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Internet Bacon

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The prevailing lore is that once you discount spam (which we all try to ignore), 98% of the internet is composed of cats, pornography, MySpace, and bacon. Bacon? Yeah, bacon is all over the internet. I first noticed bacon as a shared motif when John Scalzi taped bacon to his cat. It was on his list of "things to do" and some commenters did not believe he'd do it. The cat was the hottest thing on the internet for a while. He later posted a motivational poster summing up the experience.

And why not? Bacon is tasty, fattening, decadent, and in some religions, taboo. A couple of my favorite blogs, The J-Walk Blog and YesButNoButYes have posted so much about bacon that it achieved its own category on both sites. There are entire blogs dedicated to bacon, including The Bacon Show, Bacontarian, Six Degrees of Bacon (not Kevin Bacon), and Bacon Unwrapped. You can keep up with bacon news as it happens. If you broadened your scope to pork or barbecue, no doubt you'll find a lot more bacon resources. After all, this is the Year of the Pig.

More tasty bacon, after the jump.

300_baconcupcake.jpgYou can find hundreds, maybe thousands of bacon recipes, but the most interesting are bacon desserts. You'll find recipes online for Bacon Cookies, Pig Candy, Bacon Baklava, Bacon and Egg Ice Cream, and Maple Bacon Cupcakes (pictured). If you aren't inclined to cook, you can still enjoy bacon sweets for sale on the internet, such as Bacon Mints and Chocolate-Covered Bacon Bits.

Some recipes are hard to classify as dessert, but they are still a bit on the strange side. I'm thinking of Bacon-Wrapped Dates and the Bacon Martini.

baconshoes.jpgIf you are a bacon devotee, you can dress the part. Show up at our next formal occasion with a suit that looks like bacon, and smells like bacon, too! Be warned: dogs may follow you home. Accessorize properly. Converse now has the Chuck Taylor Eggs and Bacon shoes available. There are many ways to wear bacon on your head, including a bacon hat, toupee, and tattoo. Some folks just can't advertize their devotion to bacon enough.

BLT-Candles.jpgBacon addicts can make a home smell like bacon, too! Wake up to the aroma of bacon with the Bacon Alarm Clock, which you've seen here before. Or if you'd rather have a long-lasting scent, this Bacon Candle is just the thing, or you might want to go with the Bacon Air Freshener.

Archie McPhee stocks items you'd never otherwise associate with bacon. You can clean up after a bacon meal with Bacon Flavored Toothpicks, then pay for it with money you keep in your Bacon Wallet. Always keep some Bacon Strip Bandages handy! If you like those items, you'll love the What Would Bacon Do? Spin Folder.

baconbubbles.jpgDogs like bacon, too. For a different treat, get your dog a Bubble Buddy and blow him some Bacon-Scented Bubbles! Recommended by Dave Barry, who loves dogs because "they are morons."

baconcoke.jpgThere are those who craft their online persona according to the lure of bacon. There are songs about bacon. Scientists are studying how to get more pleasure out of bacon. But if you really want to impress a bacon-lover, you can't do better than a gift from the Bacon of the Month Club. After all, reading about bacon is only a pale substitute for eating it.

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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