Ikea Just Bought a Wind Farm Big Enough To Power All Its U.S. Stores

It takes a lot of energy to keep the lights on as you greedily pile ¢59 kitchen dongles and weird cookies into that blue bag, which is why Ikea is making a push to offset its total energy consumption by 2020. This week, it took a big step towards doing so by buying a wind farm in Illinois. » 4/11/14 5:30pm 4/11/14 5:30pm

Wake Up at the B&B from Groundhog Day Every Morning for Eternity

Just a day after the real-life Punxsutawney Phil forecast six more weeks of winter, the bed and breakfast where Groundhog Day was filmed hit the market. You could buy it, set an old-fashioned clock radio to go off at 6:00 a.m. playing "I Got You, Babe," and relive the same day over and over—and over and over and over… » 2/04/14 4:40pm 2/04/14 4:40pm

Aerial photos reveal the destructive path of the Midwest tornado

Tornadoes ripped through the Midwest of the United States earlier today and the damage it left behind is absolutely tragic. These pictures of Washington, Illinois, the worst area affected, show how a community gets shredded by natural disaster. The path is violent, the ground is scarred and the homes are just gone. » 11/18/13 11:26pm 11/18/13 11:26pm

Instant Hot Tub? Just Add Water and Quicklime

This is how you make a hot tub, hillbilly style. Three guys from the prairies of Illinois turned an old stock tank sitting in the open air into a jacuzzi, and heated it up using quicklime, that scary caustic stuff that burns your skin off if you're not too careful. A video of how they did it, using gas masks, tin… » 4/18/08 9:40am 4/18/08 9:40am

Father and Sons Build Electric Car—a Popemobile for Pharaohs

Greg Zanis' Dream Car is a solar-powered pyramid on four wheels that he built at home with the help of his two sons. Deceptively fragile, this little one-seater weighs in at 8,000 pounds, but its 80 batteries powering four electric engines really make it shift. Find out how fast, and watch the video of it pootling… » 2/19/08 1:20pm 2/19/08 1:20pm

Paranoid Home Owners Waging War on City-wide Wi-Fi

If New York got city-wide Wi-Fi, I'd be the happiest cat in town, which is why I don't get the people behind the Healthy Home Alliance in Naperville, IL. They're actually trying to shut down the city's attempts at blanketing the town with Wi-Fi. According to the HHA, "Wi-Fi transmitters function at 2.45 GHz, which is… » 2/21/07 6:09pm 2/21/07 6:09pm