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August 3, 2022

$TWINKcoin

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Hostess just dropped this limited-edition version of its iconic snack.

From SFGate:

There's a new cryptocurrency in town.

But the only crash you'll experience with this one is from sugar. 

Inspired by the recent headlines and discussion around cryptocurrency, Hostess decided to capitalize by debuting their own edible investment: Enter $TWINKcoin, the latest limited-edition Twinkie iteration to hit shelves. 

"We saw an opportunity to release a new take on fan-favorite Hostess Twinkies, to create the best investment consumers can make to satisfy their snacking needs," a Hostess representative told Decrypt. "With more than 12,000 cryptocurrencies already in existence, $TWINKcoin is the first coin-shaped golden sponge cake of its kind. And, what's more, it's a currency with a stable value — it’s always delicious!" 

Compositionally, $TWINKcoins are indistinguishable from original Twinkies, with the same dense cake and synthetic cream filling; but instead of the classic cylindrical mold, the pecuniary pastries are formed into coin-shaped discs.

And while the dollar sign in front of the name is a fun nod to the $Cashtag used to track discussions of a particular asset online, $TWINKcoin has nothing to do with blockchain (and doesn't require any knowledge of cryptocurrency to enjoy). 

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This isn't the first time cuisine has met crypto.

The New York-based beverage maker Long Island Iced Tea changed its name to "Long Blockchain Corp." in 2017, causing its stock to skyrocket over 200%.

In 2021, Taco Bell joined the crypto collectable craze and minted their own non-fungible tokens (NFT) that promptly sold out.

Even Pringles hopped on the bandwagon, releasing limited edition CryptoCrisps the same year.

Alas, you won't be seeing $TWINKcoin on Coinbase anytime soon — only your teeth are guaranteed to strike gold when purchasing these sponge cakes.

The crypto confections can be bought exclusively through PopWild for now but, like cybercash, supply is limited: Those hungry for the sweet shekels are restricted to 3 boxes per person, and they're only available until August 8. 

So stock up now in the spirit of laissez faire economics while you have the chance – given the snack's notorious shelf life, they may even outlast bitcoin. 

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10-pack: $3.49 ("LIMIT 3 BOXES PER CUSTOMER").

Don't come crying to me when they're gone: fair warning!

August 3, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'The Gray Man'

Long story short: this film by the Russo brothers cost $200 million and took nine years from conception to last month's release.

You can see all that money on screen, for sure: the insane runaway-tram-through-the-center-of-Prague scene alone is worth the price of admission.

August 3, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What colors are this dress?

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This New York Times article asked a seemingly simple question.

Above and below,

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what people actually saw turned out to be quite varied.

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Sugar Glider gives a demonstration

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165-inch (13.75-feet) Folding TV

One TV to rule them all.

From websites:

The C Seed N1 has a 4K MicroLED display and folds into a minimalist sculpture.

When you are ready to sit down and watch, the TV rises up out of its stand and the screen fans out to its full size of 165 inches.

It's an impressive feat, doubly so when you consider how good the quality of the unfolded display is.

The TV's five interlocking MicroLED panels combine to produce a massive screen with 4K resolution.

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You might be wondering if there are any noticeable lines where the panels connect, but C Seed says its patented Adaptive Gap Calibration system uses automatic distance measuring and calibration to guarantee a perfectly seamless viewing experience.

The display has been given a special treatment that allows it to produce truer blacks and vibrant colors, while also reducing glare.

The set also has two built-in 100-watt broadband speakers that will help create an even more immersive viewing experience.

It comes in two smaller sizes — 103" ($184,000) and 137" ($275,000) — should you find the $400,000 price of the 165" version a bit beyond your means.

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Apply within.

August 3, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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