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Voici ce qui pourrait arriver... Like octopi, worms also 'deserve better' National Post Published: Monday, June 08, 2009 Re: Octopi Deserve Much Better, letter to the editor, June 2. Although the plight of the octopus, as described by your letter-writer, is serious indeed, it is almost nothing in comparison to the mass slaughter of earthworms. These prosaic annelids are often looked down upon because of their demure figures and lack of attractiveness. Regrettably, after each rainfall, the earthworms crawl out upon the man-made roads and sidewalks. The unimaginable holocaust of earthworms ensues when automobiles and cruel-hearted pedestrians flatten their delicate bodies with tires or with the soles of their shoes. To make it worse, when the clouds clear, the sun shines down relentlessly, robbing the earthworms of the moisture necessary for survival. Therefore, to save many innocent earthworm lives, we need to have Parliament ban the use of earthworms for fishing. We also need the police to close down roadways during and after each rainfall, until the last earthworm has been brought back to safety. Only we can emancipate the earthworm and put an end to its pointless sufferings. Pauline Kosalka, Kleinburg, Ont.
We happen to know of a housing development in Southern California that recently had its central road repaved. Out went the crumbling asphalt and nasty old speed bumps, and in went shiny new black pavement... and an additional helping of nasty new speed bumps. The paving company had actually doubled the number of bumps, presumably in an attempt to slow down traffic through this residential area. What actually resulted was cars now speeding up even quicker and slowing even faster between the bumps, wasting gas, wearing out brakes and putting out more emissions in the process. Too bad they didn't know about these new speed bumps from the fertile minds of designers Jae-yun Kim and Jong-Su Lee. These sleeping policemen actually flatten when the vehicle is traveling the speed limit, but stay upright when someone is speeding. The new design uses a small damper inside to flatten out when a car drives over it at low speed, but higher forces from a faster vehicle keep it upright, causing a nasty jolt. To make them more visible than your typical speed bump, they're outfitted with LEDs all around. The designers say their goal was to encourage drivers to maintain a constant slow speed, reducing the amount of stops and starts made, and thereby the amount of exhaust pollution from the car. The world's first green speed bumps? These are just a concept for now, but hopefully someone will put them into production soon, and bring them to So. Cal.