Boston's Skinny House went up for sale recently. It's a four-story house with rooms only 10 feet wide, and was reportedly built just to block another house's view of the harbor. "Spite houses" have been regularly built for these kinds of reasons, it turns out. Plus: today in in 1504 Michelangelo completed David. We've got a fun fact about this iconic sculpture for you.
As sea levels rise, small island nations like Kiribati face some tough choices. A European design studio has an idea that might help: sustainable buildings that can collect rainwater, generate electricity, and help grow food. And they float. Plus: Boston's Museum of Science joins with Leonard Nimoy's family to mark his 90th birthday in a fascinating way.
On this day in 1948 of the mayor of Boston, James Curley, wrote to the president of MIT, asking that the school's top engineers find a way to get rid of the huge amounts of snow, maybe with flamethrowers. Seriously. Plus: in Chico, California, a much more calm event is getting underway, the the Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway.
Presidential sites are repositories of national memory, sources of inspiration, recreational spots, engines of tourist economies... and, unfortunately, potential targets.
Moon rock at the JFK Library in Boston.
I feel safer already.
As I was going on my merry way near the Commons a nervous-looking fellow came up to me and asked me, "I got mushrooms, you want to buy some mushrooms?" Not catching on right away, I answered, "No, thanks, but do you have any peppers?"