Vegan Dies Climbing Mt. Everest Trying To Prove That Vegans Are Strong

Vegans have this incessant need to prove to everybody that their way of life is the best. It’s understandable, especially since the entire premise of being a vegan relies on saving animal lives, theoretically. So why wouldn’t they try to convince everyone that their way is the right way? Hell, I know I would.

That’s partially what led to the unfortunate demise of Dr. Maria Strydom, lecturer at Melbourne University.

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Strydom and her husband were both practicing vegans, and both stuck to their diet wholeheartedly and vehemently. Strydom was tired of people constantly berating others who practiced the vegan lifestyle. Many people regularly asked her and her husband about their supposed iron and protein deficiencies, to the point where they felt they needed to address the stereotype once and for all.

“It seems that people have this warped idea of vegans being malnourished and weak. By climbing the seven summits we want to prove that vegans can do anything and more.”

According to the Times report, the Strydoms decided to start climbing the Seven Summits (the seven tallest peaks in the world, one on each continent) just to prove to everyone that the stereotype isn’t true. They knew they would have to get to Everest eventually.

Before reaching the peak, Strydom suffered from a pulmonary embolism and passed away. Whether this was brought on by the cold, her diet, a combination of both or an entirely different reason is still unknown. Her husband also suffered from a pulmonary embolism, but was treated and taken care of before it was fatal.



Photo Credit: I’m Nepal, The Australian


These Baristas Stopped Working To Do Something Beautiful For A Customer

Maybe I’m just being hormonal, or maybe it’s because I watched The Green Mile last night and now crying all the time just feels right, but a handful of coffee shop baristas just made me bawl like a 13-year-old girl finding out that Zayn Malik left One Direction. That still hurts, too.

Barbara Danner was waiting in the drive-thru line at Dutch Bros. Coffee when she saw multiple baristas reaching out their hands (and their hearts) to the customer in line in front of her. She snapped a picture, then asked the baristas what the story was behind the sentimental display.

According to her post, the woman in line in front of her lost her 37-year-old husband the night before. The baristas noticed that something was troubling her, and immediately offered their support. When they found out what had happened, three or four of them dropped whatever they were doing and bowed their heads in prayer with her.

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 12.59.44 PMApparently this spontaneous act of kindness and humanity is nothing new for the Good Samaritans at Dutch Bros. After sifting through the comments on Danner’s post, it’s fairly easy to see how common stories like this are. I legitimately could not find a single story documenting a bad time at Dutch Bros. Rather, I am now bawling like a baby back bitch after reading all of them.

One woman’s newborn son passed away, and the barista at the time cried with her and shared her pain. Another barista waived a customer’s coffee payment after hearing about her dog and best friend being put down, and read some Peanuts Gallery comics to her to cheer her up. A third barista gave a drink to a man rushing to the hospital to see the birth of his Nephew. Two weeks later, the customer returned to a free drink and a friendly face that genuinely inquired as to the health of the baby.

The stories that I’m seeing from this place continue to baffle me. How does one establishment find so many good people? I know every company spews some bullshit about sharing one heart, one mind and one goal, but in my 27 years on Earth, never once have I seen such a large collection of wonderful people actually accomplish such a daunting feat. If you need a good cry right now, check out the post and skim through the comments, you won’t be disappointed.

Next time you’re planning on going to Starbucks, consider finding a Dutch Bros. Coffee instead. After all, we can all use a hug more often than we let on, and something tells me any employee at any Dutch Bros. location would be happy to oblige.

Dutch Bros. Coffee, I salute you.



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Unicorn Tears Gin Is The Most Magical Booze In All The Land


Now you can imbibe yourself on the tears of a truly majestic mythical creature! That’s right, Firebox is selling this Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur for $62 a bottle. No word on whether or not the tears involved are happy or sad, but my guess is, you’ll find out after drinking half a bottle. Calling your friends at 4 AM to tell them that you love them? Those are happy tears. Regrettable, but happy. Calling your ex at 4 AM to ask him where everything went wrong? Those are sad tears. Regrettable and sad.

Written by Brittany High, Incredible Things || Foodiggity


This Lonely Bachelor’s Food Blog Will Make You Cry


Consider this a warning: Do NOT read this blog if:

  1. You happen to be eating alone right now
  2. You enjoy being happy
  3. Food fail sightings send you into deep depression

The Tumblr Dimly Lit Meals for One chronicles the sad bachelor meals we all know we made in college and beyond. It’s that awkward stage between figuring out how to cook pasta, but wanting to move away from Chinese takeout and burritos every night. It results in sad sad meals like couscous and tuna, soggy eggs on toast, and potato-thingies.

Seriously guys, if you’re really struggling this much, email me. I will come over and cook you a meal (maybe). You’re breaking my heart here.


Space docking with Nigel Farrage



Custard Danish



Inspired by MasterChef Junior



Onions, Tuna, Tomato. Probably smells fantastic.



Fish Fil-A



Rustic Mini-Pizza



‘I-haven’t-gotten-laid-in-a-while toast’



Korma, Lasagne, Sweet and Sour Chinese and Gnocci. Fusion food



Depressed, but healthy


Picthx Dimly Lit Meals For One


A Kitchen’s Worst Nightmare


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Science Says Eating Lunch at Your Desk Makes You Sad, Stressed, and Boring


We’ve all been victims of the dreaded desk lunch: a sad salad, wilted sandwich, or microwave meal eaten mindlessly while staring at a screen.  The lunch break is disappearing and we’re none too pleased about it, especially as a recent study has shown that going out to eat, preferably with a group, resulted in higher relaxation and potentially increased creativity and connection to others.  And yes, the opposite is true for when you take your “break” at your computer to drool over clothes on Pinterest that you’ll never buy.


The German study, published in PLOS ONE, explores the consequences of meal contexts on emotional and cognitive well-being. The 32 subjects were split into two groups, one, which ate alone, and one which ate a leisurely meal in a restaurant with others. After the meals, the researchers tested the subjects for semantic memory and their ability to process emotions in others.  Subjects also filled out questionnaires ranking their mood. The researchers found that more positive moods were reported by the subjects in the social lunch condition.  They also had less cognitive control, which is linked to better perceptual processing, recognition of emotions in others, and creativity.

Don’t end up like  the 65 % of poor saps who eat lunch alone at their desks or don’t eat at all.  When you’re trying to convince your boss that you need a lunch break, tell them it’s been shown that having extra relaxation time can boost your productivity. People with established and socially engaging lunch breaks are clearly getting the better end of the deal.


Need some inspiration? Check out Not Sad Desk Lunch for some ideas of what to make when you do finally take that hour.

H/T Huff Po + PicThx Sad Desk Lunch


Man Caught Smuggling ‘Beloved’ Turtle in a KFC Hamburger


Not wanting to part with his cold-blooded companion, a man in China attempted to smuggle his turtle through airport security by stashing it in a KFC hamburger.

The situation went down on July 29 at  Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport as Li, the turtle-toting man, was about to board a flight to Beijing, the Guangzhou Daily reported. When he passed through security, X-rays detected “odd protrustions” sticking out of the burger inside in his bag.

Despite airport staff claiming that the protrusions bore an uncanny resemblance to turtle limbs, Li insisted otherwise.

“There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” Li reportedly assured security. “There’s nothing special to see inside.”

However, after repeated requests to inspect the suspicious bag, Li finally gave in. Airport staff discovered his pet turtle hiding inside his burger and refused to cut the guy any slack, telling him his shelled buddy couldn’t board the plane.

Li explained that he only wanted to travel with his “beloved” pet. Despite this, he was forced to leave his turtle behind with a friend.

Shoot. This is probably the saddest thing you’ll read all day.

H/T Kotaku + PicThx Flaunted


Foursquare Tries to Lift Us from Game of Thrones Depression with ‘Game of Cones’

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Game of Thrones mourners in San Francisco and New York, brace yourselves. Good news is coming. Foursquare has released a new in-game app called Game of Cones. The concept is simple, but brillant, considering the only way to soothe our grief and cool our rage is ice cream. Obviously. Between June 7th and June 21st, check in at any of the participating ice cream shops in the New York or San Francisco areas with the hashtag #GameOfCones. The shop with the most check-ins (cough House Bi-Rite cough) wins the Iron Cone . . . which appears to be an ice cream cone that will shred the roof of your mouth while you try to enjoy your dessert.

Sounds just like the show, doesn’t it?

H/T Laughing Squid + PicThx Foursquare