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Food

Could this 5-by-5 inch piece of paper reduce food waste by 25 percent?

FreshPaper claims their botanical-infused 5-by-5-inch sheet can make produce last five times longer, cutting down wasted food. But does it work?

Animals

This 1933 video of the last living thylacine is a haunting look at a now-extinct species

We tend to think of extinct species as creatures from the distant past, whose habits and physiology we can only guess at from fossil evidence. But that doesn’t take into account how relentless humans are about wiping out entire categories of animal! We’ve definitely deep-sixed a few since the invention of video, meaning that we have animated visual reminders of what we lost. For instance, this 1933 video of the last thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, in captivity.

Transportation

Sidecar lets drivers rent out their empty backseat

In theory, Sidecar is about sharing. Here’s how it’s supposed to work: You’re headed downtown in your car, but before you leave you check your Sidecar app. A user a few blocks down is looking for a ride in the same direction. You swing by, pick her up, and drop her off. Everyone wins by sharing — she gets to her destination, and you get to feel good that the gas you just burned went towards transporting more than one human being. (Plus, Sidecar suggests that she “donate” a little cash to you for your trouble.) In practice, Sidecar seems …

Cities

Mayor Bloomberg uses a full-sized room A/C unit to cool his SUV

It really would be interesting to find out what moral calculus goes into Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s environmental decisions. It must go something like “I’m a big city mayor, working hard to draw down emissions on a municipal scale. Therefore, it is 100 percent justifiable that in my personal life, I fly regularly to the Bahamas and use A/C units intended for a whole apartment to keep my SUV a comfortable temperature.” Because that’s what he had his staff do this week: take a standard room air conditioner and try sticking it into the window of an SUV. The New York …

Living

Magical tree tunnel was carved out by a train

In Klevan, Ukraine, this two-mile long tunnel of trees was formed when the vegetation grew around the path of a regularly passing train. Locals calls this beautiful and romantic place the Tunnel of Love. Even without the green, leafy border, it’s haunting.

Food

200 naked Germans buying groceries

When a German store offered $276 in free groceries to anyone willing to shop naked, 250 brave souls dropped trou.

Living

Dear god, this insane old nature show is amazing

Man, you know when you’re eating lunch at a rest stop and you get up to follow a raccoon, and he goes through this doorway standing in the middle of nowhere, and then BOOM! Eye of Horus! and then the door disappears and a batty old lady shows up to tell you about seagulls and pickleweed? If you do, this video — soldered together out of clips from the “Tripping With Terwilliger” nature films — will make you feel like someone really gets you. If you don’t, though, it’s still phenomenally awesome. I like the part where she yells at …

Food

Cheeseburger-crust pizza is not even recognizable as pizza

We need to think of a new name for the monstrosities that pizza companies are coming up with, because, really, this is NOT pizza: Pizza Hut is selling this mutant creature in the Middle East, where, if the ad is to be believed, ordering a hamburger at a pizza place is a GIANT AND HILARIOUS JOKE and Pizza Hut just wants to shut those douches up. In what might be the greatest anti-monarchial movement in recent Middle East history, it’s also being marketed as the “most royal” pizza. Here’s what the thing looks like up close:

Animals

Greenland is feeding endangered whale meat to tourists

Denmark wants permission for indigenous communities in Greenland (which it rules) to catch more whales for food, The Guardian reports. Problem is, an environmental group has found that the whale meat’s not actually going to feed indigenous communities. It’s going to tourists who I guess get a kick out of eating something endangered: The [Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society] chief executive, Chris Butler-Stroud, said: “The Danish government’s claims that Greenland needs to kill more whales for nutritional and cultural needs is laughable. Who is this meat really for? Our investigation report shows that this demand for more whale meat is …

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