Grist List

360,000 bees are staying at the Waldorf Astoria

There are bees living at the Waldorf Astoria, which is really cute, in a way, since they make honey, and really gross when you think about how a bee farm is just a creepy way for a hotel to pretend it is anything but part of a huge, gross, corporation.

This insane guy stood right next to a gigantic, beautiful waterfall of lava

He did this ON PURPOSE.

Business & Technology

This bike just might go 100 miles per hour

When he rides his new bike, Graeme Obree must look like a man who's been abducted by aliens and is struggling to get out of the weird, clear pod in which they've stored him.

Food

Meat map shows you how to avoid antibiotics

For those people not interested in eating meat laced with chemicals and antibiotics, there is now a crowd-sourced map that lets you know where to get antibiotic-free meat.

Cities

After three days of water rationing, an entire city flushes its toilets at the same time

It was called the Big Flush.

Now you can download and print an entire house

A London-based design team has come up with DIY designs for “WikiHouses,” which let would-be home constructors download plans and “print” the components themselves rather than buying them in a factory. In practice, I am pretty sure I couldn’t build a house even if all the parts were made for me. But in theory, this looks really cool! The WikiHouse software, which is free, produces the CNC (computer numerical control) code to print all of the home’s components out of wood. Users can take the codes to a CNC workshop if they don’t have an appropriate machine (which they probably …

Here’s a nice story about a cute baby endangered sea turtle getting rescued

Cute turtle rehabbed by nice people at Florida's Marine Science Center is nurtured, returned to the wild.

Cities

Gorgeously painted manhole covers add beauty to city streets in Japan

Sometimes, the difference between a pleasant, livable city and a stressful one comes down to the details, things you might barely even notice but that influence you almost subconsciously. Municipalities in Japan have gotten at least one of these details down pat, by putting intricate and beautiful decorations in one of the city’s most forgotten places: the lowly manhole cover.

If you’ve got $206,500, you can bid on a piece of the moon

Haven’t you always wanted to own a piece of the moon that you could do whatever you wanted with — write your name on it, claim it in the name of Spain, tape it together with other space rocks to build a less fucked-up planet, etc.? Well, for only $170,000, plus a $36,500 “buyer’s premium,” you have a crack at owning the fourth-largest moon rock ever put up for sale. Keep your finger on the “bid” button, though, because they’re expecting it to sell for more than $380,000.

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