Lunchtime Links: Detroit parking garage transformed into art project, Canada's former defense minister says aliens exist and more

Jan 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

1) The parking garage featured above is the "The Z," now unveiled to the public. The efforts of the Library Street Collective, the Z features murals from artists from all around the world like Maya Hayuk, Interesni Kazki, Cyrcle, Sam Friedman, Augustine Kofie and more. Looks pretty snazzy, huh? (Hi Fructose)

2) "While the media seems to love discussing all that is wrong with Detroit, it is ignoring or oblivious or both -  to all that is right. Looking for reasons to go to Detroit? Here are 16 to get you started." (The Delicious Day)

3) Canada's former defense minister went on Russian TV to say that aliens do in fact exist. There are 80 different species. They have been visiting earth for thousand of years. They come from the Plelades and Zeta Reticulo star systems. Etc., etc. (Buzzfeed)

4) About $8.2 million worth of cocaine was accidentally delivered to German supermarkets in banana crates. (AP News)

5) Rick and Morty is a new show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim "about a sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe." Check out an exclusive free advance screening at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. Arrive early, seating is limited by capacity and is first come, first served.

6) "To the surprise of no one except the Iranian government, Westerners tend to avoid spending time off in countries where citizens occasionally chant things like 'Death to America!'" Take a look inside Iran's "Party Island." (VICE)

7) "The costumes are for show, the beards and bandanas are for show – and more than likely, even the recent “scandals” are for show.": Duck Dynasty is a big joke. (Political Blindspot)

8) Thanks to the Polar Vortex, Lake Michigan is now filled with these weird-looking ice balls. (Gizmodo)

9) "This year more than any other, I’ve been astounded by the volume of false news reported by otherwise reputable sources. It bubbles up from who-knows-where and seeps into social media channels. All it takes is one legitimate—hell, even semi-legitimate—news source to pick it up, effectively putting a match to this menace and creating an inferno that burns through digital, television and print outlets if left unchecked." Our sister paper the San Antonio Current weighs in on journalism's pageview race to the bottom. (SA Current)

10) Japan's got Mountain Dew Cheetos. ^___^;; (Huffington Post)