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From Inconvenient to Indiana

By Sarah van Schagen and David Roberts
09 Jun 2006
An Inconvenient Truth.

Don't hate the narrata, hate the game

Much to the surprise of playa hataz, An Inconvenient Truth -- starring the allegedly "stiff" Al Gore -- is doing gangbuster box office, boasting the industry's highest per-screen average. This is driving certain parties nuts, leading to incoherent screeds and comparisons of Gore to both Goebbels and Hitler. Schadenfreude, friends. Live it.

I'm mockin' it!

At a recent "Serious Games" conference in the U.K., a team from McDonald's Interactive gave a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating the fast-food goliath's injurious impact on the environment. Suffice to say, it was a prank by notorious culture jammers The Yes Men. Take a bow, sirs.
Ronald McDonald statue.
Photo: USGS.
Photo: USGS.

Immigrate idea

Eager to slow the incoming torrent of migrant Americans, Mexico is buffering its border with giant "green walls" of environmental reserve. Border patroleros say drug trafficking and other illegal goings-on are more difficult in the roadless wild areas, which employ black bears and pronghorn sheep in place of "smart fences" and rednecks with guns.

Dancing out of the dark

In Rotterdam, the well-endowed Club Double Dee is powered by the Electric Slide, the Robot, the Lawnmower, and the Chicken. Not only does the dancing generate power, but the walls of the "sustainable danceclub" react to heat and sounds and the toilets flush rainwater. Now if only they could tap into sexual tension.
Photo: iStockphoto.
Photo: iStockphoto.
Image: Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Green acres

Think only the die-hardest hippies go off-grid? Meet Reynolds, Ind., population 533 (not counting livestock). Embracing their identity as BioTown USA, the farming folk are using corn fields and cow poop to power their burg. You just know Saudi Arabia is pissed.

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Sarah van Schagen is Grist's editorial assistant.
David Roberts is staff writer for Grist.
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