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Eye-Opening Picture of a Supermarket in a World Without Bees

A Whole Foods Market in Providence, RI, temporarily removed “all produce that comes from plants dependent on pollinators.” When all was said and done, 52 percent of the produce department was scarily empty.

The stunt was meant to raise awareness about the dwindling bee population…a year and a half ago.

Images from this event have recently started gaining virality due to the creation of a slider GIF. Nothing says WTFOMG, like juxtaposition.

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In a world without bees, you can’t enjoy apple pies or our kale overlords, so go plant some flowers and stop using insecticide.

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This App Tells You When Your Groceries Are Expiring

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Sometimes it can be tough keeping track of all the stuff in your fridge. You’ve have no clue when you bought those mangoes and those tomatoes have been hiding in the back of the veggie crisper since last year’s 4th of July party. Either start throwing out the unquestionables, replace that baking soda, or get an app to keep tabs on everything.

Looks like there’s one for the latter. Aptly named “The Fridge,” the new app keeps track of your perishable foods so you’ll have an idea of when they’ll go bad. Provided you don’t mind taking the time to log everything, you can have complete awareness of the freshness of your food. Also, might as well use it as an excuse to clean out your refrigerator while you’re in there.

The Fridge app comes from Steven Masuch of Zanopan Design Corporation and is available to purchase for $1.99 at the iTunes store.

H/T Design Taxi

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The 11 Worst Things About Every Grocery Store in Existence

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For all the magic contained in its automatic doors — the free samples, snacks, the Luna bars you definitely don’t eat, the super fun coin-operated horsey machine — going to the grocery store can be a huge headache… a non-stop barrage of cart traffic jams, blank-faced zombies trying to operate the self-checkout, and horrible temptations. These are the reasons you resent the grocery store, making it barely worth it to get on that horsey and have the gdam best time of your life.

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The Produce Section

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You’ve decided you want to try vegetables… good for you. Just get ready to get wet as the auto-waterers spray out of control and hit you in the eye. Some stores try to be cute and play thunder-noises as the rain falls, which is either annoying or terrifying. Worse still, the wetness makes it impossible to open the little plastic bags you’re supposed to throw your tomatoes in. Between that and shaking from thunder fears, you’re screwed.

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The Center-Aisle Dominator

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We can sympathize with the plight of choosing between so many pasta sauce options (Italian sausage w/ garlic? Just straight up SpaghettiOs?), but that doesn’t mean you need to park your cart perpendicular to the aisles smack-dab in the middle, blocking the flow, and forcing us to make a detour into the next aisle full of impulse buys like Luna bars.

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The Expiring Items Trap

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Hell yes you’re gonna buy 36 donuts for $1, especially when they’re right next to the checkout to remind you that you totally forgot to buy 36 regular-priced donuts. But you get in the car and discover they’re going to expire in an half-hour. Time for a donut-eating binge… waste not, want not.

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Aisle Gentrification

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Beans are beans. Except when they’re refried, in which case they’re not allowed to hang out with baked beans or limas, and instead are put way across the store in the “Latin” section. And lord forbid spaghetti share an aisle w/ yakisoba noodles. They’re in the “Asian” section. The grocery store is a textbook example of gentrification gone wild.

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Bag Shame

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Want a clerk at Whole Foods to look at you as though you spent your morning pouring gas on a burlap sack full of kittens? Ask for a paper bag to carry your stuff. You’ll be charged $.05, but the leering condescension is an even stiffer penalty. Next time, consider re-using that burlap sack.

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The Cell Phone Wanderer

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Because there’s no better time to answer a random call than right this minute, this species of jackass will immediately abandon his cart in the middle of an aisle, then spend 15 minutes wandering around the store, picking up random crap, looking at it, and putting it back as he talks about everything from socks to weekend plans. It’s best to relocate his cart for him, then track him as he gets even more confused and frustrated.

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Cart Clog

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Even the most miniscule amount of debris can turn a normal cart into a squeaky-wheeled nightmare that simulates pushing a car through wet sand.

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The Temptation of Off-Brand Chips

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They’re $1 less than the real deal, and there are 499 different variations on them, so why not try the Fauxritos to see if they match up? Ugh. Nope. But you’re still gonna try 498 more times.

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The Self-Checkout Clusterfu*k

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The idea of self-checkout is an amazing way to make the experience of shopping quick, independent, and efficient. Sadly, its designers forgot to factor in the fact that people use them. Some ignore the 12-item limit and empty an entire cart. Others are buying 30 kinds of produce, and can’t figure out how to key in the bar code. Others just stand there, staring at the screen. Nobody notices the three express checkout lanes to the left manned by bored clerks.

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It’s So Cold!

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You expect to get chilly in the beer section, or while you’re scouring for the biggest bag of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. But even the blanket aisle is cold. How are blankets cold, unless they’re the delicious ones with pigs inside… like in the frozen section?

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Kids Carts

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Seriously, why can’t I fit into these?! Stupid kids have all the fun.

Brought to you by the folks at Thrillist

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This App Locates Farmer’s Markets and Hours of Operation So You Don’t Have To

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Dedicated foodies looking to score cheap and tasty produce have relied on farmer’s markets’ seasonal and local offerings for years, but the age-old practice of buying food directly from farmers has taken a big technological leap with the introduction of the Farmstand iOS app.

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Spotted: Super Mario Mushrooms Hiding in the Produce Section

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Picture this: You’re in the middle of grocery shopping when you see a pack of red and white spotted Mario mushrooms just sitting there between the portabello and the buttons. Now I know what you’re thinking: “If I eat those, will I get bigger, gain more health or get super-fast?” Forget the fact that you had some mushrooms last night and there’s a good chance you’re imagining things. Just hurry up and grab them, before you step on another Goomba.

Wait, hang on, I think I’m confusing video games and reality again. That’s not a Goomba, that’s somebody’s kid. And these aren’t actual Mario mushrooms, they’re guerilla art designed by Toronto street artist Aiden Glynn and planted at his local grocery store. My bad.

Unfortunately, because we do live IRL, chances are consuming these won’t make you any bigger, healthier or faster than you already are. Unless of course it does. In which case, call me. I need friends who don’t think I’m nuts.

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H/T Obvious Winner + PicThx Pizza and Pixels

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Gourmet's: 20 Tools That Changed the Way We Cook

I was off reading some heavy content on chow.com when I came upon an article that international food magazine Gourmet.com did about the “20 Tools and Technologies That Have Changed the Way We Cook”. I found the article so enlightening and informational that I knew I had to post the entire thing here on our website. So bear with me and walk yourself through the changes in cooking since the earliest of times.