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Beard Magic: When Your Facial Hair Has a Life of Its Own, and Also Gives You Vegetables

Wednesday 08.21.2013 , Posted by

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Beards are awesome, in the old sense of the word. Like when you can hardly breath it is so awesome. Like when you might faint, fall over and land on the dog from the pure awesomeness. Minneapolis-based photographer Ben Garvin knows this and just released an absolutely fantastic and wacky stop-motion video called Magic Beard. He did the whole thing using the iPhone app Stop Motion Studio, and that’s all we’re going to tell you about it… take a safe seat and watch to the end! [Read more...]

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Fast Food Sandwiches Without A Top Bun Under A High-Resolution Scanner

Sunday 08.18.2013 , Posted by

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Aside from the chewy deliciousness of bread, it may serve another purpose in the fast food world- concealing the low-grade mystery meat beneath so that we can deem it edible. Photographer Jon Feinstein placed open-faced fast food sandwiches under a high-resolution scanner and surprisingly, they look nothing like the appetizing sandwiches shown on billboards everywhere. Although he does not label where any of the “food” items are from, many are fairly easy to identify and he titles each picture with it’s fat content instead. [Read more...]

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Strangely Tasty: Retro Video of Ice Cream (Un)Melting

Friday 06.28.2013 , Posted by

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It’s common knowledge that things get way cooler in slow motion… but what about speeding stuff up in reverse?? That’s what Lullatone, a super happy lo-fi musical duo have done for the video of their latest single. Did we mention ice cream? The retro feast that plays out before our eyes features ice cream “(un)melting” in reverse. A melted banana split grows back into its tasty solid form before our eyes; and a red, white and blue popsicle jumps back onto the stick. It’s all done to the tasty summer tunes of Lullatone set against a grainy vintage film aesthetic. [Read more...]

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The Top 10 Strangest Food Trucks

Friday 06.14.2013 , Posted by

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One of the best parts of living in a big city is the food options, but with rental costs so high for restaurant space some of the best chefs are cooking their signature staples out of food trucks instead. Sometimes just the delicious aroma can lure you to the food truck window, but in this case the trucks themselves are strangely alluring. Not all food trucks are created equally, and as Jalopnik shows in this collection of the Top 10 Weirdest Food Trucks, some vendors have gone above and beyond in “pimping their rides.” From The Angry Friar-a Double Decker bus with restaurant seating on top, to a lactose-tolerant Trekkie’s dream at Grillenium Falcon, and a Space Ship Cafe truck built from the fuselage of a Douglas DC-3 aircraft, these vendors aim to give you an experience unlike any other. [Read more...]

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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. Fruits and vegetables are our friends; foods like chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers, and candy are the devil. With the way our current food system works, these processed foods are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store you enter, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, however, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy foods over artery cloggers. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks. From farm to fork, our food system is toxic. [Read more...]

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Sliced Down the Middle: Conceptual Food Art

Sunday 05.12.2013 , Posted by

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If you love food, then this new project by photographer Beth Galton and food stylist Charlotte Omnes will certainly make your mouth water. The two provide a peek at food in a way that defies gravity- slicing it right down the middle in whatever container it’s normally found in. They got the idea for the series after a commissioned job that had them cutting a burrito in half for a photo shoot. Slicing styrofoam containers of iced coffee and ramen noodles, soup cans, and cartons of ice cream, they give us an inside peek that would be very hard to replicate. [Read more...]

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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week

Saturday 04.27.2013 , Posted by

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Well known for his eye-opening book Material World: A Global Family Portrait where he asked an average family in 30 locations to empty out their homes to show their possessions, Peter Menzel came up with another brilliant book idea. Teaming up with his wife Faith D’Aluisio, the duo got to spend time with 30 families around the world and analyze their weekly groceries for Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week. In the book they describe the weekly food purchases and costs, showing photographs of the family at home, at the market, in their community, and these portraits of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. [Read more...]

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Pictures of Hipsters Taking Pictures of Food

Thursday 04.18.2013 , Posted by

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While I will argue that not only hipsters take pictures of their food, I agree that this habit is getting a little out of hand. In fact, there is entire Tumblr called Pictures of Hipsters Taking Pictures of Food dedicated to this strange phenomenon. Although I’m guilty of taking some food pics at restaurants here and there, looking back at them is never really thrilling, so it seems the only purpose of taking pictures of food is to show your friends what you’re eating which seems like a waste of time. I’m starting to miss the days when I had no idea what my friends from high school were eating for each meal, before I knew about every baby milestone of people I haven’t spoken to in years and probably never will again. [Read more...]

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Japanese Ad Features Meticulously Dissected Orange

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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I don’t know about you, but by the time I have peeled an orange, I have a very hard time not quickly eating the juicy insides; the fragrant citrus smell fills the air and the sweet juice is one of the most refreshing tastes imaginable. But one patient Japanese person took the time to dissect an orange down to every last segment, peel, pulp, and drop of juice to arrange this beautifully designed ad for Shizuoka News. From afar the design actually looks like a newspaper, but as you look closer, you can see that the “text” and “pictures” are actually just meticulously arranged pieces of oranges. [Read more...]

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Mr. Chickpea & Friends Explore NYC

Thursday 02.28.2013 , Posted by

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As if the antioxidants, fiber, and deliciousness weren’t reason enough to love chickpeas, their personalities will certainly do the trick. In this playful series of photos by NYC based Turkish artist Sadi Tekin, little garbanzo bean heads explore the big apple. Tekin drew unique facial expressions on a bunch of dry garbanzo beans, utilizing the natural nose and chin grooves of the handsome legumes, then had a field day making bodies for them in unique New York (Ron Burgundy would be proud to read this aloud) locations. [Read more...]

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