KFC might really be reaching with this $10,000, one of a kind Internet Escape Pod, but we’re sure someone will still buy it.
The pod is released at the time of year when the usage of your phone goes into overdrive. Cyber Monday sale alerts will start bombarding your e-mails, people will be posting way too many pictures of their kids’ handprint turkey art, and don’t forget those annoying texts from family members and friends about different holiday gatherings you’re basically forced to attend.
No worries though, the Internet Escape Pod can help shield you from all that stress. The pod is made up of a stainless steel mesh cage, 8 pound high-density architectural foam, and enamel paint. It also boasts a comfortable size that can fit 4 adults, and oh, has a disturbingly huge Colonel Sanders’ embracing the entire top of the pod, making sure no internet usage is going on.
If that’s your thing, you’ll need to act fast. KFC is selling only one pod, and they’re not planning on making anymore. Sure, there’s still the small matter of the $10,000 price tag, but it’s an absolute bargain compared to their first initial price of $96,485.34.
Or, I mean, you can just turn your phone off for free. But where’s the fun in that?
What would the internet be without a healthy supply of amusing (and sometimes borderline stupid) viral challenges to keep us occupied for hours at a time? That wouldn’t be the 2017 we know and love. And, of course, the best kind of challenges are the ones that put the YouTubers we admire in some kind of discomfort or pain.
Few challenges accomplish that goal quite like the extreme candy challenges of the interweb. Whether it’s weird candy, sour AF candy, or candy that taste like garbage, here are 11 of the candy challenges we can’t get enough of.
Sour Candy Challenge
One of the more brutal candy challenges are the sour candy challenges, in which the willing challenger taste tests different types of super sour candy. And as you’ll see by the expression on Collin Key’s face, it really is as painful as you’re imagining. Ouch.
Gross Chocolate Bar Challenge
Chocolate bars are meant to be creamy and delicious, right? Well, not if you’re attempting the gross chocolate bar challenge, like YouTube channel MMG. Let’s just say we’re glad we’re watching this one through the safety of our screen, because pizza-flavored chocolate is the only time those two all-time foods shouldn’t be together.
Bean Boozled Challenge
If you want to be entertained Harry Potter-style, you’ll love the Bean Boozled Challenge. In this Muggle version of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Beans, these candy beans come in same-colored pairs. YouTuber Rosanna Pansino could either enjoy pear flavored or booger flavored – the chance is hers to take and yours to watch.
Spicy Gummy Pepper Challenge
We know what you’re thinking. “Why would anyone make a gummy, something that’s supposed to be delicious and sweet, in a spicy pepper flavor?” The answer is simple: so YouTubers like Wassabi Productions can try said spicy pepper gummies in front of a video camera. Thank God for Amazon.
Weird Candy Challenge
Candy is supposed to be sweet and indulgent – unless you’re doing a weird candy challenge. In which case, Reese’s and Twix need not apply. Watch Keion and Kianna of BFvsGF try everything from booger candy to scorpion lollipops, all from the comfort of your home.
Gummy Food vs. Real Food
One of the biggest YouTube challenges of this past year has been comparing real food with its gummy counterparts. For instance, partners each choose a platter – under one is a real cheeseburger and under the other is a gummy burger, and whatever you choose you have to eat. Let AzzyLand show you how it’s done.
Japanese Candy Challenge
Everyone knows that Japan has the coolest, most out-of-the-box varieties of, well, everything. As Collins Key and his little brother found out, that includes some of the most interesting types of candy around. We’re not sold on all of them, but some are V kawaii.
Giant Candy Challenge
Now this one doesn’t sound so bad. Rosanna Pansino and one of her friends have selflessly taken on the giant candy challenge, in which they try to guess which gigantic candy they’re about to bite into while blindfolded. None of the candies are gross or painful to eat, so that element is gone, but it’s still fun to watch and crave everything from a distance.
Kissing Candy Challenge
An excuse to eat candy and smooch your S.O.? That’s the kissing candy challenge that’s been sweeping YouTube. What it entails is that you pop a candy in your mouth, blindfold your partner, and give them a kiss! Based on the kiss, they have to guess the candy. Marissa Rachel and bae demonstrate how simultaneously hilarious and awkward this challenge can be.
Warhead Smoothie Challenge
In a nutshell, you make a smoothie out of as many Warheads products you can get your hands on and chug it. JustJordan33 brought her sister into her video challenge so they could do a double challenge: whoever can drink the most of their super sour smoothie wins. What do they win? A great deal of pain and the honor of besting a YouTube challenge.
