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

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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.
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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]

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'Lime Disease' Could Give You a Nasty Rash This Summer
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A cold Corona or virgin margarita is best enjoyed by the pool, but watch where you’re squeezing those limes. As Slate illustrates in a new video, there’s a lesser-known “lime disease,” and it can give you a nasty skin rash if you’re not careful.

When lime juice comes into contact with your skin and is then exposed to UV rays, it can cause a chemical reaction that results in phytophotodermatitis. It looks a little like a poison ivy reaction or sun poisoning, and some of the symptoms include redness, blistering, and inflammation. It’s the same reaction caused by a corrosive sap on the giant hogweed, an invasive weed that’s spreading throughout the U.S.

"Lime disease" may sound random, but it’s a lot more common than you might think. Dermatologist Barry D. Goldman tells Slate he sees cases of the skin condition almost daily in the summer. Some people have even reported receiving second-degree burns as a result of the citric acid from lime juice. According to the Mayo Clinic, the chemical that causes phytophotodermatitis can also be found in wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, buttercups, and other citrus fruits.

To play it safe, keep your limes confined to the great indoors or wash your hands with soap after handling the fruit. You can learn more about phytophotodermatitis by checking out Slate’s video below.

[h/t Slate]

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Why Eating From a Smaller Plate Might Not Be an Effective Dieting Trick 
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It might be time to rewrite the diet books. Israeli psychologists have cast doubt on the widespread belief that eating from smaller plates helps you control food portions and feel fuller, Scientific American reports.

Past studies have shown that this mind trick, called the Delboeuf illusion, influences the amount of food that people eat. In one 2012 study, participants who were given larger bowls ended up eating more soup overall than those given smaller bowls.

However, researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Negev, Israel, concluded in a study published in the journal Appetite that the effectiveness of the illusion depends on how empty your stomach is. The team of scientists studied two groups of participants: one that ate three hours before the experiment, and another that ate one hour prior. When participants were shown images of pizzas on serving trays of varying sizes, the group that hadn’t eaten in several hours was more accurate in assessing the size of pizzas. In other words, the hungrier they were, the less likely they were to be fooled by the different trays.

However, both groups were equally tricked by the illusion when they were asked to estimate the size of non-food objects, such as black circles inside of white circles and hubcaps within tires. Researchers say this demonstrates that motivational factors, like appetite, affects how we perceive food. The findings also dovetail with the results of an earlier study, which concluded that overweight people are less likely to fall for the illusion than people of a normal weight.

So go ahead and get a large plate every now and then. At the very least, it may save you a second trip to the buffet table.

[h/t Scientific American]

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