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Animals

Dude orders 80-year-old lobster at restaurant just to set it free

Don MacKenzie reserved 17-pound Larry the lobster for dinner, then spent an undisclosed amount to release him uneaten into the Long Island Sound.

Food

The saddest pictures of drought-stressed corn

You’ve likely heard by now that there will be little to no corn this year because the drought is killing all of it. And while that sounds bad enough in theory, the reality of it is even more pathetic. Just look at these sad, sad ears of corn: Awww. It’s just ready to give up. This guy’s trying but instead of corn, he’s turned into some sort of ’80s-era hair band rock star. This one would be cute, if it were supposed to that small. But trying to eat it would be like that one scene in Big.

Business & Technology

We just can’t quit these sustainable cowboys

The myth of the cowboy features a man who loves the land but also freedom. He respects nature, but at the same time, if some pencil-necked hippie tried to tell him how to git along his dogies, he would gently rassle that guy to the ground and hogtie him. But the Christian Science Monitor reports that ranchers are breaking those stereotypes and getting in on new, sustainable ways to manage land, so that they’re producing not just delicious beef but healthy ecosystems. The new cowboy is totally green. “As a matter of necessity, the old way of ranching is giving …

Food

How to eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich without supporting Chick-fil-A

It's still possible to get your fried chicken sandwich fix and keep your moral principles intact.

Animals

This video will make you want to hug a walrus

This rescued baby walrus is no more than six weeks old and already 200 pounds, so chances are good that you don’t have room for him in your apartment. But I defy you to watch this video and not want to fly out to the Alaska SeaLife Center and demand adoption papers.

Climate & Energy

Look what trees are now reduced to, you jerks

We’ve left trees in the lurch so badly, they’re forced to grow hands and then take matters into them. This one’s reduced to panhandling on the street to support its rainforest relatives.

Animals

Watch some brave souls rescue baby bears from a dumpster

The basic rule about baby bears is Do Not Go Near Them. Ever. But what do you do if they’re stuck in a garbage can, crying all night, with the mom stalking nearby? If you are this group of brave people, you rescue them:

Animals

How many guinea pigs does it take to mow your lawn?

The average American lawn is one-fifth of an acre, or 8,712 square feet. That’s a lot of passes with your push reel mower. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just hire some goats, cows, or guinea pigs to take care of it for you? Movoto.com, a real estate company, is helping you plan your livestock yard care by calculating how many animals of different sorts it would take to mow your lawn in one day. Let’s find out what it would take to mow the average American lawn, shall we? First, decide what animals you’d like. I choose chickens! …

Cities

Edible Bus Stop turns London transit routes into a network of community gardens

Obviously your first thought when you hear “edible bus stop” is “Stay away! It was built by witches!” (No? Just me?) But shockingly, the Edible Bus Stop project is not about luring children to bus stops by building them out of gingerbread. Instead, it’s about providing food to the community by turning bus stops into public gardens. The Edible Bus Stop began as “a guerrilla garden project” alongside a South London bus stop. A small strip of land was being offered up for sale, and a group of locals started growing things in it. The group’s founder, Mark Gilchrist, told …

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