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Make delicious popsicles out of booze, goat cheese, and jalapenos

We all loved the Good Humor ice cream truck, but let’s be realistic: Good humor is for children, children with a naive understanding of the world and its woes. What we need, as adults, is an Ennui Truck. And it would sell sophisticated, grown-up frozen treats like blackberry/goat cheese popsicles. In the absence of the Ennui Truck, though, NPR tells you how to make those goat cheese pops — and sangria popsicles, and lime-jalapeno popsicles — for yourself and your very worldly friends.

Climate & Energy

San Diego is seeing record numbers of weird black jellyfish

This black jellyfish (which looks a no-more-comforting blood red in this lighting, but black in the open water) can grow to the size of a trash can lid, and its sting packs a serious wallop. Normally these guys are a rare sight around the waters of San Diego; before this decade, they were spotted only about five times in 100 years. Since then, they’ve been seen an additional five times — i.e., still infrequently, but 10 times more often.


Activist group sends Obama a message by carving it into a cornfield

Hot tip from an ex-resident of D.C. to all you activists out there: If you want to get the president’s attention, standing outside the White House with some signs and bullhorns is not going to do it. Everyone does that. You have to get creative. Like these guys, who cut their message into a field of crops, in hopes that the president would see it from Air Force One as he flies into Grand Junction, Colo., on a visit:

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