We're crossing our fingers that Domino's new "DomiCopter" -- a drone that delivers pizzas -- is real. In a recent test video, the contraption traveled about four miles in 10 minutes on a two-pizza delivery in the U.K.
Domino's hired creative agency T + Biscuits to develop and test out the contraption. Founder Tom Hatton told NBC that so far, the DomiCopter has been a success. "If anything it went quicker than a pizza boy," he said, pointing out that the DomiCopter doesn't need to stop at red lights. "We were amazed at how easy it was going to be."
The DomiCopter has eight spinning blades that lift the vessel, which contains Domino's standard insulation bag. According to Fox News, no flying permits were required because the drone operated less than 126 meters off the ground, but Domino's did need to receive permission from the owner of the land below.
For now, Fox News writes, there aren't any plans to make drone deliveries available to the public in the U.S. or the U.K. -- the prototype is currently undergoing further testing at Domino's U.K. headquarters.
So can we reasonably expect to see DomiCopters whizzing above our heads in the near future, or is this whole thing just a publicity stunt? If it's real, will people embrace the DomiCopter as they did the Tacocopter? But like the Tacocopter, will the DomiCopter be grounded in the U.S. by FAA regulations?
So many questions!
How's this for your protein shake: fructose sugar, water, ascorbic acid, citric acid, enzymes, protein, zinc and more. Those are nutrients found in human male ejaculate.
New research found that numerous species consume semen for its health benefits, and human seed might as well be viable as a superfood, Discovery News reports.
Female squid, for example, consume excess sperm as if it were food. So do carrion flies, certain types of leeches, picture wing flies and other creatures.
For the first time, scientists have started tracking how these species utilize the nutrients in sperm. The study was published in the journal Biology Letters by lead author Benjamin Wegener, a researcher at Monash University in Australia.
That doesn't necessarily mean humans should start feasting during foreplay, but if we did, there are plenty of resources out there to make the experience more enjoyable.
There's "Semenology," a book dedicated for the bartender in your life who also happens to enjoy concocting semen cocktails. "Natural Harvest," on the other hand, is a collection of semen-based recipes (and is actually getting good reviews). Heck, Heather Locklear says it has anti-aging benefits.
NEW YORK — Even as fast-food chains tout their healthy offerings, they're also coming up with fatty new treats to keep customers interested. Case in point: Dunkin' Donuts is adding a doughnut breakfast sandwich to its national menu this week.
The sandwich, which comes with fried eggs and bacon between a split glazed doughnut, will become a part of the permanent menu starting Friday, which the chain claims is "National Donut Day." Dunkin' Donuts had tested the sandwich in select stores in eastern Massachusetts in April, creating considerable buzz online.
Notably, Dunkin' Donuts says the "Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich" clocks in at 360 calories, which is less than the 390 calories for the turkey sausage sandwich it recently introduced for people looking to eat better.
Dunkin' Donuts, based in Canton, Mass., is a unit of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., which also owns Baskin-Robbins.2
The latest concoction may seem to conflict with the push by companies to court customers with better-for-you offerings. For example, options like egg whites and whole grain bread have become common as fast-food chains scramble to attract people in their 20s and 30s, who they say want fresher, wholesome food.
That desire to give menus a healthier glow isn't just lip service. Earlier this year, a report by the Hudson Institute found that lower-calorie options were a key indicator of growth at restaurant chains between 2006 and 2011.
The chains that expanded such options saw customer traffic rise by 11 percent, while those that didn't saw traffic fall by 15 percent, according to the public policy research group.
But at the same time, companies know that indulgent new creations can generate excitement and a big sales spike. For example, Taco Bell says its Doritos Locos Tacos were its most successful item ever, helping lift sales at established restaurants by 8 percent last year.
Stan Frankenthaler, executive chef and vice president of product innovation at Dunkin' Donuts, noted that the chain has been growing sales of its breakfast sandwiches in recent years. The profit margins on breakfast sandwiches are second only to beverages, according to a recent company presentation for investors.
As for Dunkin's recent offerings of a breakfast sandwich with turkey sausage and the new doughnut sandwich, Frankenthaler said they reflect the chain's goal of offering as much variety as possible.
Already, he noted that people can customize sandwiches in multiple ways, such as requesting that it be made with a certain type of bagel.
When asked whether a customer will also be able to order a sandwich on any type of doughnut, such as a chocolate cake doughnut, Frankenthaler said, "I'm sure the store will do that for you."
Dunkin' Brands Group shares rose 46 cents to close at $40.06 on Monday.
Artist Alaina Varrone turns the wholesome craft of embroidery into a tantalizing medium for erotica in her colorful NSFW needleworks. From blush-worthy nudity to eyebrow-raising sexual acts, the threaded imagery is certainly not your average chain-stitch design.
Varrone is a classically trained visual artist who dabbled in needlecraft before entering college. But, as she stated in an email to The Huffington Post, she eventually turned her casual fascination with embroidery into a signature style of art-making, realizing during her freshman year of undergraduate study that her nude drawings took on a whole new life when depicted in thread.
"I'm greatly influenced by mythology, religion, medieval manuscripts, esoterica, subversive underground cultures; history's perverts and weirdos, really," Varrone explained. "I suppose the eroticism and humor in all my pieces stem from my own personality. I love creating characters and telling stories, and I try to capture all of this in a single narrative frame."
"This medium still amuses and challenges me, and I'm so pleased to see how embroidery's evolved since I first started those twelve years ago!" she added.
We can't get enough of Varrone's jaw-dropping embroidery, but be warned -- some of the scenes are a bit too graphic for the office. Scroll through the slideshow below and let us know what you think of the wickedly naughty art in the comments. For more of her designs, check out her website here.
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