Feature

The unwelcome piles on our sidewalks.

The week's news at a glance.

Germany

Birgit Loff
Frankfurter Rundschau

Berlin is awash in dog doo, said Birgit Loff in the Frankfurter Rundschau. “No place escapes decoration: the kids’ sandbox, the lawns in the parks, even your front steps.” It’s gotten so bad that Berliners now admit that they’ve stopped wearing shoes with treads. “It’s too disgusting to pick the stuff out.” Fining negligent dog owners for failing to dispose of waste doesn’t work; it’s simply too difficult to catch them—or rather their dogs—in the act. And city officials have already added all the street cleaners and sanitation workers they can afford. So now they’ve hired Germany’s dog-poop specialists, a firm called City & Dog, to install plastic-bag dispensers all over town. The company sends out statisticians to count the little piles in various neighborhoods and determine which areas need the most attention. On particularly poop-prone streets, workers go person to person, accosting anyone with a dog in tow and pressing several bags upon them. It’ll be some time before we see a difference, though. One of the first facts City & Dog established was that Berlin’s dogs “produce 55 tons of poop every single day.”

Recommended

Zelensky warns Russians against firing from nuclear plant
School damaged by Russian shelling in Zaporizhzhia Oblast
fortunes of war

Zelensky warns Russians against firing from nuclear plant

10 things you need to know today: August 14, 2022
Pro-Trump demonstrators near Mar-a-Lago
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: August 14, 2022

Report: Arctic heating nearly 4 times faster than rest of Earth
A bear stands on melting sea ice
more bad news

Report: Arctic heating nearly 4 times faster than rest of Earth

10 things you need to know today: August 13, 2022
Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: August 13, 2022

Most Popular

Justice Department investigating Southern Baptist Convention over handling of sex abuse
Demonstrators at the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention meeting
church and state

Justice Department investigating Southern Baptist Convention over handling of sex abuse

9 toons about the Mar-a-Lago raid
Political Cartoon.
Feature

9 toons about the Mar-a-Lago raid

Tulsi Gabbard fills in on Tucker Carlson Tonight
Tulsi Gabbard
a match made in heaven

Tulsi Gabbard fills in on Tucker Carlson Tonight