Grist List

These guys made $2 million last year selling chicken diapers (and other stuff)

The founders of My Pet Chicken did not plan on starting a gigantic business. They didn't know what a chicken-obsessed nation we were about to become.

Cities

New walkability scoring site factors in safety, attractiveness, and hills

Walk Score is a wonderful thing, but it is not perfect. Therefore, it now has some competitors. The newest would-be Walk Score killer is Walkonomics, a site that tells you more than just how close …

Living

$50 solar-powered water purifier is so green it’s like a joke

This invention is like a parody of a green technology: It’s solar-powered, it reduces pollution, and it provides clean water. All at once!! But we have to admit, it looks pretty useful and is actually …

How sea otters are saving the oceans

Sea otters are not only cute, they are important to the health of the ocean. This is how it works: When there are too many sea urchins, there is not enough kelp. When there is not enough …

Food

Coming soon: Non-vegan, non-kosher bananas

Food scientists have come up with an evil plan to make bananas off-limits to strict vegans, people keeping kosher, and anyone with an iodine allergy: They want to coat the fruit with shellfish. Specifically, they’d …

Another day, another animal stuffed down a man’s pants

The slender loris has endured a mighty struggle to survive. This struggle generally involves things like poaching by crazy people who think lorises can cure things like impotence and asthma, but on Monday, that struggle …

Politics

Ahmadinejad says Iran’s enemies are destroying the rain clouds

Rush Limbaugh will be pleased* to know that he and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have something in common: They’re both so balls-to-the-wall bonkers that they think their enemies can control the weather. Or well, OK, …

Giant daddy long-legs invade Seattle

Arachnophobes, beware: A science illustrator adorned the roof of the Seattle Center Armory with monstrously large photorealistic daddy long-legs.

Reality TV can now give you hantavirus (Update: Or not)

You know those nice, selfless, saintly people on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, the ones that help their absolutely insane and generally repulsive neighbors clean out 46 years of TV Guides/foot soaking machines/animal carcasses? And you’ve always …

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