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Hit-Or-Miss

Satirical Coffee Ad Is SAVAGE AF

I can’t lie, I wake up every morning and look forward to my cup of coffee. I even ground my own beans and brew individual cups with a reusable knock-off K-Cup thing. I sip my freshly brewed coffee with pride and look forward to the morning ritual.

It’s all because I’m an addict—a coffee addict, and thanks to this brutally honest video from Cracked.com, I’m now aware of my problems and will seek the help of my friends and family for help and guidance. Take a look for yourself, are you an addict too?

Even though I’m slightly joking about seeking help, caffeine is pretty addicting.

While I’m not going to steal, cheat and lie for my next grande Pike at Starbucks, it’s safe to say coffee drinkers aren’t shy about their habit — I just typed grande Pike without hesitation — but if you’re buying the next round, I’m coming.

I drink way too much coffee.

So, the next time you consider drinking a nice, warm cup of Joe in the morning, remember this video and say to yourself, “At least it’s not heroin.”

Enjoy!

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#foodbeast

Phone Stacking Might Be The Most Important Social Dining Game You’ll Ever Play

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Ask yourself, is answering a text message or checking your Snapchat at the dinner table worth covering the tab of everyone’s meal?

Phone Stacking puts that question to the test. It’s one of the most brilliant social etiquette games of our generation — also one of the saddest, if you let its value-prop sink in far enough. 

The Rules

The rules of the game are simple. You’re out a restaurant with friends, as soon as you sit at the table, everyone stacks their phones, face down. You can put them in a pile in the center for dramatic effect, or you can keep them next to your individual plate.

Either way, first person to reach for their phone during dinner is now responsible for paying for the entire meal. Seriously. Don’t even touch the phone.

If by some miracle you and your friends make it through dinner without anyone checking for stray text messages, just split the bill the way you normally would.

But Why?

Next time you’re at dinner — hell, you might be at dinner right now — look around the table. How many of your friends have their neck craned down at their cell phone? The moment is so far removed, we need a gimmicky social game like this as a catalyst for a tech-free dinner.

The game isn’t new either — it first started surfacing around the web early 2012, with articles touting its significance in our increasingly “smart phone heavy” culture. Yet here we are, almost 4 years later, even more of a culture fueled by our social media connection, and dinner hasn’t changed much.

Why it’s so hard

It’s a matter of little wins that makes a game like Phone Stacking so rewarding.

It might seem trivial, but we’ve now grown accustomed to connectivity. If your mom texts you and you don’t respond within minutes, she assumes you’ve been abducted. If you miss a call from your girlfriend, she assumes you’re out gallivanting with whores.

All of these assumptions are made because they know you’re on your phone. Or by your phone. And there’s no reason, other than being abducted, that you shouldn’t be able to answer. But are all these connections immediately necessary?

It isn’t until you take the phone out of the equation for small periods of time, even 30 or 60 minutes, that you realize that text message could have waited. That Snap will still be there. Your individual moment gets valued.

The Good

Well, if your friend can’t help but check Snapchat during dinner, you’re bound to get a free meal — so enjoy.

Realistically, even if you play this game once a month, it’s astonishing what truths you’ll uncover about the friend sitting across from you when the phone is taken out of the equation.

What To Remember

No one is saving the world by “Stacking phones” for a 60 minute dinner. It’s simply a reminder to enjoy slices of life.

And if you can’t remember, paying for your friends dinner might do the trick.

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Humor

How the In-N-Out Double Double Ruined This Man’s Life [COMIC]

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To say Mike Royer of Pickled Comics loved In-N-Out is an understatement. The love between this man and an In-N-Out Double Double became so great that Mike decided to create a cartoon chronicling the epic tale of his discovery of the California burger chain. What started off as a glorious encounter quickly turned obsessive and downright ruinous.

On the bright side, it makes for a pretty awesome comic that proves as a cautionary tale for those of you hell-bent on In-N-Out morning, noon and night. Check out Mike’s brilliant work below and keep reading on for a quick interview with Foodbeast.

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How much of this comic is based on your actual experience with In-N-Out?

Well the deep deep love for The Double Double conveyed in the comic is very real. But luckily, the burger has yet to put me out on the streets. Though, it is truly hard to not think about how many burgers I could get for the price of one movie ticket in Los Angeles.

Do you still eat In-N-Out or are you completely cold turkey?

I live in Los Angeles so the temptation is all around me. But when friends come to town I always use their visit as an excuse to drop in on In-N-Out. I guess I shouldn’t be calling them friends anymore. I think I’m suppose to call them enablers.

Are you still with your girlfriend?

She’s actually going to marry me now haha! I made sure the ring was big enough to distract her whenever I suggest In-N-Out for dinner.

When did you officially hit rock bottom?

I had some of my engagement photos taken at In-N-Out with my fiancée not too long ago. I think it’s safe to say some may consider that rock bottom.

When did you start drawing cartoons? What are your influences?

I officially started making Pickled Comics around the middle of 2013 but some of my best work resides in spiral bound notebooks from middle school. Page after page of little stick figures battling out to the death. Ok, so maybe not my best work. I grew up reading Fox Trot and Calvin and Hobbes. So Bill Amend and Bill Watterson have been a huge influence on my entire life. But in the end it was The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman that motivated me to start putting my work on the internet.

Have you’ve ever heard/had a Monkey Style Burger?

