Alternative Fuels and the Cars that Use Them

After a visit to the nearest gas pump, it’s no wonder that pursuit of alternative fuels is on the rise. Even with the increased miles per gallon of today’s vehicles, you’ll still shell out 50 bucks or more on a full tank of gas, and the social and human costs of feeding our petroleum lust is becoming a bit harder to bear. The good news is that the automobile industry is making way for new technologies that will hopefully help clean out our environment instead of just our wallets. From electric to solar to a car that runs on tweets, (yes, you read that correctly) our children could be in the market for a car that operates quite differently than the ones we are used to.

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In Russia, Supersonic Planes Can Be Found In Your Backyard

Abandoned Supersonic Plane Russia

OK, so two caveats: it’s an abandoned supersonic TU-144, and it’s part of the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum, not a backyard per se. Like the Concorde, this supersonic plane’s use was short-lived, as the plane underwent a violent dive, eventually crashing, destroying 15 homes and killing 14 people total.

Useless Products That Are Frustratingly Funny

Sometimes the Invisible Hand messes up and brings items to market that hinder us more than they do help us. They don’t work appropriately, or they’re difficult to use. However, we probably haven’t experienced true dissatisfaction and anger until imagining trying to use these very badly-albeit humorously- designed products. Some people just want to set the world on fire to watch it burn.

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Useless Products Boots

Knowing the fashion trends -and how they often spawn accessories so ugly and impractical that no one wants to wear them, these are right on target! Unfortunately, catching this would-be trend will also catch you a dandy cold. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Bowl

Bowls equipped with drainage holes are not - nor have they ever been - an intelligent design. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Fork

Good luck picking anything up with this redesign of a common utensil. Whoever can manage to successfully insert food into their face via this fork should receive a dexterity award. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Key

Sure, you can insert this key into the door to your dreams, but turning it is a feat that may never be accomplished. We wish you luck, young traveler. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Plate

We all know that person who manages to find the tiniest hair on their plate of food. Serve them their tacos on this plate, and watch them go ballistic before your very eyes. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Pot

We propose a new Olympic sport, wherein you carry this pot filled to the brim with boiling water for 500 meters. Whoever finishes with the least amount of third degree burns wins. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Pot

This one isn’t so bad; at least you can actually carry water or other liquids in this. Just don’t try and pour anything from it. That wouldn’t end well. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Red Chair

As students, we probably all felt that the chairs used in schools were directly inspired by this design. All it’s missing is the one leg that’s just a tad shorter, and then you can do that rocking motion that drives all the other students batty. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Salt And Pepper

This will make sure your salt and pepper pass through the sands of time before landing on your potatoes. It tastes even better when you have to wait for it, right? Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Santa Hat

There isn’t a whole lot to be said here. This jolly Santa hat is on your head one second, and crushing that little elf’s toe the next. Repeat. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Spoon

With all of the other badly designed products, you could at least find some way around the bad design. We can’t think of a single way to efficiently use this spoon, so we bid the designer to come hither so we can stick it in their eye. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Umbrella

Harkening back to the times of Fred Flintstone… it may keep the rain at bay, but your back will surely pay. Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Watering Can

Create your own watering can paradox! It just keeps watering and watering and watering and watering… Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products White Chair

Which would be more comfortable: this chair, or the red chair earlier in the list? Source: Twisted Sifter

Useless Products Wine Glass

There are some pretty fancy wine glasses out there, and this one looks cool, but its functionality probably won’t rank very high unless your mouth has switched places with your nose. Source: Twisted Sifter

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The Student Debt Crisis As Explained By An Artist

In the face of a slowly recovering economy, average US student loan debt weighed in at around $29,400 as of 2013. Add to that un-and underemployment rates hovering at 8.5 and 16.8% respectively, and the fact that students cannot declare bankruptcy to have their loans forgiven, and the picture gets pretty grim pretty quickly. In light of this, Paloma Izquierdo has taken to film to describe how most millennials respond to such bleak prospects. If it reminds you of the story of Sisyphus, you’re understanding her point.