RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.90
The Fortingall Yew, a 5,000-year-old tree in Scotland, is changing from male to female. This year, for the first time, it produced berries instead of pollen. How is that possible? You'll have to read the story to find out!
THE SEX-CHANGING YEW (short article)
Equally amazing is Red Bull's latest video with BMX cyclist Kriss Kyle. Travel deep into a series of optical illusions that are certain to boggle your mind.
As it turns out, humans have underestimated trees completely. Researches have found some amazing specimens among the estimated three trillion that populate the planet, and have noticed what some describe as signs of intelligent life. They argue that coming to a deeper understanding of their ways may even help us solve some of the toughest problems we currently face. A great read!
HUMANS UNDERESTIMATE TREES (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.79
New Zealand BMX cyclist Jed Milton just set a new world record, becoming the first person to land a quadruple backflip. This video, courtesy of Nitro Circus, is unreal. Nothing like a little friendly competition to push boundaries!
QUADRUPLE BACKFLIP (video)
Bicycles have played a number of key roles throughout the last century, serving as everything from military transportation to an emblem of the women's rights movement in the US. National Geographic gathered 16 shots that really put historical context to our favorite machine. Cycle through!
A CENTURY OF CYCLING (photos)
What is a tree worth? Would it surprise you to know that a new study found that an additional ten trees on a given clock corresponds to a one-percent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt? Every little bit helps! This builds upon a thread we originally mentioned in SS&Tvol76. Read more about the many benefits of our green friends at the link below.
WHAT A TREE IS WORTH (essay)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.75
Did you know that, in 1900, Los Angeles had a bicycle highway and the US was a world leader in bike lanes? Or that Smithville, NJ, was home to a bicycle railroad that stretched two miles in 1892? This fascinating article takes a look at the history of bike lanes in America, and offers more than a few surprises.
HISTORY OF BIKE LANES (article)
New Zealander Barry Cox, who once aspired to be the Pope, spent 4 years building a church out of living trees. He just opened the structure and surrounding grounds to the public and made the location available for weddings. Each event involves 8 hours of primping, the results of which are glorious. Check out this architectural treasure!
THE TREE CHURCH (photos/video)
Detroit's Silverdome, once home to the Detroit Lions, Wrestlemania III, Supercross, and World Cup soccer games, was shut down for good a few years ago. Now, as the building slowly decays, a new kind of athlete is giving it a final farewell. BMX cyclist Tyler Fernengel made the abandoned structure his personal playground, to epic effect.
A BMX FAREWELL TO THE SILVERDOME (photos/video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.19
With the Winter Olympics in full swing, we wanted to share some links to quirky Russian stories about bikes, trees, and communities. So, click the links below to see:
A chainsaw-powered bicycle;
Some BMX cyclists jumping off the roof of a 16-story building;
The tale of a family who survived in the Siberian wilderness for 40 years without contact with the outside world;
More about the Taiga Forest, the largest terrestrial biome on Earth, in which 29% of the world's trees live.
If you want to learn more about life in the Taiga, check out Werner Herzog's documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. In the meantime, enjoy the games!
Russian Roof Jumping.
The Taiga Forest.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.5
First up, enjoy a video showing a different way to ride a Citi Bike on (and off) the streets of NYC, as Tyrone Williams jams out some urban BMX moves. Then, check out a community in New Guinea the builds truly epic tree houses. We finish up Sunday Show & Tell this week with a plant that has some pretty advanced defense mechanisms. The sandbox tree can shoot spikes 100 feet at 150mph. Ouch!