The 1977 New York Blackout: No Lights, No Food, But Lots Of Liquor

New York Blackout 1977

For two days in the middle of July, a black out grabbed New York by its sweaty throat only to aggravate existing economic and social fears. The culprit? An unforgiving combination of lightning strikes and faulty infrastructure. 4,000 people had to be evacuated from the subway system, with all major airports closed for about eight hours. Unsurprisingly, looters found great opportunity in the outage, and over 1,600 stores were damaged by looting and rioting.

What We Love This Week, Volume XCV

French Farmer Protests Gourds

Source: The Atlantic

French Farmers Up In Arms Over Falling Prices

French Farmer Protests Manure

Source: The Atlantic

Note to self: don’t piss off a French farmer lest you wish to have your front porch filled with steaming manure. This–along with a slew of other questionable pièces de résistance–was the result of Wednesday’s nationwide protests regarding falling prices and demand coupled with increased regulations and production costs. Continue Reading

Winner Of The UK Mountain Photo Of The Year Announced

The rules for Trail’s UK Mountain Photo of the Year contest were simple: photographers were asked to capture what they loved most about the United Kingdom’s mountains. After browsing through the list of finalists, it is clear that there are many reasons to love mountains, whether for their startling beauty or snow-covered peaks. Featuring mountains from all over the United Kingdom, here are the top ten finalists from the simple (yet spectacular) photo contest:

Rock Climbing Sunset

Source: BBC

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