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A Collection of the World's Most Hideous Public Transit Seats

There's something about public transportation that inspires wild—and often grotesque—designs. Airports tend to have such gaudy carpets that there is an entire website dedicated to these miserable patterns. But carpets are not the only medium for hideous design: Seats on buses, subways, and airplanes also fall victim to unseemly patterns. Sitzmuster des Todes (“Seating Pattern of Death”) is a German website dedicated to ugly transit seating from around the world.

Global travelers are welcome to submit photos of offensive seating to their Facebook page. There's also a “Hall of Death” featuring some of the most hideous designs the curators have ever seen. The designs—mostly things that look like a '90s computer puked up—are not for the faint of heart.

The organization says that they “have nothing against public transport” but hope that one day their children can board public transit “without having to constantly vomit.” At the very least, seats should not have eyeball patterned cushions.

Augen auf, denn das, ihr Lieben, ist die Zukunft der Sitzmuster. Heisser Scheiss direkt und investigativ von der...

Posted by Sitzmuster des Todes on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

STRAIGHTOUTTAKOTZTÜTE(Ein echter Stöcker. Danke René)

Posted by Sitzmuster des Todes on Monday, August 17, 2015

Da ist Stoff dran, aber es macht keinen Sinn. Also ganz wie das neue Playboy-Konzept. Unser Kotz-Stöffchen des Tages aus LA. (Danke Jonas)

Posted by Sitzmuster des Todes on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Solche Sachen manchen uns fast trauriger als die Brustverkleinerung von Scarlett Johansson. Wer möchte sich auf ein Ding...

Posted by Sitzmuster des Todes on Friday, January 16, 2015

Pacman und seine Crew vertreiben im Skibus in Mayrhofen ambitionierten Wintersportlern die letzten Ambitionen,...

Posted by Sitzmuster des Todes on Friday, January 24, 2014

[h/t: CityLab]

Header images courtesy of Frederick Dennstedt, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
Dan Bell

Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
The North Face
The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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