Grist List

Cities

Cities sell ad space on potholes, hydrants, and fire trucks

Well, this is dystopian: Faced with a cash shortage, some cities are opening up ad space on public services like fire hydrants, manhole covers, subway …

Cities

Bogota’s miniature public libraries will make you want to move to Colombia

Reading fans in Colombia, especially the capital city of Bogota, never need to worry about being without a book on a beautiful day. There are …

Cities

Bookshelf that hides extra furniture is small-apartment genius

Orla Reynolds' furniture emerges "as if from nowhere" -- her bookshelves hide a table and four extra chairs.

Living

Wool balls keep your laundry soft, and maaaaybe save energy

When I was taught to do laundry, I was told that a Bounce dryer sheet went into the dryer with every load of wet clothes. …

Cities

New perfume lets you smell like New York City, because THAT sounds great

I don’t know about you folks, but when I think of the “essence and spirit” of New York City “in an olfactory memento” … well, …

Animals

Lonesome George, the last Pinta tortoise, dies at age 100

George was the world’s rarest tortoise and a symbol of the Galapagos.

Animals

These weed-eating goats make more money than you

Staten Island’s Freshkills Park, a former landfill that’s being transformed into a public parkland and “laboratory for green practices,” is engaging in job creation — …

Animals

This video might ruin cute animal videos for you forever

Hey, remember that video with the slow loris being tickled? The one that used to make me laugh until I peed? Yeah, well, get ready …

Insane bird’s-eye view of the Colorado wildfires

A National Guard member who was called in to tackle the wildfires currently raging in Colorado shot this amazing aerial view, and a member of …