Chocolate Bar Challenge
About three years ago, one of the more popular candy challenges was trying to finish a giant chocolate bar without vomiting. While many YouTubers failed miserably at this task, you can trust professional competitive eater Matt Stonie to conquer this 1 lb. Snickers bar challenge – in good time, too!
Last week, about 20 tons of Nutella were stolen from a truck in Germany. Authorities were baffled as to where all that hazelnut spread could have gone, or why so much was needed. The Nutella heist happened some time between Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. in the town of Neustadt, which resides about 120km from Frankfurt.
According to CBS Chicago, the stolen spread is valued at about $82,000. Neustadt police warn locals to be wary of someone offering them large quantities of chocolate through “unconventional channels.” Instances like this should be reported it to the authorities immediately.
The employee, Talia Jane (not her real name), detailed in her letter posted on Medium on Feb. 19 how she and “every single one” of her coworkers are struggling to make ends meet, reportsBusiness Insider.
“They’re taking side jobs, they’re living at home,” she wrote. “One of them started a GoFundMe because she couldn’t pay her rent. She ended up leaving the company and moving east, somewhere the minimum wage could double as a living wage.”
Jane said she made $8.15 an hour after taxes and had lived the past six months on nothing but a 10-pound bag of rice and the free food provided by her work.
“I can’t afford to buy groceries,” she wrote. “Isn’t that ironic? Your employee for your food delivery app that you spent $300 million to buy can’t afford to buy food. That’s gotta be a little ironic, right?”
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman responded via Twitter agreeing with Jane’s points and stressed that San Francisco needs to lower its housing costs:
“Late last night I read Talia’s medium contribution and want to acknowledge her point that the cost of living in SF is far too high.”
Talia Jane’s post has since received a reply from writer Stephanie Williams chastising “Millennials like Talia” on their poor work ethic and entitled attitude when it comes to trying to make a living working less desirable jobs.
This is what happens when the internet’s infatuation with cats and the food industry’s infatuation with donuts collide. You get a mindgasmic explosion that results in the most logical outcome possible: Cat Donuts. Because, of course.
These feline treats were inspired by the anime series One Nya Hup that features peculiarly-shaped cats and their misadventures. No word on what the catnuts cat-themed donuts actually taste like. It’s probably better we don’t know, as once again, this is yet another case of “Available Only in Japan.” Shucks.
When we look at it, we can pick out some cooking implements, an anchor, a few battleships thrown in for good measure. Navy stuff at its finest, right? Wrong. After Parade published the story on chefs in the military, Defense News blogger Christopher Cavas put the cover art on blast for featuring the silhouette of the famous Nazi battleship Bismarck. Take a second look at the cover:
Poor Parade magazine. They issued an apology explaining that the battleship was randomly chosen from a library of stock images, not a deliberate endorsement of Nazi military might, but let’s be real — this is the interwebz. You’re forever walking on eggshells here. Our advice to Parade: ignore the Führerfuror, move on, and double check your cover art for tiny Nazis in the future. Good luck!
In a new series called “Don’t Eat That!” John of Neatorama has decided to test one of the internet’s most firmly held dogmas – that Nutella and bacon make everything better – by combining two sandwiches which probably should have never been combined, the Reuben and the Elvis.
He describes his ingredients:
“The Reuben sections, which embraced the Elvis portion like the wings of an angel escorting the King of Rock and Roll to Heaven, consisted of:
2 slices of rye bread dipped in the above mentioned French toast mix
4 slices of corned beef, each 1/4 of an inch thick
1 tablespoon of Thousand Island salad dressing
1/3 cup of sauerkraut
2 slices of Swiss cheese.”
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a peanut butter, banana, bacon and Nutella sandwich surrounded by corned beef, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island and sauerkraut. Say it with me, all together now. Ewwwwwwww.
Because this is the internet, however, John reports the sandwich turned out to be “surprisingly edible,” and was particularly taken with the combination of bacon and nutella. Now all it needs is a tiny dash of Sriracha salt to be absolutely perfect.
Bitcoins are a form of virtual currency that people can use to buy things online like shoes and houses but is different from credit, for reasons. I won’t pretend I understand how the whole thing works, but if you think about it only a tiny bit (heh), it’s pretty much like real money without the paper, which is probably why this New York City bar was so willing to give it a shot.
Charlie Shrem and Alex Likhtenstein are the co-owners of the bar EVR, which has just become the first NYC bar to accept Bitcoins as payment.
The idea is that customers who use Bitcoin just tell their servers they’re paying with the system, the servers give them a tablet with the BitPay app, the customers scan the barcode and the app deducts the drink’s cost from the customer’s Bitcoin account. A more detailed breakdown can be found at CNN Money.