There's a vast accumulation of bottles, plastic bags, and other human-generated rubbish – perhaps the world's largest hidden waste dump, drifting on the currents for a virtual eternity.
It's not often that weather rolls in carrying a distinct "mouthfeel." Yet that's been the case the last few days in China, where a massive windstorm coated buildings, cars, and tongues with gritty desert dust.
Thanks to the hard work of innumerable researchers and the U.S. Geological Survey, we can see all the hot spots for seismic activity in Chile and elsewhere since 1900.
Breaking all expectations from his previous stunts – like hanging from insanely high places with only two fingers – the mad urban climber "Mustang Wanted" remains alive.
Severe drought persists across the American West and, looking ahead, the arid conditions will likely remain or grow even worse.
China has some gall. Take a look at this cartoon that ran recently in the Global Times, a paper that Shanghaiist dubs "[e]veryone's favorite vitriolic nationalist rag."
It may be a quarter century since the Exxon Valdez disaster, yet blobs of oil along Alaska's coastline look as fresh as if they'd been spilled less than two weeks ago.
First-time visitors to Michigan, Maine, and other northern states might've woken up Wednesday morning preparing for an alien abduction.
This year, Canada opened the fridge door on America and forgot to shut it. This was not the case at this time in 2013, however.
Damn it, Florida: We almost had a magical thing going on here, then you had to ruin it by remaining so warm, sunny and, well, mulishly Floridalike.
Type "Why is Canada" into the search engine, and the first thing that pops up is the insulting "a country?". But there's plenty more to be discovered from this search-based look at international stereotyping.
Those dreaming of warmth during the polar vortex should've been considering Alaska, where an unusual and potent heat wave raised temperatures to 40 degrees above average.
Because American Traffic Systems decided to focus on St. Louis in this highlight reel of the "worst red-light accidents of 2013," I guess we just have to pick on that city's piss-poor drivers.
Here's an item to help governments point fingers at the next climate-change conference: a map of the world's countries, scaled to highlight those disproportionately responsible for generating greenhouse gases.
Is anybody in Philadelphia itching? That could be because their mattress is infested with bed bugs, which are showing signs of a huge population surge all over the city.
What's the best nation in the world to live in if you enjoy, ya know, staying alive?
Where on the planet are people's hats being knocked off by roaring wind? The answer lies within this trance-inducing model of near-real-time wind patterns.
Going outside in many parts of southeastern Australia right now is like sucking on a stogie filled with smoldering grass and bark.
Where are people all whistles and chuckles? Where are they the most miserable? If you have a fatalistic view of life, the answer will utterly not surprise you.
Where on earth are you most likely to die early from air pollution? NASA provides the answer with this mortally serious view of the planet, and it is: lots of places.