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Starbucks is Bringing Ice Cream to More Than 100 Locations in the U.S.

Soon, customers at select Starbucks locations will be able to order scoops of ice cream to cool down their coffees. As Business Insider reports, the chain will be featuring new affogato offerings at more than 100 stores across the country, beginning this week.

The word affogato means “drowned” in Italian. To make one of these concoctions, baristas pour a shot of espresso into a cup of vanilla ice cream. The dessert is a popular treat in Italy, and soon Starbucks customers in Los Angeles, Orange County, Boston, and Washington, D.C. will get to try the delicacy for themselves.

The Roastery Affogato menu will be unveiled at 10 of Starbucks’s fancier Reserve bar locations. Their classic affogatos will sell for $6, and Cold Brew Malts, made with vanilla ice cream, cold brew, and chocolate bitters, will cost $8.50 each.

A less expensive version of the menu will also be made available at 100 classic Starbucks stores in Orange County, California. There, the Cold Brew Malt will feature Starbucks' Narino 70 cold brew instead of the pricier small-lot brew, and will cost $6.40.

Starbucks first experimented with ice cream-inspired offerings last summer. Their Affogato-style Frappuccino, with hot espresso poured over the iced drink, channeled the hot-cold temperature contrast of the original dessert. The newest offerings mark the first time actual ice cream has been sold at Starbucks across the country.

[h/t Business Insider]

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How Long Could a Person Survive With an Unlimited Supply of Water, But No Food at All?
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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.

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This Concrete Block Makes a Fine Espresso
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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.

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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]

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