10 Ways to Stop People from Climbing The New York Times Building


A third person climbed up The New York Times building last week, forcing the media giant to make adjustments to the facade of its structure. This trend is similar to the common backyard problem of squirrels scaling bird feeders. Maybe the NYT can learn from some of these tips to keep critters from climbing up and pillaging the seed:

1. Stick the New York Times building on top of a tall pole, put a barrier below and demolish any adjacent buildings within jumping distance.2. Grease the exterior of the building to make it slippery.

3. Cap the building with a dome (the windows already don't open).

4. Put a cage around the building.

5. Electrify the building exterior.

6. Incorporate rotating beams that turn under the climber's weight. You know, like MXC (the rotating cylinders are a couple of accidents in to the clip).

7. Use a mechanism like the Droll Yankee Flipper, Whipper, Tipper, or Dipper.

8. Sprinkle the urine of a natural predator around the base of the building (try fox urine).

9. Hang dried ears of corn outside The Wall Street Journal building to tempt the climbers elsewhere.

10. Beware that squirrels and climbers are prone to biting and promoting agendas.

22 Facts About the Solar System

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Mental Floss via YouTube

So you want to know everything there is to know about the solar system? The first and most important question you might want to get out of the way is: what, exactly, isthe solar system? As Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy tells us, "It's a group of celestial bodies located within the Milky Way galaxy."

At the center of these bodies is the Sun, which is orbited by eight planets; more than 150 moons; and millions of meteoroids, comets, asteroids, and a handful of dwarf planets (sorry, Pluto). But it's the Sun—a.k.a. that shining, 4.5 billion-year-old star in the middle of it all—that accounts for 99 percent of the solar system's total mass. (Think about that the next time you're shading your eyes from its glare.)

In this all-new edition of The List Show, Erin is sharing nearly two dozen fascinating facts about our solar system, including the reasoning behind Pluto's demotion (blame it on Eris, the first known dwarf planet). For more out-of-this-world facts, you can watch the full episode below.

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The 20 Best TV Shows on Netflix, According to Subscribers

JoJo Whilden, Netflix
JoJo Whilden, Netflix

With thousands of titles to choose from, in the time it can take a Netflix subscriber to choose what to watch next, they could be two episodes deep into a new TV series binge-watch. But as Variety reports, a recent survey conducted by HarrisX and commissioned by MoffettNathanson is helping to reduce the amount of browsing you'll need to do by going straight to the source and asking more than 11,000 Netflix subscribers to cite their favorite shows that are currently streaming on the platform. And the results were somewhat surprising.

  1. Orange is the New Black
  1. Stranger Things
  1. Movies (Catch-all category)
  1. Ozark
  1. Grace and Frankie
  1. Black Mirror
  1. Lucifer
  1. The Crown
  1. The Office
  1. Friends
  1. Dead to Me
  1. Supernatural
  1. Daredevil
  1. The Ranch
  1. House of Cards
  1. Santa Clara Diet
  1. Jessica Jones
  1. 13 Reasons Why
  1. Fuller House
  1. Breaking Bad

As Variety notes, the fact that 15 of the 20 top favorites are Netflix originals rather than licensed shows means that the company will likely continue investing in original content. This might help them out when both Friends and The Office leave the streaming service in 2020 and 2021, respectively.