Ohio State University Now Has a Bacon Vending Machine

During final exams season, students are sweating a lot of things: their grades, term papers, having to go home and see their family… But this year, students at Ohio State University will be getting the meat sweats as well.

That’s because the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has a brand new, extra-special vending machine that serves nothing but bacon. That’s right, PETA; OSU students are going to the vending machine and bringing home the bacon.

The vending machine was set up last week in the college’s Animal Science building, according to the Columbus Dispatch, where it has drawn crowds non-stop, requiring the machine to be refilled up to five times per day. For a dollar per item, it spits out bacon bits and shelf-stable strips.

Student bacon lovers have the Ohio Pork Council to thank for the machine, which will be in place until the 13th. The lobbying group provided the machine, while meat giants Smithfield, Hormel and Sugardale provided the product. All money raised through the sale of these bacon products will go to OSU’s “meat science program.”

We asked our very own Ohio native, GK Entertainment Editor Ricky Smith, to explain the wild success of such salty technology.

“Only Ohioans could find a way to make ready-to-eat bacon even easier,” he wrote in a Slack statement.

Convenient indeed.

If you’re not a student at Ohio State, don’t despair; there are plenty of easy ways to get your bacon with ease. Take, for instance, this bacon-in-the-oven hack. While you might not be able to fry it up in the middle of your office, you can store it in a little paper bag and take it out when the urge strikes.

Good eating, friends.


Turn Dollar Store Tea Lights Into the Cutest Snowman Ornaments

Blogger Debbie Chapman of One Little Project created the too-cute craft after trying to figure out another use for the faux-flame candles taking up space on her mantel. Noticing that the “flame” resembled a snowman’s carrot nose, she rounded up a few craft supplies, and—in a matter of minutes—the precious, pint-sized Frostys were born.

This delightful (see what we did there?) craft works as a decoration for your tree, mantel, or really anywhere that could use a little holiday cheer. Wherever you do decide to display it, we know you (and your wallet) will love the dollar store DIY ornament so much, we’re officially calling it the must-make craft of the season.

Burger King’s New Oreo Cookie Peppermint Shake Is The Fast-Food Holiday Treat We ALL Need

Have we all recovered from Burger King’s ~very~ exciting Return of The Cini Minis news? Okay, good. Brace yourself again, folks, because BK just debuted another dessert that will make the holiday season even sweeter. The brand new Oreo Cookie Peppermint Shake hit menus yesterday, and it sounds like the ultimate wintery sweet treat.

According to Burger King’s website, the new shake is blended with vanilla soft serve, Oreo cookie pieces, and peppermint syrup. It’s topped with whipped cream before being handed to your very eager hands. I would 100 percent get a brain freeze while sipping gulping one of these down.

The Oreo peppermint shake will be available through the end of the year, so you have about a month to try it! The recommended price is $3.29. Definitely worth it (especially if you’re taking advantage of BK’s $1 ten-piece chicken nuggets). Dinner AND dessert for less than $5. I’ll take it.

The ‘HOLY GRAIL OF SCOTCH’ Smashes All Alcohol Records, Sells for $1.5 Million

Some say that the Holy Grail gives eternal life to the drinker. This Holy Grail, however, merely confers an elevated level of socioeconomic status.

A hand-painted bottle of 1926 60-year-old Macallan whisky, dubbed the “Holy Grail” of Scotch, sold at a Christie’s auction in London on Thursday morning for $1.5 million, shattering records and blowing the minds of booze lovers everywhere.

The purchase set a new record for the most money ever spent on a single bottle of wine or spirits.

The unique bottle was one of 40 filled in 1986 after the liquor had spent 60 years in a barrel. It was the only bottle to feature commissioned artwork from the Irish muralist Michael Dillon, depicting the Easter Elchies House of The Macallan. It was last sold in 1999 at London’s Fortnum and Mason.

As a point of comparison, two bottles of the very same juice—one with a label by Valerio Adami and the other with a label by Sir Peter Blake, who designed the album cover for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—set world records when they sold as a pair back in March for just over $1.1 million.

Whether or not this Grail grants the drinker eternal life, we may never know. A whisky this expensive will likely just be bought and sold as an investment—not as an agricultural product meant to be consumed.