Does eating Animal Fries and a Double Double so fast they appear to merge into one entity count? The secret menu is my bucket list. It’s only a matter of time!

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Health

Well, We’re Doomed: Science Says High Fructose Corn Syrup as Addictive as Cocaine

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We’d like to think there’s a big difference between handing a kid a can of soda and offering him a line of cocaine, but new research on the link between high fructose corn syrup and addiction suggests otherwise. Canadian researchers from the University of Ontario studied lab rats’ reactions to increasing doses of high fructose corn syrup (you know, the sweetener that’s in everything from soda to bread) and determined that it produced reactions “similar to those produced by drugs of abuse such as cocaine.”

Once the rats were all hopped up on high fructose corn syrup, they were given access to a lever that controlled how much syrup they received. The more concentrated the syrup, the harder the rats worked to obtain it . . . which, coincidentally, is also true of serious cocaine addiction. The Canadian researchers hypothesized that an unacknowledged addiction to the high fructose corn syrup that sweetens most of our favorite foods could be responsible for the planet’s growing obesity epidemic. If it’s true, this could be a major blow for snack food and soda companies, many of which have gotten away with selling products containing much more high fructose corn syrup than the federal limit would allow.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re gearing up for a full fledged drug war on soda and candy bars (despite what Mayor Bloomberg might think). Still, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on the nutrition label of our favorite snack foods, and if we start seeing people go into shock from candy bar deprivation . . . well, then we’ll know we have a problem.

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Nightlife

New Sober Bar in Chicago Will Serve Everything Except Alcohol

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Opening a bar that refuses to serve alcohol to patrons sounds more like a mean practical joke than a successful business endeavor, but the founders of Chicago bar, The Other Side, believe that alcohol isn’t crucial to the whole barhopping experience. The substance-free bar is the brainchild of New Directions Recovery Service, a nonprofit organization geared towards treating addiction. New Directions president Chris Reed had the idea for a booze-free bar after realizing that he could “only go to the movie theater and bowling alley so many times” and that there were very few social spaces for young sober people

The Other Side boasts couches, pool tables, video games, and a space for live music — pretty much everything a normal bar would have, except there’s no one puking in the bathrooms and the strongest thing they have on tap is Red Bull. Shoot.

H/T + PicThx Eater

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Fast Food

The McDonald’s Parody Ad That Likened Loving Big Macs to Suffering from Depression

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Tell me about the first time you ever went to McDonald’s. Do you remember who was there with you? Do you remember how it made you feel?

According to at least one McDonald’s ad which recently ran in Boston, the answer for some people is probably “f*cking depressed.” The ad featured a distressed woman covering her eyes, along with the copy “You Are Not Alone: Millions of People Love the Big Mac,” and likened the love of the iconic fast food burger to a kind of addiction, encouraging people to call the McDonald’s corporate hotline for help.

Of course, except for anyone who actually does suffer from a debilitating fast food addiction, loving a Big Mac is nothing like having a mental health problem (ahem), which has led the corporation to distance itself from the ad and ask that it be taken down.

AdWeek reports:

“In a statement to Time magazine, Nicole DiNoia, a McDonald’s rep for the Boston area, says the ad was ‘not approved by McDonald’s’ … She adds: ‘We have an approval process in place with our marketing and advertising agencies to ensure that all advertising content is consistent with our brand values. Regrettably, in this incident, that process was not followed. We sincerely apologize for this error.’

In all likelihood, McDonald’s probably did approve the ad only to receive considerable backlash from mental health advocates, after which it decided to throw its design agency under the bus. Or everyone who saw the ad called in to complain about its implications. “Yes I love Big Macs, but I don’t appreciate you suggesting I have a problem. I can stop whenever I want!”

H/T + Picthx Adweek

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Hit-Or-Miss

Science Creates the World’s First Alcoholism Vaccine

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Scientists in Chile have spent the past year designing a drug that will give anyone who drinks alcohol an immediate (and very nasty) hangover.

We won’t lie, that sounds like a pretty evil plan, but it’s for a good cause — they’re trying to treat addiction. A research team at the Universidad de Chile has spent a year developing a vaccine for alcoholism. Basically, the vaccine works by sending biochemical messages to the liver not to express genes that metabolize alcohol. If someone who’s had the vaccine tries to drink alcohol, they’ll experience severe nausea, tachycardia (accelerated heartbeat), and general discomfort—basically a medically induced hangover of epic proportions.

The Santiago Times reported that the Universidad is looking to launch a preclinical trial of the vaccine next month, followed by a seven-month-long study in India, so it’ll be awhile before the vaccine is available to the general public.

H/T FWF

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Sweets

Ice Cream as Addictive as Cocaine?

A recent study from the Oregon Research Institute has claimed that eating high fat and sugary foods such as ice cream can be as addicting as drugs! After testing 151 teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 responses to Chocolate Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Milkshakes, researchers found that participants felt like they needed to eat more and more ice cream to achieve a “euphoria” feeling similar to their first bite.

There’s good arguments out there that claim that junk food such as ice cream can be just as bad as drugs on your health, but to say it’s addicting is rather outrageous. If you’re an ice cream lover, please don’t read this and go out thinking you need to check into rehab. Enjoying ice cream in our culture is primarily seen as a treat. Consumption is greater in times of happiness or woe, and emotional associations is a major reason why ice cream taste and “feels” so good.

[via huffingtonpost.co.uk]