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$1000 Fine if Your Dog Barked Excessively

Tired of incessant yapping of your neighbor’s dog? Well, the city of Los Angeles is on your side: they’ve decided to levy fines on the owners of dogs that bark excessively (and if that [...]

Coin Trees of the UK

That’s not bark, but coins driven into the surface of a tree! In several locations in the UK, people have stuck coins into “wishing trees”. Colossal has a picture roundup of these oddly lovely trees and The Guardian provides some historical information about the practice, which apparently dates back to at least the Eighteenth Century. Image [...]

Dietribes: Cinnamon

• Where does cinnamon come from? What, you think it grows on trees? Close enough – it actually comes from the inner bark of a cinnamon tree! These rolls of barks (“quills”) are sold as cinnamon sticks (for cider and mulled wine making, among other treats). Ground bark results in the cinnamon most of us use [...]

The No-Budget Diner’s Guide

As the economy sputters, everyone’s looking for new ways to save on food. So, we’ve collected a whole bunch of no-budget meal ideas for those of you daring enough to scrimp. 1. Tree Bark A classic meal of human desperation, tree bark has become a must-have meal during periods of scarcity. But you don’t have to eat [...]

Giant Spider Web

Three years ago, Alex linked to a story about a spider web that was 200 yards wide. It was made by many spiders sharing the same web. Scientists recently discovered a spider in Madagascar that can individually create a web 80 feet across. It’s called the Darwin’s bark spider, and makes the largest orb-type spider [...]

World’s largest spider webs discovered

A newly discovered species of spider in Madagascar has been found to spin the world’s largest spider webs. The Darwin’s bark spider spins webs as larg…

The No-Budget Diners’ Guide: How to Survive on Dirt, Bugs, Bark & Leather

By David Clark As the economy sputters, everyone’s looking for new ways to save on food. So, we’ve collected a whole bunch of no-budget meal ideas for those of you daring enough to scrimp. 1. Tree Bark A classic meal of human desperation, tree bark has become a must-have during periods of scarcity. But you don’t have to [...]

Tree Bark Eating for Beginners

As the economy sputters, everyone’s looking for new ways to save on food. That’s why, we asked David Clark to collect a whole bunch of no-budget meal ideas for the new issue. Here are his tips for chowing down on tree bark. A Nice Slice of Tree Bark A classic meal of human desperation, tree bark has become [...]