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The 6 Levels of Extreme Apple Fandom

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For some people, Apple is very much a religion. At least that’s what neuroscientists said after a study found that viewing Apple products caused the brains of "Mactivists" to act in a way usually reserved for people in prayer. Here are the different ways these Apple fanatics demonstrate their devotion.

Level 1 - The Average Apple Fanboy

How to spot a level 1 Mactivist: They somewhat ironically show appreciation for Apple products with Jewelry, dishware, clothing and pastries.

Level 2 - The Macaholic

How to spot a level 2 Mactivist: They decorator their home with Mac-themed furniture and art, and repurpose their old Macs.

Level 3 — The “Machole” or “iHole”

How to recognize a level 3 Mactivist: The hair.

Level 4 - The “iCurious”

How to spot a level 4 Mactivist: They're on Cupidtino, a dating site exclusively for Apple users.

Or they've brought Apple into the bedroom in other (Not-Suitable-for-Mental-Floss) ways.

Level 5 - The Applecore

How to spot a level 5 Mactivist: The Applecores are, as the name suggests, the central most loyal group of the Apple Empire. You can tell who they are because they have permanently branded themselves.

Level 6 - The iPerson

How to spot a level 6 Mactivist: They have literally become an Apple product.

Links: Battery Icon Mug, Power Icon Earrings, Cursor T-Shirt, "Apple" Pie, iTable, Icon Pillows, Mac Paintings, Mac Mailbox, Mac Keg, Cupidtino.

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A Rare Apple Lisa 1 Computer Is Up for Auction on eBay
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For superfans of vintage Apple products, a working Apple Lisa 1 is the holy grail of collector's items. First released in 1983, the pioneering computer (the first to feature a graphic interface and a mouse) was a commercial failure and only sold 100,000 units, very few of which survived to the present day. But an eBay seller is offering up the super-rare opportunity to own one, as DesignTAXI reports.

The computer in question, selling for more than $55,000 as of January 8, is in mint condition. According to the listing, it has only been turned on a few times.

A Lisa 1 computer
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As you can see in the video below, everything seems to be in working order.

The seller estimates that there are only 20 to 100 Lisa 1s left in the world. And even for a Lisa 1, this one is a rare machine. Lisa computers, reportedly named after Steve Jobs’s daughter (though there have been some other theories about the name), were the only machines Apple released with its doomed Twiggy disk drives—a faulty format that turned out to be incredibly unreliable, leading to the product’s downfall. Apple then released the Lisa 2 with standard 3.5-inch floppy disk drives, offering customers free upgrades for their Lisa 1 Twiggy drives.

Since most customers jumped at the chance to make their $10,000 computer ($24,700 in today's dollars) run properly, Lisas that still have their original Twiggy drives are incredibly hard to find. The Lisa 1 on sale still has its twin Twiggy drives though, and they work, at least as well as the drives ever worked.

Whether the seller will actually get his $55,000 is questionable. In 2010, a similar Lisa 1 sold for just $15,000. But the model seems to have gained a lot of value since then, since one sold for $50,000 in November 2017.

[h/t DesignTAXI]

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Why Do Honeycrisp Apples Cost So Much?
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Apples to apples is no longer a valid comparison. As gastronomic writer Sarah Jampel at Food52 has observed, shoppers who prefer a premium fruit experience by opting for Honeycrisp apples can pay up to four times as much as they would for other varieties. When did Granny Smiths become the RC Cola to Honeycrisp’s Coke?

According to Jampel, the answer invokes the old law of supply and demand. There’s plenty of demand for the apple, but prices get engorged when there isn't enough to go around.

The scarcity is a result of the Honeycrisp’s eccentric nature. Introduced commercially in 1991 after being invented by University of Minnesota scientist David Bedford, who cross-pollinated seeds to create a more durable and winter-resistant apple, the Honeycrisp tree demands very specific soil and maintenance requirements. The fruit can ripen at various times, necessitating more frequent harvests; the skin is thin and delicate, so they must be trimmed off by hand. Many of the trees are so delicate they require a trellis [PDF] to support their branches.

All the extra labor means more time and money—the latter of which is passed along to the consumer.

Growers who didn’t anticipate the surging popularity of Honeycrisps were also caught off-guard. As trees can take up to six years to bear enough fruit for commercial purposes, the number of trees currently producing isn’t really proportionate to the level of demand.

That will change as more are planted, although it might be a little while before the Honeycrisp proves to be on the same economic footing as its Red Delicious counterpart. Before you celebrate a cheaper version, remember that growers looking to feed the market might opt to grow the apple in less-than-perfect conditions that could affect its famously crunchy taste. Enjoy it while you can.

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