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Häagen-Dazs’ Free Cone Day Is Back And Still Helping To Save Bees

For over a decade now you’ve been enjoying free ice cream from Häagen Dazs, but we bet you never took the time to actually learn why this blessed day comes around once a year.

It’s crazy to think that those little flying demons that we are told to stay still around are actually responsible for nearly every delicious flavor we put into our mouths.

Bees, through an incredible amount of pollination, are the sole suppliers of over 70 percent of the crops that humans rely on. Foodbeast did a write-up on what your food would look like if bees went extinct, maybe checking this out will help push you to donate instead of gorge on free ice cream all day.

And Häagen Dazs has been thanking them for 10 years as a part of their “Häagen-Dazs loves Honey Bees Initiative” with Free Cone Day being focused directly on thanking and supporting the bees.

While there’s no feasible way to physically thank said bees, supporting the effort in preventing their extinction is definitely the better alternative.

And what better way to support a cause than by getting free ice cream? There’s no other way and it is amazing.

On May 8th, between 4 – 8pm Häagen Dazs is coming back again with their annual Free Cone Day. Pop into a local shop and receive one free scoop of ice cream or sorbet in a cup, sugar cone or cake cone between specified hours. 

The purpose of this day is to recognize the bees and their gift of pollination, without which we wouldn’t have delectable flavors like Rocky Road, mango, or even strawberry.

The fact that you’re getting a free cone might push you to actually thank the bees in a viable way, because face it, most people don’t care about anything else if free ice cream is offered.

Think of it like this, you would have paid for the ice cream at some point anyway, this way you can use whatever you thought you would have had to pay and donate it here, to help fund research in preventing the decimation of bees.

One day you might not be able to get that delicious strawberry cone again and you’ll wish you spent even a fiver helping fight for bees.

For more information on bees, here’s a great article Foodbeast did on bees and their importance in the world.

Who: Häagen-Dazs

What: Free scoop of ice cream or sorbet in a cup, sugar cone or cake cone

When: May 8th from 4pm-8pm

Where: Participating Locations

Why: TO HELP THE DAMN BEES 

 

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/haagendazs_us/
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Hit-Or-Miss

Why Our Favorite Bananas Might Soon Be Wiped Out Of Existence

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Everyone’s favorite banana may soon be extinct. The Smithsonian reports that the Cavendish, the most popular pieces of banana in the United States, has been hit with a devastating fungus in countries that produce them.

Called the Fusarium wilt, the fungus has already struck both Africa and Asia. It has since also hit the banana-growing regions of Australia, reports Bloomberg Business. Before the Cavendish rose to popularity, everyone enjoyed eating its predecessor the Gros Michel. However, the same fugal pathogen wiped the species out in the 1950s.

Once infected, the banana leaves start to yellow and continue to brown until the fruit eventually dries. Researchers are scrambling to find a cure for the fungus, but might already be too late to save the popular species of fruit. The fungus is said to hit the US in about 5 to 10 years.

The new strain of Fusarium can be easily transmitted and acts quickly. While it has yet to hit the US, sources say it’s only a matter of time. Chances are, however, that the Cavendish species will be extinct like the former Gros Michel. Though it’s likely a stronger species of banana will eventually replace it.

 

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The McMonstrosity is Everything on McDonald’s (Extinct) Dollar Menu

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The apocalypse is upon us, friends: McDonald’s just announced that it’s gonna kill off its beloved Dollar Menu in favor of the super-catchy Dollar & More Menu, which goes all the way up to $5 and for some reason isn’t just called “menu”.

In a state of panic, and in order to fuel future nostalgia for a lost delicacy, we raced to the nearest Mickey D’s and ordered everything on the Dollar Menu, then made this McMonstrosity. Five minutes later, as we writhed in agony, we realized all these items will still be available for a dollar when the new menu rolls out in November, BUT STILL it’s the principle, or something.

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Our trip to McDonald’s netted everything on the Dollar Menu, from which the McDouble is already conspicuously absent (it must have seen this travesty coming and sought solace among its comrades on the more-than-a-dollar menu). That includes fruity yogurt parfait, a McChicken, a regular cheeseburger, two chocolate chip cookies, a Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger w/ white cheddar that’s just American, and a side salad with some lettuce chunks that were browner than the burgers.

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Step 1

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We used the sturdiest item, the cheeseburger, as the base and piled the cookies up top. Strangely, the chips began to melt despite the burger being cold.

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Step 2 & 3

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Next, we stacked the mayo-rific chicken on top of the cookie, then loaded that nasty-ass salad up top. Now the sandwich is healthy!

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Step 4

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They totally forgot our ranch dressing and fries (they were $2… we splurged, and we were punished), but no matter. Yogurt’s white, so it counts. Plus, all those strawberries and blueberries along with that salad basically make this thing a diet food.

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The Result

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The sucker’s so big, we had to skewer it with a chopstick to keep it together, constituting the second most Asian-fusiony thing to happen to McDonald’s ever.

Even with the stick, it had to be smashed down to get a lockjaw-inducing bite that sent parfait and onions dripping.

Conclusion: A beautifully weird symphony of fake-tasting stuff. The salad had no flavor, but the vanilla yogurt paired oddly well with the salt from the burgers and the pepper from the McChicken. Then the chocolate/meat combo hit and it was over… this was one of the grossest combinations of grease and sugar since the Jersey Shore crew worked at an ice cream shop. Heyooo! That said, we finished it. Because we never thought we could do this again, and thankfully we were wrong.

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Coffee Plant Facing Extinction by 2080 – I Don’t Wanna Live on This Planet Anymore

It looks like science has finally found at least one reason to hope the Mayans were right. Otherwise, 70 years from now we could be living in a world where a single cup of Joe costs upwards of 60 dollars, or worse, is just a fairy tale we tell our kids as we grumpily haul their asses into bed.

According to a recent study released by the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, all the world’s wild Arabica coffee plants could be completely extinct by 2080, thanks to increasing global temperatures and the plant’s own hyper sensitivity to the weather.

That is, since Arabica’s optimal annual temperature range is 18 – 21°C, temperatures above 23 °C result in a “loss in beverage quality,” and temperatures above 30 °C cause “stress.” Enough stress, apparently, to wipe out the entire freaking species.

Granted, most of the coffee we drink comes not from wild Arabica itself, but from its tamer, more cultivated offspring, but wild bean varieties are nevertheless vital to maintaining enough genetic diversity within the species to be able to combat future problems with pests, drought and disease.

Since temperatures have consistently risen over the past 100 years, however, scientists predict that by 2080, the most favorable outcome is a 38-65% reduction in the amount of land capable of sustaining the wild Arabica, and the least favorable being a 90-100% reduction, based on both area and locality analyses.

Now, I won’t pretend to know the difference between an “area” and a “locality,” but there’s no denying those numbers sound unbearably bleak. Arabica accounts for approximately 70% of the world’s global coffee production, and while we could all just suck it up and learn to drink our Robusta black (or drown it all in creamer), this news will more likely result in much of the coffee market just “disappearing” come 2080.

But it’s all right; none of us will be around long enough to see that happen anyway, right? Right?

via Nat Geo