RIP Society: Zebra Steaks Are Now The Other White Meat

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Coming to a health food store near you (maybe): legally farmed zebra meat. A food supplier in the UK has been selling Burchell’s zebra steaks, which come from farms in South Africa. You might be surprised to learn, according to TIME, that game meat, including zebra, is legal in the United States so long as the animal species is not endangered. While I wrinkle my nose at the idea of eating what is essentially a horse, the benefits of zebra meat are manifold: it’s a high source of protein and more lean than chicken. Zebra meat appears on the website for MuscleFood.com along with crocodile burgers, horse meatballs, buffalo sausages, kangaroo filets, and zebra steaks. Your black-and-white friends taste “sweeter than beef but still have a subtle game flavor.” Dig in, I guess? [MuscleFood.com via TIME] [Baby zebra via Shutterstock]

Be My Pet: “Piggie Smalls,” The Little Rescue Pig That Could

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Meet the Notorious P.I.G., a micro pot-bellied pig who was rescued from a neglectful home in Florida. There, the little pig was fed only Cap’n crunch and horse feed, but he’s since found happier times in his new home at Brooklyn Cares vet clinic. The pig, who also goes by “Piggie Smalls,” got his name after rapper Biggie Smalls, who grew up just a block from his new digs. When Piggie arrived at the vet he was in very poor health, but now he cheerfully snorts away as he runs around the office and makes new animal friends. “It has been awesome to see the Notorious P.I.G. come out of his shell. Every day he is happier and more social,” Dr. Timothy Mann told DNA Info. Mann has always wanted a pig. These days, Piggie eats lots of healthy veggies, takes regular baths, and is even being trained to use a litter box. It’s a far cry from his lonely days eating sugary cereal in the Florida heat. Pot bellied pigs aren’t allowed to live in New York City homes, but they can live in veterinary facilities, so Piggie spends his days there with Ruby, the dog who is also a fixture at the clinic. When Piggie has adjusted more to his home, he’ll make his way to the front waiting room where he can greet customers. Who knew happy little pigs could be so cute! [DNA Info] [Image via DNA Info/Brooklyn Cares]

Soon You Will Be Able To Preorder Your Starbucks Via An App

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[Said in the voice of a petulant teenager:] ”Thanks, Starbucks, for taking over my life EVEN MORE.”

The ‘bux announced last week that it’s making your fast food coffee experience even easier: you will soon be able to preorder your drinks and pay via an app, according to the tech blog Recode. Just like hailing a cab with Uber or ordering sushi over Seamless, coffee jerks can save time by paying for a coffee ahead of time and avoiding lines. The company is testing the process at an “undisclosed location” and will eventually bring it nationwide. I could see myself downloading the app, but  use it only when I’m in a rush. (And I’m not that important to ever really be in a rush.) Part of what I like about Starbucks is it being a “third place” in addition to work and home. It’s a reason to get out of the office for a 10-minute break in the afternoon and stretch my legs. It’s about the short walk, the music, the socializing. The app sounds useful for, say, personal assistants in a rush to please their boss, but for me, I’m happy to take my time. Within reason, of course. [Recode]

Christian Siriano Has Grim Thoughts On Casting Plus-Size Models In Fashion Shows

“People say that designers don’t design for ‘real women,’ and I hate that. Why wouldn’t every designer want as many customers as possible? I think [the reality of casting plus-size fashion models] is one of the the hardest things about this part of the industry. When we show samples, we’re making a model. Like any architect would make a model, any chef would make a tasting before they make the meal — that’s what the pieces on the runway are. We only make one for the first time ever. It’s not that I don’t want to make it in every size right away, but it has to work first.”

Designer Christian Siriano talked to The Huffington Post about how frequently people misunderstand the use of thin models in the fashion industry. I get what he’s saying, but I also don’t understand why those samples he’s talking about can’t be at least a few sizes bigger. His response seems like an evasive answer to the very real body image issues the industry has sparked in its consumers. [Huffington Post] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]

10 Traits Of An Awesome Girlfriend (According To Men)

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We’re feeling a little misty-eyed thinking about true love. Maybe it really does exist, you know? Despite the odds and everything. Maybe there’s more to life than playing the field. Well, you can create your own relationship success by looking for the right traits in a woman instead of just swiping right on everyone on Tinder. Let’s take a look at the top 10 things in a significant other that’ll make for a lasting relationship. Read all 10 traits on TResSugar…

Frisky Eats: Drizzle It With Honey

I recently bought a big ol’ 24 oz. jar of local honey at the farmer’s market and can’t wait to dig into the amber goodness. So far, I’ve managed to drizzle a little over Greek yogurt. I know, delicious but dull. Time to sweeten the pot with some ingenious honey-based recipes.

14 Reasons Maxi Dresses Are The Best

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You might say that the maxi dress is just a glorified muu muu. And to that we say: okay, you are right. But what of it? Keeping up with fashion puts so many demands on women. Can’t we just have this one thing that’s easy, and most importantly, comfortable? The Frisky staff are all such fans of the maxi dress (and its slightly more formal cousin, the “hi-lo” maxi dress) that we thought we’d get a list together with 14 reasons why:

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Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Travels With Casey, See “Boyhood” & Drink Whiskey Lemonade

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read Travels With Casey, See "Boyhood" & Drink Whiskey Lemonade

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »

5 Uncomfortable Truths About Rape On College Campuses

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The frustrating part for me, as a Hobart and William Smith grad (technically just a Hobart grad, because it’s actually two schools that share faculty, campus, dorms, and an administration), is that it’s not that surprising. It was well-known for my entire four years that the campus was what I should probably call “a less than safe space for women” but will instead call “kinda sorta rapey.” At the time, I genuinely thought it was because HWS was just a particularly shitty place (although I always really admired my professors), but now that I have some distance from there, I’ve realized that I was just a dumbass kid with no perspective: This is actually a national problem. It’s happening in colleges across the country, because apparently no one can figure out how to deal with this. And I think I know some reasons why. Read more on Cracked…

This Ring Box Camera Records The Reaction To Your Proposal

This Ring Box Camera Records The Reaction To Your Proposal

For a senior engineering project, a team of students at Hope College in Michigan created an engagement ring box with a tiny camera in it for filming proposals. Now their Ring Cam is taking off as an actual business. When their prototype was still in development, the students asked some of their friends who were getting engaged to try out the camera and film the moment when their now-fiancees said yes. When the team saw the emotional videos the Ring Cam had captured, they knew they had created something special. “It’s definitely one of the most important moments in a couple’s relationship, and to be able to share that instantly with all your friends and family, and actually show them the moment and his or her actual reaction, the genuine surprise, and giddiness — it’s wonderful,” Scott Brandonisio told WZZM News. The creators even took the Ring Cam to an open-call audition for “Shark Tank,” the reality show for aspiring entrepreneurs, though there’s no word yet on whether they’ll head to the next round and make it on the show. Keep reading »

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