If turducken didn’t spice up your Thanksgiving enough, fear not. The Daily Mail has cooked up some ideas for an exciting, or at least weird, bird. There’s barbecue turkey (meh), deep-fried turkey (getting somewhere), and best of all, dishwasher turkey! Look at that shine!
Do Americans care about bike theft? Mercifully, some do. In fact, some will repeatedly hit you with their purse if you ask them for help cutting a bike lock. But others will help you free a chained-up bike, then ask as an afterthought if it’s actually yours. Watch the unexpected hilarity:
Totally Rad Clothing made the video as sort of a bike-related sociological experiment (and sneaky viral promotion for its T-shirt company, which also happens to sell a CAT PONCHO). It’s hard to pick the best line of dialogue:
The lack of public toilets is a problem when you're on your way home on the subway and you drank one beer too many, but they're a much bigger problem if you have no home and no access to facilities. Increased public access to bathrooms doesn't just mean everyone has a pot to piss in; it can also increase health, dignity, confidence, and employability for the homeless. And San Francisco nonprofit Lava Mae is getting the word out about that -- in the form of a parade of beautiful artistic toilets.
For about two months, Fed Up invited students across the country to snap and submit pictures of their school lunch. The campaign gathered 7,025 pictures and had more than 25,000 participants voting for whether the student should eat the lunch or toss it.
The campaign was meant to give young people a little power and encourage them to demand better food. (There were also handy tips!) The idea was to compile data about where the best and worst lunches were being served, too. But, based on a sample of the data, it's clear that there's not much difference between food that should go straight to the trash and food that's worthy of being ingested.
Some of meals that got the most votes we saw for "toss it" were pretty bad:
But the really depressing bit is how the meal with the highest "eat it" scores that we found really weren't much better:
It's only human to want to personalize a drab desk space and maybe spruce it up a bit with a little desk plant. It cleans your air, and it's nice to look at. Also, apparently, it makes you more efficient at work. According to Fast Company, two different studies showed that when you put flowers and plants at people's desks, they do better at cognitive tasks.
It turns out that our brains really aren't so down with focusing on work all day. FastCoDesign:
Our brains expend a lot of energy on tasks that require direct attention. This mental fatigue can only be restored when we give our direct attention a break. Sleep can do the job, but when we're awake, we can also refresh direct attention by shifting our minds to an indirect, or effortless form of engagement. Nature offers just this type of absorbing, restorative distraction. ...
Students at the New York Institute of Technology began with a simple observation about what happens after a disaster hits: "Two things typically show up at relief sites:  Water bottles on  shipping pallets."
They wondered if these two resources could be used for a purpose besides  holding water and  holding water bottles. And the answer was yes: Combine the bottles and the pallets, and you could create a better shelter for people whose homes were destroyed. Gizmodo explains:
The design ... uses a custom plastic pallet into [which] crushed plastic bottles are screwed. The crushed bottles overlap, much like Spanish roof tiles, to form a surface that is fully covered and weatherproof.
You can’t drive John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign into a ditch, but you can do the next best thing: Total Sarah Palin’s 1999 Ford Expedition from her days as Wasilla mayor! Her old SUV is up for sale on eBay until this Wednesday, so BID EARLY. BID OFTEN.
"We put it out there to get a better return on taxpayer dollars by listing it as her car than just selling it 'as-is,'" Public Works Director Archie Giddings said Wednesday. "It may have some value to somebody ... knowing who had it originally."
Why yes, the value is in being able to steer clear of something Sarah Palin touched. (Priceless.)
Tennessee dad Jim Howe didn’t think it was safe -- or logical -- for “traffic [to be] backed up over a mile on a busy highway” just to pick up kids from South Cumberland Elementary School. But when he walked into the school, protesting a new rule that parents have to hang out in a line of cars to get their kids, he got arrested. If you like arguing and Southern accents, watch the situation unfold:
Apparently kids can be released to parents in cars or can take the bus home, but they are not allowed to walk home with their parents. (Don't even TRY picking your kid up by bike.) Although Howe signed the school’s special form giving his kids permission to walk home with him, deputy Avery Aytes won’t have it:
Is Lord James of Blackheath trolling us all? It kinda seems like it, because why else would you accuse bicyclists of being suicidally antagonistic?
Lord James is a businessman and a (surprise!) conservative member of Parliament’s House of Lords, and usually spends his days saving failing businesses. That is, when he’s not saying ridiculous things like this:
I have seen cyclists ... stand in the middle of the road with a camera, and defy you to run them down while they photograph you doing it. That’s what they’re longing for ...
America is not doing well by its children. They need enough room to experiment and take risks, but not so much room that, as a group, they systematically destroy their stomach linings. But, instead of guiding and protecting kids, we've given them snacks like Flamin' Hot Crunchy Cheetos. And they're eating them. And ending up in the emergency room.