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Space shuttle’s final journey will kill 400 trees

Photo courtesy of NASA.

Space shuttle Endeavour has never been the greenest of projects -- I mean, consider how much gas it takes to circle the planet 4,600 times. Sure, blah blah the majesty of the final frontier, but that thing's tailpipe makes a Chinese factory look like a wind turbine. Now, even in retirement, Endeavour is managing to come up with new things to hate on, because its final journey will kill 400 trees.

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This site tells you how to save the world exactly like your favorite celebrities

Photo by Antonio Cruz.

Imagine if you suddenly got famous and really rich, and you had no idea what other rich and famous people did with their money. Imagine the sleepless nights, as the paparazzi made a racket outside and you lay there torturing yourself, wondering what to do with all that unneeded cash.

Before, you might have had to do a lot of research to get info on how your favorite celebs "give back." How fortunate that now there’s one place, Look to the Stars, that lists the charitable habits of almost 3,000 celebrities.

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Short awesome video explains why oil companies suck to people who already know

Remember a while ago when scientists were like, hey, we’re running out of oil, and we were all like, OK, well, I guess we might have to deal with that at some point? And then all of a sudden, the oil industry was like oh wait, we’re not, we’re not, we have tons of it, we just have to pry it out of the ground and drill deeper for it? Like, way deeper? And we kind of thought, that doesn’t seem right, but it felt better to kind of believe it?

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Alicia Silverstone thinks the true injustice is that Pussy Riot isn’t getting vegan cuisine

It's, like, so totally uncool that Russian punksters Pussy Riot are in jail for singing a song that suggested that their president, scary asshole Vladimir Putin, is a scary asshole. And if this uncoolness were a vegan terrine, actress/vegan activist Alicia Silverstone would like to point out that the thickest layer, the layer that's maybe composed of one of those cheeses made out of nut milk, is the part where Pussy Riot's vegan member is not getting vegan cuisine in jail

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Earthquake! Quick, everyone into the $6,000 earthquake-proof bed!

It looks like a bed from a rap video but it's for more than just sex on fur coats.

When there is an earthquake most people run to a table or a doorway to ride it out. But if the people at Shinto Industries have their way, the new go-to destination for seismic activity will be this bed, made out of aged cedar and reinforced with special metal fittings.

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This cute kid is BFFs with a bunch of marmots

I pray to one day become a marmot for real. (Photo courtesy of Caters News.)

Marmots are not known for being particularly friendly. This famous scene in The Big Lebowski demonstrates quickly and comprehensively what humans can generally expect from marmots, i.e. they look nice and then they will fuck your shit up in a bathtub. But this little boy, Matteo Walch, is basically the Marmot Whisperer. He visits the Austrian Alps every year, and the marmots come out and hang out with him and have picnics with him and discuss the matters of the day.

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This weird biking/running harness is part transportation, part torture device

Do I look as stupid as I feel?

We were dusting off our "I" files today and came across this treasure under "inexplicable inventions." What is this? Well. First of all, it's called a Fliz, and it's kind of like a bike, but you strap it around your shoulders like a harness and then power it with your feet. Basically, it's a cross between a bike, a scooter, a lifejacket, and a Flintstones car.

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Mermaids are real and apparently don’t like taxes or universal health care

Photo by Mehgan Heaney-Grier.

Angry Ron Paul delegates and racist peanut throwers were not the only strange attendees of the Republican National Convention.

There were also mermaids present.

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Designer makes dresses out of old Speedos instead of throwing them out like a normal person

Naturally it’s very resourceful that U.K.-based designer Orsola de Castro makes “upcycled” dresses out of old Speedo bathing suits. After all, what else are we going to do with old Speedos? Make an oversized soft sculpture of Michael Phelps' favorite bong?

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Cougar found outside casino in America’s worst city

I'm getting up soon -- I have a black jack game at midnight. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.)

Very early on a recent morning, a cougar was found waiting outside a Harrah’s casino in Reno, Nev. That's not particularly unusual, except in this case we mean "cougar" as in the large wildcat also known as a puma, panther, or mountain lion.

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