The Material Culture of Boredom (Waiting for the Bus)

Fra Biancoshock

Fra Biancoshock

Caught at the bus stop without your smartphone or tablet? Whatever are you to do?  (An apposite aside: do people still twiddle their thumbs or has thumb typing dexterity displaced the neural connectivity previously forged through such antique pastimes??)

An Italian conceptual artist named Fra.Biancoshock has installed a solution in Milan: free sheets of bubble wrap sized according to your estimated wait time. Read all about it in this recent NPR science column by Robert Krulwich.

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