Citing a desire to determine what it is that makes breast milk so inherently soothing to babies, a Texas-based candy company called Lollyphile has released a breast milk-flavored lollipop. The candy is meant for consumption by both kids and adults who, they hope, might be able to reconnect with that comforting sensation. More from Gawker.com:
“We felt it was our responsibility to find out just what this flavor was that could turn a screaming, furious infant into a placid, contented one,” the company, Lollyphile, wrote on their website.
Upset because you’re a vegan and therefore unable to relive the glory days of breast-milk? Fret not — these new pops are dairy-free and contain no actual breast-milk, according to an interview Lollyphile founder Jason Darling gave to the Los Angeles Times.
“Can you imagine armies of pumping mothers?” Darling said. “Managing that would be a logistical nightmare.”
According to Darling, the lollipops are mostly sugar. “It all kind of tastes like almond milk, but sweeter,” he said.
Darling also said that the lollipops, which cost $10 for 4 pops, sold “a few thousand dollars’ worth” on the first day after the product launched.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee, for the first time in its 86-year history, is requiring that contestants know the meanings of words, in addition to spelling them correctly. The new skill will account for 50 percent of a contestant’s total score in the contest, which began May 28. CNN has more:
Spelling Bee Director Paige Kimble said the rule change is a natural extension of the contest.
“The reason for the change is all about extending the bee’s commitment to its purpose, which long has been not only to help students improve their spelling, but also to increase the vocabulary, learn concepts and develop correct English usage,” she said.
This year’s whiz kids aren’t just good at putting vowels and consonants in the right order; 116 of them speak more than one language, and math is most frequently cited as their favorite subject, not spelling.
They range in age from 8 to 14, but nearly 90% of them are between 12 and 14 years old. The kids come from all 50 U.S. states and several American territories, plus the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.
Winning the bee has its perks. It’s not just about the $30,000 cash prize from Scripps and engraved trophy — past winners have returned home to a hero’s welcome and met with the president.
This year’s spelling competition begins Tuesday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. ESPN will broadcast the preliminary rounds starting Wednesday, with the finals slated for Thursday night.
First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance on comedian Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show to raise awareness for her “Let’s Move” campaign, which works to inspire families to combat childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by adopting active lifestyles. The clip featured Obama and Fallon demonstrating “Mom Dancing” moves that are sure to give moms a giggle, ranging from “Raise the Roof” to the classic “Where’s Your Father (Get Him Back Here)!” Video clip below.
An Italian restaurant in Washington State is grabbing headlines after it was discovered giving a “well-behaved kids” discount to a family whose children impressed the staff with their good manners. More from The Huffington Post:
To Laura King, her three children were acting normal while enjoying dinner at an Italian restaurant in their hometown in Washington state.
But staffers of the restaurant Sogno di Vino in Poulsbo were so impressed with her children’s table manners during their Feb. 1 dinner that they thanked her kids and gave the family of five a bowl of ice cream.
It wasn’t until King got home that that she noticed a $4 “well behaved kids” discount on her receipt to cover the dessert. A friend posted a picture of the receipt on the website Reddit, and the story took off.
“The server said staff didn’t even know there were kids at the table,” said King, whose children are 2, 3, and 8 years old.
King said it’s been entertaining to see all the attention her story has gotten, and she plans to dine at Sogno di Vino again soon.
Sogno di Vino owner Rob Scott said servers have the discretion to offer a discount to customers, adding that this wasn’t the first time well-behaved kids have been rewarded. What was different this time was that one of the staffers wrote it out in the receipt.
Taipei, Taiwan is now home to the first-ever Barbie-themed restaurant, complete with stiletto-shaped bar stools, tiaras galore, and tutu-clad waitresses. The city is already home to a Hello Kitty cafe, but the Barbie restaurant is likely to raise the eyebrows of American parents who are not fans of the body image message Barbie sends to girls.
Licensed by U.S. toymaker Mattel, Taiwan restaurant company Sinlaku on Wednesday opened the Barbie Café on Zhongxiao road, one of the busiest shopping districts in the capital, Taipei.
The café’s decoration, costing TW$50 million (US$1.7 million), is mostly in suitably Barbie-style magenta and pink.
The furniture couldn’t be more princess-y — bar tables look like the heel of a stiletto, chair backs resemble bustiers (some with a tutu) and chandeliers are shaped like elegant teapots and teacups with saucers. Barbie dolls and logos adorn walls and tabletops.
The restaurant also has a gigantic Barbie box allowing customers to step in and feel like a packaged up, life-size Barbie.
Waitresses wear tutus and tiaras while their male counterparts try, mostly in vain, to look like Ken, Barbie’s on-off squeeze.
Barbie’s abnormally, and anatomically-challenging, slim figure may diminish some appetites. With that in mind, the restaurant menu has been designed by professional nutritionists, local media reported (Chinese). There’s a calorie chart on the first page of the menu, with calorie data listed alongside each item.