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According to historian J.R. McNeil, an American mechanical engineer named Thomas Midgley, Jr., had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth’s history. Until fate had its say.
Thomas Goetz, owner of the ‘Maison d’envie’ (House of Desire) brothel, is offering discounts to customers who arrive on bicycle or who can prove they took public transport. “It’s very difficult to find parking around here, and this option is better for our environment,” says Goetz.
Hat Tip: cbsnews.com
“Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.” This Irwin Cobb quote is the context for this Friday’s Focus: Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise: 7 whimsical views of the BP Oil Spill. The last one’s the best. Ha ha ha.
More of same at theonion.com.
Thus begins this Friday’s Focus: LIGHT GREEN – because it’s good to start the day with a laugh. Make that eight laughs. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
In the words of its creators: “Rustle the Leaf is an online outreach that uses syndication-quality, weekly comic strips and other creative tools to communicate essential environmental themes and truths.” Check it out at rustletheleaf.com.
Eco comedian Josh Rachlis delivers a unique brand of green comedy, where he makes people laugh while teaching environmental tips — making it cool to care about our planet. This, however, is a love song to environmentalist, Laurie David.
For all our UK readers, you might want to catch an “explosive” new comedy about the struggle to ‘think globally, act locally’. The play “Eco-Friendly Jihad” made its sold-out professional debut at the 2008 Galway Comedy Festival. From the writer/performer of international hit “Jesus: The Guantanamo Years.” Plays April 21st in Dublin. For more information, click www.visitdublin.com.
And finally, no one says it better than British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Bruno, Borat, and seen here as the somewhat late, great Ali G:
Instead of tossing out cell phones and other electronic devices, artist Boo Chapple suggest that we should eat them. In a pamphlet titled, Consumables, she says that “if electronic devices were edible, we could save on petrochemicals and solve the global food crisis in one simple move. In place of e-waste, there would now be e-food. There would be no more photo essay exposés of towns in China piled with PCB’s, dusted in plastic and beset with birth defects. There would be no more African famines.”
Hat Tip: fastcompany.com/blog
All images are from Consumables, a project by artist Boo Chapple, with photography by Bo Wong.
A “honku” is a haiku poem about cars and traffic that doubles as “a road rage anger management technique.”
Fast lane moving at a slug’s pace? Simply “separate yourself from the moment and try to observe it with clarity and perspective. Then boil it all down into crisp and pithy 5-7-5 gem. That’s a honku.”
An ad from the new Diesel campaign: “Global Warming Ready.”
American actress Cameron Diaz recently revealed on the Tonight Show that she’s doing her part in helping the environment by not flushing the toilet. “I do follow the rule: If it’s yellow, keep it mellow and if it is brown, flush it down,” she told host Jay Leno.
This recycled hairstyling mannequin head keeps crows away from a garbage collection point in Ube, Japan. For the complete story, click here.
Beneath the heading, “Plastic Bag Still Up In Tree,” in an old issue of The Onion, we discovered that, according to employees at Boise Mutual Insurance, “the plastic shopping bag they first noticed Dec. 8 is still ensnared in the upper branches of a tree outside their workplace. ‘Well I’ll be–the darn thing is still up there,’ payroll secretary Barb Weicherle said. ‘I really thought this weekend’s gusts would have blown it out.’ Office manager Paul Probert was equally surprised, saying, ‘Son of a gun. It’s still there.’”