Wed, May 26, 2010 5:50 PM EDT

Today BP started to work on the "top kill procedure," another attempt from a myriad of failed tactics to try to stop the oil leak in the Gulf coast. But after so many tries, people are beginning to lose faith in BP and are starting to come up with their own ideas, and are even asking Bill Nye The Science Guy for a solution. YouTube and PBS's Newshour have partnered up to open a "suggestion box" and are accepting video and text responses from the general public on how to stop the spill. Among the solutions submitted via YouTube? A giant ShamWow towel. Times are desperate.

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