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The richer you are, the more you eat fast food! Wait, what?

Put on your napkin bib, because Gallup just released results from a poll about fast food in America. The poll reveals 76 percent of Americans admit fast food is bad for them -- and yet almost half of Americans (47 percent) eat fast food at least once a week. Nothing like a guilty pleasure, eh? According to Gallup:

Eight in 10 Americans report eating at fast-food restaurants at least monthly, with almost half saying they eat fast food at least weekly. Only 4% say they never eat at fast-food restaurants.

Either that 4 percent is lying, or they’re gonna live forever.

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14-year-old debates GMOs with condescending TV host

Rachel Parent

Rachel Parent is 14 and has the crazy idea that GMOs should be labeled in food. (What’s next, attacking those sweet carcinogens in our makeup?!) The young activist has been making public speeches about GMOs since age 12, when my idea of “making a public statement” was layering my dad’s flannel shirt over a clearance American Eagle tee. Parent recently challenged Canadian TV personality Kevin O’Leary to a debate about GMOs after he said “Stupid people protest about Monsanto”:

Have me on your show next week, and if you promise not to use the word “stupid,” I won’t use the word “fascist.”

Zing! He took her up on it on July 31:

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Zen break: Check out China’s gorgeous stripey mountains

Ready for some chicken soup for the soul chamomile tea for the eyes? Because these wild, striated mountains are oddly soothing:

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Eric Pheterson
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Follow your poop’s magical journey through the sewer

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Remember the time Arnold swallowed Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus because he thought the bus was a Cheeto? And you got to follow them along through the digestive system, but they cheated us out of the excretion process due to Arnold sneezing? (SO LAME.) Well today, years of therapy are rendered unnecessary, because this video illustrates where your poop goes (for those of us who give a shit). Don’t worry, it’s totally safe for work -- especially if you’re one of those people who takes her smartphone into the bathroom (PLEASE STOP).

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The week in GIFs: Dildo bags, peeing, and vegan lube

An unusual amount of sex-related stories get the GIF treatment. (Last week.)

These plastic bags have dildos printed on them:

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Republican plan: Avoid talking about climate change! (And maybe it'll go away?)

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People are spending $300 a month on farm-to-bowl dog food

It's organic, right?
Jack Fiallos
It's organic, right?

Americans will spend $62 billion on their pets this year, and apparently a growing portion of that is for extremely classy kibble. NPR recently reported on the local, fresh dog food trend, including a “farm-to-bowl” canine chow made from wild blue catfish (an invasive species) as well as one using gourmet beef, chicken, and yams:

Two years ago, Jake Dickson made headlines as one of several New York City butchers selling high-end, locally sourced dog food. Dickson's pet chow is a blend of farmers market veggies and leftover meats that don't make it into the premium artisanal cuts he sells at his Chelsea Market shop.

Feeding Fido with locally sourced meats and vegetables can get pretty pricey. Dickson's fancy feast will cost you $10 per quart, about enough to feed a 100-pound dog for a day. That translates to $300 a month, for those of you keeping score. Even so, Dickson says about 100 customers each week pick up the gourmet grub.

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Umami Burger on a cronut bun unites East and West Coast obnoxious food obsessions

Not-so-humble suggestion: Every time you see or hear the word “cronut,” mentally change it to “scrotum.” It’ll make this obnoxious, relentless East Coast obsession with an unusually flaky donut -- it's not even cute; it can’t even PROVIDE YOU SEX -- much more bearable. After all, they’re both round and go in your mouth, right? LET’S DO THIS.

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An unlucky intern at some food site had too much time on his underemployed hands and was tasked with frankensteining a fresh, hot cronut scrotum and an Umami Burger. (Umami Burger, apparently, is a feverishly worshipped West Coast fast food chain that just opened in New York City.) Gushed the intern:

[Combining the two] would be the ultimate hype-on-hype-on-hype, fat-on-fat-on-fat, zero-fucks-given, brunch-on-dinner-on-dessert #hashtag feast.

But COULD HE FIT IN ANY MORE HYPHENS?

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This energy-efficient house is made of yarn and seaweed

Seaweed: stuffing your stomach, stuffing your home. And not just because you filled your pantry with those crack-like seaweed crisps from Trader Joe’s. If you lived on the Danish island of Læso in the 1800s, it was common for your home to be insulated with seaweed. Now some Danish architects are reviving the slimy trend in hopes of calling attention to sustainable building solutions.

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GizMag

Realdania Byg, a nonprofit, and Vandkunsten, a Danish architecture company, put their heads together and built a home on Læso called the Modern Seaweed House, GizMag reports:

The 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) home was built for two families (eight occupants) and includes a large central family room with kitchen. At both ends of the house there is an additional living space that features a raised loft bed for additional guests.

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Hold on to your butt this Sunday — IT’S FOR NATURE

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Hello, do you like ass-grabbing? (You look so reserved -- practically British! -- but I thought I’d ask.) This Sunday has been set aside as a day to celebrate the groping of the posterior, the fondling of the tush, the -- OK, fine, it’s just a gimmick about not littering. San Diego’s chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is hosting the annual Hold Onto Your Butt Awareness Day on Aug. 4. What do cigarette butts have to do with surfing, you ask? Well, wet cigarettes ooze toxins that threaten marine life as well as surfers, and cigs make up almost half of the litter Surfrider volunteers pick up (meaning it’s not just a grimy city problem).

You want some hard numbers, you say? Surfrider’s got the facts:

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Nature’s porn: “Naked ladies” flower infected with smut fungus

Naked lady party?
Howard Stanbury
Naked lady party?

You can’t make this shit up: The naked ladies crocus (Colchicum autumnale) is being plagued by the sooty-black smut fungus (Urocystis colchici). Both of them happen to be extremely rare, probably due to banned books and cultural shame about the naked body. Oh, not THAT kind of nudity and smut? Scientific American explains:

The naked ladies crocus, which itself is listed as a “near threatened” species in the U.K., gets its name from its propensity to lose its spring leaves before the plant flowers in the autumn, leaving the buds “naked.” The rotting spring leaves, meanwhile, are the only known host for the sooty-black smut fungus. (Smut fungi, by the way, get their name from the German word schmutz, meaning dirt, which they resemble...)

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