Lunchtime Laughter

Raise the River vs. Move the Ocean. Comedy for a cause.

Virtually Letting Nature Take Over

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Urban Jungle Street View is a google street view hack that turns any place into a tropical environment.

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“Snitches End Up in Ditches”

The terrible effects of some illegal marijuana grows on the environment. This Is Your Wilderness on Drugs.

“It was on my first exploration that I realized I had, unwittingly, bought an illegal cocaine plantation.”

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Sometimes saving the rainforest means saving the people too.  Wildlife presenter Charlie Hamilton James bought a slice of land high up in the Andes in an effort to close off an illegal logging route, what he found was an impoverished community willing to do anything to survive.

Your Monday Morning Escapist Fantasy

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Become successful artisan/artist/musician.

Sell out show(s).

Buy abandoned village in the Spanish countryside for under $100k.

Move.

Create, enjoy, relax.

Printables

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American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga by Alexis C. Madrigal

A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state

21st Century Birdwatching

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The Riverlands Avian Observatory was designed by Cobalt Office in collaboration with the Audubon Society, the US Army Corps of Engineer, and select students from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Designed to camouflage visitors to the observatory and not the structure itself, the Riverlands Avian Observatory features a rippling facade of brown and black aluminum, with strategically placed window slits that hide birdwatchers in the shadows.

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Morning Dose of the Weather

Why Nobody Wants to Eat Salad When They’re Stoned

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THC is produced by the marijuana plant as “a self-defense against herbivores who might feel disorientated after eating the plant and avoid it in the future.” Anyway, here’s A Scientific Explanation of How Marijuana Causes the Munchies

All Castaways Look the Same

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After 13 months drifting through the Pacific Ocean, El Salvadorian fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga washed ashore in the Marshall Islands.

A Boulder Runs Through It

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“It” being an Italian farmhouse

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Sasquatch Birth Journal 2

by David & Nathan Zellner

Megadrought

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Is this drought in California going to last another 2 years, or 200? These are questions going through scientist’s heads as they study the long-term climate patterns in the Western states. Through tree ring and other earthly data, researchers have identified multiple 10-20 year droughts occurring over the last 1000 years, and even worse, “ancient megadroughts” happening from 850 to 1090 and 1140 to 1320. With the Colorado River being run dry, and Arizona in the midst of its own 14-year drought, the outlook isn’t too great for a quick return to the ‘wet’ years of last century. So what will happen if this drought continues for a decade or more? Farms will disappear, desalinization plants are likely, and most importantly, Californians will adapt. It won’t be the end of the world, but man, will it be expensive.

A picture of California’s drought from space. Taken one year apart. via, io9

 

Unearthed by Cass McCombs

Directed by Eric Fensler

The coldest city in the world

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The average temperature in Yakutsk, Russia in January is −37.5 °F.

The Grossest Thing About this Worm is that it Makes Audible Sounds

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The Giant Gippsland is the world’s largest species of earthworms, reaching a maximum length of 9.8 ft.

Sharing Paths

Sharing Paths is a stunning self-published book by photographer Ruben Brulat, which contains photos of his travels, a map, and excerpts from his journal. The special edition comes boxed in walnut, handmade in his father’s workshop.

 —Zio / @zioxla

The Day After Tomorrow Was Yesterday

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Ice boulders have formed in Lake Michigan

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The Beauty of Mangrove Forests

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