Pringles are yummy, but they have one major flaw— the stupid, skinny cylindrical can. Sure, it keeps all the chips stacked nice and neat to reduce the number of broken chips, but unless you’ve got small hands and arms, getting the bottom third is a pain. The solution? The Bloom Chips can. Ingeniously, it transforms from a tube into a bowl for easier munching.
Young designer Dohyuk Kwon encountered the same problem we all have before: He was enjoying a package of Pringles potato crisps until, suddenly, he found the chip level had sunk to a critical expletive-laden stage just below the reach of his fingers. “So I sketched a more convenient package of chips,” he tells Co.Design.
His concept is called Bloom Chips, and it won a Red Dot Award for its obvious brilliance: Bloom Chips is a wrinkled cylinder that unfurls to create its own bowl. “Its mechanism is more complex than it looks,” says Kwon. “Simply speaking, it’s like a blooming flower.” The idea is so instantly impressive that it’s impossible to imagine why no one at Procter & Gamble thought of it first.
If you want to get moderately drunk for only a short period of time… if actually drinking seems like too much for you, there’s now an alcohol spray available in Europe that will get you tipsy with a single spritz. The downside is that the drunkenness only lasts for a few minutes, so you’ll have to keep spritzing to keep up with your friends.
Designer Phillipe Starck and scientist David Edwards of “Le Whif” chocolate fame (what’s with this guy and putting things in aerosol cans?) have introduced an alcohol spray called Wahh Quantum Sensations. The spray gets you momentarily drunk with, supposedly, no side effects — it delivers 0.075 milliliters of alcohol per dose. So it’s for people who want to be drunk without drinking and only for a short time?
Sounds like a potentially severe threat to America’s youth. But don’t worry: it’s currently only available in Europe where a 21-shot cans costs 20 euro (US$26).
A couple days ago, the CT legislature made the tiny state the seventeenth state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons. Unlike California, which now has weed dispensaries on every corner, Connecticut weed will be a bit more tightly regulated.
Under the bill, patients and their caregivers must register with the Department of Consumer Protection. In addition, their doctors must certify that there is a medical need for marijuana to be dispensed, like in the case of debilitating diseases like cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.
On the surface, this law sounds strict, but we’ll see how long until the chillest doctors find a way around it. In other states, marijuana is prescribed for anxiety, depression, and insomnia, among other conditions.
He’s not out of diapers yet, but a Calgary toddler has become the youngest person in Canada to join the ranks of the international high-IQ society, Mensa.
Meet Anthony Popa Urria. At two years and nine months, Anthony has a staggeringly high IQ score of 154, just a few points shy of the estimated IQs of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. While most of his peers are singing Itsy Bitsy Spider and drawing crayon scribbles, this bright toddler spends his time reciting the alphabet backward and forward, counting to 1,000, and listing the planets in the solar system, days in a week, months in a year and the seasons. He also speaks three languages, can read full sentences in books he has never seen before, can write his own name and many other words, and can solve complex 70-piece puzzles, among his vast skills… Across Canada, there are only seven other members of Mensa aged 10 or younger.