Grist List

Yet another reason birds are weird: They like to bathe in ants

For you, that might be a flashback to an acid trip. For birds, it’s … well, it almost definitely feels good.

Is your jack-o’-lantern too interesting? Try these stencils from the Department of Energy

The Department of Energy has templates for a bumper crop of fun, hilarious jack-o'-lanterns: solar panels, wind turbines, and CFL bulbs.


London wants its own High Line, but underground and with more fungus

The winner of London's search for a High Line analogue is a tunnel full of mushrooms.

Make your clothes more delicious with buttons made of recycled food

British designer Hoyan Ip wants you to trim your clothes with food-based embellishments that look like a Fruit Roll-Up someone already ate.

Business & Technology

Amazon starts up site for green products, does not claim it will solve the world’s problems

When we're going to buy stuff, we want it to be as planet- and human-friendly as possible. But we don't want to be told to pat ourselves on the back just because we bought something made from bamboo.

Meet New York Aquarium’s adorable new rescued baby walrus

Baby walrus Mitik is moving to New York, where he'll fit right in, because he has a mustache and likes to head-butt things.

School cook in Sweden told to make her food less delicious

When you were growing up and you ate your school lunch of disgusting gristle-filled burgers and rubbery pizza and creamed chipped beef, did you ever think that one day there might be a school somewhere …

Texas city moves 100-year-old tree rather than cut it down

When road construction threatened this 100-year-old, 260-ton oak, League City, Texas stepped up and moved it.

Two Australians will be given a home and bathrobes and forced to get everything else secondhand

Two random people are being told to buy nothing new for a week. We think they'll live, but they might end up in ugly T-shirts and mom jeans.

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