Grist List


Chinese McDonald’s selling a very chic, weird, possibly political black/white burger combo

These black and white burgers might have a political message, which seems like a really cumbersome way to communicate.

New species of monkey can see into your very soul

The lesula is a new species of monkey, and he knows your pain. Just let him gaze at you.

See-through frog could revolutionize biology class

Man, how much easier would high school biology have been with the glassfrog? Instead of having to dissect a dead animal, you could have just peered through its naturally transparent belly. It’s quicker, cleaner, and …

These guys made $2 million last year selling chicken diapers (and other stuff)

The founders of My Pet Chicken did not plan on starting a gigantic business. They didn't know what a chicken-obsessed nation we were about to become.


New walkability scoring site factors in safety, attractiveness, and hills

Walk Score is a wonderful thing, but it is not perfect. Therefore, it now has some competitors. The newest would-be Walk Score killer is Walkonomics, a site that tells you more than just how close …


$50 solar-powered water purifier is so green it’s like a joke

This invention is like a parody of a green technology: It’s solar-powered, it reduces pollution, and it provides clean water. All at once!! But we have to admit, it looks pretty useful and is actually …

How sea otters are saving the oceans

Sea otters are not only cute, they are important to the health of the ocean. This is how it works: When there are too many sea urchins, there is not enough kelp. When there is not enough …


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: They want to coat the fruit with shellfish. Specifically, they’d …

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 things like impotence and asthma, but on Monday, that struggle …