“I’m convinced that this planet is warming and that this is part of the result of that,” says Colorado wildfire victim Hani Ahmad while looking at the ruins of his house. “The West is a tinderbox … I’m terrified for everybody in the West.”
Check out photos and videos of San Diego accidentally setting off 20 minutes worth of fireworks simultaneously.
The Onion shares a really innovative green breakthrough: The Prius Solution kills you with a spike as soon as you get in.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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