Raw cookie dough is delicious, but the raw eggs can be dangerous and even leaves people in the hospital due to salmonella. Fortunately for cookie dough lovers, Kristen Tomlan has opened a restaurant named DO with specialized cookie dough that has pasturized egg products and heat-treated flour so it is completely safe to eat in large quantities. You can customize your dough, make your own baked cookie creations and the restaurant will even sell you an ice cream cone topped with a scoop of cookie dough.
Disneyland itself may not sell alcohol, but their other properties in Anaheim do -and honestly, even the mocktails available at Disneyland are often superior to any drink at your local neighborhood bar. Travel and Leisure has compiled a full list of cocktails, mocktails and even sodas that you won't want to miss on your next visit. The beautiful drink above (as photographed by adambryan) is the Fun Wheel, which is on the secret drink menu at the Cove Bar in California Adventure.
Prefer to stay a little more sober? Then check out the Pomegranate Pirhana Lemonade sold at the Bengal Barbecue (photographed here by terriblewendybird). Of course, the Boysen Apple Freeze and Doc's Grape Tonic also sound pretty inviting.
There's been a lot of news about the inauguration this year and it mostly focused on how divided people are about a Trump presidency -he has tons of die-hard supporters, but also tons of die-hard critics. But one thing that brought people of all walks of life together at the inauguration yesterday was the promise of free weed for all.
Pro-marijuana legalization group the DC Cannabis Coalition, also known as DCMJ, rolled 8,000 joints and gave them out to the public asking only that those recieving the goods be over 21 and have an ID to prove it. The group's aim was to bring attention to the plight of marijuana legalization (it is currently legal to have and share -though not to sell in DC) under the looming shadow of Trump's selected Attorney General, who is very outspoken about being anti-marijuana.
Generally speaking, marine animals don't like to be touched but that's not always the case. In fact, professional diver Rick Anderson has a close friendship with a Port Jackson shark that constantly seeks out his pets and belly scratches.
It all started when he started trying to show his diving students how friendly sharks can be by playing with one freshly hatched shark. From that point on, whenever Anderson dived in those waters, the shark would find him and seek cuddles and scratches. This has gone on for seven years, "it got to the point that if I didn’t notice her, she would come out and tap me on the legs until I held out my arms for a cuddle, often to the amazement of my students," he says.
Of course Rick encourages other divers to be respectful of wild animals,"they’ll let you know if they don’t want to be handled," he says, adding, "If you touch some of them, you can also wipe off their protective layers of skin." So please, don't go running around trying to pet under water animals just because this shark is adorable.
You can read more about the shark and Rick and see more pictures on Buzzfeed.
Just off of the coast of Essex lies Foulness Island, which is home to the most deadly pathway in all of Britian. Known as the Broomway, the path travels several hundred yards off the coast stretching for three miles as it leads the walker through sand and mud flats that are washed clear by the sea twice a day every day.
At least 100 people have died on the Broomway, and those are only the recorded victims. Of those 100, only sixty six of the bodies were recovered and they have since been laid to rest in the small churchyard nearby.
Of course, the quickly rising tide is only one of the deadly threats to walkers on what Edwardian newspapers termed "The Doomway." While the path was marked by the locals who buried brooms in the mud long ago, hence the name "Broomway," in rain, mist or fog, the pathway can become dangerously disorienting with little to guide the walker along the path of shining sand. Even in good weather, a wrong step can leave you stuck in deep mud or quicksand.
Of course, the path wasn't built just to be a deadly, scenic attraction. Until 1932, it was the only way to reach the Foulness Island from the mainland without a boat.
You can read more about the Broomway and a detailed account of walking the treacherous path in this BBC article.
Elephants may be jumbo-sized, but they're still quite emotionally sensitive. So the elephants rescued from abuse who live at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center rely on the compassion and love of their caretakers.
Unfortuantely, as much as the voluteers at the center love their charges, they can't hug their whole bodies all day long to keep them warm during a surprising cold spell in India. So instead, the volunteers are working to knit the elephants jumbo-sized sweaters to keep them cozy and warm during the freezing winter weather.
Each sweater takes about four weeks to make, but that's a small price to pay when it means keeping rescued elephants happy and healthy.
Isaac Asimov's three rules of robotics are at the core of all of his robot stories and fans of not only his works, but countless other authors who have touched on a future filled with robots are familiar with the results. But simply re-arranging the order of the stories makes for an entirely different set of scenarios -most of which are terrible. XKCD explores these other outcomes in this simple-but-effective comic.
Valentine's Day is coming soon and if you're looking for the perfect card for your special nerdy someone, now is the perfect time to start searching Etsy so you can be sure it will arrive on time. Here are a few of the most delightfully geeky cards we could find (and if you're a procrastinator, you'll want to keep a particular eye out for the printable designs you can just create at home).
AT-AT's and Hearts
Walkers mean something different to Star Wars nerds, but DoodleButton made a great card for someone you'd want to grow old with.
