BBC Wildlife Cameraman Gordon Buchanan Willingly Becomes A Human Gumball For A Hungry Polar Bear.

The video clip was taken from the BBC series, “The Polar Bear Family & Me,” in which wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan films a polar bear family over the course of three seasons. Polar bears have become emblematic of climate change so it makes it a little hard NOT to pull for the bear a little – maybe she could just get a finger or toe for her efforts. [Laughing Squid]

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Animal Planet’s ‘Eating The Enemy’ – Watch STRETCH Turn Invasive Species Into Flavorful Meals.

Animal Planet's Eating the Enemy.A good watch is the Animal Planet’s new show “Eating the Enemy.” The show’s premise is simple – send restaurant owner STRETCH into an area dealing with an invasive species (asian carp and wild boar) and he’ll develop a menu item using it. STRETCH doesn’t create the entree on his own; he meets with local chefs to discover the seasonings to use, helps catch the main course and then prepares a meal at a local restaurant hoping they’ll add it to their menu. In the first episode, STRETCH makes sliders using asian carp (or “Bayou bass”) as his main ingredient. I didn’t watch the second episode about hunting and preparing wild boars in Texas.

If you get a chance, check out “Eating the Enemy.” The show next airs on December 31st. A nice bonus of the show is that they cut to the chase and keep it to 30 minutes. [Animal Planet]

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Anderson Cooper Owns One Pair Of Jeans That He Shower-Washes Quarterly.

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Anderson Cooper admitted he’s washed his jeans maybe twice in six months. “The times I’ve done it, I’ve worn them and walked into my shower with them and put some soap on them and then air dried them – isn’t that how you are supposed to do it?”
What Not To Wear’s Stacy London interviews Anderson Cooper for Us Weekly.

Here is Anderson Coopers’ Jubbling recap:

  1. Owns one pair of jeans.
  2. Washes them once every 3 months.
  3. Showers in his jeans to wash them.
  4. Air-drys his jeans.

Basically, I should just sign Jubbling.com over to Mr. Cooper. [US Weekly via Buzzfeed]

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Separated At Birth? Heartland Institute President Joe Bast And Nathan Thurm.

Who'd You Rather?:  Joe Bast of the Heartland Institute or Nathan Thurm.CDCW posted an article about Joe Bast, President of the Heartland Institute, and his response to what he felt was a biased article in the Washington Post about his organization. Here’s a snippet of Mr. Bast’s response:

” The article also misrepresented our work. The Heartland Institute is not “skeptical of climate change science.” We are one of its leading supporters, having hosted seven international conferences (with an eighth one taking place in Munich this week) and published a comprehensive survey of the scientific literature in two volumes, with a third volume on its way. We spend more supporting climate science than all but a handful of public policy think tanks.

Finally, The Post reported that we ran a billboard “comparing those who believe in global warming to domestic terrorist Theodore J. Kaczynski.” Also untrue. The billboard simply reported the fact that the infamous Unabomber still believes in man-made global warming, despite the mounting scientific case against it, and asked viewers if they do, too.”

Holy crap! Mr. Bast threw in the smoke, mirrors and a kitchen sink to claim his org was misrepresented. His response sounds like it was crafted right out of Nathan Thurm’s deny-playbook – deny denying. Any chance they’re related? [CDCW]


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‘Exxon Hates Your Children’ Video

What can you do? Drive less. It doesn’t matter what you drive – once a week, pick one trip you’d normally take with your car and instead carpool, ride the mass transit or avoid the trip/drive altogether. [Grist]

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The Olsen Twins Collaborate With Artist Damien Hirst To Make A $55k Nile Crocodile Skin Backpack.

$55,000 Nile crocodile skin backpack.An artistic partnership between Damien Hirst and the Olsen twins can’t be good. The only upside of the $55,000 Nile crocodile backpack is that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen only made 12 of these gems. Yes, a yet undetermined portion of each sale will go to UNICEF but the wastefulness and pretense will stay with the backpack.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen:  How The West Was FunJust a bit of warning for anyone on the fence about buying one of these $55k backpacks: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen haven’t created anything worthwhile since their direct to video “How The West Was Fun” was released in 1994. Caveat emptor. [Ecorazzi]

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