Grist List

Green Cars

Ultimate green car drops your carbon footprint to zero, by killing you

The Onion shares a really innovative green breakthrough: The Prius Solution kills you with a spike as soon as you get in.

Food

List of presidents’ favorite foods is surprisingly fascinating

I would not expect a list of favorite White House breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to be all that interesting, but Sarah Marshall has posted one on The Awl and it’s actually endlessly entertaining. Here’s some of what we learned: Some presidents favored exactly the food you’d expect (George W. Bush: “grilled cheese sandwiches made with Kraft singles and white bread”). Others were more surprising (Richard Nixon: wheat germ). Presidents from the 1980s and 1990s were not big on vegetables. Presidents seem to enjoy foods that sound like fetishes. Eisenhower liked “prune whip.” Andrew Jackson ate “leather pants.” James Buchanan wanted …

Cities

Artist turns abandoned home into human-sized dollhouse

Abandoned buildings tend to make a community feel sketchy, whether it’s an urban area or the town of Sinclair, Manitoba, Canada. So when artist Heather Benning found this dilapidated farmhouse in 2005, she set to work turning it into a 1 to 1 scale dollhouse.

Climate Change

Radiohead, Jude Law, and Greenpeace make a sad, sad polar bear video

Here are so many things that we like, all in one place.

Animals

Tablet apps teach apes to write emails

Sometimes, when sitting with an iPad and raptly poking Uzu with your finger, you probably feel a little like an ape, admit it. That’s because a) you are basically just a smart ape and b) of course smart apes like touch screen tablets (heck, even lizards like them). And just like humans, the apes are using the technology to slowly peck out messages that express their thoughts and desires. Here’s Teco, a 2-year-old bonobo: Sitting with his Motorola Xoom tablet, he’s rapt, his dark eyes fixed on the images, fingers pecking away at the touch screen. He can’t speak, but …

Food

Scientists create world’s healthiest airline meal

Oh, those scientists — they’re always trying to ruin hackish comedians’ most reliable material. You plan a whole routine about how airline food is shitty, and they go and make it good. In the United Kingdom, a team of scientists have made an airline meal that meets all 222 possible E.U.-endorsed health claims. (Making prepackaged, super-nutritional meals — so hot in Europe right now.) That means it’s made of foods that boost digestive systems, promote heart health, support normal blood cholesterol, and generally make up healthwise for the fact that you’re hurtling through radiation rays at 30,000 feet. What’s in …

Animals

It’s official: There is no such thing as mermaids

You might have thought the federal government wouldn’t have to weigh in on an issue mainly popularized by Disney and 4-year-olds, but apparently you would be wrong. NOAA has made an update to its “Ocean Facts” site stating that mermaids do not exist, and “[n]o evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” Well, that’s a relief! Finally I can go swimming again without worrying that I’ll stumble into an underwater calypso party.

Climate & Energy

Stunning map shows 100 years of earthquake data

This image is the work of data visualizer Josh Nelson, and it represents over 100 years of earthquake data, from 1898 to 2003 — 203,186 quakes that rated 4 or higher on the Richter scale. 

Fossil Fuels

Mickey Mouse pushes fossil fuels in this 1985 comic book

Matt Novak of Paleofuture has been posting photos of a 1985 Disney comic touting the benefits of oil pipelines and coal. What’s really striking is how much it genuinely sounds like Republican talking points. I guess Goofy is the American public, Mickey is the GOP, and whoever does Mickey’s voice is the Koch brothers.

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