Grist List

London’s proposed commuter canal would let you swim to work

Two architects have proposed an 8-mile swimming/skating lane in London. It's probably not going to happen. But it should, and it makes us think every city should just do something crazy and beautiful like this.

Nature-loving kid aims to be photographed with every type of animal on Earth

In the last 11 years, Tallon Nightwalker has been photographed with more than 840 animals, live and up close. But he’s still got more than 25,000 to go to reach his goal, because Tallon is …

This 30,000-square-foot building is made out of beer bottles

The Morrow Royal Pavilion looks like some kind of palace, but it's made of crushed beer bottles mixed with fly ash.

This urn uses your ashes to grow a tree to (sort of) take your place

A French designer has created something called the Poetree, so that your loved one can plant a tree in your ashes and you can live on forever. You'll be living on forever as a tree, but it's better than nothing.

Cities

Here’s a really terrible pro-helmet ad, and nine much better ideas

Rather than encouraging helmet use, this campaign seems liable to scare people out of biking in the first place.

Food

Chinese scientist says cavemen ate pandas

This conclusion required a little bit of a logical leap.

Cities

These penalty cards let you tell stupid pedestrians exactly how stupid they are

Available for download at the low price of $1 for all 14.

Obscenely rich people can raise obscenely rich chickens in this $100,000 coop

Neiman Marcus is selling a chicken coop. It costs a lot. It will make people think rich people are even more disgusting than they already are, which is pretty disgusting.

NASA satellite discovers Cookie Monster on Mercury

It's a crater shaped like Cookie Monster! Or at least, those are Cookie Monster's eyes, but ... OH MY GOD WHERE IS HIS MOUTH???

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