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Obituary for an oil well

The oil well Macondo Prospect passed away peacefully in the ocean deep off the coast of Louisiana, after a long and painful struggle with BP. After suffering a fatal injury on April 20, 2010, the blown well began hemorrhaging oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico, in an event that ultimately -- and tragically -- claimed the lives of 11 rig workers, 4,080 birds, 525 sea turtles, and Spongebob Squarepants. Although crews stopped its leaking crude on Aug. 4, the well's days were numbered, and it finally found its earthly relief well on Sept. 16, 2010. Named for the …

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Georgia farmer sued for growing too many vegetables

This puppy doesn’t think it’s possible to have too many vegetables. Photo: snugglepup via Flickr In these times of economic crisis, rising poverty, and diet-related health problems, you'd think local governments would have bigger priorities than counting the number of squash and broccoli plants on people's lawns. Unfortunately that's not the case for Georgia resident Steve Miller, a landscaper by profession and organic farmer by heart, who's been caught tomato-red-handed growing a downright offensive number of vegetable plants on his property outside of Atlanta. (The exact number of criminal plants unknown.) Dubbed "Cabbage-Gate" by friends and neighbors of Miller, officials …

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Chatting on your cell phone till the battery is charged

Sorry, my dad says I have to keep talking until my battery is totally charged. Whatever.Photo: D. Sharon PruittYou know those people who are always gabbing on their cell phones, whether they're driving, ordering at a restaurant, or shopping in an itty, bitty store? Yes, they're pretty irksome, even hazardous, but what if their gift of gab were actually a small gift toward a fossil-fuel-free future? Korean researchers think we may be able to talk our way out of at least some energy troubles with cell phones powered by sound waves. Using that standby found in sunscreen, zinc oxide, to …

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Where do library books go when they die?

A foundation solidly built on knowledge.via Recyclart.org When your borrowed tomes are overdue, you best book it to the library. When those books are ready to checkout for good, they may make better bricks. Truly an information desk! A closer shot of this library in the Netherlands: via Recyclart.org -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like what you see? Sign up to receive The Grist List, our email roundup of funny and pun-usual green news just like this, sent out every Friday.

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Death by McDonald's [VIDEO]

A group of U.S. doctors has a morbid new ad aimed at taking a bite out of Americans' fatal attraction to fast food. Based on the commercial, you probably won't be seeing many doctors' orders at McDonald's: Would you like a body bag with that? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like what you see? Sign up to receive The Grist List, our email roundup of funny and pun-usual green news just like this, sent out every Friday.

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Lady Gaga’s VMA meat dress ‘no disrespect’ to vegans and vegetarians

A steak in the dress is worth two in the bush. Fashion-forward pop star Lady Gaga took home Video of the Year at the 2010 Video Music Awards (VMA), but she could have also grabbed the title of "Best Dressed" when she strutted out with her hams dressed in meat. While she's not the first to wear wurst, Gaga was fully bedecked in beef from head to toe in an outfit meant to draw more attention to the rights of gay troops than to eating habits. (Though the jury is still out on her bacon-y bikini cover for Japan's Vogue.) …

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War of the worlds: FarmVille vs. real farms

Odds are you're probably on Facebook. And if you're anything like me, you've probably also squashed requests to play FarmVille like they were aphids under your thumb. If you're not like me, you may be one of the 80 million people playing this popular Facebook farming game every month. Why are people flocking to tend virtual sheep when so many real farmers are virtually barely scraping by? Social media blog Mashable sees how the two measure up when planted side-by-side: Graphic: Shane Snow See the rest of the graphic here at Mashable. The differences are stark. Few of the top …

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If BP had a carnival ride …

It might look something like this: Photo: Banksy And it might ride something like this: This "reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and tuna net" is the work of graffiti artist Banksy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like what you see? Sign up to receive The Grist List, our email roundup of funny and pun-usual green news just like this, sent out every Friday.

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Hundreds of bikes re-cycled into modern-day obelisk

Photo: Ilana SpectorThe ancient Egyptians erected obelisks out of hundreds of pounds of stone as a form of magical protection for their temples. Modern Americans erect obelisks out of hundreds of bicycles (and one tricycle) as a form of artistic display for street corners. At least that's the case in Santa Rosa, California. Crowned "Cyclisk," this stand-out sculpture measures up at six stories tall, 10,000 pounds, and approximately 340 total bicycles (and that one trike, of course). But don't worry about hundreds of Santa Rosa cyclists looking around for their rides stolen in the night, the bicycles making up the …

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Is PETA Butter full of … vegans?

If peanut butter is chock full of peanuts, and PETA is chock full of vegans, then the only logical conclusion is that PETA Butter is chock full of vegans, no? ilovepeanutbutter.com A scrumptious new vegan delight, there's no trans-fats and no cholesterol! And since PETA Butter is, presumably, made from vegans (rather than puppies or baby cows), it must be animal-friendly too. Yum! Via Ecorazzi. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like what you see? Sign up to receive The Grist List, our email roundup of funny and pun-usual green news just like this, sent out every Friday.

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