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This iPhone Case Will Brew You a Cup of Espresso

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Today's smartphones can do just about anything, whether it’s transforming into household object for the visually impaired or testing fertility. But your iPhone can’t help you out with one of the most important of morning rituals: making coffee. But a new phone case supposedly can, according to designboom.

The Italian-made Mokase case allows you to pour a shot of espresso right out of your phone. The case (which does not appear to be a parody) comes with coffee filter inserts, which look like a cross between a K-cup and a Nintendo 64 cartridge. The filters, which are available in three different roasts, fit into the side of the case, and then all you have to do is open the app to start brewing.

A USB-rechargable battery heats up the 0.84 (25 mL) ounces of water inside, spitting out that teeny cup of coffee through a tube that runs up through the top of the phone case in just a few seconds. It also comes with a collapsible cup from which to drink your beverage. In a world of unicorn frappuccinos, this isn't the craziest coffee "innovation" on the table.

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The contraption costs around $55 on Kickstarter, and is scheduled for delivery in September—if the project meets its goal; as of May 8, the Kickstarter has only raised $4200 of its $82,285 goal.

[h/t designboom]

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Thanks to a Wet Winter, New Zealand Faces a Potential Potato Chip Shortage
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New Zealand has plenty of unique and tasty snacks, but kiwis also love potato chips. The universal comfort food is in danger Down Under, however, as an unusually wet winter has devastated the island country’s tuber crops, according to BBC News.

Twenty percent of New Zealand’s annual potato crop was wiped out from a series of major storms and floods that ravaged the nation’s North and South Islands, The Guardian reports. In some regions, up to 30 percent of potato crops were affected, with the varieties used to make chips bearing the brunt of the damage.

Potato prices spiked as farmers struggled, but the crisis—now dubbed “chipocalypse” by media outlets—didn't really make the mainstream news until supermarket chain Pak’nSave posted announcements in potato chip aisles that warned customers of a salty snack shortage until the New Year.

Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error. However, other supermarket chains say they’re working directly with potato chip suppliers to avoid any potential shortfalls, and are aware that supplies might be limited for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s potato farming crisis extends far beyond the snack bars at rugby matches and vending machines. Last year’s potato crops either rotted or remained un-harvested, and the ground is still too wet to plant new ones. This hurts New Zealand’s economy: The nation is the world’s ninth-largest exporter of potatoes.

Plus, potatoes “are a food staple, and this is becoming a food security issue as the effects of climate change take their toll on our potato crop,” says Chris Claridge, the chief executive of industry group Potatoes New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

In the meantime, New Zealanders are preparing to hunker down for a few long months of potential potato peril—and according to some social media users, kale chips are not a suitable alternative. “Chipocalypse” indeed.

[h/t BBC News]

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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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