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Your Gross Dumpster Pool is Illegal, You Heathen

Jim Adair - August 4, 2016

A block party dumpster pool with a Pabst banner on the side might be the whitest thing ever.

You’ll look for anyway to cool down when it’s scorching hot out, but the city wants you to know that you’re being gross and breaking the law when you choose to do it in a dumpster pool. After residents on Cedar Street rented a dumpster for their block party and filled it with hydrant water, the Communications Director for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Karen Guss (GREAT L&I INSPECTOR NAME), released a statement in which you can almost hear her mumbling angrily to herself, pissed off that she even has to address this:

“In view of the City’s commitment to public health, safety and basic common sense, we will not issue permits for block party dumpster pools. And while you would think this decision would not require an explanation, three days of press requests have proven otherwise. So, Philly, here’s why you shouldn’t swim in a receptacle most often used for waste:

First hitchbot, now this? The city itself is really outpacing It’s Always Sunny these days.

Just imagine trying to do your job, inform people about real issues, and you keep getting emails from chunky dudes with beards (hello my people) asking if they can put a bunch of public water in a dumpster and wade in it with their friends. I’d quit my job and leave the city.

Guss’s’s’s’s’s’s’ssss”s’s’s’s’s reasons:

  • First and foremost, this could reduce the amount of water available should a fire break out in that neighborhood. So if you would like to have water available should a fire break out in your home, don’t illegally tap a hydrant
  • There is also the potential loss of life by injury due to the hydrant water pushing a small child or even an adult into oncoming traffic.
  • Finally, remember that the pressure of the water coming out of the hydrant is so strong, and so powerful, that if opened too quickly or closed too quickly, it could deliver a jolt to the main of sufficient force that could break the main … and many blocks could lose water service until it is repaired.

And also, it’s a little weird. No amount of power washing and tarp placing makes it that you’re not swimming in a dumpster. No matter how much bleach is dropped in there, it’s dirty forever. The stink is never gone. And now you’re probably peeing in it.

We are not screwing around, Philly. The Streets Department will not issue any future block party permits to the 2400 block of Cedar, and officials have contacted the dumpster rental company regarding its failures to obtain the proper closure permits and to take mandatory measures to protect the street during placement of the dumpster.

In short, the City strongly recommends that residents opt for recreational options that are safer, more sanitary, and less likely to deplete the resources firefighters need in an emergency.”

All that was missing was an opening of “Listen, you goddamn idiots,” and I imagine the first draft of the release had “gross” and “weird”and “herpes” in there a few times. Not only can you not legally do this, that block is banned from having block parties at all now. Imagine being a new neighbor moving in and asking “Hey, do you guys ever have block parties?” and hearing back “Well, we did once, but now we’re banned because we all waded in our own sweat, spilled beer, and filth in a rented dumpster with illegal water.”

The city doesn’t like you opening hydrants in general – Billy Penn points out 13 were opened per day in July – but they like it even less when you cram a bunch of people in a PBR-sponsored dumpster. Don’t do it. It’s weird. Though there were some 98 degree days out there where I seriously considered breaking some trespassing laws just to fall lifelessly into a pool. Still weird though.

Kyle: I got hot tub folliculitis that I thought was gonorrhea from my friend’s hot tub once. He claimed he cleaned it. Imagine the diseases you could get in a dumpster.

Here’s The Flyers-Capitals First Round Playoff Schedule

Jim Adair - April 11, 2016

The NHL has announced the schedule for the first round series between the Flyers and Capitals. All currently scheduled games will air on NBC Sports Network, except game 2, which will air on CNBC. Games 3, 4, and 6 (if necessary) will be in Philadelphia. Check the whole schedule below:

Game 1

  • @ Washington on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, CSN Philly

Game 2

  • @ Washington on Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m. on CNBC, CSN Philly

Game 3

  • @ Philadelphia on Monday, April 18th at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, CSN Philly

Game 4

  • @ Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 20th at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, CSN Philly

Game 5*

  • @ Washington on Friday, April 22nd. Time and network TBD, CSN Philly

Game 6*

  • @ Philadelphia on Sunday, April 24th. Time and network TBD

Game 7*

  • @ Washington on Wednesday, April 27th. Time and network TBD, CSN Philly


*if necessary

UPDATE: CSN Philly will air all games, except Game 6.

