Jubbling FAIL: Couple On A Scooter Pulling A Baby Stroller. [Video]

Reduce: check.
Extreme Jubbling: check.
FAIL!: CHECK!

[CN]

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Recycling Done Right! Toys Fashioned From Discarded Shoes.

From Imgur.

Discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals.

Discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals.


Shoes are scrubbed.

Workers wash and scrub discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved.

Workers wash and scrub discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved.


Carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion.

Carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion.


Machinist Benedict Ndambuki uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant.

Machinist Benedict Ndambuki uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant.


Finished toy animals are laid out in rows to dry in the sun.

Finished toy animals are laid out in rows to dry in the sun.

From Imgur.


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Watching A Zoo’d Koala Bear Trying To Climb Up A Painted Tree Is The Saddest Video You’ll See Today. [Video]

“Maybe this koala bear is trying to send us a Happy Feet type message.

[Crapasaurus]


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Nutrition Battle: Kraft Mac & Cheese VS Annie’s Mac & Cheese VS Reduced Fat Cheez-Its?

Kraft Mac & Cheese VS Annie's Mac & Cheese VS Reduced Fat Cheez-Its?Yellow dye 5 and 6 aside, what delivers more nutrition – Kraft Mac & Cheese, Annie’s Mac & Cheese or Reduced Fat Cheez-Its with a glass of milk? After comparing the offerings, Mother Jones concluded that it’s basically a dead heat.

Thanks MJ; dinner in my house just got a lot easier. [Mother Jones]



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Utah Div. of Oil, Gas & Mining’s Earth Day Poster Contest Theme: Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas & Mining?

Clean energy rally in UtahStealing a page from the Westboro Baptist Church’s handbook on being dickish, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining is now promoting a poster contest for elementary school age kids with a “Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas & Mining?” theme and the winners will be announced at (drum roll)… an Earth Day Awards luncheon on April 26. The timing is no accident and the contest sponsor list is a veritable who’s who of the fossil fuel industry operating in Utah (Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Arch Coal Sufco Mine etc.). Here are more details about the contest from Climate Progress:

“Any child in Utah between Kindergarten and sixth grade is eligible. The contest’s primary objective is ‘to improve students’ and the public’s awareness of the important role that oil, gas, and mining play in our everyday lives. Last year’s contest winners made posters that detailed how dependent we have become on fossil fuels. To their credit, the grand prize winner detailed both ways we use products created by fossil fuels and ways we can reduce our consumption.

The children were not asked to make posters about the climate impacts caused by those same fossil fuels: drought, wildfires, and warmer winters.”

Fair enough. The contest by itself is not too extreme – especially when Utah’s economy depends so heavily on the fossil fuel industry. But what is unfortunate is that they’re making it a state-sponsored Earth Day Poster Contest that is about everything Earth Day isn’t – the benefits of oil, gas & mining. It’s like they’re attempting to hijack Earth Day. Why do it? Maybe they’re just dicks.

In related news: Monty Burns wants to promote the positives of nuclear power with a poster contest for the schoolchildren of Springfield. Finalist will be announced on August 6 and the winners will be announced on August 9. [Climate Progress]

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GEOlino’s MELTDOWN Board Game: Lead A Polar Bear Family To Safety Over Actual Melting Ice.

GEOlino MELTDOWN Polar Bear Board Game.GEOlino’s MELTDOWN is a board game and the object is to save a family of polar bears before actual ice melts. Here’s a description of MELTDOWN from their website:

“The aim of the game is to take a polar bear family from the permanent ice floes to safety on the mainland. It’s a race against time, as the way leads across real, slowly melting ice floes, which children can make themselves with the accompanying mould, a bit of water and a freezer compartment. The chunks of ice are arranged on a blue polar sea sponge to form a small Arctic. The sponge is used as the game board and absorbs the melted ice at the same time. Now you can start saving polar bears.”

GEOlino MELTDOWN board game polar bearsMy take: after playing 100+ mind-numbing games of Candy Land, playing MELTDOWN would be a treat. Saving the polar bear family is a group goal in MELTDOWN so there are no winners or losers and MELTDOWN’s message about our environment is subtly delivered. What’s not to like?

Another nice feature of MELTDOWN: for parents who get stuck in the “lets play it again” loop – the melting ice is the clock and once it’s gone, you have to wait for it to re-freeze to play another game. Take that Candy Land. [MELTDOWN via Grist]


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