The New York Times has a problem with its new headquarters building: people keep climbing it. According to an article on the NYT website, the building is encased in a “curtain-like screen” of “distinctive horizontal ceramic rods”, and this is apparently a temptation that some people can’t resist. Three men have used the rods to scale the building in the last five weeks.

The NYT’s response has been to put up a plywood barrier to stop the climbers and, when that didn’t work, to start removing some of the rods. I think that’s the wrong approach. Why not leave the rods in place, spray them with WD40 or nonstick cooking spray, and let natural selection take care of the problem?