Grist List

Living

Watch one crazy farmer stop a huge fire with his tractor

It worked -- sort of.

Living

Pick up trash, find an octopus!

Who killed this octopus near the apex of England's highest mountain? And WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

Food

Meet the new stupidest Kickstarter: A six-foot-tall cup of bubble tea

320 gallons of bubble tea! Time to cash out your 401k!

Living

This thriller set in wastewater treatment plant sounds awesome

What's scary about watery old poo? Turns out, EVERYTHING.

Living

This online dashboard shows you a city’s water and electric usage in real time

Normally, all this happens in secret. But, in a bid to help educate citizens about the resources they use, the city of Oberlin, Ohio, is showing and telling.

Living

This San Francisco dump pays artists to play with its trash

The company picks artists who use recycled materials in their art, gives them a monthly stipend, a studio space -- naturally, it's a shipping container -- and "scavenging privileges".

Food

French are pissed we banned their “filthy, putrid” cheese

Someone please let this adorable cheese out of jail!

Living

This boat circled the globe on sun power alone

Sure, this boat only averaged about 6 mph. But it's totally solar-powered!

Living

Spooky sculptures put illegally felled trees back together again

These sculptures are deliberately uncanny, because they're sort of like undead neck-bolted Frankenstein's Monster trees.