

Friday Feels Like A Guy On A Buffalo

Thanks, Party Boy.

From Box To Bike

After my two wheels and I slipped on wet pavement last week, I was glad my slightly bruised bike was not made of cardboard. Then again, it didn’t cost $20.

Izhar Gafni, an Israeli designer and cycling enthusiast, is gaining press for an invention that he hopes will, you know, change the world. His prototype for a cardboard bicycle (!) seeks to bring an inexpensive, durable and efficient form of transportation from the most impoverished villages of Africa to the world’s most impacted cities.

With government grants funding most of the production, the estimated cost per unit ends being up a mere $9. Gafni imagines the bikes will sell for about $20, as retailers have to make a profit. His company sees ad space on the bikes as their main form of revenue.

Worried about the boxy bike’s lifespan? Well, they’re so inexpensive longevity almost doesn’t matter! There is a standing option to recycle your bike back at the factory if it is damaged, and Gafni claims the cardboard creations will seldom need maintenance or adjustment.

Smaller bikes for children, wheelchairs and even motorized versions are in the works as the bikes begin rolling of the production line.

What Gafni likes about his bike the most? “It’s cardboard!” Duh.