Jonathan Fallon

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Zeke Kossover from The Exploratorium is helping to kick off a new video series entitled “Simple Feats of Science!” for Tested by demonstrating how a soda can can be destroyed by a ping pong ball that’s traveling near the speed of sound after being fired out of a vacuum cannon.

With that kind of subject matter, the series is sure to be a success. You can check out the video below to get all the specifics, or you can simply skip to the 6:17 mark to watch the carnage.

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This could only happen in Florida.

A 23-year-old Florida man was arrested this week for an incident that occurred last October. It allegedly involved heaving a three-and-a-half foot long alligator through a Wendy’s drive thru window.

Apparently he picked the reptile up off the side of the road, drove to Wendy’s, ordered a large beverage, paid, and then pulled out the gator and flung it through the window. Why? Because Florida.

Actually, nobody seems to know the reason, although his parents are claiming it was all a dumb prank.

The alligator survived its fast food encounter and the suspect was charged with second degree petty theft (of the reptile), possession and injury of an alligator, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. After the arrest, Wendy’s released the following statement:

“This unfortunate incident occurred last year. The safety and security of our restaurant teams is very important to us, and we’re glad that no one was injured as a result of this situation.”

(WPTV via Eater)

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If you live in Canada and want to show affection for your fellow foodie without relying on the old chocolate standby, consider a bouquet of long-stemmed Doritos roses.

The arrangement of handmade ketchup-flavored tortilla flowers can be delivered to your valentine’s door for free, but only if you live in Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal.

Thankfully, for those who live nowhere near those areas, the delivery page offers step by step instructions for making you own.

(via Eater)

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On March 8th, Pepsi will bring a taste of cherry blossoms to Japan with their new Pepsi Sakura.

The new offering continues a long line of unusual Pepsi flavors in the country and will reportedly offer a light pink hue and the smell of sweet sakura.

There’s no word on the actual taste, but since Japan is the land of weird flavors, it will likely be well received.

(NicoNico News via Kotaku)

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In addition to the employee creations we mentioned previously, Starbucks is rolling out three new official drinks that will enchant chocolate connoisseurs away from their money this Valentine’s Day.

The first, a Molten Chocolate Latte, is available in hot and cold varieties and features melted chocolate chips with espresso, steamed milk, and bittersweet mocha sauce topped with a mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and espresso mocha drizzle.

The second, a Molten Chocolate Frappuccino, offers coffee with mocha sauce and chocolate chips blended with milk and ice and topped with the same espresso whipped cream and drizzle.

And lastly, their Molten Hot Chocolate provides bittersweet mocha sauce and chocolate chips melted into steamed milk and topped with the espresso whipped cream and drizzle.

The new beverages are only available through February 14th at participating locations in the U.S. and Canada.

(via Mashable)

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Li Ying Khoo of Cakes by Ying is a huge fan of Wallace and Gromit. Since her husband is as well, she decided to put her skills to work creating this cake for his birthday.

The result is made from chocolate mud cake and lemon-vanilla cake with salted caramel and shows the pair engaged in the completely normal tasks of canine knitting and cheese lust.

As you’ll see in the detail pics below, it is also ridiculously intricate and looks more like a stop motion animation scene than a cake.

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Researchers from University College London have finally tackled the physics of perfect pancakes and have published their results in Mathematics TODAY.

The study compared 14 different pancakes from around the globe, analyzing their aspect ratio (the diameter of a pancake to the third power and the volume of the batter), and “baker’s percentage” (the ratio of liquid to flour – a lower aspect ratio will result in a thicker pancake, while a higher baker’s percentage results in thinner batter).

Researchers found that aspect ratio varied dramatically based on the recipe. Thick Dutch poffertjes were found to have an aspect ratio of 3 while thin crêpes had an aspect ratio of 300. Baker’s percentage provided noticeable differences in browning but remained relatively steady throughout, with all pancakes ranging between 100 and 225. This is all due to how the water escapes while cooking.

As, uh, interesting as all of this is, the study actually has a far deeper and more important purpose: treating glaucoma. Since glaucoma is the result of liquid building up and becoming trapped in an eye, discovering how liquid can escape through or around a thin surface could hold tremendous value in treating the disease.

Check out the video below for a demonstration.

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The pastry virtuosos at Dominique Ansel Japan have cooked up this cute heart-eyes emoji melonpan just in time for Valentine’s Day.

As you’ll see in the image below, they also gave a nod to winter with a new hot chocolate marshmallow shaped like a penguin wearing a life preserver—naturally.

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If you’ve been around long enough to remember when the flying toaster screensaver was invading your massive, clunky computer monitor, you will likely appreciate this 3D version created by the DIY experts over at Make.

The project saw a classic toaster fitted with craft store feather wings that are operated via cables by servo. The final product will continue to brown your bagel, but won’t be flying around your kitchen.

See how the project came together in the video below.

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If you want your food to look like it’s on its way to a Grateful Dead concert, The Bagel Store in Brooklyn has a unique item on their menu that could fit the bill: rainbow colored bagels stuffed with cotton candy and rainbow-sprinkle-cake-flavored cream cheese.

The establishment recently shared a video showing how the bagels are made, and it will no doubt remind you of the last time you handled Play-Doh. Check it out below.

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