Whether you avoid meat because it's bad for the planet, because it's bad for your health, or because you can't afford it, you might be able to make use of the Hana Yakiniku. Along with an associated app for choosing fragrances, this accessory lets your phone emit the smell of meat -- or curry, or coffee, or a host of other odors. (The meat smells will be available in November, but the scent gadget has been around for a while.)
I had a lot of apprehension about Boston University's bike safety rap, in which Rhett the terrier puppet instructs you to put your helmet on. Puppet safety raps are rarely works of high art, or even tolerable art. But I was kind of won over when he enjoined us not to ride around "like a big tool," and on the whole I have to admit that this is not entirely horrible and maybe even a little charming.
This snakelike sea creature, captured off the coast of California near Los Angeles, is 18 feet long -- so long that if you unfurled it out a second-story window, it would probably drag on the ground a little. And combined with that dead giant squid we saw, it is incontrovertible evidence that the monsters of the deep are rising up against us, and then dying of natural causes. Better luck next time, monsters!
OK, so it's just an oarfish -- "it's always an oarfish," Grist managing editor Ted Alvarez said wearily when he heard this story.
It's complete chaos in D.C. during the government shutdown -- human sacrifice, foxes and squirrels living together, mass hysteria. Well, at least that middle one. Squirrels, birds, and at least one fox are running rampant on the White House grounds, and because of the shutdown there's nobody to tell them no.
Street artist Banksy is just visiting New York -- he normally lives in the U.K., but he's visiting to do his trademark graffiti pieces for an audience that is not always appreciative (though sometimes entrepreneurial). So he can be forgiven for not knowing that the Meatpacking District has gotten quite chi-chi and doesn't really pack meat anymore. Which means that it may not be the ideal locale for his latest work, "The Sirens of the Lambs" -- a slaughterhouse truck loaded with squealing puppets. Nice try though!
Here's video of the truck tooling around the Meatpacking District streets and terrifying a baby. It'll be touring the rest of the city this week:
We're already feeling pretty celebratory about elephants today, now that we've learned that the WWF is saving their lives by making them scared of imaginary bees. So we're really digging this video of the most adorable elephant family reunion ever.
Michal Bodzianowski is 11 years old, which is about the age you have to be to say with a straight face, "Beer, while known to most people as a 'party drink' or whatever, actually the alcohol has some medical properties." So earnest! So scholarly! So clearly coming from the mouth of a person who has never had a beer before! Is there anything more delightful than a seventh-grade nerd?
I'm pretty sure this cardboard Beehive Hotel, made by PopTarts Works, is modern and design-y. It probably offers the best ergonomic solution to letting your little apian friends live their best lives while also matching your ultra-modern Tribeca loft. But to me it just looks like an ear with hair growing out of it.