Jean Baudrillard predicted the Pumpkin Spice Latte

When a "seasonal" drink has no "seasonal" ingredients, including pumpkin, what can it be, but simulacrum?

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Videos: how fake Japanese food is made

In central Japan's Gifu Prefecture, a man demonstrates the making of sampuru, the fantastic fake food seen in many Japanese restaurants.

Learn more in this Tofugu post: "Japanese Food Models, Yesterday And Today"

And another informative clip below, from Wim Wenders' documentary Tokyo Ga (1985):

(via The Kid Should See This)

Great makerish Hallowe'en projects from Evil Mad Scientist Labs


The nicest mad scientists on the net have collected years' worth of projects into four categories: costumes, pumpkins, decor and food.

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Zombie pancakes!


Nathan "Saipancakes" Shields has made some zombie pancakes: "I make a lot of pancakes for kids, but these I made for myself."

Behold! The Pizza cake!


The pizza cake started off as a thought-experiment, entered into a competition -- but now it is a reality that you can prepare at home (but probably shouldn't). Here's the original, which was apparently ripped off by Pillsbury.

(via Neatorama)

Chinese food seller sells "addictive" opium-laced noodles

A noodle seller in China's Shaanxi province was arrested for seasoning his soup with powdered opium poppy to "make it taste better and to improve his business," according to news reports.

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Skull pancake


Saipancakes

Game controller silicone molds for chocolate, candy & ice


Thinkgeek's silicone game controller molds are $10, and feature six controllers per food-/dishwasher-safe tray (Playstation, NES and Sega) -- perfect for candy, chocolate or icemaking.

Giant grubs, bug and worms made of gummi


Akai Tento's Yahoo Japan Store features some of the beautiful glistening gummi larvae, worms and bugs for sale in the tiny coffee shop/market stall in Aomori Prefecture, a Japanese fishing district.

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D20 silicone baking molds


They're oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer-safe, and make 4 3" cakes (or whatever) per batch; $13 each.

Star Wars chocolates: Death Star, Millennium Falcon, Han in Carbonite truffle bars!


Pop culture chocolatier Sweet Belle Cakes sells a variety of Star Wars-themed chocolates, from the solid chocolate Death Star ($8) to the massive chocolate Millennium Falcon ($22) to the Han Solo in carbonite truffle bars (there's also a $13 variety pack!).

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Cakeageddon: life-size "horror-farm" made from cake!


Evil Miss Cakehead's latest edible installation is a "horror-farm" featuring all manner of grotesqueries from baskets of entrails to slaughtered pigs, entirely made from cake!

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Light Bulb Baking – The 50-year history of The Easy Bake Oven

The 1960s were a magical decade in the world of toys. Toy companies like Wham-O, Hasbro, Mattel and Kenner were churning out captivating toys faster than toy stores could keep them in stock. Toys like Lite-Brite, Etch A Sketch, Twister, Creepy Crawlers, Operation, Hippity Hop, Spirograph… and of course Kenner’s Easy Bake Oven (launched in 1963) were all the rage.

With an entertaining narrative, Light Bulb Baking explains how the miniature working oven got its start, dissects the oven, explains how a simple light bulb can bake a cake, and tells us loads of fun anecdotes and trivia about Easy Bake (such as the shelf life of Easy Bake mixes, the horrible burns caused by the 2006-2007 models, and the story of a 9-year-old Easy Bake Baker of the Year who won $5,000 for her Toffee Trifle Cake). The book, which is smartly designed with photos, diagrams and sidebars, ends with a bunch of award-winning recipes that make me want to dig out the old Easy Bake Oven I have somewhere in my garage.

Light Bulb Baking
by Todd Coopee
Sonderho Press
2013, 178 pages, 8.7 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches (paperback)

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Why the disgusting Red Delicious apple rules American grocery stores


It started off as a celebrated, gorgeous mutation in an Iowa orchard, spread across the land, and was then selectively bred to look redder, bruise less, and ripen on the truck -- all at the cost of flavor and texture.

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Deep math of the folded pizza slice


Why does a flat pizza slice flop over unless you bend it into a curve? Thank Gaussian curvature, the 19th century mathematical principle that underpins everything from corrugated cardboard to eggshells to Pringles chips.

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