Grist List

Hedgehog rescued from potato chip bag by professional hedgehog-rescuers

A hedgehog crawled into a potato chip bag outside a supermarket in Weston-super-Mare. After a three-hour ordeal, it was rescued, and is fine, and still cute.

Climate & Energy

Here’s why you can’t just nuke a storm

Apparently, people ask the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about this every year. Here's the answer.

British charity is recycling ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as toilet paper

Fifty Shades of Grey, for the uninitiated, is a madly popular, rather trashy book in which a young woman has an affair with an older businessman.

Rare whale seen for the first time only to die hours later

Before 2010, no one had ever seen the spade-toothed beaked whale in the flesh, let alone alive.

This post-Sandy image will seriously mess with your head

This dude either has amazing core strength or lives in a freaky sideways universe.

Cities

Artist wants to replace L.A.’s billboards with elevated bamboo forests

It's a pretty idea; just check out the mock-up.

Politics

House candidate Doug LaMalfa is the archetypal climate-denying idiot

It's so easy to listen to those really quotable climate nuts. But let's not let the super boring ones get lost in the climate denial shuffle.

London traffic light has 75 anxiety-inducing signals

It's a traffic light! It's a piece of public art! It stands where a tree used to stand! It makes us want to cry!

Food

These beautiful, sobering murals are made entirely out of sugar

A Canadian artist uses sugar to make art depicting the slave trade and its relationship to the sugar industry in the Americas. Pretty sweet.