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Scenes of the City: Fleishhacker Pool House


This week, our Scenes of the City photo series takes us to SF’s Fleishhacker Pool, once the largest pool in the world. In its heydey, it held 6 million gallons of water and could accommodate 10,000 swimmers. It was so large that the life guards needed row boats. Fed by saltwater from nearby Ocean Beach, the pool was equipped with gaudy diving towers, swings and diving boards. 

 

Fleishhacker Pool, taken in 1925, courtesy of a private collector (note the Pool House in the background left).

Built in 1925, the pool was the vision of philanthropist banker Herbert Fleishhacker. After several decades of high times, the pool succumbed to outflow drain problems after storms.

Reindeer Come to the SF Zoo!

Four reindeer trotted into the San Francisco Zoo this past Saturday and have proceeded to blow kids' minds wide open. According to the Chronicle, children were gasping at the sight of them, astonished they didn't have wings to fly with Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Holly, Velvet, Peppermint and Belle, who have been munching on grass and locking their horns in play are visiting the Zoo for the holidays. They're just kids themselves--each only about 18 months old.

Public Library's Family Pass Program Is a Free Chance to Check Museums

Because you've just spent your life savings on World Series tickets, you'll probably love to hear that the SF Public Library's Family Pass Program gives library card holders a chance to experience the city's fantastic array of museums for free. Say what?

Transported: Muni's Most Scenic Bus Routes

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

A lot of us see Muni only as a means to an end, and that's mostly what it is. But that isn't to say you can't enjoy yourself for $2: let Muni take you on some scenic SF tours (sans parking hassles). Below are some of our favorite bus routes. Tell us some of your favorites in the comments.

Look of the Week: Animal Instinct

Between all the animal prints spotted on the runway and the SF Zoo's Annual Fur Ball this Saturday, it's safe to say there's no better time to take a walk on the wild side. The problem with this bold trend is that it can quickly go from positively chic to something you'd see, well, late night in the Tenderloin. That's why this week we decided to compile an animalistic ensemble that will help you stand out from the pack (in a good way):

Penguin Scandal and Intrigue at the SF Zoo

Some juicy gossip straight from the SF Zoo: same-sex penguin couple, Pepper and Harry, have called it quits. And the reason is Linda, a recently widowed penguin of questionable reputation. Sources close to Linda say she can't be alone.  But we just think she's kind of a slut. And so, apparently, does the zookeeper, David Brown. “To be completely anthropomorphizing, Linda seems conniving," Brown told the Examiner.  "She’s got her plan. I don’t think she was wanting to be a single girl for too long.”  Snap.

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