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Our Readers' Best Halloween Costumes

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At the beginning of the month, we asked for photos of your best Halloween costumes — the geeky ones, the nerdy ones, the ones of which you're particularly proud. After sifting through all the e-mails, we're proud to present our readers' best Halloween costumes. Enjoy!

(40 photos is a lot for one post, so we've paginated it as a courtesy to those of you with slower internet connections.)

Sheila S. (second from left) and friends, who know that a "group costume is infinitely more fun," spent one Halloween as Odlaw, Wizard Whitebeard, Wenda, Woof, and—of course—Waldo (Wally). "Costumes were complete with accessories (scroll, binoculars, cane, etc.), and Woof even had a personalized dog tag reading 'If found please return to Waldo'."




Amanda M. and her boyfriend dressed up as Jamie and Adam from MythBusters.


Reader Jessica V., at left, knows how to turn lemons into lemonade: "I'm going through chemo right now which means I don't have any hair, so I figured what better time to rock a Borg costume?" We couldn't agree more, Jessica. At right is reader Jen B., who made her great Stargate Jaffa Serpent Guard costume from cardboard.



At left, reader Meg B. as Edward Scissorhands. At right, reader Jason B. as his interpretation of Lady GaGa based on her song "Poker Face."



Two instantly recognizable TV characters: reader Anneke M. as Carmen Sandiego and reader Robert H. as Mr. Rogers. Anneke discovered that her classmates at BYU are quite the geography fans: "I had people screaming they'd "found" me everywhere I went."

Both Kerri (left) and Molly U. (right) invested some serious time into their home-made costumes.


For her Luna Lovegood costume, Kerri made the necklace, earrings, scarf, wand, glasses, and robe.


Molly made her entire Zelda costume from scratch, including the hand-painted tapestry hanging on the front.


Stephanie S. has dressed up as Agent Scully, E.T. (complete with bag of Reese's Pieces), and, breaking away from the alien-theme, Marge Simpson, although she says many people mistook her for Thing 1: "I think the hair is too bright of a blue."



The Rodgers family got creative with cardboard boxes: mom Sara dressed up as the TARDIS, kids Oliver and Landon were the Transformers Starscream and Megatron (that transformed "weakly, but still awesome when they used the right noises!"), and dad Mike was a red LEGO brick.

Landon has also dressed up as Dr. Horrible, "with FREEZE RAY!", as seen below left.

Reader Chris S. and family, above right, dressed as The Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl this year. All 3 costumes were home made.


Reader Betsy's 12-year-old daughter won't have any trouble trick-or-treating in the dark!



In 1988, "totally nerdy" reader Brian M. went trick-or-treating as Michael Dukakis, accompanied by a blow-up Ronald Reagan.



Shana C. as (a female) Alex from A Clockwork Orange.


Reader Jennifer W. dressed her 2-year-old twin boys in homemade Mario and Luigi costumes, because "Good Nerd Parents Raise Good Nerd Babies."


Robyn's stepson and his father have matching homemade Mario costumes for this year, accompanied by an 8-months-pregnant Robyn as Boo.




Our last Mario-inspired costume: Reader Augustus F. and his grandson teamed up as (big) Mario and (little) Luigi for Halloween this year.


Reader Lilly, at left, spent last Halloween as Firefox; she's repeating the costume this year but "expanding her search engine entourage." Reader Miranda O., at right, dressed as the Prince(ss) from Katamari; she brought along the booklet to explain her costume.



At left: Reader and law student Annie G. dressed as a LOLcat. At right: Reader Venus M. as an awkward turtle.



Tracie S. submitted this photo taken at the Halloween party held at her husband's independent game store; this guest was dressed as the "Nyan Cat."


Kimberly W. is going as SNL's Land Shark skit this year: "I'm the door. And when someone comes near my door I knock on it. They say "Who's there?" If I say "Landshark", I turn around and there's a picture of a landshark on one side, with "Trick or Treat?!" on the sides. If I say "CandyGram", I give them a piece of candy through the mail slot."



The daughters of reader Kathie R., Anna (5) and Liz (9), are trick-or-treating as Darth Vader and Princess Leia tonight, making Kathie one "proud mama right now!"



Continuing the Star Wars theme is Rohr Chamberlain in costumes made by his dad, Alex. This year they're doing Halo armor.



At left is reader Lisa K. as Beaker, holding the "severed head of Bunsen." At right, Lisa is dressed as Bender, accompanied by her boyfriend dressed as Dr. Zoidberg.



On the left: Kyla S., who won her work costume contest with her wedding cake costume. On the right: Jennifer W. (a different reader than the previously mentioned Jennifer W.), who used an Athena costume and a hand-drawn scale to dress as Lady Justice.




The very first photo we received was from Cassidy N., who built a mock-up of the Iron Man arc reactor and then "gave [him]self the hostage treatment from the beginning of the first Iron Man movie."

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Lazy Cyclists Help Make These Massive Bike Graveyards in China
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When bike share programs go right, they can make life easier for commuters while reducing a city’s impact on the environment at the same time. When they don't go exactly as planned, they can create sprawling bicycle graveyards like the one seen in these photos.

The eerie scenes, recently spotlighted by WIRED, can be found throughout the city of Hangzhou, China. Like many large cities, Hangzhou is home to an official bike share program. But there are also private bike share companies that give cyclists the option to pick up a bike and leave it wherever they please rather than return it to an official docking station. The result is thousands of bikes scattered around the city like junk.

In response to complaints, the city of Hangzhou has begun collecting these abandoned bikes and storing them in lots. These aerial images are a good indication of the sheer number of bikers the city has—and they also have a creepy, post-apocalyptic vibe. Check out the photos below.

Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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[h/t WIRED]

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7 Throwback Photos of 1980s NYC Subway Graffiti
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In May 1989, after a 15-year-long campaign of slowly eradicating New York City’s subway graffiti train-by-train, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority officially declared the city’s subways graffiti-free. There’s still subway graffiti in New York City today, but now it's confined to rail yards far away from the stations and tunnels. By the time the trains make it back onto the tracks, they’ve been cleaned of any markings.

There was a time, though, when graffiti artists had near-free rein to use the city’s subway trains as their canvases, as much as the transportation agency tried to stop them. A new book of photography, From the Platform 2: More NYC Subway Graffiti, 1983–1989, is an ode to that period.

A photo taken at night shows a subway train tagged

Its authors, Paul and Kenny Cavalieri, are two brothers from the Bronx who began taking photos of subway trains in 1983, during the heyday of New York City's graffiti art era. They themselves were also graffiti artists who went by the names Cav and Key, respectively. (Above is an example of Cav's work from 1988, and below is an example of Key's.) Their book is a visual tribute to their youth, New York's graffiti culture, and their fellow artists.

For anyone who rides the New York City subway today, the images paint a whole different picture of the system. Let yourself be transported back to the '80s in some of these photos: 

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Some of Kenny (Key) Cavalieri's work, circa 1987.

Graffiti on a subway car reads

Blue letters tagged on the exterior of a subway car read “Comet.”

Pink and blue lettering reads “Bio” on the outside of a subway car.

A subway car reads “Pove” in green letters.

The book includes short commentaries and essays from other artists of the period remembering their experiences painting trains. It's a follow-up to Paul Cavalieri’s original 2011 collection From the Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989. He’s also the author of Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall Of Fame, a history of four decades of graffiti in the Bronx.

From the Platform 2 is $30 on Amazon.

[h/t The Guardian]

All images courtesy Paul and Kenny Cavalieri // Schiffer Publishing

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