Gone fishin’ … for bikes


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“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” 5/24/17

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Fishing for Bicycles in Amsterdam’s Canals

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File this under “only in Amsterdam”: fishing for BIKES. As one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, there are, in fact, more bikes than humans in the Dutch capital. And with some 60 miles of canals winding through the city, odds are that a missing bike met its fate at the bottom of one. That’s where skipper Jan de Jonge and his crew come in.

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Keeping the Flame Alight With the Last of the Lampists

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Jim Woodward is a lampist. A what, you ask? A lampist’s main job is to keep the enormous, delicate glass lenses of lighthouse lights in tip-top shape so that ships at sea stay safe. Over the years, glass lenses have fallen out of vogue. Yet Woodward, one of the country’s last lampists, soldiers on.

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Livin’ the Dream With YouTube’s Most Popular Treasure Hunter

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Jake Koehler is a pretty regular dude. He loves surfing, fishing, freediving and hanging out at the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia. Jake’s found a lot of cool stuff on his dives, from GoPros and iPhones lost by rafters to knives and pistols, and his 1.4 million YouTube subscribers seem to think it’s pretty neat. 

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