“Let’s Put Pumpkin in Everything!” The Numbers Behind The Pumpkin Foods We Love and Hate

The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising.

Recipe Photographs Give New Meaning to “Throwing a Meal Together”

Berlin-based designer Nora Luther and photographer Pavel Becker teamed up to create a delicious series of recipes – where the raw ingredients are displayed floating in air. Thanks to some skilled high-speed photography, the ingredients are properly proportioned to create the meal, while the final result is left up to our imagination.

This is How Math Geeks Eat Their Bagels

Much like a Reeses cup, there is no wrong way to eat a bagel, unless you’re gluten intolerant. But there is a more mathematically sensible way to create more surface area for your cream cheese, unless you’re lactose intolerant. Although I suppose this math nerd fun would also work on Gluten-free bagels with dairy-free cream cheese. So geek out with Stony Brook University research professor George W. Hart as he shares a mathematically correct bagel cutting guide that would make your geometry and trigonometry teachers proud.

Army Eats: What Does Your Country Feed Their Soldiers?

Around the world there are millions of soldiers, and all of them need to eat. Some are currently in a conflict, others are in training and some are just waiting. When in the field, the standard meal is an MRE, or “Meal, Ready-to-Eat.” Typically, these ready made meals come with a small instant heat pack to warm the contents of the foods provided.

Geometrically Sweet: 3D Printed Sugar Cubes are Here

If you are tired of putting normal sugar cubes in your morning cup of coffee, there’s a new alternative to make your experience that much more exciting: 3D printed sugar cubes. Yes, they are super sweat. Created by the Sugar Lab team at 3D Systems, the cubes come is a variety of unusual shapes, sizes and tasty colors.

Napkin Table: For Your Most Awkward Date, EVER

If your first dates aren’t ending up awkward enough, I think we’ve found your solution. The “Napkin Table” is the creation of industrial design students at Tunghai University of Taiwan – a device which loops around you and your partner’s neck, creating a table like eating surface in between. Yes, now any sudden neck/torso motions you were hoping to make are transferred to the tabletop of both you and your date. If romance is on the menu, you might give this invention a miss – unless the apple of your eye has an appetite for humor.

Good Morning. Here Are People That Look Like Donuts.

Being called a “donut” is not normally the most flattering thing, but this wacky series makes it visual. Ad agency Bruton Stroube teamed up with Strange Donuts to create a series of human/donut doppelgangers that are truly ridiculous. Now you have a whole new tasty way to judge people on their looks.

Clever Dad Makes Eating Healthy Food Look Like More Fun Than The Processed Junk Food Kids Typically Prefer

While it’s obvious to adults that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, there are no fun commercials or packaging for these foods to convince kids that they can be fun to eat. Awesome dad, Beau Coffron, AKA Lunchbox Dad, took it upon himself to make the foods he wants his kids to eat artistic and fun to eat. Turning regular foods into storybook and movie characters, his daughter gets a new surprise every time she opens her lunch box.

Food as Art: Beautiful Compositions by Charlotte Omnes and Beth Galton

The creative spirits in food stylist Charlotte Omnès and photographer Beth Galton collaborated to create a wonderful exploration of food as art. Using the same method as an artist using paints, they took select foods, mashed them up, and used the result as their medium. Whether it was an onion, pomegranate or caviar, it made no difference.

One Cob, Many Flavors: These Recipes Will Have You Rethinking Your Next BBQ

Did you know peak corn season is in the springtime? That’s right, just as the days are getting warm and the BBQ is begging to be fired up, one of the most mouth watering crops springs forth ready to be munched… in so many tasty ways. That’s because, although corn originated in the Americas, it’s now grown on every continent except Antarctica – and each area has at least one regional recipe for your next cookout.