Ridesharing (in theory, at least) gets cars off the road by letting you request a carpool only if you need it. But if you're still not sold on ridesharing apps like Lyft (and maybe you shouldn't be), consider this: If you offer to share your car, there's a slim chance that your next pickup could be Conan O'Brien, Ice Cube, and Kevin Hart.
It's probably no surprise that Donald Trump's ability to recognize smart, subtle satire is not in top form. But we're still laughing at him for retweeting this (frankly hilarious) graphic illustrating the flimsy anecdotal evidence for "wind turbine syndrome."
Everybody is so mean to smog, but I think you’d really like it. I mean, I know you, and I know smog, and you’re a great match. You’d just hit it off, I’m sure. Just because you’ve “heard” “bad things” about smog doesn’t mean they’re true. Smog’s probably wary of YOU after seeing those old Facebook pics of you from college! Just give smog a chance, OK? Pleeease? (I may owe smog’s roommate a favor.)
Look, even a writer for a Chinese state TV station CCTV likes smog! And he’s probably around it ALL the TIME. Someone who hangs out with smog THAT much couldn’t be wrong. Writes the Telegraph:
Smog was making Chinese people equal since it affected the lungs of both rich and poor, the article argued ... It was also a boon for Chinese humor, since residents of mainland China were turning to comedy in order to keep “light hearts” in the face of what has been dubbed the “airpocalypse.”
See? Smog is funny! You two are gonna crack each other up. But don’t worry -- smog’s an intellectual too, just like you:
Banana farmers live in fear of a fungus called Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, or Foc, for short. As in, “oh Foc, a fungus is about to destroy all our bananas.”
A strain of Foc destroyed the Gros Michel bananas that used to be the mainstay of banana plantations, which were reportedly much more delicious than the bananas we eat today. And now it's coming for the Gros Michel’s replacement -- the Cavendish bananas that, if you're an American under the age of 50, are likely the only bananas you've ever eaten.
The Foc strain that could destroy Cavendish bananas has been living in Asia and Australia has now shown up in Mozambique and Jordan, Nature reports:
Nobody is sure how the fungus arrived in Jordan or Mozambique.
Say, "Hi, a coffee, please," and your espresso will cost about $2, a typical price in France. A customer who doesn't say hi but does say please gets charged about triple the price -- almost $6. And for a rude customer who comes in and grunts "coffee,” the price is almost $10.
In other words, there's a politeness discount; the price drops four bucks for every increment of courtesy.
Nutella, much like Carmen Sandiego, is highly sought after. It’s the closest thing to sex you can spread on toast. Eating it immediately makes you more sensual and European. It’s just fucking delicious.
But try to track it down, and -- like everyone’s favorite villain in a red trench coat -- that’s when things get tricky. The OECD’s new report on global value chains features a case study on Nutella, revealing that it’s the dictionary definition of globalization. Check it:
Forget forging your mom’s signature or Photoshopping doctor’s notes (how old are you, anyway?). Now the NYC subway system will cover for you. If public transit makes you late to work, you can get a city-certified late note. According to CBC News:
More than 250,000 "Subway Delay Verification" notes have been issued by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority since 2010, according to the New York Times...
To get a late note, passengers must first fill out an online form indicating which subway lines they were riding, when they got on and off the train, and if they made any transfers.
Not only is the form fairly long (to deter fakers, one suspects), but it can take several days for your boss to actually GET the late note -- at which point your rep as a slacker may already be cemented. But the notes are impressively specific:
Oh, you're one of those cool sustainability-minded hippies, huh? You live in Portland or Brooklyn or someplace committed to dense living and local food? You compost and knit and check up on your chicken's psychological profile before you eat it? You're a member of the food coop and the community garden, and you kit out your bike like a Victorian gentleman? Well, sorry, you just got out-retro-cooled by this electric velocipede.
Beijing's smog is legendarily bad -- on some days, stepping outside is kinda like trying to breathe in an ashtray. So it's not that surprising that someone on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, decided to deal with the pollution problem by shoving cigarette filters up his nose.
Rumors have spread over the Internet in China that taking cigarette filters and inserting one into each nostril can block the tiny PM2.5 particles of pollution that make breathing difficult and cause respiratory ailments. Some people have posted pictures online demonstrating the technique, although it was often unclear whether the pictures were in jest or in earnest.
“A magical fix for coping with the haze,” said one message that has been repeated many thousands of times on Sina Weibo, a microblog site that is China’s most popular equivalent of Twitter. “Take two cigarette filters, strip away the wrapping paper, and insert them in the nostrils.”
SeaWorld exposé/documentary Blackfish continues to make waves, this time on the rock ‘n’ roll circuit. Joan Jett just hit SeaWorld with a cease and desist letter requesting “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” no longer be used to psych people up about Shamu:
I was surprised and upset to see on YouTube that SeaWorld used “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” as the opening music for its cruel and abusive “Shamu Rocks” show. I’m among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals. These intelligent and feeling creatures communicate by sonar and are driven crazy in the tiny tanks in which they are confined ...
Sea World’s reliance on cruelty and captivity for commerce has been widely exposed. I hope you’ll take the respectable path and release the captive orcas to coastal sanctuaries so that they can live out their lives with other orcas in nature. This move would show that your company is truly family-friendly.