Schildi the turtle had a badly infected leg when he was rescued, and vets had to amputate it to save his life. But never fear, because they rebuilt him, better, stronger, and ... probably much less fast, but really, he's a turtle, how fast was he going to be.
Schildi now sports a LEGO wheel prosthesis, which is glued to his lower shell.
Gerhard Scholtz, a researcher from the Humboldt University of Berlin, found a three-eyed crab while on an expedition to New Zealand. We're gonna go ahead and call that an early sign of the end times. Next up: three-eyed human sacrifice, three-eyed dogs, and three-eyed cats living together, mass hysteria.
Actually, unlike the three-eyed fish we wrote about a few years ago, this crab may not actually be a pollution-related mutant.
The New York Times is reporting that Citi Bike, New York's new bikeshare program, has now been operating for five months without a fatality. On the one hand, this is a little suspicious; yeah, five is a salient number when you're working in base 10, but for months, it's traditional to count in groups of six or 12. It's as if the Times feels antsy about holding off for another whole month before sharing the news that nobody died -- who knows what could happen by then? On the other hand, though, yay, five months fatality-free! Apparently New York City is a little less terrible for cyclists than many of us thought.
We're not saying that if YOU buy a bunch of bananas at the store, they'll be full of dozens of poisonous spider babies. We're just saying that happened to this one lady. No, not our friend's cousin's teacher -- an actual lady who was written about in the news.
Her name is Consi Taylor, and she lives in London and shops at the British supermarket chain Sainsbury's -- or at least, she used to, though she probably never will again. That's because, as she was recently munching on a Sainsbury's banana, she realized that it had a spot of white mold ... and then seconds later realized that the mold spot was actually an egg sac full of dozens of tiny spiders. Possibly Brazilian wandering spiders, once named the world's most venomous by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Like all of us who listen to Spotify while we work, zinc oxide solar panels appear to get 50 percent more efficient when they're played rock or pop music, according to one study from the U.K. Quit trying to make new solar solutions, boffins, and just crank up the HAIM!
Toys "R" Us has decided to stop beating around the bush and just flat out tell kids that toy shopping is more fun than learning or nature. (Or, to be generous, flat out acknowledge that kids think this already.) Its new ad features a prank where a busful of elementary schoolers is told they're going on a field trip to the forest, then diverted to a Toys "R" Us:
Stephen Colbert, of course, has something to say about this. And it's "yup, trees sure are lame."
By now, you're surely done with your Halloween candy (I'm being decorous; obviously you were done with it by Saturday at the latest). All that's left is a sick feeling in your gut and a pile of landfill-clogging wrappers. We can't do anything about the first, but Apartment Therapy has collected a whole bunch of ideas for how to deal with the second.
PSA, teenagers: Don't get drunk and steal stuff. That said, if you do get drunk and steal stuff, you could do worse than to (humanely) steal a circus llama and take it on a public transit tour of Bordeaux, France.
The neon sheen of Kraft's macaroni and cheese is kind of iconic, but it's also just as artificial as it looks -- the sauce gets its color from Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, dyes that have been banned in some countries due to health effects. Starting early next year, though, the familiar "cheez" color will be a little more muted, achieved with colorful spices like paprika and turmeric. Making food out of food: innovative! (For the hardcore safety-orange fans out there, never fear, Kraft classic will still be there. It's only* the marketed-to-kids products which will receive this tasty update.)
Usually when you hear "hip-hop song about" and then something related to the environment or sustainability, you start cringing in advance, expecting dad-rap or puppets or, worse, Grist editors. Obviously there are exceptions -- I love these kids -- but let's just say it's not a genre that's overburdened with quality. This song about urban farming by Keith Cross, though, is pretty dang catchy, in addition to having a nuanced message about self-sufficiency: