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Boy, I sure could go for some battery-powered air conditioner pants

Is that a tiny air conditioner in your pants, or do you just feel lukewarm about me? These cargo pants from Japan have a built-in battery-powered fan that sits in an exterior pocket, blowing cold air on the outside of your thigh. This is maybe not the most effective option, since ideally you want to cool major blood vessels, but it would be pretty awkward to sling the fan closer to your femoral artery. Also, you’d have to worry about shrinkage. Anyway, they probably keep you colder than pants with no thigh-fan at all.

Cities

City takes your collected trash, gives you fresh food in return

A growing number of cities in Central and South America are giving residents what may be the best deal ever made: You give us trash, and we give you food.

Cities

Bus driver catches 7-year-old girl when she falls from a window

Keyla McCree, an autistic 7-year-old, pushed a panel out of the new air conditioner in her Brooklyn apartment and climbed through it, out a third-story window. But she doesn’t even have a scratch, thanks to New York bus driver Steven St. Bernard, who lives in the same apartment complex. St. Bernard managed to catch Keyla before she hit the ground. Man, sometimes your city community really comes through. (Or, I guess, sometimes people are amazing. Either moral will work here.) This video includes some grainy cell-phone footage of the incident. (The video at the New York Post has a hilarious …

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