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Zebra Crossing

October 31, 2011

Zebra Crossing

October 31, 1951: the Zebra Crossing first comes to the aid of pedestrians. As mandated by British law, a new kind of road marking appears in Slough, Berks., white stripes painted on black tarmac from curb to curb perpendicular to the flow of traffic. Labor Party MP (later Prime Minister) James Callaghan commented on the resemblance to the striped African equine, and the name stuck. Someone else named the Panda Car.

Today the Zebra Crossing is found around the world, but the most famous one is only about 25 miles from the first one. It’s on Abbey Road in London.

“Sixty Years of the Zebra Crossing,” Nicola Bowerbank, Britannica Blog

Abbey Road crossing live webcam

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Halloween on the Web

October 30, 2011

Halloween on the Web

Tricks and treats from across the Interwebz:

“Zombies Never Die,” “Emily Sohn, Discovery News

“Halloween 2011: Top Costumes, History, Myths, More,” Brian Handwerk, National Geographic News

“Foreclosure Mill’s Halloween Party Mocks Homeless, Displaced,” Daniel Frankel, The Wrap

“Anti-Wall Streeters inspire Halloween costumes,” Leanne Italie, Associated Press via Google

“The ‘War on Halloween’: A Trick or a Treat for Conservatives?” Leslie Savanon, The Nation