WEIRD FACTS

Phthalates: why you need to know about the chemicals in cosmetics

Also known as plasticizers, phthalates are also commonly found in food packaging and plastics. By Lauren Zanolli  @LaurenZanolliares –  Phthalates are also found in shampoo, perfume, nail polish, hairspray, sanitary pads and more. Illustration: Guardian Design/The Guardian. What are phthalates? Phthalates are a …

Quirky Messerschmitt velomobile rides again

  By Ben Coxworth – The Messerschmitt KR 25-E was unveiled at last month’s Spezi specialty bike show in Germany. (Credit: iDMOOVE). When it comes to weird little old cars, the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller was one of the delightfully weirdest. Five years ago, we …