Scented Purse Makes Your Change Smell Like Bubblegum

Are you in the market to purchase a new coin purse? Or maybe just sniff one? Well, today’s your lucky day, because we’ve come across the Bubblegum Scent Coin Purse.

This handy penny-holder smells like yummy bubblegum. Why? We say why not! It’s about time the coin purse game  amped up a bit, and this version even comes in a variety of great colors — blue, light pink, purple, darker pink, orange and yellow.

We know, swag.

Bubblegum Scent Coin Purse, $6 @NeatoShop

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1 Gallon of Milk = 1000 Gallons of Water + More Eye-Opening Facts on Food Waste

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Food consumption is constant. Unfortunately, so is food waste. We toss out valuable produce both consciously and unconsciously, whether it’s ordering a meal we can’t finish at a restaurant or discarding out week-old bananas. In the US, many of us have the mindset that food waste is, yes, “unfortuante,” but ultimately inevitable. However, few of us ever think of the money, time and environmental costs that goes behind our food.

If we did, we’d probably think twice before tossing out those leftovers.

Food Waste, A Story of Excess takes us through a quick, yet eye-opening journey through consumption and waste in the US. The video shines a light on the gravity of our everyday decisions. A few startling notes from the video:

  • Food waste costs the US $165 billion annually
  • It takes 1000 gallons of fresh water to produce 1 gallon of milk
  • Half the food in the US is wasted between the farm and the fork

Watch the video below:



Pair of Melons Auctioned for $15,730 in Japan


A pair of perfectly round melons, at a staggering 8.1 pounds each, sold for a total of $15,730 (about 1.6 million yen) in a town market in Japan.

Yubari melons, or cantaloupe, are considered prestigious gifts in Japan. Japanese markets already charge what we’d consider “top dollar” for most fruit, but the final price for these high-ranking status symbols is the third-highest in Yubari history.

But with that kind of dough, we thought up a list of other (and arguably more tasty) things $15, 730 can also fetch you:

H/T + PicThx NY Daily News


Apparently, Canadians Think Their $100 Bill is a Maple-Scented Scratch & Sniff


At this very moment, throngs of curious Canadians are sniffing their $100 bills for the faint scent of maple syrup. Hey, if I had a billy, I’d be one of them.

According to The Canadian Press, the new plastic bills introduced in 2011 have caused many to claim that the plastic patch is a maple-scented scratch and sniff. The country’s central bank has received a barrage of emails, many from citizens demanding to know the reason their money smells like the sweet nectar of life.

Although bank officials have denied embedding their currency with any form of syrup, many have remained insistent . . .

“Everyone I asked who’s smelt the bills agree they smell like maple,” noted a concerned citizen in an email.

. . . while others are downright appalled their money is void of any maple odor.

“The note . . . lost its maple smell,” complained one writer. “I strongly suggest the Bank increases the strength of the . . . maple smell.”

To be honest, this is probably what’s happened: Canadians every where are accidentally dropping bills into their standard breakfast of Canadian bacon doused in maple syrup and poutine drenched in gravy. (Duh, it’s how we do, son.) So, if you get word of poutine-scented currency, I totally called it.

H/T + PicThx NPR


Study Shows 57% of Americans Consider Eating Out a ‘Special Occasion’ [INFOGRAPHIC]


As we all know, the current economy isn’t the perfect setting to make lux outings of any kind a regular thing. Unless you own a swimming pool of Benjamins and bathe in champagne, if so — I hatchoo. For the rest of us peeps, we’ve become more budget conscious — especially when it comes to food. About 71 percent of Amercians are saving money by whipping up a meal at home instead of dining out, while 57 percent said eating out used to be a regular thing but is now seen as a special occasion.

The following infographic by TurboTax gives an enlightening picture of our spending habits when it comes to food — breaking it down to gender, age (echo boomers to 67 years plus) and even the type of restaurants we seek. It’s a fascinating peek into something we think about every day — from a quick coffee run before work to a dinner with friends. Personally, I’d like to see how the necessity of keeping a food budget has affected the quality of food we eat, and thus, our overall health.

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Infographic via TurboTax


What $5 Will Fetch You in Beer, Big Macs & Coffee Around the World

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The first time I noticed the disparity of food prices around the world, I was 12 years old and just got back from a trip to the Philippines. As soon as we landed back in California I pleaded with my dad to stop by the nearest grocery store so I could pick up some mangoes. I ate them with everything back at our little Manila home — with rice, adobo, bagoong, halo-halo and by itself cut like a turtle shell.

When we got to the store, they were extraordinarily pricey — at least, that’s what it felt like with my 12-year-old allowance. Instead of getting a bundle for just a few pesos (or for free plucked from the garden), they were going for $4  each. My heart broke and I surrendered my $1 bills to cruel fate.

On that note, I recently stumbled upon this delightful video by Buzzfeed that shows you how much food $5 will fetch you around the world. You’re not going to be mindblown by any means but you’ll probably want to move to China by the end of it. Maybe, that, or feel a surge of nostalgia for mangoes. Still bitter, yes.

H/T Buzzfeed 


This Pizza Cost $750,000 Because This is the Internet

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Say you’re a programmer in 2010, and you happen to have a ton of bitcoin, the new internet currency that was coined in 2009 as a response to fluctuating national currency. Your enormous stockpile is pretty much useless, however, because bitcoin is worth $0.03. You decide that you like pizza more than you like valueless internet currency, so you put a post on a message board offering a stranger 10,000 bitcoin to order you a pizza from Papa Johns. A stranger accepts, buys you a $25 pizza, you hand over the 10,000 bitcoin and forget about it.

Fast forward three years. The value of the bitcoin has skyrocketed from $0.03 to $75, which means that your $25 pizza ended up costing you approximately $750,000.

This sounds like the kind of cautionary tale they tell you in 12th grade econ during the unit on wise investments, but it’s exactly what happened to Laszlo Hanyecz. Through one ill-timed monetary exchange, he managed to make history by making the first bitcoin transaction and what was probably the worst deal of all time simultaneously. Although the deal probably could’ve been worse. At least he got to eat a pizza.

H/T + PicThx Motherboard

Fast Food

Fast Food: Is It Worth The Cost?

Are fast food meals actually cheaper than home cooked meals? Mark Bittman, author of “How to Cook Everything” and columnist on The New York Times, says forget about it.

According to Bittman, we’ve created this mythical idea that junk food has a better value nutritionally and economically, thanks to value menu items and our need for quick calorie throughout the day. Bittman argues that the calories we find in home-cooked meals could easily make up for the amount that we need in a day, and that we would still be able to have enough leftover cash to buy even more food.

“The fact is that most people can afford real food,” states Bittman. “We have to assume that money alone doesn’t guide decisions about what to eat.”

One reason so many of us choose fast food (myself included) is for its major convenience, and I’m sure that we can all relate when it comes to not wanting to cook after a long day’s work. The real issue, that Bittman states, is that we don’t cook enough, either because we don’t have the time, or because we simply don’t see the joy in it.

Ultimately, Bittman is urging everybody to get out there and cook more, for the sake of our bodies, our wallets, and for the new generation (so they don’t think fast food is the only food option). If you’d like to check out the whole article, feel free to check it out here. I couldn’t condense all of it, so I highly recommend checking it out!