An icon lost.

These days, not every fire station comes with the iconic brass pole. Many fire departments across the USA have or are opting instead to install a slide, either of the plastic looping variety or the traditional steel playground-style. Sometimes it’s for safety or insurance purposes (sprained ankles and damaged knees), but sometimes it just suits the station better. – USA Today, 3/4/13

That’s a fancy road.

It’s estimated that the cost of one project for the Sochi Olympics (a 31 mile road/train system) was 8.7 billion dollars. An article in Russian Esquire estimated that for the sum the government spent on the road, it could have been paved entirely with a centimeter-thick coating of beluga caviar. – Business Week, 1/2/14