Gods and Monsters Hide Behind Childlike Eyes in Stunning Art

Every artist has a vision, and for Winfred Hawkins, that means envisioning an entire cosmos of twisted mythologies filtered through the unbridled imagination of children. The result is grotesque and sublime. » 12/19/14 1:52am Yesterday 1:52am

Park Gives Unflinching View of Birmingham's Painful Past

Driving through Birmingham, Alabama, last week, we made sure to stop by the 16th Street Baptist Church, site of the 1963 bombing that claimed the lives of four young girls. The church was appropriately serene, but the park across the street - my wife said it best, "Never before has a park made me cry." » 12/01/14 12:36am 12/01/14 12:36am

Asmara, Eritrea: A Forgotten Piece of Italy in Africa

Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, was an Italian colony between 1890 and 1941. The city was populated by a large Italian community (53,000 of 98,000 inhabitants in 1939), so the architecture is a unique blend of Italian modernism and Eritrean style. Here are the most amazing examples. » 11/05/14 9:10pm 11/05/14 9:10pm

Mind-expanding art meant to be destroyed by the sea

The beach became a surreal wonderland of dreams and nightmares as South Padre Island's Sandcastle Days brought oh-so temporary life to masterpieces on the Texas shore - check em out before they're annihilated by the elements (and grabby kids). » 10/06/14 8:38am 10/06/14 8:38am

Marriott fined $600K for blocking guests using non-hotel Wi-fi

This is strange, although I guess hotels have to deal with the fact that nobody uses their $2-per call phones, or their $18-a-day Internet, or their Spectravision TV, or lots of other services they used to charge for. But actually blocking wi-fi seems like a really dick move. Getting caught at it, though, that's just… » 10/03/14 11:56pm 10/03/14 11:56pm

Your Most Insane Travel Stories

Welcome to Pissing Contest, a weekly story sharing circle for the the ass-draggiest time of the afternoon on the ass-draggiest time of the last day between you and the weekend. Every week, we'll provide a prompt, you'll share stories, and we'll pick a winner that's featured in the next week's post. It's like a… » 8/29/14 5:37pm 8/29/14 5:37pm

Roadfood: A Day Of Pigging Out In Hartford, Connecticut

Being on the road all the time means that I am constantly eating out. Because of budgetary constraints, a lot of it ends up being fast food garbage or some buffet place of mostly-dubious quality. Roadfood is an occasional series in which I highlight some of the better options I find along the way. » 8/20/14 5:52am 8/20/14 5:52am

Museum Of Natural And Other Curiosities - Hartford, Connecticut

Located on the third floor of Connecticut's Old State House in Hartford, the Museum Of Natural And Other Curiosities is a reproduction of the museum that was set up by a fellow named Joseph Steward way back in 1798. In other words, that two-headed calf above isn't over 200 years old - it was donated to the museum in… » 8/16/14 4:00pm 8/16/14 4:00pm