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Shopping for men

Many have tried. Many have failed. No, we’re not talking about eating a 2kg steak in twenty minutes. Or finishing Ulysses. Or even climbing Everest. It seems the most insurmountable challenge currently facing society is this: how do you make shopping fun for men?

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Soak up your sins

Many drunken nights end in kebab ecstasy. But what about the morning after? Do you Detox with a fruit juice and a salad? Or do you ‘Retox’ by chowing down on more unhealthy nosh? A café has cropped up in East London where you can do both. (But not at the same time, obviously.)

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Wok and bowl

How do you bring wok-cooking to life visually? Resisting the urge to splatter the walls in soy sauce, a fast-food restaurant in Boston has rebranded ‘in the style’ of its wok-fired, Asian food.

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Cheat on beef

A motel in New Zealand is marketing itself as the perfect place to cheat. They’re not talking about your love life, though (before you whip off your wedding ring and book a flight). Burger King has set up shop in an Auckland motel where they want burger fans to ‘cheat on beef’.

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The Wait is Over

Queues. They’re quintessentially English, long and disorganised, and yet it seems we’ll queue for pretty much anything. Be it in an online or physical queue, nobody is overly excited by the thought of playing the waiting game. Who wants to queue for two hours at Alton Towers? Shout, a new app that turns queues into a marketplace, could revolutionise this. (Nice push, Tim.)
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Sit down and take notice

There are some people in life who get an enormous sense of well-being from feeding the pigeons (and sometimes the sparrows too). But there are others who aren’t so happy with a simple park life.

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The pinner takes it all

Mark Zuckerburg has 12,836. Michelle Obama has 56,045. Oprah beats them both with an impressive 102,528. We’re talking Pinterest followers here. 70 million accounts worldwide and an estimated value of $3.8 billion.

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Chanel checkout No. 5

Eggs? Check. Milk? Check. Bread, toothpaste and spaghetti? Check. Pair of Chanel knitted sneakers? Maybe not. Your local supermarket isn’t normally the place you’d expect to pick up the latest fashion tips, but that’s exactly what Karl Lagerfeld has recreated for Paris Fashion week.
 

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Cook by numbers

You’re just sitting down to your carefully crafted fish finger sandwiches when you catch a whiff of something delicious being cooked next door. Fortunately in the De Baarsjes neighbourhood of Amsterdam, food envy is no more.

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A bright idea

It’s like something out of Minority Report (minus the creepy spider robots). You walk into your local supermarket, take out your phone and open the Philips app. You’re presented with a map of the store and your precise location within it. You’re then given directions to the exact ingredients you need.

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