To call awareness to the reality of school lunches and their questionable nutritional value and color palette (beige, gray, and brown seem to be the primary colors), Farah Sheikh, an education campaign manager at the nonprofit, Do Something, created Fed Up. The online campaign asked students to send in photos of their lunches and then vote on which ones they would “eat” and which they would “toss.” Images included the barf-tastic "Pork Slop" from Mississippi and the delightfully colorful lunch combo titled "lunch is pretty awesome" from Texas.
Chef Marc Forgione, of Restaurant Marc Forgione, Khe-Yo, and the new American Cut, talks to Co.Create about his creative process and demonstrates how to make his famous chili lobster.
I always assumed that Elvis’ last meal was the Elvis, but this fascinating and insightful infographic shows the truth about the last thing he and a bunch of other famous dead people ate. Joe Berkowitz gets morbid over at Co.Create.
In a sample of chicken nuggets sourced over the counter from two national fast food chains near the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Dr. Richard Deshazo discovered that muscle made up only 40% to 50% of the nuggets. Under the microscope, he and his team found that the rest of the nuggets was mostly fat, with a hearty helping of “epithelium and other supporting tissue” (skin). One contained organ tissue, with a splash of nerves and blood vessels, while the other contained shredded bits of bone.
Fast food logos redesigned as… fat food logos.
McDonald’s is now offering original kids’ books with Happy Meals
Starbucks trademarked “Duffin” (doughnut-muffin mashup), and immediately received backlash. Welcome to #duffingate.
Monsieur, an artificially intelligent robotic bartender, will take your orders and craft perfectly portioned cocktails to your liking—plus, he doesn’t work for tips.
"As you get older, your tastes become more refined, and you quickly learn it’s expensive to get a quality drink. I thought I could design a machine that could provide consistent-quality cocktails to anyone—not just people who can pay $9 a drink, or even $50 a drink," cofounder and CEO Barry Givens told Fast Company.
One way to have more energy at work? Eat smarter. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet—as in, you survive on bagels and coffee, like Ms. Hepburn above—then you’re inviting the low-energy grump into your life. As Lifehacker writer Jason Fitzpatrick notes:
A diet comprised mainly of carbohydrates… . is a recipe for a constant cycle of blood-sugar highs, lows, and the accompanying feelings of exhaustion that go with them. If carbohydrates are the kindling of your metabolism, protein is the slow burning old-growth wood that keeps you going.
How to get more? Fitzpatrick recommends eggs, peanut better, and working in some protein powder. 8 unobvious ways to have way more energy at work
Advertising on porn sites works, just ask Eat24.
"It makes perfect sense when you think about it. They enjoy a life without pants and are constantly working up a huge appetite. Eat24 and porn stars are a match made in sexy heaven!"
Kit Kat (the candy) creates an entire website spoofing KitKat (the Android OS).
Happy Dumpling week!
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Decadent meals ruined by bees, fires, and murder in Meals Interrupted
These horrifying photos show a destroyed American landscape that agriculture giants don’t want you to see.