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How the US National Parks Were Being Loved to Death Prior to Covid-19

(via) One of my favourite institutions on this planet has to be the US National Park Service. I just love that so many of the best and most picturesque parcels of land on our continent were conscientiously set aside for the enjoyment of the masses instead of, say, for the exclusive use of a collection of wealthy or royal families (as was the case in Europe). To me, it really does stand as ‘America’s Best Idea’. Over the years I’ve explored just about every single park west of the Mississippi River, which is to say I’ve been part of a growing problem: overcrowding. Here’s a short explainer detailing how and why American and international tourists had been visiting the US National Parks in unprecedented numbers in recent years…

Visitation to National Park Service sites has seen a boom in recent years. For five years in a row, the park service has tallied over 300 million visitors per year. It’s an unprecedented spike, and the reason why this is happening now goes deeper than social media alone. While the threat of COVID-19 will likely change those numbers this year, the park service is still figuring out how to regain the balance between preservation and visitation. Cheddar explains the history of crowding in America’s national parks, and the impacts we are seeing from that today.

We Want to Play Japan’s Dangerous Game of Bo-Taoshi

Played on sports days in Japanese schools, the brutal game of Bo-Taoshi was originated by cadets in the Second World War.

Brave Birder on an E-Scooter Chases Down Dastardly Bike Thief

This bike thief had no idea what he was up against when he crossed paths with a guy looking for young family of crows.

Short Film Teases Reopening of Characteristically Noisy New York City

As case counts drop and vaccination numbers rise, the loud but comforting crush of urban life is coming back.

What Would Happen If an American President Authorized a Nuclear Missile Attack

Complex 571-7 is all that remains of the 54 Titan II missile sites that were on alert across the United States from 1963 to 1987.