Few dining experiences are more uncomfortable than running out of things to say to the person sitting across from you. To help bridge that lull, Applebee’s is rolling out tablet computers at all of its restaurants so diners can totally ignore each other without the slightest twinge of guilt. The catch? You have to eat at Applebee’s.
In addition to giving you a more enticing way to ponder the relative merits of the chain’s 960-calorie triple chocolate meltdown versus its 880-calorie apple chimi cheesecake, the 7-inch tablets will also let you play video games throughout the meal (for a dollar) and pay your check electronically, Applebee’s spokesperson Dan Smith confirmed to TIME. On Tuesday, the chain will announce the rollout of the Intel-powered Presto tablets, made by startup E La Carte in Silicon Valley, at all 1,680 of its U.S. restaurants, with nearly 100,000 of the devices on…
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A former hospital lab technician was sentenced to 39 years in prison on Monday for purposefully infecting patients with hepatitis C.
David Kwiatkowski, 34, received his sentence after listening to statements from 20 patients he had infected, the Associated Press reports. Kwiatkowski was a cardiac technologist at 18 different hospitals throughout the country before he was hired by Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire in 2011. He was fired four times during his career for stealing syringes. Forty-six people have been diagnosed with Kwiatkowski’s strain of hepatitis C since his arrest.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease that can last between a couple weeks to the rest of a person’s life. It spreads through blood and there is no vaccine for it.
Kwiatkowski admitted to stealing anesthetic syringes for patients. He would then inject the syringes into his own arm and refill them with saline and then put them back so they would be…
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First “Pepsi-flavored” Cheetos debuted in Japan, and starting today, “Cheetos! Cream stew” hits shelves — a snack that appears to taste like Japanese comfort food “cream stew,” according to the website for Japan Frito-Lay Ltd.
If you don’t live there, then you could probably create something like it by dunking the fluorescent orange corn chips into a creamy soup of your choice, which may also be a heartburn-inducing way to use up leftover junk food after Super Bowl 2014.
Israel’s parliament is considering a bill to allow same-sex couples to claim the same tax deductions given to heterosexual parents.
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation, which serves as a precursor for measures heading to parliament, approved the proposal Sunday, Haaretz reports. The legislation was struck down by the committee just one week before, after Conservative and religious lawmakers criticized it for upsetting the status quo.
The measure was proposed by lawmaker Adi Kol of the Yesh Atid party, which is part of the ruling coalition, after gay male couples argued they should receive the same tax breaks as heterosexual families. Under current Israeli law, all mothers as well as single fathers can receive tax breaks for children, but two fathers of one child do not qualify.
Religious groups have previously prevented Israel from passing LGBT anti-discriminatory laws, including the legalization of same-sex marriage and giving gay couples the same rights…
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A comely yellow parrot and a fluffy white dog raced up a staircase, because we live in a beautiful world and everything is wonderful. The best thing about this video though is that it features a majorly Earth-shattering twist ending.
As Ron Swanson would say, nature is amazing.
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Put down your cup of coffee, I’ve got something that’s really going to shock you. This week Rush Limbaugh race-baited. He sought to inflame white fear and hatred of non-whites. Unbelievable, I know. But it’s true. Unfortunately for Rush, the story he presented to his listeners turned out not to be (he fell for a satirical, Onion-style piece posted on a blog, and had to admit on the air that he’d been duped). This kind of race-baiting — whether relying on blatant falsehoods, deceptively presented facts or gross misinterpretations of reality — is something Limbaugh has done countless times throughout his career. More broadly, it is a tactic that the white economic elite, starting with the colonial-era slaveocracy, has employed going back to the time before we had even become a country.
Lawmakers ousted Somalia’s prime minister in a no-confidence vote Monday, raising concerns over the internationally-supported government’s efforts to fend off Islamic militants and hold together the fractured nation.
Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon lost with 184 out of 249 members of parliament voting in favor of his removal, according to speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari.
Shirdon has only been in power for just over a year, and was brought to a confidence vote after he refused President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s call for his resignation. He left the building before the vote and told reporters he was refused a chance to defend himself, AFP reports.
“They refused to let me talk… and that is unacceptable, even the accused has the right to defend himself,” Shirdon told reporters just before the vote.
Shirdon’s government came to power in August 2012 and was the first to be internationally recognized since the collapse of the military…
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Ah, Leonardo da Vinci. The original Renaissance man. Though he’s perhaps best known for the Mona Lisa, one of his lesser-known contributions to the cultural landscape was an elaborate musical instrument he designed called the “viola organista.” As NPR notes, his early 15th century sketches suggest a cross between a harpsichord and a cello, complete with spinning wheels of horsehair running along the instrument’s strings.
Da Vinci never ended up building this bizarre musical instrument, but now the viola organista no longer exists purely in da Vinci’s eternal dreams — thanks to Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki, who spent four years building his own version of it. Last month, he debuted the instrument — which, from afar, looks more or less like a grand piano — at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland.
Zubrzycki stayed as faithful as he could to da Vinci’s original blueprint, but as he told AFP…
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