L.A Residents Painting Their Grass During Drought

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It may be hard to keep a green lawn with the drought in Los Angeles, but many homeowners are choosing to have their yards painted green to save money. Think of this as a little like dying your hair. But, to Kerri McCoy dying, or painting grass, is a big drought-helper. Once color is sprayed on, water for your lawn can be turned off. She says lots of people are starting to discover this very different technique. ‘As soon as the water sanctions hit and as soon as people find their water bills rising they’re looking for ways to cut back on their expenses and that’s when they start calling,’ said McCoy, a lawn painter.” w/ photos + videos

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The Beach Where LEGOs Keep Washing Up

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A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today – offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides… As a result, 62 containers were lost overboard about 20 miles off Land’s End – and one of them was filled with nearly 4.8m pieces of Lego, bound for New York. No-one knows exactly what happened next, or even what was in the other 61 containers, but shortly after that some of those Lego pieces began washing up in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. They’re still coming in today.” w/ photos + video

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World’s Fastest Hot Tub

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“Carpool DeVille, a fully functioning and mobile hot tub built into a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, raised $11,251 on the crowdfunding website this week, more than $1,000 over its target. Its creators Phil Weicker and Duncan Forster, two McMaster University engineering graduates who now work in the U.S., hope to use the money to bring their brainchild to Speed Week, an annual racing event at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, in August. If Carpool DeVille successfully makes its debut at the race, it would be recognized as the world’s fastest hot tub.” w/ photos + video

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Police Want People To Stop Defecating On Trains

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“Yes you read that right, we have no idea what would possess someone to drop their pants and poop on a passing train, but guess what it is happening,’ the post said. ‘Take this as a warning… If we catch you with your pants down defecating on the train you will be charged with everything we can find that fits the elements to the crime,’ it added. Uxbridge police say they’re looking for people who were seen committing the act. The defecation issue is one of several that the railroads are dealing with in their town.” w/ photos

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Fart Smells Have Health Benefits?

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The smell of flatulence has secret health benefits – and could help stave off cancer, strokes, heart attacks and dementia, scientists have revealed. Hydrogen sulfide is one of a number of potent smelly gases produced by bacteria as it breaks down food in the gut. It is toxic in large doses but in tiny amounts it helps protect cells and fight illness, according to boffins at Exeter University. When cells become stressed by disease they try to draw in enzymes to generate their own minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide. The chemical helps to preserve mitochondria, which drive energy production in blood vessel cells and regulate inflammation, and without it the cell can switch off and die.” w/ photo

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World’s Most Intimidating Lawn Ornament

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In Wisconsin, an Oldsmobile Alero is more than meets the eye: he’s a 23-foot-tall red robot, and his name is Hardwire. The Transformer’s creator, George Edgren, says he wasn’t particularly involved with the franchise. “I liked them, but I wasn’t a huge massive fan or anything. It’s not like an ‘I needed to be there on opening night’ kind of deal,” he tells The Verge. But when a friend suggested that he make one of his own, he ultimately took up the challenge. Over the course of a month, he bolted together the giant robot that now stands in his driveway.” w/ photos

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Girl With 3 Legs To Have 2 Removed

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With three legs all to herself, a 22-month-old toddler from Panama will next month undergo a major surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles to remove the two that don’t work. Ana Paula was born a conjoined twin, with not just three legs but three kidneys and potential reproductive issues. Her sister did not survive the procedure that separated them when they were roughly three weeks old. Their medical condition is so rare, in fact, that only a dozen survivable cases are reported each year, reports KTLA.” w/ photos

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Death Metal Band To Perform Inside A Soundproof, Airtight Box!

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Death metal band Unfathomable Ruination will be performing regularly outside the Gherkin in London throughout July and early August – but mercifully for those with sensitive ears, they will be doing so from inside a soundproof box. The unique performance art piece, Box Sized Die, by Portugese artist João Onofre, is part of the public exhibition Sculpture in the City. Each performance will see the London-based band enter a two-metre square, hermetically-sealed steel cube and play a self-described “intense and brutal” set until their oxygen runs out.” w/ photos

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New Technology That Could Cut Public Restroom Wait Times

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“It’s a simple yet elegant solution to the bane of concert, theater and sports event attendees everywhere. A light above each restroom stall glows green when the stall door is open and turns red when the door is locked, instantly showing which stalls are available. Allen Klevens, co-founder and CEO of Tooshlights, an L.A.-based startup, says that the technology could potentially cut wait times by up to 50 percent. It all gives new meaning to ‘green means go… Tooshlights can also collect data on restrooms’ usage rates: for example, a consistently green light in a sea of red may tip off the maintenance crew that a loo is out of order or needs to be cleaned. Plans also call for Tooshlights data to be integrated into a venue’s smartphone app, to show in real time which rest rooms have the most vacant stalls, potentially reducing wait times even further.” w/ photos

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