Grist List

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Cities

Beautiful street art turns footsteps into trees

As income levels in China increase, more people are driving cars, and China Environmental Protection Foundation hired DDB China to come up with a way …

Climate & Energy

If you’re sneezing right now, it is climate change’s fault

More climate change = more hay fever, according to the Guardian: Hay fever sufferers face longer pollen seasons and highly allergenic new strains from invasive …

Business & Technology

This is what air pollution sounds like

One of the terrifying qualities of modern pollution is that you can’t always see it. In old pictures of industrial cities, the pollution was disgustingly …

Cities

This awesome athlete used a bikeshare bike to compete in the Nation’s Triathlon

Over the weekend, Jefferson Smith, a 42-year-old triathlete, competed in the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C. He did not come in first or second or …