Best of 2007: Head-Scratchers

This is the latest in the series of posts about the Best of 2007 at TreeHugger. More are on the way; stay tuned!

2007 was a great year for many things green, and while almost all the growth was a good thing, some stories we covered just made us scratch our heads and wonder if we had wandered into an alternate dimension or something. Here are some of the best.




1) Sheryl Crow toured the US in a bio-fuel bus this year, and helped spread the green word with Laurie David. But what exactly was the singer-turned-environmental-researcher thinking when she said, "I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting." Hardly an exciting idea on it's own, but Sheryl took it to new extremes with the suggestion that we use, "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required."

2) Toronto's finest pulled over Dean Baldwin in his Flintstone-mobile-modified 1986 Buick Regal and charged him with "operating an unsafe vehicle," noting that the car had no floorboards, engine, transmission or licence plates, although the votive candle headlights, steering, brakes and quadracycle drive were working perfectly. Yabba-Dabba-D'oh!

3) What was the deal with stuff in cans this year? Between the Batter Blaster, organic pancake batter "blasted" from a can for your breakfasting enjoyment and the straight-outta-Spaceballs canned air, the world was made a more bizarre place by all the crap in cans this year. Hit the jump for two more head-scratchers.


4) Not to be outdone, the Japanese unleashed canned air conditioner on the world. We often write about how good they are in Japan about recycling and transit and saving energy, but they also are brilliant at making wonderful products like this; special thanks to Google for the wonderful translation: "Every clothes it cools! New conception! It just sprays from on the clothes instant cooling!" Ahhh.

5) The drought in the southern US was on the tip of many a tongue this year, making the fact that the Gatorade plant is Atlanta's largest water user all the more...remarkable. Obviously, there are jobs at stake for Atlanta if the plant has to cut back because of a drought-caused water shortage. But, look at the Gatorade plant in the larger regional context, and the overall situation looks...well, "man made crisis" comes to mind as the most apt characterization.

What left you wondering what planet you were on this year? As melon scratchers go, leave the honey doodles in the comments section below.

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