A Drone Tour of Snow-Covered Philly

Kyle Scott - January 26, 2016

Philly looks great! The pristine snow covers the grey that would otherwise be emanating from all the dirt and grime. Most of it, anyway.

Video by Philly By Air— cool site.

H/T to Philly Voice

This Mesmerizing Video Shows Philly Without Cars

Kyle Scott - September 29, 2015

There are more great videos of Philly from Cory J Popp on his website.

via Daring Fireball

The Philly Police Department’s Anti-Drug PSA Is Going Viral

Kyle Scott - August 19, 2015

See, I’d almost – almost! – give the PPD the benefit of the doubt that they’re in on the joke here and hired some viral genius – perhaps the guys who earned their 15 minutes with the HitchBOT thing – to produce this intentionally ridiculous spot with Commissioner Charles Ramsey coming in for the close. But, I’m not so sure.

Side note: Every time I go back and see old Saved By The Bell clips it becomes more and more obvious that Screech – not Jessie or even Slater – was going to turn out to be the true nymph. I don’t know how we collectively missed this.

#PopeProblems: After All That, You Can Just Buy Your PopePass at the Train Station

Jim Adair - August 5, 2015

Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

First, the sale of SEPTA’s “PopePass” got totally muffed by a website that wasn’t quite ready for such an extreme level of interest. Then, they ran a lottery so that those who really wanted passes could have a shot at getting them.

When the dust settled, 38,013 people registered for a chance at a total of 350,000 tickets (175,000 each day). Those people, all together, only asked for 328,045 passes. So, YOU’RE ALL WINNERS! That leaves, after all of this nonsense, 21,955 passes leftover. So, what to do now?

SEPTA has said they’re looking into selling the passes at “Center City stations and Regional Rail stations.” So these passes were so hard to get they crashed a website, inspired a lottery, and will now just be able to be purchased at the station? We’re really killing it out here guys. The whole city is just looking great.

Kyle: Meanwhile, the Reading Terminal Market isn’t even sure they’ll be able to open. At this point, the only thing keeping us from being a second-rate city is the delicious roast pork sandwich at DiNic’s… and visitors might not even be able to get one!


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#PopeProblems: SEPTA Will Hold a Lottery for Pope Passes

Jim Adair - July 28, 2015

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SEPTA, who previously had some serious issues selling their Pope Passes online, finally came up with a solution: an online lottery. The lottery – which sounds like a terrible last-minute make-up idea – will be run by Ticketleap and hosted by The lottery will be open for 24-hours “so there is no reason to rush the site,” a release warns, from 12:01 AM on August 3rd until 11:59 PM that evening. There will be a lottery entry form on SEPTA’s website, where the entrant can pick their station of choice, timeframe, day, and enter how many passes they want (up to ten each day).

pope pat

Ticketleap will then try to weed out duplicate entries or “suspicious” ones (aka scalpers). From there, winners will be selected and notified on August 6th, when they can purchase their passes.

Yeah, this is definitely better than having a working website.

Kyle: The secondary market for these is going to be OFF THE CHARTS.

The Giants Fan Who Led Police on a Chase Through PA and NJ Last Night Stole $10.50 of Underwear from Shop Rite

Kyle Scott - July 28, 2015

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From 6 ABC:

Investigators said on Tuesday that the man who led police officers from multiple agencies on a two hour pursuit that spanned two states was wanted for stealing underwear.

Robert Ritter, of Blackwood, N.J., was captured after the chase on Monday evening.

Police say Ritter stole $10.50 worth of underwear from a Shop Rite store in Brooklawn, New Jersey. Ritter also had warrants out for his arrest.

Ritter was released from the hospital and into police custody on Tuesday morning to face aggravated assault and other charges.

Though emergency skid mark sitches typically call for drastic measures, I’m not sure I could think of anything less sexy than having to go on the lam for stealing $10  underwear from a Shop Rite in Brooklawn, New Jersey.

Side note: If they were Fruit of the Looms, would you find them… in the produce aisle?

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