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Design Sustainability Technology

A Campfire Meal Is Possible On This Zero-Emissions Motorbike

CAKE, a Swedish based manufacturer of electric off-road motorbikes, has revealed their latest zero emissions creation, ÖSA. It’s dubbed, “the first clean and efficient commuter vessel with an integrated power station and off-road capabilities.”

It comes equipped with a battery strong enough to serve any remote desires one could have, multiple outlets, a cutting board grade workbench, attachments for pots or pans, and front-wheel basket space for additional supplies. This makes it perfect for catering, road trip pit-stops, picnics or outings with friends & family.  

Over the past few years the transportation industry has begun shifting more towards electric power as combustion vehicles are fast-becoming antiquated. Mobile pollution reportedly contributes 20% to global carbon monoxide emissions and many major cities are considering banning cars within the city center. Furthermore, train systems are expanding and scooters are scooting. Aware of those facts, CAKE’s motorbikes are keenly designed with a focus on environmental responsibility. Their mission statement further elaborates:

CAKE’s mission is to inspire towards a zero-emission society, combining excitement with responsibility. All components are made from scratch to optimize the riding performance in this new category. Every little detail is elaborated for perfection, while considering the perspectives of sustainability. It’s all about the outdoors. Explore with respect.”

Aside from catering, the ÖSA motorbike is expansively dynamic and can be used for any type of off-grid work like carpentry, gardening, postal services, and even DJ’s can take it for a spin. The modular design allows you to customize your purchase to suit your needs.   

If you wanna join the ride towards a zero-emissions future, the ÖSA is now available for order through CAKE’s website.

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Watch This Guy Get Punched Out After Spitting On A Vendor’s Food

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Disagreements between customers and vendors happen, but hopefully cooler heads eventually prevail, and nobody gets hurt.

That wasn’t the case at a hot dog food cart in Sweden, as this Worldstar video shows an older gentleman behind the counter punch a customer right in the forehead after a heated exchange.

The argument itself wasn’t what escalated things, it was only after the customer leaned over the counter and slowly spit out what he was eating, that the vendor lost his cool. Before any of the masticated mess could reach the food, the punch was thrown and the cook wiped off his counter.

While that’s not exactly the kind of customer service you want to see at any establishment, that customer was being a dick, and deserved to get punched out. It even looked like his lady friend was recording the whole thing, anticipating that he would do something stupid.

No one seemed to be seriously hurt. The patron walked away with his consciousness in tact, and everyone went about their day.

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Features Packaged Food

What I Learned From Making A Martini For The First Time

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Ah, the James Bond cliche: “Shaken, not stirred.”

It’s always the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of a vodka martini.

I have to admit, I had never tried a martini before this experience. It always sounded like the drink of someone more sophisticated than myself — a cool uncle, or even the CEO of a company. Not a twenty-something fast food writer in a pizza-themed T-shirt and shorts.

Before I get into how a single beverage changed my outlook on ordering drinks, here are the basics of a vodka martini:

The cocktail features a brand of vodka and vermouth (an aromatized wine), some olive juice (or pearl onions in brine), and a twist of a citrus peel. The components are then chilled and combined either by shaking or stirring it.

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On a recent trip to Sweden, I got to visit a gorgeous town called Ahus, a town most likely known best for its Absolut Elyx vodka distillery. I got to tour the distillery myself while there, during which, I was led to a copper room where master bartender Nick Strangeway made me a martini.

It was my first martini and it was kinda awesome.

Before this trip, I was pretty much a beer kind of guy. Give me a nice, cold pale lager with some hot wings and I’m a happy dude. Heck, I’ll even try a few simple cocktails you’d find at the bar of a restaurant chain if I was in the mood. The point was, I preferred drinks that were straightforward and easy to order.

I never had to customize a drink order before, like I did with a vodka martini.

Do I have it shaken? Will I like it stirred? What kind of vermouth would I use? Cocktail onions or olives? Lemon or orange twist?

Those questions led to the beauty of making my first martini. It could be anything I wanted, according to Nick.

He then asked me to come up to the bar and make my own.

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After a quick tutorial and a brief introduction to the ingredients, I was then diving headfirst into my inaugural attempt at making a martini .

Before starting, I sniffed my way through a collection of vermouths. Always being drawn to the fruitier notes, I picked Lillet.

It was a whirlwind at first, trying to remember all the steps I had decided were simple enough to follow during the introduction. I took a breath and played it through it in my head. Here we go:

One part ice, one part Absolut Elyx, a bit of vermouth, let’s get some olive juice in there, and we’re gonna finish with an orange twist. Finally, garnish with the olive.

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I stared down at the martini I made with my own to hands. Picking it up, my stomach was in the same knots I got from getting a test back in elementary school. In the moment of truth, I put the glass up to my lips and took a sip.

Holy shit. It wasn’t bad.

As I finished my cocktail, a wave of relief rushed through my being. I was unfettered from the notion that only ruggedly handsome spies and movie stars are allowed to drink martinis.

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What I learned from making my first one was that it wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be and I wasn’t limited to a single way to make the cocktail. Now, I wouldn’t have to confine myself to novelty drinks and beer just to stay in my comfort zone.

Consequently, the next time I go out, I can confidently order the drink; exactly the way I like it, and sound much cooler than I actually am.

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Hit-Or-Miss

This 18th Century Swedish King Went To Extreme Lengths To Prove Coffee Was ‘Dangerous’

This experiment, designed by coffee-hating King Gustav III, sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us!

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Sometimes, in the study of history, you come across individuals who shouldn’t necessarily be counted among the worst people to ever live, but who are nevertheless total goobers. One such fellow is the Swedish king Gustav III, who reigned from 1771 to 1792. Gustav was a bit of a mixed bag, overall: an “enlightened despot,” he abolished the torture of people accused of crimes and passed legislation promoting religious toleration.

He also had a lifelong vendetta against the greatest beverage in the world, coffee. In fact, the consumption of both coffee and tea (the second-greatest beverage in the world) had been restricted in Sweden since 1746, coincidentally the year of Gustav’s birth.

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Even so, coffee-drinking grew in popularity during the second half of the 18th century, much to Gustav’s horror. During his reign, the king decided to use science to prove once and for all that coffee was not to be trusted by forcing some guy to drink coffee until he died.

According to the Cambridge World History of Food,

In the best scientific tradition, Sweden’s Gustav III reputedly commuted the death sentences of twin brothers convicted of murder on the condition that one be given only tea to drink and the other coffee.

First of all, how convenient is it that Gustav was able to find a pair of twins, both convicted of the same capital crime? And second, how lucky were these guys? Instead of being executed, they got to live out their lives in comfort, enjoying tasty caffeinated beverages.

The experiment didn’t exactly go as planned.

The tea drinker died first—at age 83—and Sweden became the world’s most ardent coffee-consuming nation, with its citizens drinking five cups per person per day by 1975.

Gustav never found out that his experiment failed—the king was assassinated at a masquerade ball by his political enemies long before his test subjects passed away from natural, non-coffee-related causes.

Written by Caroline Wazer // History Buff // Featured image via Wikimedia

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Restaurants

Why Everyone Is Suddenly Talking About This Crazy ‘Vulkan’ Pizza

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A pizzeria in Sweden has created the ultimate pie. Found at Nya Gul & Bla, the Vulkan pizza combines all your favorite toppings into one. While you can technically get that anywhere, the Vulkan sections everything off so you can enjoy it piece by piece.

Toppings include steak, bacon, pepperoni, salad and fries. Dipping sauces are even included for patrons to enjoy. It honestly sounds and looks like heaven.

According to BuzzFeed UK, the restaurant owners wanted to create something new that would catch the attention of customers. It was definitely a success as a single photo of the pizza garnered more than 13,000 likes and 3,000 shares on Facebook.

The Vulkan costs about 120 kronor which translates to about $15.

Photo: Nya Gul & Bla

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Health

New Study Shows That Loud Surroundings Are Making Us Fat

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If your noisy neighbors weren’t annoying enough, a new study shows they might also make you fat. According a team of Swedish researchers, a study on the effects of metabolism discovered a link between environmental noise and weight gain.

The study observed 5,000 people in Stockholm. Residents near noisy areas like airports, train tracks, or loud blocks, were found to be chubbier than their counterparts living in quieter areas.

Loud noises can lead to lack of sleep and cause prolonged stress. However, the researchers also hypothesized that the environmental noise also increased cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone known to stimulate fat growth.

According to the study, living by traffic will make people 0.21 centimeters thicker. Those living by a railroad were 0.46 centimeters fatter. Those living in an area with planes flying overhead will gain 0.99 centimeters.

While there’s really nothing those who live in metropolitan cities can do about this, it’s something interesting to keep in mind the next time residents are up all night thanks to environmental noise.

 

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Hit-Or-Miss

Swedish Talk Show Host Starts A Fire Trying to Fry Cheese Doodles [Watch]

Evidently, today was International Cheese Doodle Day. To celebrate, Nyhetsmorgon (basically the Swedish version of the Today Show) host Jenny Strömstedt was preparing cheese doodles in a variety of ways based on viewers’ preferences.

I guess straight out of the bag is too good for Swedes.

First, Strömstedt can barely keep the doodles in a frying pan, but she decides to go for a full pan flip, somehow assuming that would be better. Strömstedt rather calmly puts out the fire—twice—which leads me to believe the fire department patrols her house.

She was a little less calm on Twitter, but still took everything in stride:

Rough translation:

“So. I am quite shaky. Don’t report/introduce me to the Swedish Master Chef/Don’t tell the Swedish Master Chef about me.”

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Fast Food

Swedish McDonald’s Let Customers Trade Empty Cans for Burgers

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A McDonald’s in Stockholm, Sweden is giving customers the chance to trade their recyclables for burgers. Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A local billboard advertised that the fast-food corporation (at least in Stockholm) was accepting “cards, cash and cans.” Great alliteration there, Mickey D’s.

Attached to the board was a roll of black plastic bags. The breakdown of the trash bag deal invited customers to tear out a garbage bag. For collecting a total of 10 empty cans, customers received either a hamburger or cheeseburger. For collecting 40 cans, they could get a Big Mac.

The campaign was designed for Swedish music festivals so that attendees have  something productive to do with their leftover cans. I wonder how many cans got you some Chicken McNuggets.

H/T The Inspiration