F1 driver Kimi "Iceman" RΓ€ikkΓΆnen once had his car break down during the Monaco Grand Prix. After this, live TV showed him walking along the sidewalks with helmet still on, straight to the harbour, where he climbed aboard his yacht. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
In 1988 Holland, MI installed a snowmelt system underneath their sidewalk to help bring more tourism and to combat lake-effect snow. holland.org/snow-free-hol…
The Laguna GarzΓ³n Bridge in Uruguay is designed as a circle, over the water. Its design forces drivers to slow down and to allow for pedestrian access along the one-way circular route, including crosswalks that allow pedestrian access to either the inner or outer sidewalks of the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
The reason why sidewalks aren't flat and smooth is because they drag a broom over the wet concrete to prevent people from falling when it rains concretenetwork.com/slip-…
There is a neighborhood called "The Hole" in NYC. It has no streetlights, sidewalks, or sewers, and it sits 12 feet below the surrounding area (hence the name). It was once home to a farming town, black cowboys, the mob, until finally earning the reputation of the worst neighborhood in NYC roamingviews.com/travel/n…
In 2013, San Diego's City Attorney prosecuted a man for writing anti-bank messages in washable chalk on a public sidewalk. He faced 13 counts of vandalism and thousands of dollars in restitution. The jury acquitted him of all charges. sandiegoreader.com/weblog…
There are "secret poems" written on sidewalks in Boston, that can only be seen when it rains or when liquid is poured on the lettering. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of the 'Hess Triangle' - the smallest piece of private property in NYC (2mΒ²) and the result of a grudge between a Philadelphia landlord and city of New York. The sidewalk inscription reads "Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes" mentalfloss.com/article/5…
, Mel Brooks wore a fake 6th finger to get his handprint in the sidewalk at Grauman's Chinese Theater. cbsnews.com/news/mel-broo…
Today I learned of spray paint on sidewalks called β€œutility graffiti,” which uses colors and symbols to identify pipes and wires underground. Marking the ground wasn’t standard until 1976, when a dig in Los Angeles punctured a gas line and created a β€œwall of fire” that killed 9 people and destroyed 7 buildings. popularmechanics.com/tech…
The cracks in the sidewalk are added to allow flexibility for thermal expansion youtu.be/pH7VfJDq7f4?t=18…
Paul Bettany was told by a movie producer that "his career was over" and he was "done in Hollywood". As he sat down in the sidewalk minutes later, Joss Whedon called him and asked if he wanted to be Vision in "Age of Ultron". youtube.com/watch?v=Vc9TD…
In 2012, a Cleveland woman arrested for a traffic infraction was ordered to stand for 2 days holding a sign that read "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Massive ant swarms on the sidewalk are not ants gathering food or establishing a colony but actually "large scale" territorial ant wars between two colonies bygl.osu.edu/node/1029
There’s a man who makes his living off scouring the streets and sidewalks of New York’s diamond district for mini diamonds that are dropped during transport nypost.com/2011/06/20/got…
These rectangular plates on sidewalks are to warn people with vision impairment that they are about to walk out onto a street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
When Jack Dempsey was 75 years old, 2 young muggers tried to rob him, Dempsey broke loose and KO'd both of them on sidewalk, Jack Dempsey was ferocious heavyweight champion who inspired Mike Tyson boxingmonthly.com/stories…
A Queens man, Raffi Stepanian, has mined the cracks in the sidewalks in Midtown's Diamond District, New York City, for bits of diamonds, rubies, platinum and gold to make a living. Over six days, he says he collected enough gold for two sales totaling $819. nypost.com/2011/06/20/got…
The city of Vancouver dropped the speed limit on Hastings St to 30km/h in order to protect drug addicts that can't tell the difference between the road and the sidewalk nationalpost.com/opinion/…
A Cleveland woman was ordered by a judge to stand on a corner during rush hour on two days holding a sign that read "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus", after notoriously disregarding the law and laughing at the charges. cleveland.com/metro/index…
Today I learned of a sidewalk curb in Hayward, California that unintentionally marked the progression of a fault line for decades - until the city infrastructure department unknowingly paved over it. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Scientists once had a favorite curb in Hayward, CA. They studied the curb because it lay on the Hayward fault line & was being pulled apart each year. This evidence of Earth’s shifting plates was observed from the 1970s till 2016 when the city decided to fix the sidewalk & unknowingly ruined it latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
In NYC there is a pizza sized plot of land sitting in the middle of a sidewalk. As a result of a surveying error, it was left as part of an estate. The heirs refused to donate the plot of land to NYC, instead putting a mosaic on the plot in 1922. The mosaic is still there, surrounded by sidewalk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hes…
Pavement ant colonies often engage in "sidewalk battles", resulting in tens of thousands of ant casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pav…
