So if you're in Italy any time soon and you find yourself feeling a little high, it's not just the wine and the proximity to great art. It's because there are drugs in the air. Yes, like the kind of exciting drugs people do to get loaded -- cocaine, marijuana -- and also slightly more everyday stuff like caffeine and nicotine.
The levels of these substances found in the air are not actually going to get you wasted. They are trace amounts.
People who work rehabilitating and training criminals have all kinds of great ideas about how to make people into productive members of society post-incarceration -- everything from college to license plate repair to chain gangs. And now, there's a new one: bees and beekeeping. Through an organization called the Osbourne Association, a nonprofit working on vocational and educational alternatives to longer prison times, a group of New York City prisoners got a lesson in beekeeping last week.
Yes, a portion of the fifth generation iPod Touch and seventh generation IPod Nano packaging dissolves in water. You can watch a video of it below. Before you watch, understand that the cardboard box and the little jewel case do not dissolve in water. It's just the white thing the headphones come in. OK, now watch it here.
Can you imagine a pistol-wielding dolphin squeaking out "Go ahead, make my day?" Does that make you sad? Well, we're sorry, but we're not here to throw a party for the fantasy world you wished you lived in. We're here to tell you that the Ukrainian military is training dolphins how to kill people. Isn't that wonderful news? Doesn't that just give you such hope for humanity?
In case you're not sobbing yet, here are some details: The Ukrainian Navy has recently restarted a marine mammal program. The program includes other military shit dolphins are good at and have already done, like searching for mines and marking them with buoys. But it also includes strapping knives and guns to their cute, soft, pewter-toned dolphin heads to make them killing machines.
It's chic expensive recycled lamp month! No, it's really not. We made that up. But it does seem to be a bit of a theme, and the latest players in the expensive recycled lamp drama are made out of leftover bits of haute couture textiles from well-known designers like Missoni. The textiles are crocheted together by a young British designer named Naomi Paul, and even though the finished products are about $2,000 each, which is about $1,900 more than we have to spend on a lamp, they are really quite nice.
Philadelphia's got some nice trees (and a stable of volunteers to look after them). But some parts of it, like everywhere, could use more. So it's wonderful that the city seems ready to remedy this with a brilliant solution — giving people free trees.
If you own property in Philadelphia, the city will give you two free trees for your yard. You sign up for them, pick them up, and then plant the free trees in the ground in your yard (they say you can't plant it "in the sidewalk outside of your property," which must mean the strip of grass next to the sidewalk, since planting a tree in concrete would probably be unsuccessful).
Kate Hashimoto, a member of the cast of the new TLC reality show Extreme Cheapskates, served her friends dumpster food on the show's premiere, an act which is some combination of principled, disgusting, and mean and is therefore hard to assess.
After all, this woman is first and foremost trying to use less, which is good, but she's doing that by voluntarily eating discarded food, so you kind of feel sorry for her. But then you think, whoa, she fed people she knows trash without telling them. What if they got cholera? Would she just be all, "Oh, that's so weird you have cholera, I can't imagine how that happened?" Or would she actually say, "I'm going to level with you, I gave you a chicken that was once covered with coffee grounds, rubber bands, and orange soda, and cat litter, but I washed it, so I don't think it's my fault you might die?"
I already knew that in 2001, a Komodo dragon bit Sharon Stone's ex-husband Phil Bronstein's toe. To tell you the truth, I didn't care if this was the last thing I ever knew about them, but alas, this was not my fate. In the last 24 hours, I miraculously doubled the amount of things I know about Komodo dragons with this exciting komodofact: Female Komodo dragons live half as long as males on average, because they essentially die of exhaustion after a rather tedious life of building nests and guarding eggs.
Keyboards. We use them a lot. I'm using one right now, in fact. They're not interesting or pretty. They're not natural. They don't put you in mind of pastoral landscapes. But designer Robbie Tilton is not accepting this as the be-all end-all of what it means to be a keyboard. He is fighting back with a beautiful keyboard that looks like a lawn. It's made of wood and moss, and also some things that make keyboards work. (Let's call that "keyboard stuff.")
We haven't lost any primate species yet during this century, but that might be about to change. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has issued a new report which shows 25 species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs, and gorillas are on the brink of extinction due to human activities. These human activities include burning and clearing of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade (the "hey, I want a pet monkey" crowd, and also, the "maybe this monkey's blood will make penis work again crowd," plus those who may be in both), and hunting. (Some people eat monkeys. Probably no one you know. But maybe someone who knows someone you know.)