Grist List

Why do you laugh when people fall down? Blame your ape ancestors

We laugh, and apes laugh too, and because we come from apes, we might laugh in ways that they laugh, but because we aren't apes, we laugh in some ways that are different.

100-year-old chestnut tree composes its own concert and light show

A tree in Berlin is the unlikely but cool source of a spontaneous concert.

Google Maps now lets you walk around on the ocean floor

Google Maps and the Catlin Seaview Survey have provided you with panoramic ocean floor vistas, because you didn't want to get any work done anyway, right?

Impossibly beautiful photographs of Iceland’s volcanic rivers

With landscapes like these, taken by photographer Andre Ermolaev, it's no wonder Icelanders believe in magic.

$4,000 eco-chandeliers are made of bike parts and self-importance

Woman makes chandeliers out of bike parts, and someone makes a video about it, and we can't help but laugh at how pretentious it is.

This terrifying hell-squid lives on ocean waste

Turns out the scary-looking "vampire squid" is the only cephalopod that DOESN'T want to eat you. It mainly eats poop.

Food

You will eat more cookies if you’re told they’re ‘medium’ instead of ‘large’

Although people make decisions based on size labels, they don't really know how much food or drink they're consuming.

Cities

Mesmerizing video shows London bikeshare users’ favorite routes

London’s bikeshare has launched over 5 million trips since it started in 2010. This animation by visualization specialist Jo Wood shows you where they’ve all been going. It’s more informative if you know the city — but even if you don’t, it’s kind of hypnotic. (It won’t let us embed, but New Scientist has a version with trippy music — highly recommended.)

We dare you not to cry while watching this man hand-feed a sick bee

An adorable bee was going to die until an adorable man adorably hand fed the bee honey and then the bee got better.

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