Bigbird the Pelican was a foundling. He swam in off Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika one day, alone and unable to fly, and he was adopted by a safari company, Greystoke Mahale, that makes its camp on the lake's banks.
And he grew up, and he learned how to fly, and his rescuers strapped a GoPro camera to his beak while he did it so you could get a bird’s-nose view of the whole thing. This video of Bigbird winging over the lake may essentially be a commercial for GoPro, but it's also pretty awesome. Look how big Bigbird's wings are!
Enjoy weed; don’t spread your seed! That SHOULD be the slogan for Cannadoms, an awkward portmanteau for cannabis and condoms (maybe “Condabis” was taken). You have the Dutch to thank for combining your two favorite things: toking and not making a baby.
These pot-flavored condoms smell and taste as you’d expect, plus they’re green -- literally, the color green, in case you needed to be reminded of the marijuana connection in some post-4:20 haze. We have a feeling Miley’s gonna love these.
According to the U.K.'s Sunday Times, the Forest Stewardship Council has banned disposable-furniture retailer IKEA from cutting down trees in Karelia, Russia. The FSC investigated the Karelia logging operations of Swedwood, the furniture giant's forestry subsidiary, and found it was cutting down trees that were up to 600 years old.
The Times says that the FSC, an international nonprofit that promotes responsible woodland use, found that Swedwood had several "major deviations" from its logging agreement, which stipulates that the company will back off of old trees and trees growing on slopes (which would erode without root systems holding them in place). So Swedwood's forestry stewardship certificate has been suspended, which seems like a fitting punishment for lousy forestry stewardship.
Google Street View published a project today that lets you hang out with polar bears. I mean, not in real life, but there is this nice video:
If you want to get a sense of how much more fun it is to actually travel to Canada and see polar bears IRL than to look at Google Street View photos of polar bears, we recommend this PopSci feature that has a lot of reporting about polar bears and not all that much about the Google project. But there is this helpful bit about what Google is hoping to accomplish:
The Daily Beast has an article that takes a lot of words to criticize Whole Foods, and people who believe in traditional medicine in general, by making them out to be a lot of anti-science crackpots. We're not really interested in ragging on probiotics and herbal medicine -- we're open to the possibility that big pharmaceutical companies don't have all the answers to health, and, as long as no one's trying to force school nurses to give kids ginger tea in place of Tylenol or, more seriously, reduce our herd immunity by rejecting vaccines, we're happy to let people eat all the immunity-boosting goji berries they want.
But you have to admit that this part is a little bit funny:
There’s a sign in the Durham store suggesting that shoppers bag their organic and conventional fruit separately—lest one rub off on the other—and grind their organic coffees at home—because the Whole Foods grinders process conventional coffee, too, and so might transfer some non-organic dust. “This slicer used for cutting both CONVENTIONAL and ORGANIC breads” warns a sign above the Durham location’s bread slicer.
I mean, we get the idea: You're spending money for pesticide-free organic food and you don't want it contaminated with pesticides. It does seems a little silly, right?
But, actually, there might be a reasonable explanation.
Winter: The perfect time for drinking tea, binge-watching House of Cards, and knitting a sweater for a snail.
Katie Bradley usually sticks to crocheting cozy sweaters for tortoises, as an avid adopter of rescued tortoises -- she has seven. (You may have seen her handiwork here before.) But she had some leftover yarn and whipped it into an itty-bitty snail cozy. ADORBS:
You know, for when your snail is hanging out with your tortoise. It’s important that they match, after all.
Everyone knows mummies were buried with their bling. But it turns out that bling was raclette, gouda, and pecorino, littered across their necks and chests as if making one last attempt to stuff some tasty goodness down before venturing into the afterlife.
That’s right: Researchers found the oldest cheese ever. It's even older than the crumbs under my bed -- this cheese has been preserved since about 1615 B.C. The cemetery where they discovered it is in a dry, salty desert in northwest China, where conditions basically freeze-dried the little snacks. Interestingly enough, the cheese is low-lactose:
The analysis also showed the mummies' cheese was made by combining milk with a "starter," a mix of bacteria and yeast. This technique is still used today to make kefir, a sour, slightly effervescent dairy beverage, and kefir cheese, similar to cottage cheese.
We don’t want your seed, Monsanto -- and yet you keep finding ways to make it more aggressive. Specifically, genetically modifying it to sue more organic farmers. Thankfully, that’s only true in the online pages of The Onion (SO far). America’s Finest News Source turned its funnymaker on everyone’s favorite GMO villain:
Agricultural biotech giant Monsanto unveiled its latest strain of genetically modified corn Wednesday, claiming that the new, hardier seed yields 400 percent more litigation against small independent farms than the company’s previous GMO products.
According to fake Monsanto spokesperson Richard Gringell:
Tired of trees disappearing on you? Not like Hogwarts invisibility cloak disappearing, but close: DEFORESTATION. Pretty flaky, right? Always right after they volunteered to do the dishes, too. SMH. Thankfully there's Global Forest Watch (GFW), a new system to narc on trees gone MIA. GFW pieces together satellite data to see where the sneaky trees have been vanishing from.
What’s that? Trees can’t just walk off on their own? Someone has to cut them down? Oh right. The BBC breaks it down:
The Earth lost 2.3 million sq. km. of tree cover in 2000-12 because of logging, fire, disease, or storms ...