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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

You'll Need to Trenta-Stomach: What Else Starbucks' New Cup Can Hold


The Starbucks new Trenta coffee cup, which can hold 31-ounces of iced coffee, can carry an entire bottle of wine. There's video evidence to that fact, thanks to the good ol' Internet. This news came after the calculation that the new plus-sized cup is about as large as the average human stomach.

This led City of Ate to wonder, what the hell else can you fit in Starbucks Trenta? Bacon? A high-heel shoe? Lots of Lil' Smokies? Yes, maybe, and sure you can! Thus, we present a list: 12 things you can fit comfortably inside the new Trenta cup at Starbucks. By the way, Starbucks, Trenta kinda sounds like a planet in the Star Wars universe.

1. 2 Packages of Bacon, or 28 Slices
Perfect transport system for your camping trip in the wild.


2. 1 1/2 Packages of Lil' Smokies, or 75 Lil' Smokies
Need a new appetizer? Just fill a Trenta with Lil' Smokies and place under a warm lamp!

The Trenta can support roughly 75 Lil' Smokies.

3. 2 1/2 Beers
Think of all the drunk movie theater moments you've missed out on without the Trenta.


4. Double Car Bomb: Two bottles of Guinness, two shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey and two shots of Baileys Irish Cream
The Trenta's party potential is explosive, in more ways than one.


5. 1.32 Four Lokos
OK, maybe this isn't that impressive. One Four Loko, though, is one too many.


6. 1/2 a 12 oz. Bag of Doritos
Eating a Trenta cup full of Doritos also increases your risk of orange Doritos fingers.

Just tip head, and pour into mouth!

7. A pair of adult ballet slippers and a pair of tights...or a pair of gym shorts
 No need for a gym bag when you've got your Trenta. Keeps your sweat towel from funking up the car on the ride home as well.


8. An entire bag of cotton balls (or cotton swabs)
Open up that straw hole and you got yourself a recycled bathroom dispenser.


9. 45 ballpoint pens
You'll never be without a writing utensil when a potential date seems impressed by your straw sucking ability.


10. Two pints of Ben & Jerry's
A pre-emptive strike: Pack that shit in so you don't have to weep in self-loathing when you open the second container.


11. A fifth (and 1/5) of whiskey
"No, friendly arena employee, this is just iced tea. I swear. GO FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM!"

Careful, after a fifth and 1/5th. You might do this.

12. 31 ounces of your own urine
Who needs to pull over when you can feel confident the Trenta will contain twice the volume of an average human bladder filled to capacity?

Relax, it's just Mountain Dew.

Choco-Potamus, the Ultimate Marijuana Chocolate



Just when we'd nearly given up on the idea of finding chocolate infused with medical cannabis that tastes better than the foil it's wrapped in, Oakland's Choco-Potamus has arrived to set the standard for artisan green confections. The use of real cocoa butter (rather than cheap fillers like coconut oil) gives it a taste that distinguishes it from the competition. Available in dark (sativa hybrid) and milk chocolate (indica/sativa hybrid) bars, the bars are made from cannabis buds rather than the typical shake and stems for a stronger high. Choco-Potamus products are available in San Francisco exclusively at SPARC. Accredited patients can receive online ordering information via the company site.
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53 Pictures of Boo, The Cutest Goddamn Dog You’ve Never Seen

Submitted by Brotha Jonze

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Boo, check out the official facebook fanpage of the most retarded Oprah loving dog you’ll see today.

Here are some pics of Boo.

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Amazing Time-Lapse Of Marilyn Monroe Painting

Check out this awesome time-lapse video from artist Lord Colin O’Neal. Not only is the video itself impressive (with a great track by Marilyn Monroe herself) but the resulting painting is phenomenal. It looks like he did this all in just two days time.

It’s talent like this that makes me extremely jealous. I wish more than anything I had abilities like this. I would do nothing more than paint art in my studio day in and day out. I love his little additional things, like toasting his wall buddy.

How much money you can get for that old smartphone? [Infographic]

Have you ever wondered how much money you can get for that old smartphone? How about how Many iPhones are sold just after a new release of a new model?

eBay knows and has provided us with some insight into smartphone sales on its site, in the form of a sexy infographic. With over 125,000 iPhone 4, 3G and 3GS selling in q4 of 2010 the data might even convince you to part ways with your ‘old’ iPhone.

The iPhone world is about to expand with the addition of a new carrier this month and eBay has conveniently provided insights into iPhone and Smartphone sales.

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According to Nielsen, before the end of 2011 there will be more ‘smart’ phones in the U.S. market than ‘feature’ phones. These projections in smartphone growth are impressive and also support a vast market for previous model and used smartphones. What else are you going to do with yesterday’s model, right?
Much of the market is driven by the late model iPhone (3g and 3gs) but other phones are also starting to see signs of growth. Regardless of which phone you own, if you decide to sell it you should consider timing, condition and accessibility if you want to sell your older device at the highest price.

Imprint Text Messages on Flesh with SkinDisplay Concept

By: Simon
skinprint2 Imprint Text Messages on Flesh with SkinDisplay Concept
A project sponsored by BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion in the UK proposes a bold new use for your battery door. By using piezoelectric technology (which stiffens materials based on electrical current), SkinDisplay is a concept which lets you press your finger into raised text messages on the back of your phone, and read the impression. The idea here is that you could see what’s going on in a discreet way, without pulling out your phone. The actual implementation sounds mostly crazy, but the concept was introduced alongside some software, SmartCall, that actually sounds pretty good; using their app, you would be able to set your current status as busy or otherwise unavailable, as well as request calls back from others within varying time frames and levels of urgency.