Isn't That Just Precious?
Sometimes a little obsession is a good thing and this card by CastleMcQuade is the perfect way to prove it.
Love Those Sensory Input Patterns
Say it like an eloquent android with this fun Star Trek card created by NotableLoot.
Just in time for the inauguration, scientists have named the first ever animal after Donald Trump. A few species were named after Obama during his term and now it's Trump's turn. Of course, there is always a reason behind naming a new species after someone and in this case, it's the moth's strange, scaly forehead that bears resemblance to its namesake's yellow helmet of hair. The moth also has a strangely curved penis, but there's no word on if that went into the naming decision or not.
Those who wish to see the N. donaldtrumpi in person will have to visit California or Baja Mexico, where they are presumably scoping out land to build a great wall.
The problem with grilled cheese is that it limits you to the size of the bread and sure there are some relatively large sour doughs out there, but a classic grilled cheese is all about the white bread. Of course, if you make your own bread then the size is the limit.
How would you explain your favorite grown up film to a five year old? That's exactly the premise of a recent Twitter hashtag and the results are hilarious. From Inception to The Breakfast Club, the simplified, chilld-friendly descriptions are brilliant:
The two cowboy friends go camping on a mountain once a year and like give each other lots of hugs.#ExplainAFilmToA5YearOld
Chicken and waffles are the marriage of two perfect foods, but eating the two together in one big bite requires the use of those pesky old utensils. Now Oh Bite It has come up with a fantastic and dippable one-handed version that combines chicken and waffles with good old fashioned fried donut holes. Essentially they are simply waffle batter stuffed with chicken pieces and deep fried, but the combination of these meant-to-be foods is just too perfect to be ignored. Whether you dip them in hot sauce or syrup is up to you.
You don't really need a spoon for a shot glass in most cases, but when the spoon and shot glass compliment each other as well as this crawling hand glass and bone spoon do, practicality certainly gives way to aesthetics.
The creations, by artist CTCordingly, come in a multitude of colors and are 3D printed in porcelain. They're perfect for any creepy party, especially a creepy dinner party with a tasting menu that includes a soup course (since it's the perfect excuse for a tiny amount of liquid that still requires a spoon).
Looking for a labyrinth that smells as great as it looks? The you'll want to head to West Michigan, where Cherry Point Farm and Market,a farm in Shelby, offers a massively relaxing maze built with lovely and aromatic lavender plants. The flower maze, built by artist and architect Conrad Heiderer features an herb garden in the center -giving it a delicious and even more delightfully scented reward for anyone willing to take the walk.
Jareth the Goblin King from The Labyrinth is David Bowie's most memorable movie role. A year after his death, it seems only appropriate to see animals doing their best to celebrate his legendary role. But cats and dogs are always in competition, so now it's time to ask, who wore it better -kitty or doggy Jareth? Somehow cats just seem like a better David Bowie match...
but this dog's costume is just amazing. Plus, we've previously seen a dog naved David Bowie, but never one who wanted to be David Bowie.
I've never been big on vegan desserts, but when they look as magical as these incredible Lisa Frank whoopie pies by Courtisan Cupcakes, I'd be more than willing to give them another shot. Complete with not only vivid rainbow colors, glitter and sprinkles, they even come adorned with a Lisa Frank cake topper. It's like someone transformed my 3rd grade Trapper Keeper and turned it into a dessert!
Sinbad the cat is a Persian kitty that belonged to an elderly man in Chicago. Unfortunately, as her owner got older, his mental health declined and the kitty's thick, long hair started matting as he neglected to brush her. When a city worker came to do some repairs and maintenance on the man's home, he noticed the cat's poor condition and called the The Anti-Cruelty Society, who sent an investigation team to check on the kitty. When the team arrived, they asked the man if he would be willing to give up Sinbad and he agreed.
At the shelter, vets bathed the cat and gave him two rounds of hair cuts -shedding over five pounds of hair from the cat. After he started to look better, shelter employee Elliot Serrano took Sinbad home over the holidays and ended up falling in love with the recovered and loving kitty. Serrano has since adopted Sinbad and the recovering cat is happy to live in a happy home.
We've heard of donuts with bacon, but taking an ordinary restaurant meal and turning it into a donut is a whole new level of dessert. That's exactly what New York donut shop The Doughnut Project (previously featured on Neatorama for its bone marrow donut) is doing with the favorite restaurant dishes of its founders, Troy Neal and Leslie Polizzotto.
Their new creations include one with grilled Nueske's bacon on a peanut butter glaze with a jalapeño jelly filling, based on this dish from Chef Ryan Bartlow's Quality Eats (top); a kabocha squash filled doughnut with a grilled green grape glaze with a fried caper topping inspired by this dish at Chef Michael Anthony's Gramercy Tavern (above); and a pasta-like donut with tomato jam filling, olive oil glaze and pecorino cheese with a guanciale topping that is a nod to the Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Chef Robert Zwirz's Lupa (below).
