Grist List


This man knows when you’re lying about honey

Did you know that people sell fake honey? They take supermarket honey and try to pass it off as fancy stuff you get for $30 at a farmers market. Is nothing sacred anymore? Luckily they don’t always get away with it, thanks to honey detective Vaughn Bryant. By day, he’s an anthropologist, and a regular user of honey. By night, or maybe just some other days, he’s a melissopalynologist — an expert on pollen.


Impress all your air-breathing friends with a car that runs on air

Look, down on the ground! It’s an orange mole with no face! It’s a Weeble that says "air" on the side! It’s an M&M with wheels! No, it’s an Airpod -- a car that runs on compressed air.

Climate & Energy

These are probably the coolest-looking clouds you’ll ever see

Fair warning: Looking at these photos might make you want to be a cloudologist.

Polar bears are dying of zebra herpes

There’s a well-known doctor saying: “When you hear hoofbeats in Central Park, don’t expect zebras.” The idea is that the symptoms you’re looking at probably don’t indicate a super-rare disease, even if you Googled them and Dr. Internet told you that you definitely have pernicious porphyria or whatever. But apparently that’s off the table for polar bears. If you’re a polar bear and you have a weird disease, go ahead and suspect zebras, because you’ve probably acquired zebra herpes. At least, that was the case in Wuppertal Zoo in Germany, where two captive polar bears started having seizures in 2010.


This Auto-Tuned tribute to Five Guys will make you want a fast food burger

Of course, you only eat organic CSA vegetables, beef you’ve been introduced to by name, and pork hand-reared by a little girl named Fern. But if you want to make a small anthropological study of how people who enjoy chain-restaurant burgers feel about perfectly cooked fries and bacon, well … here, for your enjoyment, is a pure distillation of fast food bliss. With Auto-Tune!


Freaky food sculptures will make you think twice about lunch meat

Artist Dmitry Tsykalov does some freaky things with meat. If you’re unlucky, his anatomical sculptures will make you feel pretty weird about eating things like lunch meat, shrimp, hot dogs, or spaghetti and meat balls. If you’re lucky, they’ll just make you feel weird about eating heads and feet. Lest you think you’ll be safe sticking to fruits and vegetables, let me assure you that Tsykalov has made those creepy too.


This video about GMOs is like watching your dad rap

If you’re against GMOs, but you don’t want to have to go through your full spiel every time you get in an argument, good news: You can now just subject your interlocutors to the equivalent of an 8th-grade biology teacher trying to get down verbally with the youth.


LEGO Brooklyn is just as cool as the real thing and has fewer obnoxious residents

Jonathan Lopes' 400-square-foot replica is accurate down to minute details and features landmarks like the Fairway in Red Hook, Fire Engine House 226, and the A train.


Former Twitter CEO’s dream home is SF neighborhood nightmare

Evan Williams wants to build a net zero energy home in a historic San Francisco neighborhood. Who could possibly object to an internet entrepreneur using his hard-earned cash to build an eco-friendly house?

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