→ Hermione's Spiel

She went on: “I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel. I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

The only story here is how much Emma Watson uses the Hollywood word spiel.

→ A History of the Puffy Toilet Seat

I always considered those things the grossest of the gross. But did get me thinking about alternative “comfortable” materials. A gel toilet seat? Cushion of air? Water? Yeah, like a water bed — but instead it's a toilet seat.

And if you don't already follow the bro-science blog of Dollar Shave Club, you should. Way better than The Onion these days.

→ COPS: Flushing Drugs Could Create “Meth-Gators”

The Alabama Meth-Gators is my new favorite college football team.

→ Do Ants Like Coffee?


Ants are my favorite insect. That they have actually been observed to plant coffee seeds, live in and among the plants they grow, and actually harvest the beans floors me with wonder for these remarkable creatures that are so different from us, yet so much resemble us in our social behaviors. This is real agriculture; and we already know they practice ranching and husbandry behaviors, with aphids for example — “milking” them of the dew produced by their bodies. That coffee is what they go for makes me love them even more.

But the article also tells a remarkable story about a South American farmer trying to learn from nature, in a way that hurts him financially, but that he thinks is important for his country and for the future. We'd never know these things were it not for people like that. And who knows what else there is yet to discover.