You guys are fiends for animals in sweaters. You like penguins in sweaters. You like ponies in sweaters. To satisfy your insane critter-in-knitwear lust, we're being forced to put sweaters on increasingly far-afield animals, like snakes and, now, chickens. So, HERE. HERE IS YOUR BLOOD SWEATER CHICKEN, YOU MONSTERS.
In 2001, Sophie Binder quit her job and left for a cycling trip around the world, covering 14,000 miles in 14 months. Now, 12 years later, you can live her epic trip vicariously through her incredibly beautiful sketches and watercolors, because of COURSE she's also an incredibly talented artist, UGH, some people have the BEST LIVES. Pardon me while I go weep into my unwashed dishes.
Anyway, the book is called The World, Two Wheels, a Sketchbook and Your Enduring Despair at Wasting Your Time on Earth. Or something like that.
Are you a speedy biker, but unable to shave precious fractional seconds off your race times? Consider throwing a party -- a party IN THE REAR. Uh, I mean growing a mullet, if that's not clear. As it turns out, the humble mullet is the most aerodynamic hairstyle.
This is based on actual research conducted in 1999. According to Outside magazine, scientists at Rome's Università degli Biondi stuck cyclist Mario Cipollini in a wind tunnel and stuck different wigs on him to test which style provided the least wind resistance. Of the seven hairdos -- bald, mohawk, fauxhawk, mullet, fade, and "Coolio" (remember this was the '90s) -- the mullet was the undisputed winner, shaving (ha) almost 10 seconds off Cipollini's calculated time compared to the second-place bald-headed style.
It kind of makes sense. I mean, mullets are practically clones of those fancy aero helmets:
Of course, only one will protect your skull. But what do you care more about -- avoiding brain damage, or looking BITCHIN'?
Do you love Gmail, but feel it's not blue enough? Then you'll enjoy Gmail Blue, which is blue. You don't have to make it blue. It is blue. And it's inspired by nature (ocean, sky, blue whales) but better than what nature created -- which means it's also green! But mostly it's blue.
Have you ever looked at an adorable animal and thought "it's cute and everything, but I sure wish it were more of a sartorial role model"? Barcelona photographer Yago Partal has solved your obscure problem with his Zoo Portraits, pictures of wildlife sporting their Sunday best.
Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from areas affected by Japan's 2011 tsunami and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Some still haven't gotten to come home -- including the 21,000 residents of Namie-Machi, a Fukushima Prefecture town that was affected by the disaster. Namie-Machi is a ghost town now, full of empty streets and ruined buildings, and you can now see what that's like with your own eyes (if not up close) using Google Street View.
China's got wayyyyyyy too many pigs in its rivers (16,000 dead pigs in the Huangpu at last count!), but it's dangerously short on "river pigs," the colloquial name for the finless porpoise. (My first thought was "they're finless, of course they're going extinct; how do they MOVE?" but the name comes from their lack of dorsal fin. They do have flippers.) In over 2,000 miles of the Yangtze river, the World Wildlife Fund found only 380 of these smiley critters. That's 50 percent less than there were six years ago.
The WWF estimates that this means there are about 1,000 finless porpoises in the wild -- fewer, in other words, than the wild population of giant pandas, which clocks in at around 1,600. They give the river pigs 15 years to extinction unless we do something.