1. "I'm living proof the Model S is the safest car ever made!"
Mike's slideshow of a smashed Tesla was in fact not only the most popular of the week, its slides took seven of the top ten spots. It's not just the voyeurism of looking at car crashes; it shows what an amazing vehicle the Tesla is.
2. Sacred albino moose killed by hunters
This is not the anti-hunting screed you would expect from a site named TreeHugger; Chris is from Arkansas where a lot of people hunt. He tries to take an even-handed approach, calling it "a learning opportunity for the hunters:" Commenters are not so polite.
3. Banksy uses toy animals to highlight animal cruelty and factory farming [Exclusive Photos]
When he is not hunting in Arkansas, Chris is hunting the streets of Brooklyn, capturing Banksy's Siren of the Lambs project in his rear view mirror.
4. Life in a $10k home in a friend's backyard
The Tiny House Movement is a Big Thing on TreeHugger; we cover a lot of these. Dee Williams is a pioneer; she has been living in her tiny house for almost five years. is it a model that others can follow? Sami concludes "Money and land are nice to have. But in a plenitude economy, friends and community are priceless." But commenter Steve notes that "she's simply living the life of a squatter, in a mobile structure that doesn't meet any building, highway, fire or any municipal code."
5. Up to 100,000 cattle dead in South Dakota blizzard
What could make this disaster worse? Nature, with an early storm just a couple of days after it was 80 degrees, with livestock in the wrong place, without their winter fur. The federal agencies that might have helped after the disaster are closed due to the shutdown. The farm bill that provides relief wasn't passed by congress. It all adds up.
6. MythBusters: Roundabout vs. 4-way stop intersection, which is more efficient? (video)
Hurrah. Fuel-saving, time-saving, life-saving roundabouts get the Mythbusters treatment. that won't stop American roundabout rage completely, but it will help.
7. Man fights off bear by grabbing its tongue
Now stick out your tongue and say AHHHH.
8. Amazing hand-built amusement park hidden in Italian forest
Bruno has spent the last 40 years building a wonderful amusement park in an Italian forest, as shown in this short documentary. This is the Maker spirit at its best.
9. Why your brain needs breaks from work
Jaymi picks up on recent news in Scientific American reporting that "Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life." She then rounds up many of her past stories on the same subject, making a convincing case that it is time to put my computer away.
Pittsburgh bike campaign is a lycra-free zone, showing cyclists as people
A clever response to what appears to be a war on cyclists.