The FDA Says It’s Now Safe To Eat Romaine From Certain States

The ban on all romaine lettuce is officially over. Last week, the CDC recommended staying away from romaine altogether while an on-going investigation — into an E. coli outbreak that impacted 43 people in 12 states — determined the source of the bacteria. According to the FDA, it has been determined that the E. coli can be traced back to California. “Romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine also does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources,” explained the FDA in a statement. See here for more information on how to tell if romaine is safe to eat.

Put down that salad fork, everyone. The Centers for Disease Control have just released a pretty drastic warning, advising people in the U.S. and Canada not to eat any romaine lettuce, no matter where it’s from. This is due to an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which has so far sickened 32 people in 11 states, with 13 landing in the hospital. In Canada, another 18 people in two provinces were also infected.

The reported illnesses all happened in October, but because the CDC has not identified a source for the lettuce, it says that all romaine everywhere is suspect. This is the same kind of bacteria — but not the same outbreak — that caused the great Yuma, Arizona, romaine scare of earlier this spring.

“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” says the alert. “This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.”

If you have had any romaine — or any salad mix that may have contained romaine — in your refrigerator, you should also take steps to thoroughly clean and sanitize the drawer or shelves where it was stored.

Symptoms of E. coli infection can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. According to the CDC, most people get better within five to seven days, but if you have diarrhea for more than three days or accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or the kind of persistent vomiting that won’t even let you keep liquids down, see a doctor. There is a chance you could develop a kidney-damaging condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, so this is nothing to take lightly.

This Oreo Turntable Actually Plays Music

Vinyl is dead, long live cookies!

Fear not, ye audiophiles, the audio medium of the future will not be your iPhone or those “retro” cassette tapes that they now sell at Urban Outfitters; instead, it will be music played by Oreo cookies.

In a nod to music lovers, a new Oreo gift tin available on Amazon includes a special device that uses those black-and-white, stuffed cookies to play music.

As the Oreo spins with the “needle” above it, the special cookie player plays a song. When you take a bite out of your cookie and put it back, it plays a different song! You can even record your own message or music on the device and surprise your friends when you present them with your “freshly-pressed” Oreo LP.

The gift tin also includes regular Oreos, Oreo thins and limited edition white fudge Oreos.

11 Ways To Save Money At Starbucks

When it comes to coffee, we don’t joke. It’s legit the reason we’re out of bed in the morning. Well, that and work. If you’re part of the 12.36 million households in America who visited a Starbucks at some point in 2018 (before work, probs), you might want to buckle up. Here are just a few ways to hack the Starbucks system to ensure you get an exceptionally good—and cheaper—cup. *Sips coffee*

Sign up for Starbucks Rewards

Chances are you’ve been gifted a Starbucks gift card at least once. Hold on to it! That card is a door that can lead you to a whole new world. If you register a gift card, you’ll rack up points (a.k.a stars) every time you make a Starbucks purchase with the Rewards program. That goes for food, drink, and merchandise purchases. When you get a certain number of stars, you’ll get free drinks or food.

Keep an eye out for promos

Sign up for promo emails (don’t worry, they’re not annoyingly spammy) or check the Starbucks app. There you’ll find Happy Hour specials (like 50 percent off), extra star rewards based on your purchase, and just good old BOGO offers. So, yes, you can have your cake (pop) and eat it too.

Bring a reusable cup…and save 10 cents

Every time you bring a reusable cup from home, you’ll save 10 cents on your drink. If you don’t have a reusable one from Starbucks, that’s cool too! Bring in whatever you have. If you bring a competitor’s paper cup, though, it’ll be replaced with a Starbucks paper cup…and you’ll still get 10 cents off.

Get discounted refills

After you’re done with your drink, you can get a refill of brewed coffee or tea for just 50 cents, regardless of what your first drink was. The only thing is you have to stay inside the store to get a refill. Once you leave, you can’t take advantage of the deal.

Ask for an iced tea with no water

I know this sounds strange, but hear me out. Starbucks’ iced tea is made strong, but when it’s time to be served, it’s watered down. If you ask for your iced tea with no water, you’re essentially getting more of the tea (and the caffeine that comes along with it).