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Climate & Energy

Even David Letterman is cool enough to hate fracking

We expect Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to have incisive, funny takes on important green issues like fracking. But David Letterman? That guy hasn’t been cool since like 1991! [Ed. note: I used to watch Letterman in like 1991.] And yet, only like a year after the rest of America caught on about fracking, here’s Letterman railing against “greedy oil and gas companies” on last night’s show.

Climate & Energy

This 1956 cartoon will convince you to marry oil and have oil babies

From the golden era of American cartoon propaganda.

Living

This plugin keeps baby pics off your Facebook by replacing them with bacon or cats

Are you childfree, anti-population-growth, or just an STFU Parents fan? Unbaby.me will get rugrats off your social media feeds for good, and replace them with pictures of kittens, puppies, bacon, swimsuit models, or whatever you want. Here’s how it works: The Chrome extension has an editable list of keywords that usually herald a precious, sticky little face in the vicinity. The preloaded keyword list is: year old, so adorable, our family, cutest baby, learned to walk, years old, month old, months old, carseat, infant, too adorable, pajamas, solid foods, crawling, most baby, so cute, is precious, is too cute, diapers, …

Business & Technology

One latte uses as much carbon as an entire year of dicking around on Facebook

As guilty pleasures go, Grist List is officially endorsing Facebook, and not just because it’s great for us when you share our funny-awesome-holyshit-cool stories with all your friends and they click on our site and hooray! No, it’s not our self-interest but our love for the planet that is motivating this endorsement. Because of the two guilty pleasures we’re willing to bet that many of you are indulging in right now — Facebook and a delicious latte — Facebook is the carbon equivalent of a carrot stick and some hummus, and the latte is the equivalent of a gigantic, juicy …

Climate & Energy

The world’s about to get its first entirely solar-powered country

By next week, the tiny island nation Tokelau will be the first solar-powered country in the world.

Living

Here’s the real story behind this see-through hermit crab

This awesome photo of a hermit crab in a glass shell has been going around the internet, attached to a story about New Zealand scientists using the glass shells to lay bare the crabs’ inner workings. Which leaves out the coolest part: You can buy one for yourself. (I mean, for your own hermit crabs. You’d never fit in one.)

Living

What to do when an elephant crashes your pool party

How cool would it be to catch an elephant wandering up to your pool and checking out the scene? And how terrifying would it be if you were actually in the pool, the size of which would not accommodate both you and the elephant? You know these guys are thinking: “HOLY SHIT. THIS IS AWESOME. IF IT DOES A CANNONBALL IN, WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE.”

Living

These artists print photographs onto living grass

Usually when you say an artist is "into grass," it's because you're in your 60s and use outdated drug slang. But artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey honestly do amazing things with grass, i.e. the plant people make lawns out of.

Animals

Here is an anteater getting wasted

Listen, tamanduas are just like you, or Carrie Bradshaw, or the French. When they want to unwind, they go for a glass of red wine. And we all know where that leads:

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