You Spend Less On Food Now Than People Did In The 1950s [VISUALIZATION]


It’s not uncommon to get sticker shock when you see your total at the grocery store, but this little fact will make you feel much better: 60 years ago, we spent twice as much on food. Using the latest data from the USDA’s long-time tracking of food expenditures, we charted the information going back just over six decades. The trend is obvious. Out of our total disposable income, Americans are spending a much smaller share on food.

The data is split into two categories: food consumed ‘away from home’ and ‘at home’. Each gives us further insights into how times have changed. While food prices as a whole have dropped, the country is now eating out far more often (with the most notable rise during the ‘70s fast-food boom). Even still, eating out is cheaper today than it was in the past. That McDonald’s hamburger you find on the Dollar Menu today cost just 15 cents in the 1950s. But the relative value in today’s dollars? $1.47.


Written by Benjamin Starr, Graphics By Visage


Fancy Pancake Printer Makes The Future Look Tasty


I’ve never met a pancake I didn’t like. Ever since Mickey Mouse ear pancakes at Disney Land, pancake shapes have thoroughly impressed me. But I’ve never been able to pull off the pancake designs that Pancake artists like Nathan Shields can. In fact I’m lucky when my pancakes are even perfectly round. That’s why this new invention by Norway-based food enthusiast Miguel Valenzuela gets my heart pumping. This man created a pancake printer for his daughters and although it’s not for sale yet, the future is looking tastier already.

Valenzuela originally created his robot out of Legos, but stepped it up a notch with stepper motors, clear acrylic, and Arduino controllers. The new model can draw out any pancake design entered into the program, from your favorite Star Wars characters to architectural masterpieces. The design made it’s debut at the Bay Area Maker Faire and breakfast just got even more fun!

Follow the PancakeBot on Twitter and Facebook.


Written by‘s Paul Caridad


School Cafeteria Lunches From Around the World


Each day in the United States, over 32 million students eat lunches from their school cafeterias. The food consumed accounts for more than half of each students daily calorie intake – which therefore makes the school cafeteria that much more important in delivering healthy food and preventing child obesity. Unfortunately, if you grew up going to an American school and eating food in the cafeteria, it is unlikely you got the most delicious and healthy food. Yet, if you grew up going to a school in another country around the world, you may have had a different experience.

SweetGreen is a chain of salad restaurants that run the SweetGreen in Schools program. Used to educate youth about healthy eating, sustainability and fitness, they’ve kickstarted the conversation by creating a photo series displaying the variety of foods you would typically get in other countries. It’s quite interesting to see what other nations feed their bright minds.

France: Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese, and fruit.

Italy: Local fish with arugula, pasta, caprese salad, bread, and grapes.



Spain: Shrimp with brown rice, gazpacho, bread, peppers, and an orange.



Brazil: Pork with vegetables, rice with black beans, salad, bread, and baked plantains.



South Korea: Fish soup, tofu with rice, broccoli, peppers, and kimchi.



Finland: Pea soup, beet salad, carrots, and bread. For dessert, there’s fresh fruit and pannakkau, a type of dessert pancake.



Ukraine: Sausage with mashed potatoes, borscht, cabbage, and syrniki (a dessert pancake).



Greece: Baked chicken with orzo, stuffed grape leaves, cucumber and tomato salad, yogurt with pomegranate seeds, and oranges.



USA: Fried popcorn chicken with ketchup, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup, and a chocolate chip cookie.


See Also National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With

Written by Shawn Saleme of VisualNews // via mymodernmet


HONEY ON TAP: Revolutionary Beehive Design Turns the Hive Into A Keg


If you’ve ever worked with honey bees, you know the process of getting honey from their hive isn’t pleasant – for you or the bees. Not only do you need to put on protective clothing and use smoke so you won’t get stung, but the bees suffer in the process of opening the hive, often with many getting squished. That’s without even mentioning the amount of time it takes. That’s why this new hive design is so revolutionary.

Called the ‘Flow’ Hive, it puts honey on tap directly from the hive itself. Long time beekeepers Cedar and Stuart Anderson spent more than ten years developing the system that would make this magic happen – mainly by creating unique frames with open cells that allow the honey to flow down and through pipes for harvest. No more bee suits, no smoke, no disgruntled bees.

