The National Building Museum may not be D.C.’s star attraction, but even if you don’t love it, it loves you. You can tell, because the museum is giving sweltering District residents a nice, cool place to play indoor mini-golf this summer. And because it’s the National Building Museum, this is no plaster-clown-head putt-putt course — the holes resemble tiny cities, models of the Mall, and modernist architecture. There’s even a hole shaped like a labyrinth.
The highest body of equestrian sports, the Federation Equestre Internationale, is just a little obsessed with where horse babies come from. And not without reason — have you seen the prices for champion horse sperm these days? (Man, you know this is a phrase that has actually come out of Mitt Romney’s mouth. And we used to think arugula was elitist.) In the past, the best way to propagate and improve a horse’s line was the old-fashioned artificial insemination route. That’s expensive, and not a little messy, and it doesn’t work for champion horses that are also geldings (i.e., neutered). …
This compilation of recent news footage could EASILY be the scene from a disaster movie showing a news footage montage right before everything goes to hell.
Here’s a fun pastime, if you’re mildly sociopathic: Put a clam on a table. Sprinkle salt around it. Watch as it investigates with what looks for all the world like a gigantic creepy beige tongue. Yes, we know it’s not a tongue, but you know it looks like it’s sticking out its tongue and very slowly licking its lips. Alex Hern at the New Statesman captures the pathos of it all:
Fox News is now apparently telling viewers that pollution helps forests grow.
Some highways have overpasses built specifically for animals like deer, elk, and grizzly bears. Take a look at some of these gorgeous wildlife bridges.
The Tara Oceans is a 118-foot research ship that collects ocean zooplankton and phytoplankton — microscopic marine organisms that we often know nothing about. These tiny critters have a crucial place at the bottom of the food chain, but global warming is killing them off at a rate of 1 percent per year. The Tara Oceans wants to chronicle these often-unstudied species before they’re lost — because they’re important, because they’re rare and mysterious, and also because they’re SO WEIRD.
San Francisco has an overabundance of dogs who need love and homes, and a large number of people who make their living by panhandling. This summer, the city’s starting a program that could benefit both groups. The program, called WOOF (which, in a textbook example of why coming up with the acronym first isn’t always a great idea, stands for Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos), will pay residents of supportive housing $50-75 a week — about the same amount a panhandler might take in — to foster adorable puppies who need to get accustomed to human companionship. It’s a …
In southern China, police intercepted three foreigners trying to sneak over the border with precious cargo — more than 3,600 crocodiles. By the time police arrested the smugglers, 42 of the Siamese crocs (an endangered species) had died of dehydration and overheating. But if the police hadn’t intervened, the rest would have met an equally gruesome fate, as dinner for the culinarily adventurous in Guangdong province. This was a particularly large load: The crocodiles weighed more than 17 tons in all. But according to the Guardian, environmental watchdogs like Zheng Yuanying, southern China program director for Green Eye of China, …
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