Guerilla Sticker Craze Sweeps London Underground

If you are one of millions of Londoners who stoically battles through the Tube’s rush hour commute, you will no doubt pass dozens of Transport for London signs and notices on your journey. But how much attention do you actually pay to them?

Take the following examples:

“No eye contact. Penalty £200.”

“We apologise for any incontinence caused during these engineering works.”

“Peak hours may necessitate you let other people sit on your lap.”

These are a few of a growing number of guerrilla stickers that have recently appeared on the network. They use the same fonts and designs as London Underground’s famous branding. But they subvert the intended message making often amusing but sometimes serious points about anything from overcrowding to Tube etiquette. But British Transport Police (BTP) warned: “The costs of graffiti are substantial for the railway industry in terms of repairs and clean-up, and can leave permanent scars on the infrastructure.”

The BBC spoke to a spokesman for the website which sells stickers similar to some of those which have appeared on the Tube. He referred to himself as James, from east London, and said his site had sold about 200 stickers “for the Underground” so far this year, at an average cost of £2 per sticker. He believes the stickers are about “taking back power”.

He said he has seen the stickers growing in popularity. But he defends his website for selling the stickers: “I’m not putting them up and the website cannot endorse them being stuck on the Tube,” he said. “It’s not graffiti. Stickers can be removed,” he added. “It’s up to people where they stick the stickers. I don’t think it’s been doing any particular harm.”

Do you find these “Guerilla stickers” amusing or just another eyesore? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: BBC News

Image: The Poke

Super Secret Hypersonic Aircraft Crashes

It turns out that tearing through the atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound is bad for the skin, even if you’re a super high-tech aircraft developed by the government’s best engineers at its far-out research agency.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, has made public its  best guess about what might have caused its unmanned arrowhead-shaped Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) to suddenly lose contact and crash in the Pacific just a few minutes after slicing through the sky at Mach 20 last August: it was going so fast its skin peeled off.

The agency said it expected the HTV-2, which goes so fast it can make the commute from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes, to experience “impulsive shock waves” at such speeds, but shocks it experienced last August were “more than impulsive shock waves what the vehicle was designed to withstand.”

While the test was very public, the details of the HTV-2’s design, stability system and potential purpose remain highly classified. Two months after DARPA’s test, the Army tested its own hypersonic aircraft – this one a long-range weapon system called the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) designed to strike any target in the world in just a couple hours.

Do testings of hypersonic aircrafts carry more hazards than benefits? Share your views with us!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: David Icke