MNN's week in review: Winter recipes and weird food museums
A roundup of the best environmental stories of the week from the Mother Nature Network.
Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 05:10 PM
• Wondering what to cook this weekend? We've got five easy recipes for the dead of winter, including Sweet Potato and Baby Greens Salad (above left).
• The giant spud in the center photo at top is just one of many highlights of Matt Hickman's virtual tour of 10 offbeat food museums.
• Chile is arguably one of the most buzzed-about eco-tourism destinations in South America, and it's largest city, Santiago, is a worthy destination. Josh Lew's description of where to stay and what to see will have you booking your tickets in no time.
• If you share our auto blogger's fascination with historically important vehicles — like the limousine (right) that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day — then you might want to check out his post about famous death cars.
• There's a pug named Harley that ate 100 rocks — and lived to bark about it. Harley is just one of several nominees for the Hambone Award, awarded by a pet insurance company for the most unusual claim.
• When does a messy yard qualify for jail time? Matt Hickman shares the story of a down-on-her-luck South Carolina homeowner who was jailed for refusing to clean up her junk-filled front yard. And as an added bonus, there's a positive side to this tale, too.
• Meanwhile this story offers a new dimension to bad luck. These seven inventors were killed by their own inventions.
• The decision about the "leap second" took a pregant pause this week. Unable to reach a consensus, world leaders have delayed a vote on nixing the controversial second, keeping atomic clocks tied to the solar day until at least 2015.
• Many famous celebrities used to do the local news — by the green screen to be more exact. Check out all these celebs who used to do the weather.
• Finally, if you're looking for inspiration about how to build an innovative, sustainable business, look no further than MNN's green book roundup.
Plus: Don't miss the week in photos — and then you'll know why these witches are on a ski lift.