Kevin Bacon initially thought he hit a career low with the film "Tremors" even stating that he "broke down and fell to the sidewalk" screaming "I can't believe I'm doing a movie about underground worms!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
There’s a man in New York City who mines sidewalk cracks for gold. He can make over $600 a week... nypost.com/2011/06/20/got…
Bicyclists can ride on any sidewalk in Seattle as long as they do so in a "careful and prudent manner." In general, though, β€œbicyclists are not safer on the sidewalk because they become almost invisible to the motorist” seattletimes.com/seattle-…
The cracks in sidewalks prevent the concrete from crumbling cement.org/learn/concrete…
In Fairbanks, Alaska it is illegal for a moose to enter a saloon (via the sidewalk). This law was created to try to stop a local tavern keeper from getting his pet moose drunk and prevent the moose's frequent drunken rampages. outdoorlife.com/articles/…
Japan banned beer vending machines from public sidewalks, not to prevent public drunkenness or sales to minors but because liquor store owners didn't like the competition. japantimes.co.jp/communit…
Johnny Cash's song "A Boy Named Sue" was actually written by Shel Silverstein (author/poet of children's books "The Giving Tree"; "Where the Sidewalk Ends"; and "A Light in the Attic") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_B…
In Rockville, Maryland, "A person may not profanely curse and swear or use obscene language upon or near any street, sidewalk or highway within the hearing of persons passing by, upon or along such street, sidewalk or highway." library.municode.com/md/r…
In Russia, there is a group of boys who attempt to force traffic regulations in Russia, which can vary from blocking cars driving on sidewalks, to placing stickers on cars who park in illegal spot to. The group is called Stop a Douchebag thedailybeast.com/article…
In France, in order to to tackle public urination ("wild peeing"), some fully exposed open-air urinals were installed. The "uritrottoirs" ("sidewalk urinals") are filled with odor-fighting straw or sawdust and they harness nutrients in waste to produce compost for parks and gardens. unreservedmedia.com/paris…
It Is Illegal For A Moose To Enter A Saloon Via The Sidewalk Fairbanks, Alaska outdoorlife.com/articles/…
In 1914 Daniel Hess refused to sell the last bit of his property to the city of New York after the rest his property had been seized via eminent domain, and today it remains on the sidewalk with a tile that reads "Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hes…
Paris has a problem with public urination and the unpleasant smell that comes along with it. To fight this, β€œsidewalk urinals” filled with odor fighting sawdust are being installed along the streets. nationalgeographic.com.au…
The cast of Office Space reunited in 2009 for the 10th anniversary of the film and destroyed a printer on the sidewalk of the Paramount Theatre en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
An avenue is traditionally a straight road which emphasize arrival at a landscape or architectural feature and A boulevard is usually a widened, multi-lane arterial street with a median and landscaping between the curbs and sidewalks on either side. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
In Germany (and other parts of Europe) there are brass plaques set in the sidewalks in front of the former homes of people who fell victim to German Nazism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
LBJ once ordered a Secret Service agent to stand in front of him so he could urinate on the sidewalk. After a few seconds, the agent said, β€œSir, you’re pissing on my leg,” to which Johnson responded, β€œThat’s all right, son. That’s my prerogative.” getkempt.com/article/the-…
Boston has hidden poems on its sidewalks that are only visible when wet. When it rains, pedstrians are treated to the work of Langston Hughes and others. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The comedian Katt Williams has been arrested at least 12 times since 2006 for reasons including beating a person with a bottle, driving a motorbike on a sidewalk, stealing jewelry and hitting a person in the face with a salt shaker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
There is a man in NYC who digs through the cracks in sidewalks in search of gold and diamonds, making as much as $819 in six days. nypost.com/p/news/local/m…
Muhammad Ali's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is the only star which is not on the sidewalk; rather, it is on the wall of the Kodak Theatre to honor his request that he β€œdid not want to be walked on.” hwof.com/star/-/-/2435?sw…
Nunavut, Canada's largest territory, has no sidewalks in any of its municipalities. gov.nu.ca/eia/information…
In Japan they have specific sections of sidewalks textured for blind people's canes so they know where shops, subways, and crosswalks are located. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
There are secret poems written on Boston's sidewalks that are only visible when it rains. mentalfloss.com/article.p…
Shel Silverstein, who many of us know for "Where the Sidewalk Ends", wrote Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" rollingstone.com/music/vi…
In 2003, Matt White, a minor league pitcher, purchased a parcel of land from his elderly aunt for $50,000. The land, he later discovered, contained a rock quarry of Goshen stone - a substance commonly used in sidewalks - with a market value of over $2 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…

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