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Start An Epic Pub Crawl With This Map of Every Pub In The UK


Photo: University of Waterloo

If you ever wanted to go on the most epic UK pub crawl in history, it just got a whole lot easier to find everything.

The University of Waterloo’s Math Department created a map of nearly every single pub in the United Kingdom utilizing Google. According to The Poke, 12 or more pubs are missing from this map, but the results are still incredibly impressive to take a look at.

In total, the Math Department identified 24,727 different pubs across England and Scotland, and marked all of them on this interactive, Google-powered map. To estimate how that measures in terms of pub coverage, the total area of the United Kingdom is approximately 94,000 square miles — meaning that there is 1 pub for at least every 4 square miles apart.

As a comparison, the United States has 624,301 total restaurants (including pubs) over approximately 3.8 million square miles — or 1 restaurant every 6 square miles apart. That’s some serious coverage by UK pubs.

Looking at the above zoomed-out map (which takes about 10 minutes to load and zoom out because of how massive the data in this map is), all you can really see is a literal sea of red markers. It’s impossible to get a measure of coverage.


Photo: The Poke

However, zooming in reveals that the highest concentration of pubs lies in Southern England, with London having the most pubs in that are respectively. It’s still impossible to tell exact coverage in the London area because of how crowded the pub map is.


Photo: University of Waterloo

This zoomed-in view of just one small area of London shows how many pubs exist — basically a couple per city block, at the very minimum. You could easily construct a legendary pub crawl from this map, wherever you may be in the UK.

If you’re up for the challenge, use the map, head to a spot in the UK, and begin your epic pub crawl. Best of luck.

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Here’s How To Make A Boozy, Masala Chai Toddy

It’s all over—the holidays have been celebrated, the games have been played, and red carpets have been rolled up (for the most part). We’re officially entering that dark part of winter when the weather sucks and everyone’s down with a sickness; the only light at the end of the tunnel is knowing sweet spring is close enough to taste.

But, we can’t taste it just yet, so until we can, let’s try and keep spirits cheery by making the most of the season… aka, drink up! A little boost from a Masala Chai Toddy should do the trick. With a rich blend of aromatic spices and black tea, a touch of sweetness from condensed milk, and a few splashes of dark rum (for good health), it’s the perfect pick-me-up for this kind of spell.

Luckily the recipe is so easy a snowman could do it. Lipton’s Enticing Chai already contains many of the essential spices and herbs that make a Masala Chai—black tea, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, black pepper, and cloves. Simply brew and mix well with the milk, rum, and some crushed cardamom, and you’ll see yourself warming up in no time.


Photo by Marc Kharrat

Masala Chai Toddy

6 oz Lipton Enticing Chai tea

1 oz condensed milk

1 oz dark or Indian rum

Green cardamom pods

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

1) Brew Chai tea with crushed cardamom and let steep for 4-8 minutes.

2) Add the condensed milk, followed by the dark rum. Mix well.

3) Using a fine sieve strain the liquid into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and crushed cardamom.

Created in partnership with Lipton


PETA Wants Historic English Pub YE OLD FIGHTING COCKS To Change Its Name


PETA is none too pleased with this English Pub, believed to be one of the oldest in England. The name Ye Olde Fighting Cocks doesn’t really gel with the group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, as they have urged the establishment to consider another name, NPR reports.

In a release, PETA stated that this request comes from society’s growing compassion animals. This includes intelligent, sensitive chickens. They suggest the name Ye Old Clever Cocks be used instead.

However, the owners of the pub have refused to change the name. With roots from the eigth century, the pub has become a part of the country’s history. While celebrating the fact that cock fighting has been banned for more than 150 years, the pub said that national identity and local history is still important to them.

Photo: Fighting Cocks Facebook



This ‘Hangover Taxi’ Will Serve You Noodles and Bring You to Work


In what is perhaps the most brilliant idea of 2014, a London noodle shop has launched Kab-U-To Work, a service they’ve dubbed the “Hangover Taxi.” Yes, it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. The unique taxi service picks up hurting party-goers from their doorsteps and ushers them to work in a car decked out with a hot bowl of Kabuto noodles, orange juice, breath mints, hangover medicine and even sunglasses.

I’m sorry friends and family, but England beckons.

 Apparently, Kabuto was inspired to create the hangover service when they realized the market was lacking a proper form of transportation after a night of one too many tequila shots. At the moment, the service is free during the holidays, as the company is still testing the service to gauge it’s success before potentially expanding to other cities. 

For those lucky ladies and gents in London, you can pre-book Kab-U-To via with location and pick-up times or by tweeting @kabutonoodles with #kabutowork.

Unfortunately, ladies and gents in the states will be heading to work post-Christmas sans noodles.

H/T Daily Mail + Picthx Kabuto

Fast Food

KFC UK Has Kream Balls Filled with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce


Gotta hand it to KFC, the fast food chain knows how to feed our inner glutton by offering the masses unnecessary inventions like KFC Go Cups and now, Kream Balls. The on-the-go plastic pods are designed to make eating ice cream not only convenient but less messy (see: less fun).

The Kream Balls are available in three different variations, including vanilla soft serve with caramel drizzle and macadamia nut, chocolate drizzle and crumbled chocolate biscotti, or strawberry drizzle and cherry crumble.

Unfortunately, it looks like the first world novelties to-go are only available in the United Kingdom and India. Until these icy treats make their way to the US, tease your taste buds with these Instagram snaps.


Dismembered, Rum-Filled Chocolate Hands and Feet


I really hope you already ate breakfast/lunch/dinner. These rum-filled, hand-painted gnarly treats come from none other than Miss Cakehead herself, the same lady who brought you STD cupcakes.

The macabre chocolates were prepared for her annual Eat Your Heart Out pop-up in London that runs from October 25th to the 27th this year. The life-sized hands and feet were crafted by the talented folks over at All Mine Patisserie and are filled with Kraken Rum, who also happens to be sponsoring the event. The event will be titled “Feed The Beast,” a fitting name for an occasion filled with exposed bone marrow and bloody fingernails.



Ugh, shiver.

PicThx Eat Your Heart Out


McDonald’s Refuses Service to Woman Riding Horse In Drive-Thru, Resulting in Smelly Retaliation


Pro-tip: if you want McDonald’s to serve you while you’re on horseback, try not to let it leave a steaming pile of doo-doo in the dining room.

BBC reports that a woman in Whitefield, England and “a girl riding a pony” were denied drive-thru service Saturday after the staff informed them it was against company policy to do so, for “health and safety” reasons. Apparently not one to take such terrible customer service sitting down, the woman then took the horse inside the restaurant, where it let rip the whole McFlurry of reasons McDonald’s was right not to serve its owner in the first place. (Starting with the fact that she rode a horse through a McDonald’s drive-thru. I mean, at least class it up with a Starbucks or something, come on.)

“The sight and smell” of the horse’s droppings “caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members,” the Greater Manchester Police told BBC, earning the woman a fixed penalty notice and fine. Let’s just hope it’s big enough for her to give a sh*t.

H/T + Picthx Eater


Peeping Tom Banned from 1,200 McDonald’s Restaurants

Using a public restroom is uncomfortable enough without the fear of some creepy guy trying to watch you handle your business.

Sukhbir Singh was banned from every McDonald’s in England and Wales for “Observing another person doing a private act for sexual gratification.”