6 things to laugh about from 2014, a real trash can of a year


All across the infinite virtual trash heap that is the internet, people are claiming that 2014 was the worst year ever. Alright! It was pretty bad! But here at Grist, we literally make it our mission to find the hilarity in the most godforsaken, wretched situations. These are the six best laugh-worthy moments that came out of some remarkably terrible news for the environment. (We hope you appreciate irony!)

1. Yes, California has spent all of 2014 (and 2013, and 2012 …) being ravaged by unprecedented, devastating drought. But if it weren’t for that, the country may never have learned that goats, those most ornery of ungulates, will eagerly serve as lawnmowers and firefighters — AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!

2. In February, a fracking well in Greene Co., Penn., burst into flames, killing one worker onsite. Given the controversy around widespread fracking — and its potential consequences for…

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