Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Week's Best Videos: Bees, Beyonce and Burnt Rice

Slow-Mo Captures Why You Should Never, Ever Use Water To Put Out A Grease Fire, The Gentle Art Of Bee-Removal In India, Is This The New 'Inception Noise' For Movie Trailers?, The 'Single Ladies' Dance Aligns Perfectly With The 'Ducktales' Theme, An Interview With The Grapefruit Blowjob Lady, The Reason You Can Never Seem To Cook Rice Correctly
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Sunday, May 31, 2015
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FLAMES. FLAMES EVERYWHERE
Slow-Mo Captures Why You Should Never, Ever Use Water To Put Out A Grease Fire
digg.com
The Slow Mo Guys show us bad decision-making in 2,500 frames per second. Be safe out there, amateur fry cooks.
THE BEE WHISPERER
The Gentle Art Of Bee-Removal In India
digg.com
It's not every day you see a man picking up bees by the handful without any protection on. Make sure to stick around until 4:40 to see how the bees react to an unprotected queen.
BWAAAAAMP 2.0
Is This The New 'Inception Noise' For Movie Trailers?
digg.com
You've probably heard that weird "powering down" noise in every trailer for the past few years and didn't even realize how redundant it was getting. What's worse is that, unlike the *BWAAAAMP* that "Inception" made infamous, it's almost impossible to come up with a good onomatopoeia for it.
A MASHUP MOST FOWL
The 'Single Ladies' Dance Aligns Perfectly With The 'Ducktales' Theme
digg.com
Of all the cosmic coincidences, this is one of the strangest.
ADULT CONTENT
An Interview With The Grapefruit Blowjob Lady
digg.com
Adult entertainment star Kimberly Kane sets out to meet sex educator Auntie Angel after learning about her viral video featuring the "grapefruit blowjob method." Kim meets Angel at a grocery store in Downtown LA, where Kim tags along as Angel picks up supplies for a sex class she has later that day.
ILL-GOTTEN GRAINS
The Reason You Can Never Seem To Cook Rice Correctly
digg.com
In short: it's because rice is fussy and the type of rice, heat, and cooking vessel can all drastically change how it comes out. That said, America's Test Kitchen decided to come up with some helpful tips.
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FULL-SCREEN IS ADVISED
Image: In her heyday, Namie Amuro was the reigning queen of J-pop. We don't know if this is a comeback record or what, but we know a good pop song when we hear one, and the video is just delightful.
In her heyday, Namie Amuro was the reigning queen of J-pop. We don't know if this is a comeback record or what, but we know a good pop song when we hear one, and the video is just delightful. Credit: Namie Amuro
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Friday, May 29, 2015

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Your Salad Is Killing Leather

How Math's Most Famous Proof Nearly Broke, Your Salad Is Killing Leather And Other Facts, The Prison Where Murderers Play For Manchester United, Pics Or It Didn't Happen, VIDEO: 'Kung Fury' Is 30 Minutes Of '80s Nostalgia And Explosions, These Chimps Helped Us Find A Hepatitis Vaccine. Now They've Been Left To Die
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Friday, May 29, 2015
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THE BURDEN OF PROOF
How Math's Most Famous Proof Nearly Broke
nautil.us
Andrew Wiles thought he had a solution to an age-old puzzle. Until it began to unravel.
WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK
Your Salad Is Killing Leather And Other Facts
digg.com
This week we learned that not eating enough steak hurts the leather industry, there's a heated debate over the hottest place on Earth and the machines will eventually kill us all.
THEY'VE ALL GONE INTO THE BOOK
The Prison Where Murderers Play For Manchester United
theguardian.com
Luzira was once the most notorious prison in Uganda. Now it's home to what is surely the world's most elaborate prison football league – and a model for the transformative power of the beautiful game.
WHEN OP DELIVERS
Pics Or It Didn't Happen
nytimes.com
It's a glib reply to a comrade's boasting — coming out of Internet gaming forums to rebut boasts about high scores and awesome kills — but the fact is we like proof.
OR: KARATE COP VS. KUNG FU HITLER
VIDEO: 'Kung Fury' Is 30 Minutes Of '80s Nostalgia And Explosions
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Here is all you need to know: Kung Fury is a renegade cop who needs to travel back in time to kill Hitler. If that doesn't make you want to hit play then you're a robot or Hitler. Or RoboHitler.
WE'RE THE ANIMALS
These Chimps Helped Us Find A Hepatitis Vaccine. Now They've Been Left To Die
motherboard.vice.com
The 66 chimps are currently surviving on a reduced feeding schedule paid for through emergency funds pieced together by the Humane Society and the personal donations of a handful of individual conservationists. But they only have enough money to support the chimps' care for a few more weeks.
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CAN YOU BEE-LIEVE IT?
Image: Vanya Shivashankar, second from left, 13, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam, right, 14, of St. Louis, are greeted onstage by their families as co-champions after winning the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md.
Vanya Shivashankar, second from left, 13, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam, right, 14, of St. Louis, are greeted onstage by their families as co-champions after winning the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

