1. A New Use for Toilet Paper
Last fall, the city of Littleton, Colo., sealed cracks in 120 of its streets. Rather than close lanes to let the asphalt dry, though, the town opted for a more convenient strategy: covering the mess with toilet paper. Contractors laid down single-ply to absorb oil from the tar, which kept it from clinging to shoes and tires. The upshot: smoother roads and a city that looked a bit like a college campus during frosh week—at least until the paper decomposed a few days later.
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