Finally a team of physicists has devoted the proper time and effort to answering the age old question, “Is it better to bite into a round piece of candy, or continually suck on it?” In a paper poetically titled, “Sticky physics of joy: On the dissolution of spherical candies,” researchers from the University of Graz in Austria described the results of an experiment in which they placed spherical candies in a water bath made to replicate the pH levels and movement of a human mouth and observed the way they dissolved over time. The researchers expected the candy to vanish exponentially, but their findings indicated that the candies dissolved at a constant linear rate instead. What does this mean for candy enthusiasts? Keep reading »
We were totally obsessed with boozy popsicles this summer, but once the weather cools down, we’re going to have to put down our cocktails-on-a-stick and reach for a treat that won’t give us a brainfreeze. A worthy replacement for fall? Homemade lollipops! These bellini-flavored lollipops would be perfect for wedding favors, party treats, or just as an exceedingly glamorous way to get your afternoon sugar hit. Let the licking begin! [Etsy Weddings]
If you watched the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, you probably saw Bill Clinton’s stirring speech. But while the former president still has the same unfettered charisma, quick wit and charm he possessed while in the Oval Office, you might have spotted that there was something was different about him. There was noticeably less of him.
Bill Clinton may be the only former president who is also currently vegan. Ever.
Bill used to be the guy you could count on to stop off at a McDonald’s mid-run. But ever since he was taken down by not one, but two heart surgeries, Clinton has nixed the fries.
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Dear Sergey Pakhomov aka The Pasta Artist,
Six years ago you were working on an ad campaign for a Russian macaroni company and were struck by divine inspiration: what if you built models of various objects using macaroni? So you did, and the ad campaign fizzled, but your life was forever changed. Now you build all kinds of things using all different kinds of pasta: spaghetti motorcycles with rotelle wheels, bi-planes with lasagna wings, and a whole pasta town complete with a linguini windmill and penne playground.
So why am I contacting you today? Well, I’m something of an amateur pasta artist myself. A beautiful pan of cheesy rigatoni speaks to my heart and soul in a much more profound way than the Sistine Chapel ever could. I don’t care for oil paintings unless the oil is olive and the canvas is cannelloni. Your work truly moves me. What do you say we collaborate sometime?
Let’s set the scene, shall we? It’s 1 p.m., you’re sitting at your desk, your stomach starts to growl, and your thoughts turn to the limp, soggy PB&J crammed into your bottom desk drawer. You’ve been trying to save some money and pack your own lunches, but now the corner deli is calling your name. What’s an extra 10 bucks, really? Operation Brown Bag It has failed again.
But don’t give up on packed lunches just yet! I found 10 easy, delicious recipes for sandwiches, salads, and wraps that will have you reaching for your lunch bag at 10:30 (hey, ain’t no shame!). Click through to check ‘em out…
I spend most of my life thinking about food, but as soon as I get an invite to a party that includes the phrase, “Please bring a dish to share,” my mind goes completely blank. For someone who loves to cook, I’ve showed up at way too many parties sheepishly holding a store-bought cold cuts platter. But you know what? I think it’s finally time to tackle the party food challenge. I sought out 10 crowd-pleasing treats that are easy to make, easy to eat, delicious, and–in certain cases–downright adorable (grilled cheese bites, anyone?). Click through to check ‘em out, but beware: these recipes could cause your social calendar to fill up very quickly…
The world needs more blogs pairing pictures of donuts with literary quotes, I always say. As I Lay Frying — Faulkner joke! — is just what us biblio-donut-philes need. [As I Lay Frying]
Want to know a neat trick? Apparently if you add pink lemonade concentrate to gin (or vodka) and tonic, you’ll have a pretty pink cocktail that turns into a crazy bright aquamarine OUTER SPACE DRINK under a black light. So round up your friends, mix up some of these Aurora Borealis cocktails, re-watch the footage of the Curiosity landing, and play a rousing game of “Pin the mohawk on Bobak Ferdowsi.” Cheers! [Boing Boing]