EAT BUGS: Monetary incentives distort our perceptions of what's good for us


There are lots of transactions that we're either prohibited from making (selling kidneys), or that are strictly regulated by statute (parental surrogacy). Naturally, these rules are hotly debated, especially among economists, who generally assume that markets of informed buyers and sellers produce outcomes that make everyone better off. Read the rest

Racist, sexist, gross and weird: THANKSGIVING


From the late 1800s to the early 1940s, many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as "ragamuffins" in masked costumes and then thronged the streets, basically trick-or-treating for money and gifts. Read the rest

Woman adds vaginal yeast to sourdough starter, Internet flips out


When Zoe Stavri woke up with a yeast infection, she had a strange and intriguing idea: what about adding some of her vaginal candida to sourdough starter? Read the rest

Menus of the 1850s and 1860s


The Hilton College of the University of Houston's Hospitality Industry Archives includes a wonderful selection of menus from the 1850s and 1860s. Read the rest

Kickstarting pizza wrapping paper


Two design students are hoping to raise $4900 to fund production on archival/acid-free/recycled post-consumer wrapping paper emblazoned with delicious pizza toppings. They bundle the paper with matching pizza boxes to hold your gifts. Read the rest

Keyboard waffle irons: now a thing you can buy


It started as a maker project, became a viral shoop, then a successful kickstarter, and now there's a product: the $75 keyboard waffle-iron. Read the rest

Green tea doesn't promote weight loss

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A meta-analysis of green tea's impact on metabolism and weight-loss, undertaken by the Cochrane trust, finds no statistically significant correlation between drinking green tea and losing weight. Read the rest

How enforcing a crappy patent bankrupted the Eskimo Pie company


Russell Stover's innovative Eskimo Pie treats were the smash-hit of 1920, and represented the culmination of long and careful experimentation with different techniques for adding a chocolate coating to ice-cream. Read the rest

McDonald's China debuts a cement-gray bun


The barely-edible cattle-slurry battles are heating up in Asia!

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Howto make Zombie Mouth cupcakes


The severed, animated, flopping zombie appendage is a staple of horror films, and these zombie-mouth cupcakes look like someone has decorated an amuse-bouche with a bouche coupé. Read the rest

HOWTO make a realistic brain-cake for your zombie parties


How To Cake It's "Deep Red Velvet Brain Cake with Fondant Brain Tissue and Raspberry Jam Blood" is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, only it has to be seen to be believed. Read the rest

McDonald's Japan's straws: designed to mimic experience of nursing at your mother's breast


According to McDonald's Japan founder Den Fujita, the design brief for the company's straws specified that they pass liquid at a rate comparable to the rate at which breast milk flows to a nursing baby, "the speed that produces the most delicious feeling." Read the rest

Liartown USA's "Apple Cabin Foods" calendar, to benefit Reading Frenzy


Original Crap Hound and Internet graphic sarcasm sultan Sean Tejaratchi is back with his annual calendar, sold to benefit Reading Frenzy, Portland, Oregon's world-beating zine store and independent publishing emporius. Read the rest

Han Solo in Carbonite Pop Tarts


Pop-Art: Frosted Han Solo is (was) a sold-out/limited-edition vinyl sculpture from Falcon Toys. Fun idea -- hope they do another run!

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Collapsible silicone pots would be amazing in small, urban kitchens

Camp-gear company Sea to Summit makes a line of collapsible silicone cook-pots with anodized aluminum bases. Read the rest

27-year-olds: don't forget your D10K party!

If you were born on April 27, 1988, today is your 10,000th day on Earth (assuming you didn't go to space for a while). Read the rest

Government-run egg board waged high-price, secret PSYOPS war on vegan egg-replacement

The American Egg Board's members are appointed by the FDA, and it was they who funded a secrets, deceptive smear campaign against startup Hampton Creek's vegan egg replacement. Read the rest

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