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This Food Truck Unapologetically Serves Vegan Fried Chicken

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Plant-praising herbivores and meat-minded carnivores alike probably thought this day would never come: VEGAN FRIED CHICKEN EXISTS, and—wait for it—you can acquire it at a local food truck.

‘Local,’ assuming you are lucky enough to reside in northern Virginia. The up-and-coming, Richmond-based Mean Bird RVA is ready to dig its claws into the greater area and beyond in order to share the finest fried chicken around (BOTH traditional and vegan).

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Fronted by husband-wife duo Mike and Sarah Moore, Mean Bird offers traditional fried chicken, vegan fried “chicken,” homemade biscuits, seasonal specials, sides and dipping sauces. The Veggie Bird, the truck’s signature vegan fried chicken, is made with fresh vegetables, whole grains, herbs and seasonings

They’ve already found success catering private events despite having only recently taken flight, and have implemented a Kickstarter project to help fund their goal of reaching more neighborhoods.

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Basically, they’re saying we have the power to make the dream of a vegan fried chicken food truck a reality.

Well, 2016 is the year for making things happen, and we have until January 12 to help make Mean Bird happen. Bring it on.

For the love of fried chicken, visit the Mean Bird RVA Kickstarter page to donate.

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Kickstarter Just Funded A Food Truck For Refugee Women In Lebanon

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A woman living in Lebanon is doing something amazing for Palestinian refugee women. In a Beirut refugee camp, Mariam Shaar is helping refugee women find work and expand their business expertise by giving them jobs at her catering service.

The catering unit, Soufra, is helping women by giving them a means of income.

Alfanar, an Arab region philanthropic organization, set up a Kickstarter to help get Mariam and Soufra a food truck to further expand the business.

Mariam runs the Women’s Program Association (WPA) in Burj el Burajneh and uses it to provide education, vocational skills and micro-loans to women. She set up the Soufra catering unit in hopes of providing a source of income for the WPA and for the women.

With five days left as of publication, the Kickstarter has already been fully funded ($55,243 US) reaching more than $8,000 past its original goal of $46,973.

The money raised goes towards buying the truck, equipping it with cooking equipment and the fuel to run the truck for a year.

Soufra is aware how difficult it is for women to make a business selling food outside of the refugee camp due to social barriers. Because of this, the company plans to cater to venues and businesses that are supportive of their cause and have been prearranged.

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Kickstarter For CRICKET-Based Cocktail Bitters Now Fully Funded

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The right choice in bitters can make or break a cocktail. While not a critical component, bitters are used to add another level of flavor to your drinks. Most bitters are made from seeds, bark, herbs, roots or flowers. Critter Bitters, however, is made from something with a little more of a kick.

As you can guess from the name, Critter Bitters is most definitely made from insects. Crickets, to be exact. The crickets are toasted to create a sweet and nutty note to your drinks.

Insects are said to be a great source of protein that only needs a fraction of the water, land and food it takes to maintain livestock. The creators of the buggy product believe it’s a viable solution for preventing food shortage.

As of publication, the Kickstarter page has raised $22,165 of it’s $21,000 goal with six days still remaining. Guess folks are more than excited to spice up their drinks with cricket juice.

Since the goal has been reached, you can expect to find Critter Bitters available for purchase by next year.

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Here’s Why This Knife Raised $1 Million On Kickstarter

Every good chef needs a high-caliber knife, but the best knives out there tend to come with hefty price tags. A Google search revealed some costing upwards of $3,000. Unless it also doubles as a car, I could never afford to pay four months worth of rent for a knife.

Misen understands this.

The small company started a Kickstarter campaign for their flagship knife in early October, with a goal of $25,000 by Oct. 22. As of now, with nearly 40 hours of campaigning left, exactly $913,001 have been raised to fund the kitchen enhancing venture.

This knife is as sharp as a tack. Or as sharp as a knife I guess.

The knife boasts a higher percentage of carbon in the blade than many of its competitors in the same class, along with a higher rating on the Rockwell hardness rating, a hardness scale based on indentation hardness of a metarial.

On top of the particularly high quality of the knife, the price is set at a reasonable $65, as compared to its premium knife counterparts, averaging around $140 per blade. Furthermore, Misen promises to sharpen your knife for free for a lifetime, although it’s fairly safe to assume shipping charges will not be included.

I’m thinking of starting a Kickstarter campaign for a high end spork. Any takers?

Image Source: Misen Kickstarter

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How To Make Eggcellent Cat-Shaped Eggs In The Morning

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Check out this cat-shaped egg mold! It comes in both regular and quail egg sizes. Currently the product is crowdfunding stage on Kickstarter (HERE), but it’s surpassed its goal by tenfold (and counting!) so if you contribute $12+ you are guaranteed your very own cat-shaped egg mold. Dreams really do come true!

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Written by Brittany High, Incredible Things | Sunny Side Up Cats

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Brilliant Invention Will Change The Way You Drink Canned Beer [WATCH]

There’s a huge difference between drinking beer from a draft or a bottle versus drinking out of an aluminum can. When you drink from a can, you can’t really appreciate the full aroma of the beverage. The aluminum kind of mutes that taste.

Draft Top, a fully-funded Kickstarter, has the solution just for that. Check out the video above and see how it could change the way you drink canned beer. We could seriously use one of these the next time we kick back.

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‘Mountain Pong’ Is The Beer Pong Expansion Set You Never Knew You Wanted

If you think classic beer pong isn’t as challenging as it used to be, you might want to look into Mountain Pong. A new Kickstarter campaign is boasting a new concept that takes the time-honored drinking game to another level.

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Mountain Pong consists of two uniquely-designed cupholders that the drinks are placed in. While keeping the original six-cup base, three new elevated levels are added to make things a little more challenging.

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The set is completely mobile and can be enjoyed pretty much anywhere you can put it down.

Currently, the project is live on Kickstarter with a goal of $30,000. As of publication, it’s reached a little more than $2,000. If you’re interested in seeing Mountain Pong in your future, you know what to do.

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This New Knife Will Change the Way You Spread Butter Forever

Perhaps the greatest thing about innovation is that anything can be changed or added upon, no matter how insanely simple it is.

That may be the thought behind a new and wildly popular Kickstarter campaign called “The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp” by self-described Australian butter enthusiasts DM Initiatives which is innovating the the way we spread butter with a new knife that simply makes it more spreadable.

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It’s a widely known fact that butter is easier spread, no matter how hard, when it is grated or shredded. Many contraptions that solve this problem are either bulky, expensive, or both. The ButterUp is the simplest answer to not destroying your bread by spreading cold butter on it, and at the price of a $12 AUD pledge ($11.18 US), it may be the cheapest too.

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With only seven days to go on their campaign, the ButterUp has raised $265,330 AUD from their initial of $38,000 goal.

From potato saladnon-jingly key chains, to a stain resistant t-shirt, these ideas just prove that the simplest of products are often the most successful. What’s your next simple idea?