May 14 — 38th Annual Underground America Day


Established in 1974 by the late Malcolm Wells, this is an attempt to get people to think of designing and building underground. 

Suggestions of things to do on this day:

  • Ride a subway
  • Think about moles
  • Eat parsnips and radishes
  • Mail some dirt out of state
  • Look down a well
  • Fly through Grand Canyon
  • Listen to a conversation in China through the earth

There’s more on the website set up for the day, click here.

 Underground New York Public Library

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Something new came to our attention that pertains to this day. It’s a new website that’s a visual library showing Reading Riders on New York’s subways. There pictures of Reading Riders siting and standing on the subway and names of the books they are reading as they travel to great depths not only under New York but also within themselves.

Examples of the books: The Psychology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud; Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell; Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson; Madness and Civilization: a History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault.

Click here to go to the website for the Undergrond New York Public Library.