Created by Brooklyn-based couple Rob Corso and Meg Sheehan as a Kickstarter project The Grilled Cheesus Sandwich Press will easily burn an image of Jesus on your lunch and perhaps offer salvation. Check one out over at their site. What Would Grilled Cheesus Do?
I feel like I’ve seen something along these lines from one of those “things are better in the future!” 1950′s reels. I could be wrong. Either way, the future is apparently here. No word on whether it’s any better. Someone is making an effort though. In about the space a normal toaster oven takes up someone’s figured out a way to incorporate a toaster, coffee maker, and a tiny griddle. No doubt it’s a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none kind of compromise, but it’s a neat idea. And at a shade under $40 it’s not a particularly expensive one either. If you’re short on counter space, lazy, or just dig quirky kitchen appliances this could be just the ticket to your morning nirvana. That or something you’ll buy, use twice, then allow to collect dust for a year before donating to Goodwill.
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Here’s a surprise. Americans eat too much. Giant portions, giant sodas, and giant asses. This new infographic tries to put all that in perspective. Comparing U.S. serving sizes from today with those of 20 years ago is fairly revealing. Portions have at least doubled since 1992, sometimes expanding by 400%. That’s a lot of expansion. The chart also compares portions between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Where you aware that people gain weight just by moving here? Makes sense. The study mentions a group of Tarahumara Indians (the guys who run bare foot for hundreds of miles) who gained nearly 10 pounds in five weeks after adopting the American diet.
Give the whole infographic a gander – as usual click on the picture for a larger image: Continue reading
I thoroughly enjoy a solid cup of coffee. Given the sad state of my stomach and it’s intolerance for acidity, I have to go through some lengths to have a cuppa. I’d be more willing to go through the effort if I could drink out of The Cookie Cup. Created by Enrique Luis Sardi for Italian coffee company Lavazza – it’s a sugar icing lined cookie shaped into a sweet drinking vessel. Nice!
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Remember when you first learned you could make sound with a wine glass, either hitting it or running your finger around the edge? Someone’s taken advantage of that fact and made some wine glasses you can carry a tune with. Wine glasses with musical notation. Neat but not cheap at $80 for a pair. I’ll let the website take it from here.
Wine and dine in perfect time! Get your next dinner party humming when you turn your sips into a symphony with these gilded glasses turned musical instruments. The etchings on the glasses are musical notations that correspond to the level of the liquid. When the user drinks to D for example, he or she may run a finger along the rim of the glass to create its lush, sonorous note. Or, for the more percussive partier, the same note will ring out with a gentle rap of his or her utensil on the side of the glass. From rounds of “Row, row, row your boat” to more ambitious orchestrations, you’re sure to strike a chord with the guests at your next soiree with this pair that covers a full 12 note octave from A flat to G. Made in Austria from lead-free crystal.
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Farmers who are injured on the job require amputation 11 percent of the time, two and a half times more likely than in any other field. Although most of those amputations involve fingers or toes, those that don’t present a serious problem for farmers.
Findings by Northwestern University published in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology suggest that prostheses for hands, arms, legs and feet aren’t durable or adaptive enough for individuals who return to work on the farm. Options that are available are often times unaffordable.
A public statement released via EurekaAlert! sheds more light on the matter:
“There are lot of issues and challenges to farming with a prosthesis,” said Stefania Fatone, research associate professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Feinberg and corresponding author of the study. “They often need to climb ladders and silos, lift bags of feed and seed and walk on uneven terrain, in all kinds of weather conditions. Also, a dairy farmer may have very different needs than a corn farmer or cattle rancher.”
In 2010, Amputee Coalition’s newsletter In Motion noted that 2,400 people in the agricultural field require amputations each year (that’s an awful lot):
Farmers who have suffered amputations from farm injuries say most often that getting in a hurry and not following safety rules cost them their limb. Adhering to strict safety precautions would greatly reduce the number of amputations among agricultural workers each year.
The Northwestern study findings go on to note that farmers who do receive prosthetics often have secondary injuries resulting from use of the prosthetic itself. Durability is another issue; with breakage resulting from weather, dirt, and extreme environments being among the most notable complaints.