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Articles by Jess Zimmerman

Jess Zimmerman was the editor of Grist List.

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  • The most beautiful illegal treehouse you’ve ever seen

    OK, I had always understood that Canadians build tree forts with little tiny fridges in them if, and only if, they have a million dollars. But Vancouver-area software developer Joel Allen built his insanely beautiful HemLoft when he went financially bust. And because he was broke, he built it by hand, illegally, on government-owned land.

  • Brooklynites distribute handmade artisanal parking tickets

    Woe betide you if you decide to drive your ironic vintage Yugo in Brooklyn instead of your fixed-gear bike with detachable mustache. Park Slope residents have had enough of those bullshit half-spaces that show up in front of cars when someone moves an SUV and it gets replaced by a compact. They’re so pissed off, […]

  • Dinosaur farts caused early global warming

    More than a quarter of the world’s human-related methane emissions come from livestock burps and farts, which is bad enough — but imagine what the climate would look like if cows weighed 25 tons. Back in dinosaur days, we had some seriously outsize herbivores roaming the planet, making some seriously outsize butt music. A team […]

  • Heartland Institute’s BS ad campaign is causing it all kinds of problems

    OK, I’m working on a joke, tell me if you think this works: How is the Heartland Institute like a professional burlesque dancer? It just can’t stop showing its ass! Eh? Eh? All right, maybe not, but the point is it’s been a hard year for poor Heartland, which just can’t seem to not look […]