The New York Times Magazine "Ideas of the Year" included a terrific bit about how U.P.S planned to limit the number of left-hand turns that its trucks will be taking. For an individual trip to the supermarket, you might idle at one or two traffic lights while waiting to take a left, and that's no big deal. But "if we're talking about more than 95,000 big square brown trucks delivering packages every day," rerouting to avoid left turns, says a U.P.S spokeswoman, saves 3 million gallons of gas and cuts CO2 emissions by 31,000 metric tons. (I'm not sure why the writer felt the need to add brown into his description of the trucks--U.P.S marketing people must be lovin' that--but still a cool little piece.)

And if you don't know what any of this has to do with Derek Zoolander (a southpaw, if I'm not mistaken), I don't think I can help you.
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AuthorDavid Wolman