The Daily Dish: New Tostitos Chip Bag Is a Breathalyzer That Will Remind You to Call an Uber
New Tostitos Chip Bag Is a Breathalyzer That Will Remind You to Call an Uber
The Frito-Lay Party Safe bag isn’t just a normal bag of crunchy snacks; it can also detect when you’ve had too much to drink and will order an Uber for you. This limited-edition Party Safe bag was created in collaboration with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and it’s connected to a microcontroller that can detect trace amounts of alcohol when you breathe into the bag. If any alcohol is detected, the bag will turn bright red and flash a “Don’t Drink and Drive” message with an Uber code for $10 off your ride on the evening of the Super Bowl, Feb. 5. On average, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday were caused by drunk drivers, compared to 31 percent the rest of the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Hackers Hold Entire Hotel for Ransom, Trap Guests in Rooms
A luxury hotel in Austria recently had to pay hackers a ransom after the cyber-criminals managed to access its electronic key system and lock all the hotel guests in their rooms. The cyber lock-in happened on the first day of the winter season at the Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt, a 111-year-old, four-star luxury hotel that has a pool, lake views, and a state-of-the-art electronic key system that turned out to be something hackers could exploit, according to The Local. Approximately 180 people were staying at the hotel on that day. Many were locked in their rooms, while others were locked out of theirs. The hackers demanded €1,500, about $1,600, paid via Bitcoin. After the hackers were paid, the system went back online. The hotel plans to downgrade back to old-fashioned keys.
This $1 Million Wrist Watch Is Made of Swiss Cheese
Switzerland is famous for many things, notably cheese and watches. Now, one famed Swiss watchmaker has fused those things to make a Swiss cheese watch. The “Swiss Mad” watch is actually a sardonic protest by luxury watchmaker H. Moser against a new Swiss law that says all watches that carry the “Swiss Made” label must comprise at least 60 percent Swiss components, according to The Local. The company said the law was "too lenient, providing no guarantee, creating confusion and encouraging abuses of the system." In protest, H. Moser created the “Swiss Mad” watch, designed to be the “most Swiss” watch ever created. The case of the watch is made of Vacherin Mont d'Or Medaille d'Or, a winter cheese made in Switzerland. It’s preserved in resin, so it’s not edible but it will hold up to use. It’s 100 percent Swiss, and it is for sale for $1 million. On the off chance anyone buys it, H. Moser said the proceeds would go to supporting independent Swiss watchmaking suppliers.
This Brunch Convention Is Real and Heading to New York in March
It was only a matter of time until New York City turned the most important meal of the week into a food festival. BrunchCon celebrates all things boozy and brunch-y and is coming to Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall on March 26. The festival will feature a mimosa bar and brunch bites from 50 restaurants around the city. Tickets went on sale Jan. 1, but you can still snag some here: $55 ($50 with a discount code) or $90 for VIP. You better hurry because general admission tickets will be bumped up to $60 come Feb. 15. “Beyond bites, you can gulp down bubbly at an open mimosa bar, lay down in a dimly-lit hangover lounge or shop brunch-related products at a BrunchCon market,” Time Out Magazine’s listing says.
Japan Gets Chocolate Curry for Valentine’s Day
Japan’s Village Vanguard online shop is selling chocolate curry just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s described as “curry and chocolate’s miracle harmony,” according to Rocket News 24. It’s a Japanese-style curry, but the main ingredient listed is actually chocolate. Other ingredients include banana purée, sautéed onions, sugar, chutney, onion extract, curry powder, and spices. It comes in a single-serving plastic pouch and is designed to be popped into a pot of boiling water until hot, then poured over rice. At 540 yen, or just under $5, it’s at least worth a try.