Back in August, Pizza Hut Canada asked its fans what they would call a perfume based on the smell of a box of Pizza Hut pizza being opened. Fast-forward through a dozen excited PR meetings later, and this is a real thing.
It's called Eau de Pizza Hut, and it's out there in the world. It smells, supposedly, like freshly baked, hand-tossed dough.
Starting this spring, H&M is going to have a line of men's clothing designed specifically for cyclists. When you think about it, it really isn't that surprising that hip designers of hip H&M products are into biking and, more specifically, fixed-gear bikes. But it is surprising that this giant, global mega-retailer would think it worthwhile and potentially profitable to create a line of clothes designed specifically for cyclists. You can get a taste of the offerings in this video:
This video of a guy who calls himself Earthman doing a Lite Rap about the planet's problems ("the Earth's in trouble / don't think I'm lying / just check out the way / the forests are dying!") is maybe the perfect way to make serious information palatable. It's like giving your dog pills by wrapping them in cheese. Watch as Earthman manages to make kids (and kid-like adults, perhaps) understand what's going on without scaring the crap out of them.
Eighty or so years ago, a paleontologist found an upper arm bone and six vertebrae near Tanzania's Lake Nyasa. Decades later, someone finally got around to analyzing them. They are dinosaur bones! Really, really old dinosaur bones -- about 10 million years older than any dinosaur we knew about previously.
This new old guy is called Nyasasaurus parringtoni and, for a dinosaur, he's teeny tiny. Because he's so old, researchers had to convince themselves that he was really a dinosaur -- but they're pretty convinced.
This ad could be on TVs across the country in just a few days:
It's a little lolsobby, but it feels good to finally hear someone say it out loud, doesn't it? Oil companies don't care that they're ruining the future. They're making money NOW.
There are two groups behind this genius ad: Oil Change International -- an advocacy organization that's fighting for clean energy and against fossil fuels -- and The Other 98%, which calls itself "a grassroots network of concerned people fed up with the status quo in Washington." There's actually a policy agenda behind the ad -- eliminating subsidies for fossil fuels.
There was a three-day-long traffic jam in Russia over the weekend. That's not three hours. That is three days. There was a snowstorm on the M-10, a well-traveled road between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Now, one might think a country where everyone wears giant fur hats everywhere would know what to do when it snowed. You may imagine that they'd have some sort of long-term plan in effect to keep the road between their capital and one of their next-largest cities moving during inclement weather. Alas, what happened was a 125-mile traffic jam and probably some very pissed Russians.
So the words "crocodile on the loose" are generally not the most welcome you'll hear, but they are much better than these five: "Nile crocodile on the loose." Unfortunately, you may hear this exact refrain in the Miami area right now, as a Nile croc -- much faster, more vicious, and more people-hungry than the American crocodile -- escaped from a local breeder and is just wandering around, enjoying its freedom. Luckily, it's only three feet long now, but keep in mind it's getting bigger. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission operatives have been directed to shoot to kill. This isn't the first time: Two more Nile crocs were recently captured in the same area.
Watching artist Michael Grab balance rocks is really kind of stressful. He moves with excruciating care, holding a teetering pile of rocks steady with one hand while he adds yet another and then another, each at a stranger angle than the last. I had to fast forward through this video the first time, just to deal with the tension of waiting for the rocks to fall:
Here's how he does it:
notice the technique of bracing the lower rocks while placing the next. the top rock acts as a pin to stabilize the whole structure, which is why it is very helpful to use a LARGE rock on top. plus, i like the overall design balance that the large top rock adds. and i love shades of red.
As soon as i found that red rock, i knew it must go on top. it was a beautiful rock. :) contemplate, try it for yourself. all about presence in the moment. SLOW down.
Peanut butter … originated as a health food of the upper classes. First created for sanitariums like John Harvey Kellogg’s Western Health Reform Institute, it satisfied the need for a protein-rich food that did not have to be chewed.
It also would have fit in well with today's food trends: It was "mostly produced for regional markets" within (let's just say) 100 miles of the people who ate it. But a century ago, that was a bug, not a feature:
It was the development of hydrogenation in the nineteen-twenties that led directly to the industrialization of peanut-butter production, the rise of the Big Three national brands, and the arrival of peanut butter in America’s lunch boxes. (In raising the melting point of peanut butter so that it is solid at room temperature, hydrogenation stops the separation of peanut oil and solids in the container and extends the product’s shelf life.)
The real villain in this story is Procter & Gamble, which changed "Big Top" branded peanut butter into Jif and added an embarrassing amount of sugar, oil, and molasses to the recipe.