8 Ways to Connect Food Stores to Millennials...Cutting Down On Food Waste

May 28, 2015
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8 Ways to Connect Food Stores to Millennials

Here's how to become the destination for Gen Y, once they're ready to form families and consume more.


 

The closer the Millennial connections, the brighter the prospects for supermarket retailers. Grocers that understand and serve them better than competing channels should be poised to stem share erosion, possibly reverse it, and become destinations of choice when Millennials marry and have babies at later ages.  

 

Give Whole Foods Market credit for being open about its plan to develop a sister chain of smaller, tech-rich stores with lower prices to be more affordable to younger shoppers - this tech-savvy, food-adventurous, but financially strained cohort of 80 million. Wall Street investors did punish the stock price at first over fears of cannibalized sales and margins, but Facts, Figures & The Future (F3) sees the WFM initiative as a potentially innovative step to resolve the Millennial challenge facing food chains today. Our view is supermarkets nationwide must acknowledge Millennial differences and life challenges, and alter businesses to be part of their food futures - whether or not the new WFM format turns out to be a winner.

 

F3 has eight steps in mind for supermarkets to consider:

 

1. Put Millennial workers in the ears of corporate leadership. Keep stores sensitive to their trip planning and shopping patterns, their use of mobile, apps and other technology, what they want from stores and websites, what they share and say on social media about foods, beverages, brands and stores. This also means hiring more Millennials into growth positions. See our related story. (5 Key Culture Steps to Successfully Recruit Millennials)

 

2. Curate selections. Create excitement in line with Millennials' adventurous palates, since they help spearhead food trends such as artisanal, ethnic, local and organic. Do this within smaller store formats to help them be more efficient picking up satisfying choices.

 

3. Show you have their safety and health in mind. Prominently display antibiotic-free and grass-fed meats, locally farmed fresh foods, organic choices, and less-processed foods in center-store, especially in baby foods and pet foods. Also, have a great recall system.

 

4. Keep their fun in mind too with grocerants, craft beers on tap and in growlers to go. Be cool. Spur Millennials to take a quick brew and food break, and supply inventive drinks for playoff parties and other fun beer-based events at home. Where grocerants are available - at chains such as Wegmans and Hy-Vee - nearly 60% of respondents to a SupermarketGuru poll say they eat there because it's convenient, 36% because they can food shop on the same trip, 32% because it tastes good, and 31% because it costs less than a restaurant.

 

5. Communicate the way they want - run omnichannel. The generation that lives on Seamless and GrubHub with restaurant food wants similar convenience from supermarkets - to order via website or app, then pick up or have food delivered. For store shopping, power has shifted to mobile-toting Millennials who research food products, compare prices, find sales and coupons, and plan to recipes as they gain confidence in the kitchen. 

 

6. Step up the pace - when introducing new foods, serving Millennials face-to-face or via technology, running checklanes with safer high-tech payment systems, staging themed events, and executing store pickup and delivery. Joe Gagnon and Jason Dorsey, co-authors of The Aspect Consumer Experience Index, say "Millennials, mobile technology and social media are colliding to radically change customer service as we know it. This new generation will not tolerate waiting in lines...or being treated like a number. Companies that do not adapt risk obsolescence...." The study says 36% of Millennials would contact a company more often if texting were an option, and 47% of them regularly pay for goods via smartphone.

