The Week in Pictures: Oil Workers Clean Up Mega Popcorn Spill, Solar-Powered Hornets, and More

Emma Grady

Emma Grady
TreeHugger Exclusives
December 10, 2010

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Last week, a boat in the Amazon spilled around 210,000 gallons of popcorn into a major river, making the surface of the water look a bit like the floor of a movie theater.

More on that story below, plus photos of the beautiful Miluira Retro Electric Roadster from Japan, an exclusive peak inside Michelle Kaufmann's Smart Home at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the story of a woman who has used the same Christmas tree every year since 1928, and more in the Week in Pictures.

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Fortunately, it didn't take long before an oil company's emergency clean-up crew was mobilized to tackle the floating patches of popped kernels with around 30 boats, 6,500 feet of containment boom, and five skimmers as airplanes coordinated the effort overhead. But despite all the action taken to quell the spill, no one involved was ever really worried about the popular snack-food-leak getting out of control -- in fact, the popcorn leak was part of an elaborate simulation to test the readiness of emergencies crews in the event of a real environmental disaster.

Read the full story: Oil Workers Scramble to Clean a Giant Popcorn Spill

Photo: Bruno Rico, via UltimoSegunda

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