The inspiration for both of these ideas is to enable more sensitive communicating over mobile, which is noble indeed given the bad rap BlackBerry gets for continually distracting users from the immediate world around them. BlackBerry in particular is so speedy with delivering text messages that it has set a new level of etiquette when it comes to the time it takes to respond; it’s not uncommon in some circles to be put off if a BBM message isn’t replied to within five minutes. With the right tools though, we might be able to relax a little bit, and put our phone away once in awhile without feeling utterly and completely disconnected. I’m not quite sure the answer is subtle skin-printing, or a biometric ring that senses my mood and shares it online, but they’re both directions to consider. The SmartCall software seems most viable at this point, but depends on everybody using the same app or service; maybe it’ll be a manufacturer’s job to start baking these kinds of etiquette options right into the native messaging and phone applications.

Anyway, here’s a video demonstrating how SkinDisplay could work. Wacky and far-fetched, maybe, but I wouldn’t have concept projects any other way.

[MetropolisMag via Recombu]

AT-AT Made From Recycled Computer Parts: Blue Screen of Hoth - only $450.00


This awesome-looking AT-AT was created by Sage Werbock. He is an expert welder and blacksmith. Sage put this AT-AT together using scrap parts salvaged from old computers and some sheet metal. I have to say that the result looks pretty impressive.

star wars at at imperial walker computer parts
The main body is made out of power supply boxes. The head comes from floppy drive housings, and the legs and feet come from various pieces of scrap metal. A lot of love went into this sculpture. The whole thing was randomly “attacked” with the welding arc to simulate battle scars.
star wars at at imperial walker computer parts
This model is currently on sale on Etsy for $450, and there’s only one of these – so if you want it, you need to hurry to get it. It’s over a foot high and weighs about 15 pounds! Keep in mind this is no kid’s toy, as it’s loaded with sharp metal edges.
[Igeektrooper via Leetlady]

Shipwreck's 'oldest beer' to be brewed again

VTT scientists with shipwreck beer
Samples of the world's oldest beer have been taken in a bid to determine its recipe - and brew it again.
In July 2010, a Baltic Sea shipwreck dated between 1800 to 1830 yielded many bottles of what is thought to be the world's oldest champagne.

Five of the bottles later proved to be the oldest drinkable beer yet found.

The local government of the Aland island chain where the wreck was found has now commissioned a scientific study to unpick the beer's original recipe.

Divers found the two-mast ship at a depth of about 50m in the Aland archipelago, which stretches between the coasts of Sweden and Finland in the Baltic Sea.

The ship was believed to be making a journey between Copenhagen in Denmark and St Petersburg, then the capital of Russia.

The salvaging operation to bring up 145 champagne bottles - since determined to include vintages from Heidseck, Veuve Clicquot and Juglar - had one casualty: a bottle that burst open at the surface, revealing itself to be beer.

The brew has already been sampled by four professional beer tasters.

"They said that it did taste very old, which is no surprise, with some burnt notes. But it was quite acidic - which could mean there's been some fermenting going on in the bottle and with time it's become acid," said Annika Wilhelmson of the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).

VTT has now been commissioned to get to the bottom of the sunken beer's recipe.

"We're going to try to see if we can find any living yeast or other microbial cells, because that would be very interesting with respect to reproducing the beer," Dr Wilhelmson explained.

"So far we have seen under microscopes that there are yeast and bacterial cells, but we don't know if they're dead or alive yet. If we can't find living microbes, we will look at the DNA and try to compare it to brewing yeasts that we know today, to see how similar or different the yeasts are."

Pinning down which hops have been used on the basis of further chemical analysis may be difficult, Dr Wilhelmson added, meaning that reviving the 200-year-old brew for modern drinkers may prove difficult.
"Whatever we analyse, we're going to have to do a lot of interpreting," she said. "We need to analyse what it is today and start thinking about what it was like when it was made - when it was fresh, because it clearly isn't fresh now."

The Fantastic Celebrity Pencil Drawings of Denis Poirier – with Exclusive Interview Denis Poirier, This guy has some serious drawing talent.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Anjelina Jolie

Anjelina Jolie

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

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Incredible Icebergs [37 Pics]

 Incredible Icebergs [37 Pics]
Lightning Strikes Iceberg Sony PSP Wallpaper
 Incredible Icebergs [37 Pics]
Perito Moreno Glacier with a backdrop of black mountains.
Perito Moreno is the most beautiful, interesting and, consequently, the most visited glacier in Argentina. Another gorgeous place where icebergs are "born." Ana_Cotta

River runs under the ice
The photographer notes, "This river came out from under the glacier. The compact blue ice in the background was lit up by the pure sunlight." Matthew Hoelscher
 Incredible Icebergs [37 Pics]
Briksdalsbreen Glacier where icebergs break off
Briksdalsbreen, in Norway, is part of west arm of Jostedalsbreen National Park -- Jostedalsbreen is Europe's largest land glacier. Vicrogo
 Incredible Icebergs [37 Pics]
Antartica where penguins play Angell Williams — Icebergs are large pieces of ice that broke off from a snow-formed glacier or an iceshelf. Where a glacier meets the sea, humongous chunks of ice break off from the face of the glacier; this is known as calving. 

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