Seven thousand three-hundred and eighty-two disposable things went into making this canoe. Hint: Think Japan, where this man worked in a cafeteria. Once again, the blog that brings really dumb stuff to you (7,200 bananas, for example), presents another wonderful Internet oddity. Click here to connect with the full story. If you can guess beforehand what the 7,382 things are, wow—you are truly green and deserve another helping of sushi!
I am still looking for something meaningful to do with my collection of wine corks. I have hundreds, maybe thousands; they would fill a large garbage (rubbish, metric) can. Many people have saved them for me, including my largest source, a recycling center. Wineries pay big bucks for corks. Fifteen years ago a friend who ran a corking machine and now has his own winery told me that natural corks cost 70¢ each. That explains why there are so many plastic corks now. But plastics come from petroleum, so what’s next? Corn (maize) corks? Switchgrass corks? Maybe someone will figure out how to make them from smog, or carbon dioxide. Oh! I know! Cats!