This $3000 Wagyu Beef Bento Box Is Every Meat Lover's Dream

Gochikuru
Gochikuru

There are beef lovers who can tell porterhouse from filet mignon, who are regulars at their local steakhouse, and who turn up their noses at any cut of meat cooked past medium rare. Then there are beef lovers who are willing to shell out close to $3000 for a bento box of beef shaped like the animal from which it came. If you know someone who's passionate about their steak, this cow-shaped package spotted by Eater is the gift for them.

The box comes from a new Japanese lunch delivery service called Gochikuru. Other offerings on their menu include bento box staples like fish, egg, fruit, and vegetables. But in their Tottori Wagyu box, high-end beef is featured front and center.

Wagyu beef comes specially-bred cows native to Japan. The meat is world-famous for its melt-in-your-mouth fat marbling and unique, fruity aroma. It’s also famous for being one of the most expensive foods on Earth.

This particular selection of Wagyu will set buyers back about $2800 with tax. For that price they get roughly 10 pounds of cooked beef from Japan’s Tottori Prefecture, Kinu Musume rice, Yakiniku sauce, lime halves, a wasabi root, and the 2-foot-wide bovine box it all comes in. The 10 cuts of beef, which include tongue, brisket, and prime rib, are arranged according to their location on the cow.

Dipping beef in a bento box.
Gochikuru

Gochikuru only delivers the item to customers in the Tokyo area, so if you’re looking to give it as a gift stateside, traveling to pick it up will cost more than a few thousand bucks. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options out there if you're shopping for a foodie friend.

Wagyu beef on top of white rice.
Gochikuru

[h/t Eater]

Why Are There 10 Hot Dogs to a Pack But Only 8 Buns?

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Watching competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut cram dozens of hot dogs down his throat would make anyone crave a grilled log of processed meat this summer. But shopping for hot dogs can be a confusing experience. The dogs are typically sold in packs of 10, but the buns are sold in packs of eight. What's behind this strange dog and bun inequality?

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council—yes, there is a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council—there’s a good reason for the discrepancy. For starters, distributors of hot dogs are almost always different from manufacturers of baked goods like rolls. The hot dogs are sold in packs of 10 because producers of meat (or meat-like) products selected that quantity when hot dogs started to sell at retail grocery stores in the 1940s. Oscar Mayer, which led the charge into direct-to-consumer hot dog packaging, sold hot dogs by the pound in accordance with how meat is typically priced. Having 10 dogs that weighed 1.6 ounces each seemed like the ideal distribution of weight.

Bakeries, meanwhile, have standards of their own. Buns and sandwich rolls are usually sold eight to a pack because the baking trays for the elongated buns are typically sized to fit that number. Two sets of four buns come off the tray, which is the reason why buns are often still attached to one another when you open a bag.

These standards were created independently of one another: Bakeries weren’t too preoccupied with hot dogs when they were settling on a four-roll tray standard, and hot dog manufacturers weren’t thinking about how difficult it would be for bakeries to break from their conveyor system to offer 10 buns to a pack.

It can be frustrating if you buy just one or two packages of each, but if you’re hosting a big enough party, the uneven number doesn’t matter. You just need to buy five packages of buns and four packages of hot dogs to have 40 matching pairs. No complicated calculations required.

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Two Eco-Minded Kids in England Are Petitioning McDonald’s and Burger King to Nix Plastic Toys

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Some kids are not content to wait around while the grown-ups sort out the future of our planet. Two of them, 9-year-old Ella and 7-year-old Caitlin, have launched a petition on Change.org requesting that McDonald’s and Burger King stop giving out plastic toys with their kid’s meals, Thrillist reports.

“Children only play with the plastic toys they give us for a few minutes before they get thrown away and harm animals and pollute the sea,” the British girls wrote on Change.org. “We want anything they give us to be sustainable so we can protect the planet for us and for future generations.” The petition has almost 400,000 signatures so far, and their current goal is to reach 500,000.

McDonald's Happy Meal
McDonald's

Last October, UK environment minister Thérèse Coffey also implored McDonald’s to stop giving out plastic toys, suggesting instead that they develop smartphone-friendly games to accompany the meals. At the time, a UK McDonald’s spokesman acknowledged the importance of reducing plastic waste and cited their promise to switch to paper straws, but countered the assumption that the plastic toys were only used for a few minutes, telling The Telegraph that they “provide many more fun-filled hours at home, too.”

The fast food giant did study the environmental effects of their toys last year and found that they are hard to recycle, since they’re manufactured from various types of plastic. As a result, McDonald’s is researching more Earth-friendly ways to make their toys. A Burger King representative told The Wall Street Journal that it, too, is exploring “alternative toy solutions.”

But according to Ella and Caitlin, “It’s not enough to make recyclable plastic toys—big, rich companies shouldn’t be making toys out of plastic at all.” The young activists themselves recycle as much as they can, and even hung a poster in their window about saving the planet.

You can sign their petition here, and learn how to reduce your own environmental impact.

[h/t Thrillist]

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