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How Many Calories? Take a Tricorder Reading of Your Meal

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Continuing a year of work, entrepreneur Isabel Hoffman is developing a new device that can scan food dishes in order to determine their caloric content as well as ingredients, in order to help those wanting to eat better and get into maximum physical condition, as well as to avoid certain ingredients due to allergies. The device is called TellSpec and is being funded via crowd funding website Indiegogo, where it far exceeded its $100,000 goal, receiving over $386,000. A mass spectrometer of sorts, it beams a low-powered laser to the food item in question and measures the photons which are reflected back to the device. Based on the wavelengths of the reflected photons, TellSpec then determines what chemical compounds the dish consists of. The device is expected to be available to the general public in August 2014 with an expected price tag of $350-$400, though Hoffman would like to see the cost go down to $50 within a few years so TellSpec is more accessible to the everyday (but very health-conscious) consumer.

Smaller Than Your Phone, This Device Could Keep You Healthy

The Real-Life Walter White: Best Meth Cook in Alabama

Real-Life-Walter-WhiteIn 2008, while the fictional Walter White first began building his methamphetamine empire on AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad, a real meth chef by the same name was arrested for manufacturing and trafficking the drug in Alabama. White was featured in a VICE documentary released yesterday about his adventures as one of the best crystal meth cooks in the state.

“My name is Walter White and I’m a meth cook,” White said in the documentary. “For 10 years I had the best meth in Alabama. If you wanted the best meth, you had to come this way, you had to come to me.”

White added at the height of his meth-making and drug-selling business, he was making several thousand dollars a day.

Alabama’s real meth chef Walter White featured in VICE Magazine documentary on his crimes and recovery (video) [via All Alabama]

Man Loses 25 Lbs. in 24 Hours – Then Gains It All Back in Next 24 Hours

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Sports scientist Ross Edgley lost 25 lbs in 24 hours – and then GAINED IT ALL BACK in the second 24 hours – to prove body weight often is not simply the result of how much body fat you have but can be the result of a combination of factors including water and carbohydrate intake. His hour-by-hour playback on how he did it is fascinating.

I lost 2 stone in 24 hours – and then put it back ON within a DAY’: Sports scientist shows how easy it is to gain weight (especially if you drink 18 litres of water and eat a 6-tier burger) [via Mail Online]

Sprinkle Some Caffeine on Your Breakfast


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For those working the graveyard shift, this might be the perfect way to get a quick and immediate boost. According to the voice-over singer in the advertisement in the above video, “CaffeinAll is your wake-up call.” The lyrics actually call for sprinkling it on your steak. Not sure about that, but CaffeinAll markets itself as the world’s first gourmet (?) caffeine that can be sprinkled on your favorite foods, does not taste bitter, gives you a boost in 30 seconds, and is relatively cheap at 10 cents for 100 mg worth of caffeine (about as much as a cup of coffee). Note the product comes with a warning in red:

Use at your own risk over 300 mg – 9 shots/sprinkles/shakes – a day!

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Veteran’s Day Freebies

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Calling all hungry active duty and veterans: Check out this list of all the tasty (and some non-edible) freebies you can enjoy today.

Denny’s: All-you-can-eat stacks of buttermilk pancakes (anything else is extra, though).

Hooters: Free meals up to $10.99, with the purchase of a drink.

Golden Corral: Free buffet and beverage.

Applebee’s, Chili’s, and Olive Garden: Free entree for selected items, off their respective special Veteran’s Day menus.

California Pizza Kitchen: Any pizza for free.

Red Robin: Free double tavern burger with bottomless fries.

Starbucks: Free tall coffee for active duty/veterans and their spouses.

Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee.

Great Clips: Free haircuts, no appointment necessary. If you don’t need a haircut right now, you can ask in person for a raincheck for another day.

Massage Envy shops in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Northern Virginia: A free, one hour massage with prior appointment. A standard 20 percent tip (approx. $10) is expected, though not required.

National Parks: All approximatley 100 of the country’s national parks are free.

Vets can rake in freebies all day and all night [via USA Today]

Cocaine Found in Traveler’s Pumpkins

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On Halloween last week, using scanning equipment the Canadian Border Patrol discovered three hollowed out pumpkins (shown above) in a traveler’s luggage stuffed with 4.4 pounds of apparent cocaine. The incident occurred at the Trudeau International Airport in Montreal.

Trick or treat? Canada seizes three cocaine-filled pumpkins at airport [via CNN]

New World’s Strongest Beer at 67.5% ABV

Snake-Venom-Strongest-BeerSnake Venom by Brewmeister is now the world’s strongest beer, at a supreme hangover-delivering 67.5 percent ABV. It reportedly also costs £50 (approx. $80) for a 9-ounce bottle. The funniest part is that there is a warning on the label that says one should not drink more than 1 ounce of the brew in a single sitting.

According to the company’s website: “The alcohol is very strong but the beer still tastes like a beer rather than a spirit. It’s hoppy, malty, and very pleasant.”

Yeah, we’ll just have to take your word on that, buddy.

Man Who Confessed on Youtube to Causing a Death from Driving While Intoxicated Sentenced Today

Matthew-CordleTwenty-two year old Matthew Cordle was the Ohio man who gained nationwide attention for publicly admitting he killed a man while driving drunk on June 22 of this year. Today Cordle was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison and a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license, along with a $1,075 fine in addition to court costs. The judge in the case had the youtube video Cordle made played in the courtroom as an official part of the hearing.

“It should have been me instead of an innocent man. I vow that I’ll do everything I can to prevent it from happening again and his memory from fading,” Cordle was reported as having told the judge.