Harry Potter Cafe in Singapore Offers Literal Goblet of Fire

Image credit: TheSmartLocal

There’s no need to plan a trip to Hogsmeade to find yourself some magical grub. A Harry Potter-themed restaurant targeted towards muggles opened in Pakistan in 2016, and a separate team recently opened a themed cafe of their own in Singapore. According to Elite Daily, Platform 1094 offers something extra magical: a blue “Goblet of Fire” drink that blazes with actual flames.

The menu at Platform 1094 is packed with wizard-friendly dishes. Diners can order the "Giant’s Breakfast," for example, with eggs, sausage, roasted pumpkin, and bacon-wrapped pineapple, or the "Black Magic" dessert with black sesame panna cotta and squid ink profiterole.

But the main attractions are the drinks that resemble what you’d expect to see in Professor Snape’s Potions class. Their signature "Goblet of Fire" is made with lemonade, Bacardi rum, and blue Curacao liqueur to give it its spellbinding shade. The server lights the drink on fire and patrons can watch the flames spark and erupt when cinnamon is sprinkled on top. If that’s not enough to convince diners they’ve been transported to Hogwarts, wands, witch’s hats, and chairs upholstered with pictures of Harry’s Patronus further add to the ambiance. Platform 1094 is now open to muggles and wizarding folk alike.

[h/t Elite Daily]

Header/banner images: Warner Bros.

Original image
Big Questions
How Long Could a Person Survive With an Unlimited Supply of Water, But No Food at All?
Original image

How long could a person survive if he had unlimited supply of water, but no food at all?

Richard Lee Fulgham:

I happen to know the answer because I have studied starvation, its course, and its utility in committing a painless suicide. (No, I’m not suicidal.)

A healthy human being can live approximately 45 to 65 days without food of any kind, so long as he or she keeps hydrated.

You could survive without any severe symptoms [for] about 30 to 35 days, but after that you would probably experience skin rashes, diarrhea, and of course substantial weight loss.

The body—as you must know—begins eating itself, beginning with adipose tissue (i.e. fat) and next the muscle tissue.

Google Mahatma Gandhi, who starved himself almost to death during 14 voluntary hunger strikes to bring attention to India’s independence movement.

Strangely, there is much evidence that starvation is a painless way to die. In fact, you experience a wonderful euphoria when the body realizes it is about to die. Whether this is a divine gift or merely secretions of the brain is not known.

Of course, the picture is not so pretty for all reports. Some victims of starvation have experienced extreme irritability, unbearably itchy skin rashes, unceasing diarrhea, painful swallowing, and edema.

In most cases, death comes when the organs begin to shut down after six to nine weeks. Usually the heart simply stops.

(Here is a detailed medical report of the longest known fast: 382 days.)

This post originally appeared on Quora. Click here to view.

Original image
This Concrete Block Makes a Fine Espresso
Original image

Have you ever thought your kitchen could use more of a Soviet Union vibe? Do you find the fixtures in abandoned buildings charming? Then the AnZa espresso machine—essentially a coffee maker encased in a concrete block—may be for you.

According to Curbed, the AnZa is part of the art and installation aesthetic dubbed Brutalism, an architectural movement using spare, blocky designs. Moving away from the sleek, shiny appearance of most modern appliances, design firm Montaag crafted a rough block with simple knobs. As post-apocalyptic as it may look, it’s reputed to make a very good cup of espresso. And it’s “smart”: a smartphone app can adjust the brewing temperature to the user’s preference.

A close-up of the AnZa's knob

The project’s Kickstarter recently met its $145,000 goal and is now accepting preorders at Indiegogo for $799. You can hoist this subjectively beautiful appliance on your countertop beginning in March 2018.

[h/t Curbed]


More from mental floss studios