The top ten posts of the week from chicken poo to shampoo

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Department store magnate John Wanamaker once said "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half." Like Mr. Wanamaker, we never know why things click, what makes people care about some posts we write and not even look at others. This week is instructive.

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10. We love this desk! Can you guess why?

Perhaps because it is a tree-hugging standing desk digitally manufactured on a CNC cutter. Although I liked Gary's comment: "It's kinda funny using a laser to cut plywood to support a laptop so you can enjoy nature. This from a guy who loves lasers, plywood, laptops and trees."

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9. How to grow chickens without buying grain

Sami asks: "Why waste agricultural effort on growing feed for animals when we can simply feed ourselves?" Now here is a post that I would have thought wouldn't draw flies. In fact, it drew a spirited discussion in comments about the merits of feeding chickens- flies. Raising chickens is serious stuff for TreeHugger readers!

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8. Farmer hand-builds charming cob house for $250 (Video)

This is pretty amazing, building an entire house from found materials. The goal was to build it entirely for free but he had to buy nails and he actually ran out of straw. The perfect TreeHugger post, if lacking that modern aesthetic we are partial to.

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7. Concept house in Nova Scotia pushes every green button

We don't show a lot of second homes in the country anymore; they are not models for sustainability. Then again they can be great demonstrations of green design technology that everyone can learn from. This house is Nova Scotia was designed as a bit of a test bed, a mix of passive and green gizmo tech, and pulls it off nicely.

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6. Death-defying Norwegian cyclist rides down curvy mountain road... backwards (video)

Mike wrote all of 18 words and I can't add any. "Why? Because it's friday, and we can all use a mental health break. Don't try this at home, kids!"

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5. Man powers his home from local stream with DIY micro-hydro plant

This used to be extremely common in North America before the grid. Now it is just about impossible to do without extensive environmental reviews and negotiations with neighbors. Perhaps in Chile it is different. In any case, it is extremely impressive!

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4. Lawsuit over front-load washers may drive consumers back to energy-wasting models


Well this post about Kim's troubles with front-loading washing machines hit a nerve, with 53 comments, Europeans who have always used front-loaders saying that complainers are nuts, and North Americans complaining about how much simpler and more dependable top loaders were. Oh, for simpler times when we didn't worry about energy and water use.

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3. 11 Tiny Homes you can rent for a holiday getaway


We show a lot of tiny homes that people have built, but Kim finds a few that you can actually try on for size. Your editor, who used to be big on tiny homes, happens to own the one on slide 6 and you can rent it. Please.

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2. Air-purifying bicycle concept eats pollution, generates oxygen


It sucks in polluted vapors and purifies them; this is vaporware we can get behind. Nobody listened when Derek said "Before you go and rip this bike up in the comments, remember that this is a design concept."

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1. Would you ever stop using shampoo?

And the issue that divides the nation is, should you shampoo your hair? I should note that my late uncle stopped washing his hair during World War II and died 65 years later with a full head of blond hair. You just have to get through the first 20 years, and then it's fine.

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