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Man Claims To Have Invented ‘Hangover-Free’ Synthetic Alcohol

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Everyone knows that a hangover is the price for a great night of drinking. However, what if there was a way to avoid that unpleasant morning after and just bask in the “great” part?

A new synthetic alcohol has been discovered that’s said to completely pass through the hangover phase of drinking, according its creator Professor David Nutt of Imperial College and a former government drugs advisor.

Called ‘alcosynth’, the beverage was designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol. The best part is, consumers won’t experience nausea, dry mouth, and throbbing heads. Nutt has already patented about 90 different alcosynth compounds.

Professor Nutt compares the effects of alcosynth to four or five drinks before they “max out.”

Because of the high cost of funding research for the drink, it will more than likely be a while before you can get your hands on alcosynth at a bar. However, Nutt hopes that people will be regularly drinking the synthetic alcohol by 2050.

The only downside to the discovery, it seems, is that we will no longer have the excuse to gorge on greasy hangover foods the next day. Hash browns and steak are an amazing way to squash that hangover.

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Meet The HAMDOG, A Hot Dog Perfectly Fitted Inside A Hamburger

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A brilliant new concept for a hamburger and hotdog hybrid is making its presence known on the Internet. The appropriately named HamDog is the combination of the two staple fast food dishes.

Unlike most quick food combinations, it’s not a hot dog with chopped hamburger meat and cheese on top, but rather a carefully designed hamburger with a hot dog placed inside with a custom bun to fit both proteins.

Here is the official image for the concept, courtesy of Google Patents:

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The inventor, Mark Murray, was first seen pitching his concept on Shark Tank Austrailia last year.

Response to his product was pretty tepid from the panel, but after working in the food news industry for so many years we think it’s a GENIUS product.

According to News.com.au, Murray has been selling the product at local markets in Perth, Australia, and has been met with “incredible” response. Murray is currently looking for “resellers,” similar to franchisees, to buy a HamDog marquee for $10,000.

Hopefully one of those investors will find their way to California. We’d love to get our hands on a HamDog and slather the sides with mustard and relish, then load the middle with thousand island.

Yum.

Cover Photo: Facebook

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PepsiCo Files Patent for ‘Popping’ Granola Bars

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Looks like PepsiCo is taking a creative stab at the granola game and it sounds ambitious. The food and beverage corporation, known for their soft drinks, has filed a patent for chewy granola bars said to contain “carbonated candy,” Fox News reports. Sounds an awful lot like they’re planning to fuse granola bars with Pop Rock-similar candy.

While PepsiCo does own a few snack products, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars included, this seems to be their first venture at something ridiculously out-of-the-box. Good for them. The patent states that the new granola bar could either feature the carbonated candy mixed throughout the bar or the candy could act as a moisture-impervious coating on the outside of the bar.

We’ll say this, PepsiCo definitely knows how to do carbonated drinks. Carbonated snacks should be right up their alley. Just maybe not Pepsi and Pop Rocks at the same time.

H/T Fox News

 

 

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Apple Wants to Patent Their Own Restaurant Reservation and Ordering System

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Apple has submitted a patent application revealing plans to implement their own restaurant reservation system, which was ceremoniously filed as “Systems and Methods for Processing Orders and Reservations Using an Electronic Device.” The news was followed by a 3.51 percent drop in OpenTable’s stock late last week, as investors no doubt fretted over the possibility of Apple taking over the realm of online food reservations. Although Patently Apple seems to think this is the company’s first step towards total online ordering domination, the Verge points out that isn’t quite the case.

Apple is constantly applying for patents and while there are some similarities between their ordering concept and OpenTable’s, there’s no guarantee that the patent will be accepted as-is. “Applications almost always change significantly before a company is formally awarded the patent it’s seeking, and this is likely to be no exception. Especially when you step back and look at how overly-ambitious it is,” the Verge reasons.

The comprehensive system aims to provide a cloud-based solution that would help restaurants and other businesses (theaters, museums, etc.) run more efficiently. Using mobile devices, customers will be able to update wait times based on dishes they order, generate menu recommendations based on allergies, and even order food directly from their phones. The more people participate, the more accurate the system’s predictions get.”The estimated consumption period can include a plurality of estimated time segments, such as the period of time to process an order for the item, create the item, deliver the item, and consume the item,” Apple states in the abstract.

Similar to Yelp’s filter by star ratings, Apple would also allow customers to search for restaurants based on available reservations and wait times. The patent application explains the concept:

The recommendations provided to the customer can be based on the wait time for the next available table at the restaurant. For example, the recommendations can contain only restaurants with a table available within a predetermined period of time. As another example, the recommendations can contain only restaurants capable of providing the customer with a table within a period of time after the customer arrives at the restaurant. These examples can take into consideration the wait list at the restaurants and the distance between the customer and the restaurant when recommending restaurants.

Again, Apple’s all-encompassing design has yet to be built, and even an awarded patent doesn’t make it a sure-fire success. If it does however, hit the market and gain popularity, this could mean a cut to restaurants’ floor staff and an entirely new dining experience.

H/T The Verge + Picthx Apple

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Google Applies for Check-Splitting Patent

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The internet’s leading search engine is trying to make life eating out a little easier.

Six New York-based Google employees have filed for a patent on a process that would make the dreaded splitting of the check at the end of a meal less painful. Essentially, the process they’ve created would be used as a calculator-like aid, or like Google’s live search option, diners may be able to simply type in “split this check” into the search bar and let Google do it’s thing.

A computer-implemented method for tracking payment transactions of a group of users, the method comprising: establishing a group including a plurality of users; maintaining a transaction record for the group including a plurality of payment transactions, each of the plurality of payment transactions involving at least one user of the group; maintaining a balance indicating an amount owed by a first user of the group to a second user of the group based on one or more of the plurality of payment transactions; and responsive to a settlement event, settling the balance by initiating a transfer of funds between the first user and the second user.

According to the patent (as seen above) the method being proposed would allow diners to send one another funds via the app, pay extra to cover tips, spot each other if a friend “forgets” their wallet, oh and setting a pay-me-back-by date, marking the end of your forgetful pals stiffing you. The method aims to help “tracking and managing group expenditures” because everyone knows things get mad confusing at a birthday dinner for 20. But diners would still still need to provide basic info to help the splitting process.

Until Google gets approval on this much needed patent you’ll have to keep on with the manual hand math. Although this thing would help customers understand who pays what, hopefully the patent can be implemented in restaurant point-of-sale systems, otherwise we’ll continue to drive our waiters crazy asking them to charge this much on this card and to pay this much in cash, but bring back the change.

H/T US Patent & Trademark Office