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2009's Best Green Posts: Urine! Muslims & Ethanol! Prius Perks!

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Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjones

Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjones

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G'wan, admit it. We say, "green car". You think, "Ugh, Toyota Prius," and look away. Oh, but there's so much more! And so much of it is just so darn ... weird.

Consider, for example, the 10 most popular posts last year on our sister site

The list includes a piece entitled "Miles Per Gallon Is Just Stupid. No, Really, It Is" (# 7), explaining why gas mileage is the wrong way to measure fuel efficiency. And a post noting about a religious scholar's view that riding in ethanol-powered cars is a sin for observant Muslims (# 3).

Empty hybrid parking space at Ikea, by Flickr user jennmae

Empty hybrid parking space at Ikea, by Flickr user jennmae

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Given the site's coverage of current and upcoming green cars and technologies, maybe it's not so surprising that coverage of a future Ferrari hybrid did well (# 9).  And ditto the site's always-popular prediction of sales success for the 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI clean diesel hatchback (# 2).

Oh, and the urine (# 4)? Turns out it takes a lot less energy to separate pure hydrogen from ureic acids than from other sources like water or natural gas. That means it could improve the energy balance of hydrogen fuel-cell cars.

But perhaps the oddest honor is the most popular post all year, the big Numero Uno. It's all about ... the potential loss of special parking places and other perks for hybrid-car drivers. The most popular post? All year? Go figure.

[GreenCarReports; photos by Flickr users rscottjones and jennmae]

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