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Tulsa authorities bulldoze edible garden for being too tall

Denise Morrison had read the city code and knew her plants were legal. So why did the city come to her yard and bulldoze her garden?


This dude bought a private island in New York City for less than a studio apartment

Alex Schibli, 72, owns an island, right smack off the coast of Manhattan. (Delightfully, it’s called “Rat Island.” Great name for a NYC island, or BEST name?) When you hear “owns an island” you figure …

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The coolest tiny home we’ve seen recently has a giant hole in the roof

The key to small-space living is not feeling cramped, which makes this Barcelona apartment the pinnacle of the genre. The home uses sliding doors to open the 430-square-foot apartment up for a sense of space, …


North Carolina elephant might be getting contact lenses

C’sar, a 38-year-old bull elephant living in North Carolina, could become the first pachyderm to wear contact lenses. Because nothing looks nerdier than an elephant in glasses. “An elephant has never been fitted with corrective …


Here is a dolphin wearing an octopus as underwear

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Bears can count

North American black bears have the largest relative brain size of all carnivores, and apparently they are capable of using that brain power to count. Scientists tested three bears on their ability to look at …


Burrito robot problematizes fast food and nutrition, makes you a disgusting burrito

For his thesis project, Marko Manriquez, “a maker, interactive designer and foodie of all things delicious,” has created a robot that prints “a 3D edible extrusion combining a blend of digital fabrication and gastronomy.” That …


Help name these weird species

Giving children names is exciting and all, but it is important to consider how they will feel when their name is shouted on the playground. But not so with species! You can name those suckers …


The best, fastest, CRAZIEST urban cyclists in the world

We cannot say this enough: DO NOT ATTEMPT ANYTHING IN THIS VIDEO.