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This is what your city would look like without light pollution

San Francisco
Thierry Cohen
San Francisco

Photographer Thierry Cohen's "Darkened Cities" series shows what the night sky might look like after humans and their light pollution are wiped off the planet. Without electric lights, human-made structures are reduced to geometrical patterns against a starlight-filled sky.

New York, Ground Zero
Thierry Cohen
New York, Ground Zero
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People will go out of their way to hit turtles with cars, because people are jerks

Bad People Run Me Over
Screw all y'all.

A student at Clemson University made a disturbing discovery when he placed a rubber turtle in the road and spent an hour watching what passing cars would do. Out of 257 cars that passed, seven of them tried to hit the turtle. Down the road at Western Carolina State University, a psychology professor asked a class of about 110 students whether they had intentionally ever run over a turtle. Thirty-five of them had.

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This tiny tricycle house lets you bring your home with you

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The Tricycle House is a dream come true for anyone who imagined living life like a snail, with a home to crawl into wherever you happen to land at the end of the day. It comes from China (which means that it was designed by the real actual communists at the People's Architecture Office and People's Industrial Design Office), and it's basically a tiny house attached to a bicycle.

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PAO
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You spend up to three months a year searching through your clutter

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Earthworm

We know, we know: Despite your best intentions, you bought people nice presents and received some in return. Now you have that much more stuff that you have to find a place for and deal with. But it’s not too late to resolve to declutter in the new year -- and bonus, you could save yourself up to three months of wasted time.

It turns out that we all spend a stupid amount of time wandering around our homes, trying to find stuff we probably didn't need to begin with, CNN reports:

[National Association of Professional Organizers] Industry Member Director Mary Dykstra says that on average, Americans waste time amounting to between six and 12 weeks a year searching for things in their offices and homes.

Now, one option would be to go out and buy a bunch more stuff to organize the stuff you already have. But another is option is simply to have less stuff.

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Here’s what a day looks like for New York’s pothole crusaders

Tumblr's Storyboard spent a day with one of New York City's pothole crews -- the people who make it possible for cars to drive on city streets without getting destroyed, despite the huge amount of wear and tear the roads suffer. In one year, pothole crews might repair more than 200,000 potholes across New York City.

In the morning, the crew looks at its daily pothole spreadsheet and sets out to find and destroy these menaces. If they don't get to the potholes today, they stay on the list. "We'll get those potholes," says Richard Cicale, the director of street maintenance in Manhattan.

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Got a New Year’s hangover? Chicago has a clinic just for you

There is help for you even if you drank a lot
Scott Feldstein
There is help for you even if you drank a lot

Other than being terminally ill or getting dumped or fired, and maybe being forced to work in a quarry since the age of three, there is nothing worse than having a hangover. Hangovers hurt physically, they hurt mentally, and the worst thing is that you did it to yourself, because apparently it is impossible for you to have a good time unless you're absolutely trashed, you fucking lush.

Needless to say, it would be a miracle if someone would just take your hangovers off your hands, and now, for just $99, a Chicago clinic will actually do just that. That’s right. You can just hand it over to them, as if it were a re-gifted bottle of Cîroc vodka or a copy of Moby-Dick or, well, a hundred dollar bill.

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The cutest, most incredibly depressing animated film you’ll see today

Awww, lookit animator Steve Cutts' adorable cartoon guy run roughshod over the Earth and all its creatures until it's just a smoking ruin!

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Parrots have different favorite bands, but all of them hate dance music

"Play Freebird!"
James Arnott
"Play Freebird!"

Have you ever wondered what kind of music parrots like? I never had, but now that someone has taken the trouble to find out, I actually wonder why I ever bothered to be curious about anything else.

What happened is, a British person (big surprise) put two parrots in a cage. He put two buttons in there which the parrots could press to turn on music. The music choices were Vangelis and Scissor Sisters. One of the parrots, named Leo, was into Scissor Sisters, and the other one preferred Vangelis. They did this study for a whole month, and the parrots were unwavering in their choices.

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Kansas City is making millions by using municipal sewer sludge to fertilize a farm

The Kansas City government made $2.1 million over the past six years from a resource that most people would not think of as an asset -- the human waste that city residents flushed down their toilets.

After turning the waste into fertilizer, last year the city used 9,982 tons on 1,340 acres of corn and soybean crops. Gross? Yes. Since it's not exactly the best idea to eat crops grown from municipal waste, the city sells its crops to biofuel makers.

Beyond being perhaps the best use of sewer sludge that anyone's ever come up with, this project is an example of government efficiency.

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Single people aren’t as good at recycling as couples are

Single people often face a stigma: The coupled-up among us just can't figure out how anyone could live a full and accomplished life without a partner. And in most cases, this stigma is totally ridiculous and unjustified. Apparently not for recycling, though. In Britain, at least, single people just aren't as good at it.

According to the Guardian, while 79 percent of mixed-sex couples recycle, only 65 percent of single people do. And the worst of the worst were single men, only 58 percent of whom could be bothered with the small task of putting paper, plastic, and metal products in a separate bin from their rotting food. 

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