Japan Accidentally Invented Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt

Japan Accidentally Invented Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt

This is great news if you love ice cream. Especially if you want to eat it while sitting in the sun over the course of several hours. Researchers in Japan have ACCIDENTALLY invented a new type of ice cream that DOESN’T MELT . .

Earlier this year, a pastry chef at a place called the Biotherapy Development Research Centre in western Japan was told to create a dessert using an extract from strawberries called polyphenol. (Pronounced poly-FEE-nawl.)

When he mixed it with cream, it solidified instantly. And he thought it was a problem at first. But then someone realized the ice cream STAYED solid for a lot longer than normal ice cream does.

They’ve been selling it as popsicles since April, but we’re just hearing about it now. It’s called Kanazawa Ice, after the city it was invented in.

A reporter recently stood in the sun with one for five minutes, and it didn’t melt at all. Someone else hit it with a hair dryer for five minutes, and that didn’t melt it either.

It does melt eventually though . . . which is probably good news for your digestive tract. Someone let one sit out in their apartment, and it stayed solid for about an hour. But after three hours, it was pretty mushy.

It retained its original shape though, and was still cold when they tried it. Unfortunately you can only get them in Japan for now. One Popsicle costs about $5.

(Quartz / Condé Nast Traveler)

Oh Japan.  New App will tell your Boss how much time you spend in the Bathroom

Oh Japan. New App will tell your Boss how much time you spend in the Bathroom

Bathroom breaks are the best part of the work day: You’re still on the clock and getting paid, but you get to be all alone with your thoughts and your phone. And now some company wants to ruin all that.

A Japanese company called KDDI just created an app that could let your boss know when you’re spending an extra long time in the bathroom.

The app is set up to monitor the stalls in all of the bathrooms in an office building.

People can check to see if stalls are available before they head to the bathroom, which can save them the hassle of getting to the bathroom and finding it’s totally occupied. So that’s good.

But the app can also send an alert to management if one stall has been occupied for too long. And it’s not hard to see how companies could quickly use the data from that alert to figure out which employees are burning the most time on the toilet.

The app is going on sale in Japan starting in March. There’s no word on when it might be available over here.


Was a Snowboarder Chased by a Bear?

Was a Snowboarder Chased by a Bear?

A 19-year-old Australian woman posted a video where she’s snowboarding in Japan with a selfie stick . . . and doesn’t realize there’s a BEAR chasing her. She claims she didn’t notice until she watched the video later.