 

7. Have transparent sustainability policies and support charities. Be in sync with Millennials who want to make the world a better place.

 

8. Be affordable. Millions of this generation are under-employed and burdened by college debt and high rents.

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Cutting Down On Food Waste

 

Phil Lempert

Editor

 

It's a discussion that seems to go on forever, with little resolve. Across the pond and a little south one EU country has decided to try an extreme solution. 

 

French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Under a law set to crack down on food waste, it will have to be either donated to charities or for animal feed.

 

The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation as in recent years French media have paid strong attention to poor families, students, unemployed or homeless people who often forage in supermarket bins at night to feed themselves, able to survive on edible products which had been thrown out just as their best-before dates approached.

 

As we've discussed before in F3, here in the US, food waste is a huge problem. According to estimates from the USDA's Economic Research Service, 30-40% of the food supply (equating to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food) is wasted each year.

 

In 2013, the USDA launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, an initiative geared toward businesses and organizations in the U.S. in food. Over 1,000 companies have signed up for the challenge in the last couple of years and committed to recover or recycle food that's been removed from commerce, as well as minimize food waste in school meal programs.

 

It's time for supermarkets to join in not only working to reduce their own waste, but also offering shoppers tips on how to reduce food waste. Simple ideas like offering slightly bruised, disfigured produce for discounted prices before throwing away, or offering tips for customers on what you can cook with produce that may be not as fresh anymore. And also tips on how customers can shop and meal plan, so they are better organized at home with not as much leftover foods. We may not be at the stage of banning supermarket waste like France, but we can certainly do our bit to help before such a ban is issued.

 

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Thinking Outside The Pillbox, Digg Summarizes The Things You Didn't Have Time To Read, Chimpanzee Rights Get A Day In Court, Death Of A Domestic Terrorist, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, And The Secret Ghostwriters Of Children's Fiction, Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars Are Financing The Water Crisis In The West
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Thursday, May 28, 2015
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LEMON AID
Thinking Outside The Pillbox
newrepublic.com
Many doctors dismiss nutritional therapies as quack medicine. But many patients disagree, and they're taking matters into their own hands — sometimes to the detriment of their health. Can food cure disease? And are doctors ready to think outside the pillbox?
MOUNTAINS, RACISM, AND HUMAN EXPERIMENTS
Digg Summarizes The Things You Didn't Have Time To Read
digg.com
​In this week's edition of the Long-Reader's Digest: Climbing the Unclimbables, un-teaching racism, and the strange history of child research subjects.
NOT WHAT SCOPES HAD IN MIND
Chimpanzee Rights Get A Day In Court
wired.com
At stake: the question of whether only human beings deserve human rights.
BY KNIFE OR BY BULLET
Death Of A Domestic Terrorist
digg.com
On this week's episode of the "Reply All" podcast — talking to a woman victimized by the pioneer of online death threats.
WRITING JALOPY COPY
The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, And The Secret Ghostwriters Of Children's Fiction
theatlantic.com
Along with the Nancy Drew series, almost all of the thrillers in the popular teenage franchise were produced by ghostwriters, thanks to a business model that proved to be prescient.
THE PROBLEM WITH COTTON
Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars Are Financing The Water Crisis In The West
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Cotton comes at enormous environmental expense, a price the American West may no longer be able to afford.
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FULL OF HOT AIR
Image: Activists of the international campaigning and advocacy organization ONE install illuminated balloons with portraits of the G7 heads of state in front of the Frauenkirche cathedral (Church of Our Lady) prior the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Dresden, eastern Germany, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The G7 Finance Ministers meeting is to be held in Dresden from May 27 to May 29, 2015.
Activists of the international campaigning and advocacy organization ONE install illuminated balloons with portraits of the G7 heads of state in front of the Frauenkirche cathedral (Church of Our Lady) prior the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in Dresden, eastern Germany, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The G7 Finance Ministers meeting is to be held in Dresden from May 27 to May 29, 2015. Credit: AP Photo/Jens Meyer
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