Lupa's co-owner, Mario Batali, was so touched by the tribute that he plans on offering a mini version of the donut on the restaurant's dessert menu.
People are people as the old saying goes and that means sometimes people do stupid things and on rare occassion, those stupid things result in priceless pieces of art, historical artifacts and amazing natural formations being destroyed. This Travel.alot artilce details 10 such tales, ranging from people making totally understandable mistakes to mindblowingly stupid behaviors that make you just hate people. For example:
Goblin Valley State Park is named for its goblins or "hoodoos"—rock formations that look like enormous boulders sitting atop tiny perches. The rock itself is 170 million years old, and it took some 25 million years of erosion to carve the shapes as they appear today. Boy Scout leaders Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor, and Dylan Taylor filmed themselves toppling one over, claiming it was a "safety hazard." The three men were kicked out for violating the Scouts' "Take only pictures, leave only footprints" precepts, and were given a year's worth of probation and fines.
A year's probation? That's nothing for destroying a priceless natural formation!
New Jersey is well known for its toll roads, but while the small fees are normally a minor annoyance to most drivers, one man is actually facing jail time for owing over one million dollars in tolls. Of course, he didn't drive all those miles on his own -Lester Morales owns a trucking company in the state that sends more than 100 trucks through the tolls more than 100 times a day.
When he was arrested for theft of services, Morales was about to board a flight to Aruba, although his lawyer says he was only going to go on a short vacation and wasn't fleeing the country to escape his bills.
Disneyland and Disney World have better restaurants than the typical theme park. Whether you're in the mood for fine dining, something perfect for kids or a little bit of both, the parks have you covered. And thanks to Travel and Leisure, now you can know which of the restaurants at the park are the best no matter what you're looking for.
Of course, if you want to visit all the restuarants, you'll have to travel both coasts and different parks and hotels, but if you're a big enough Disney fan, that won't be much of a problem anyway.
Idaho resident Nelson Wilson has a heated water tank for his horses that birds like to drink from during the winter. Unfortunately, this little sparrow got his feet wet and then decided to take a break on the metal fence, leaving him stuck with nowhere to go.
While the bird was scared of Nelson as he approached, he seems to have accepted that the man was trying to help him by the end. A little warm breath and some patience were ultimately all it took to save the little guy.
Flowers are pretty and all, but they don't really do much. If you want to impress someone who doesn't care about aesthetics all that much, skip the traditional bouquet and instead visit Say It With Beef where you can buy a Broquet made of delicious meat products life beef sticks and jerky. The flowers come in two varieties -daisies and roses and they even come in a special romantic pint glass or beer mug.
The Louvre is easily the most famous museum in the world, but even a number of people who have visited don't actually know that much about the place itself. Whether you have been there or want to visit in the future, you'll want to check out these fascinating facts about the museum.
For example, did you know the original building dates back to the 12th century and that you can still see the remains of the moat inside the museum? Or that many of the pieces on display are only there thanks to plundering on the part of Napoleon Bonaparte? Or that there is now an official Da Vinci Code themed route to explore the museum?
A convenience store in Toronto noticed their were having quite a few chocolate bars going missing. When they figured out who was taking the chocolates, the family who runs the store had quite the charming surprise.
Over the years a local band of squirrels stole dozens of chocolate bars from the shop. As it turns out, the family itself may be to blame -years ago they started feeding the birds outside the shop and the excess food may have lured the squirrels into the area. Once the free food was gone, the squirrels thought there still must be some free snacks somewhere.
If you buy a lot of fresh fruit, you probably see it go bad here and there. Now you can do better than lemonade out of lemons by making wine or cider out of your old fruit. Supposedly you can even turn the fruit into mead -though obviously that requires more honey than it does fruit. The Alchema device is currently available for pre-order and while it's a pretty penny at $429, that could be a bargain for people who drink a lot of craft brews and end up tossing a lot of fruit. Best of all, you won't be wasting food anymore.
Those fudging cock-a-roaches! How could they possibly stop a child's dream of playing Scarface? Seriously, this absurdly adorable Scarface reanactment was actually performed as a school play. It's hard to believe until you see the parents applauding at the end. But as to why this was performed at school or who thought this was a good idea, these are the things that will continue to haunt you long after watching this video.
Update: Thank you Uncleblob for pointing out that this wasn't actually a real school play but was actually created by professional director Marc Klasfeld. Even so, the people in the audience are actually the parents of the children on stage, so that sense of paternal pride is certainly real.
The poop emoji has been a runaway success over the last few years, but for those who wish they could just take a big bite out of it, you can finally get your wish. This crappy dessert was created by Rancho Santa Margarita's The Doughnut Parlor. It's a chocolate cake donut with dark chocolate icing, covered in a spiral of chocolate buttercream and acccessorised with edible candy eyeballs.
While some people might have a hard time biting down on poop, the emoji donut has surprisingly become their biggest seller since it was released.