CLOSE

Giving "hot coffee" a whole new meaning

Seattle, native home of Starbucks, invented the current coffee craze way back in the 80s. Now that the rest of the country has done its best to recreate the once uniquely Northwestern coffee-stand-on-every-corner aesthetic, Seattle had to reinvent its coffee scene -- or risk fading into the background of a pattern they created. Their answer? Sexpresso.

It's kind of like Hooters for coffee: scantily-clad girls in chaps and baby-doll negligees serve coffee concoctions like "The Sexual Mix" (a caramel macchiato with vanilla and milk) or a "Wet Dream" (coffee with white chocolate, milk and caramel sauce). One such drive-thru in the Seattle 'burbs is called "The Sweet Spot," and some other sexpresso stands go by monikers like "Natte Latte" and "Cowgirl Coffee."

coffee2.jpg

Some Northwesterners object, complaining that the stores are degrading to women. There is one obvious benefit, however: the money. A normal barista earns about $10 in tips per shift (over and above their normal hourly rate); a "bikini barista" can earn $200.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Carlo Allegri, Getty Images
arrow
quiz
Two-Word Oscar Winners
Carlo Allegri, Getty Images
Carlo Allegri, Getty Images
nextArticle.image_alt|e
Amazon
arrow
Pop Culture
Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
Amazon
Amazon

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
Funko

Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios