Cat Rides Under A Train For 1700 Miles. Travels On Intercity Train 85 Times Further Than Average American.

Polly the train riding cat.Polly the cat took a 1700 mile trip in the underbelly of an intercity train in the UK. From This is Plymouth:

“A missing Plymouth cat belonging to a retired train driver has been rescued from an inter-city train – after stowing away in the undercarriage for 1,700 miles.

Polly the tabby, who had a badly-broken leg, is thought to have climbed on board the high speed express near her home in Plymouth. She then spent two days trapped under the front carriage as the train thundered between the West Country, London and South Wales.

The two-year-old was discovered when train manager Emily Mahoney-Smith heard her miaowing when the train stopped briefly on its way to Cornwall.”

Polly did lose a leg out of the deal but thanks to her microchip, she will be reunited with her family in Plymouth.

Per capita, Americans travel 20 miles/per year on intercity trains so Polly basically kicked our collective non-train riding butts times 85 in just two days. Yes, she lost a leg but that’s because she made her trip riding under an intercity train. Imagine how far Polly could’ve gone on the train if she had her own seat. [This is Plymouth and Abroath via Neatorama]


Canadian Company Makes Millions Sending Never Unloaded Rail Cars With Biodiesel Back And Forth Across US Border.

Rail cars carrying fuel.A loophole in how biodiesel is tracked and credited by the EPA in the US allowed a company in Toronto, Bioversel Trading Inc., to transport the same load of biodiesel back and forth across the border and make millions. From the CBC:

“Bioversel Trading hired CN Rail to import tanker loads of biodiesel to the U.S. to generate RINs, which are valuable in the U.S. because of a “greening” policy regulating the petroleum industry. The EPA’s “Renewable Fuel Standard” mandate that oil companies bring a certain amount of renewable fuel to market, quotas they can achieve through blending biofuel with fossil fuel or by purchasing RINs as offsets.

Because RINs can be generated through import, the 12 trainloads that crossed into Michigan would have contained enough biodiesel to create close to 12 million RINs. In the summer of 2010, biodiesel RINs were selling for 50 cents each, but the price soon fluctuated to more than $1 per credit.

Once “imported” to a company capable of generating RINs, ownership of the biodiesel was transferred to Bioversel’s American partner company, Verdeo, and then exported back to Canada. RINs must be “retired” once the fuel is exported from the U.S., but Bioversel says Verdeo retired ethanol RINs, worth pennies, instead of the more valuable biodiesel RINs. Bioversel claims this was all perfectly legal.”

You have to read the full crazy story on CBC’s website. [CBC via NY Times]