I could see this invention bringing a lot more amateur bee keepers into this sweet hobby, and saving the professionals a LOT of time and effort. Find out more about the project at (and launching on Kickstarter on the 23rd).

Written by Benjamin Starr of VisualNews, via BoingBoing


What an Untouched Kitchen from the 1950s Looks Like Today


Like walking back in time, furniture designer Nathan Chandler opened the door on a home he bought in 2010 and found the kitchen in nearly original condition from when it was built in 1956. For some reason the original owners built the house but never lived in it, keeping it sealed away and rarely using the pastel pink General Electric appliances that were installed from the start.


While you could watch old I Love Lucy or Leave it to Beaver episodes to get a look at mid-century kitchens, it’s not really the same in black and white. Even old color films don’t look quite the same as reality. Here we are treated to a modern-day vision of exactly what some industrious ’50s housewives were dealing with – top loading dishwasher, cupboard-mounted refrigerator and all.

Find more pictures of this museum-quality scene (which has since been sold and moved to a new location) on Flickr. Learn more about Nathan Chandler’s work on his personal website.















Written by Benjamin Starr of VisualNews

(Via Retro RenovationBored Panda)


What This Artist Created on Ceramic Plates Will Give Your Mouth Nightmares

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Some people get nervous about eating unusual foods, but it’s not often anyone gets creeped out by their dinnerware. Israeli ceramicist Ronit Baranga creates the kind of work which can elicit exactly that reaction. Her works feature open mouths and grasping fingers jutting out of classic plates, tea cups and platters. It’s enough to make anyone think twice.









“I chose to deal with ‘mouth’ as a metaphoric connotation to a border gate,” she told Vision Magazine. “A border between the inner body and the external environment surrounding it. The mouth allows physical entrance and conceptual exit.”

Her other ceramic work is equally provocative and unsettling, and features further remixes of the human form. Explore her work in more depth on her personal site.

Written by VisualNew‘s Benjamin Starr


Illustrator Transforms Coffee Stains Into Beautiful Motorcycle Wheels


In just one image, illustrator and photographer Carter Asmann reveals three passions in his life: motorcycles, drawing, and coffee. In each example, the messy round stains stamped by a coffee mug transform into the wheels of a motorcycle – with the form of some stains even making these classic rides appear to be speeding. In contrast to their sloppy wheels, each motorcycle is rendered in beautiful perfection. His illustrations are as addictive as the caffeine that fueled them.

The Encinitas, California based artist doesn’t just stick to motorcycles. Swing by his Instagram for cars, bicycles and plenty of other quirky illustrations worked into his signature rings. You can find prints of his work on his personal website.










Written by Benjamin Starr of Visual News ||  via Colossal


Photographer Takes A Revealing Peek Into The Dining Styles of New Yorkers


What’s your dinner style like? Do you have dinner at a table with family over laughter and conversation? Do you prefer solo style while catching up on your emails? Do you eat as a family with all eyes glued on a television screen? Japanese photographer Miho Aikawa answers all of these questions by simply photographing people having their typical dinner. In her series “Dinner in NYC”, she offers a glimpse into the private, or sometimes public in a restaurant or airplane or at the desk, eating habits of some selected New Yorkers.

It appears, in this series, the majority of people have some sort of a screen they are staring at while eating. This makes sense considering studies in Public Health Nutrition have revealed that over the last 30 years, the majority of eating has gone from a primary activity to a secondary activity, which means most people are distracted by other things while they are enjoying their meals. It seems most activities apart from sleeping are now secondary activities with the constant checking of screens so common in today’s society.

Aikawa explains:

My idea of this project is to propose what dinner is to people, how different it can be for everyone, and present the diversity found in this everyday act. When you enjoy mealtimes, you’re more likely to eat better. Needless to say, how people enjoy the many aspects of our lives, including dinner time, depends solely on that person.

Check out more work by this talented photographer on her website. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.











Written by VisualNews‘ Paul Caridad || Via