This Will Soon Be The Longest Nonstop Flight in the World

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On the world’s longest nonstop flight, you could sleep for eight hours, watch four movies, eat three meals, read a few chapters of a book, beat 10 levels of Candy Crush, and after all that, you’d still be in the air.

By the end of 2018, travelers will be able to take this 20-hour doozy of a flight from Singapore to New York, CNN reports. The service, offered by Singapore Airlines, will beat a previous record set by Qatar Airways. The Middle Eastern airline’s flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to Doha, Qatar, covers over 9000 miles and lasts 18 hours, making it the current longest flight by both distance and duration.

Singapore Airlines used to operate the world’s longest flight from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey—a 19-hour, 9500-mile journey—but it canceled that service in 2013 because it proved to be inefficient, according to CNN.

At present, the airline’s service from Singapore to New York includes a stopover in Frankfurt or London, depending on the flight. The new service will see an improved aircraft put into operation: the Airbus A350-900ULR, short for Ultra Long-Range. It will be able to travel up to 11,160 miles—1800 more miles than the standard A350.

To go that extra distance, though, the aircraft will need to use an additional 6340 gallons of fuel. And more fuel means fewer seats. According to the Australian Business Traveller, the new aircraft is expected to have 162 seats, which is about 80 fewer than the standard A350’s capacity.

However, the airline believes it will be a better service overall. A representative of the A350’s Aircraft Interiors department says the cabin’s high ceilings, low noise levels, improved air circulation, and large windows will all make for a more comfortable flying experience. Or at least as comfortable as one can hope to be on a flight that lasts almost a whole day.

[h/t CNN]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

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ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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Instead of Taco Tuesday, Sweden Celebrates Taco Friday (or Taco Fredag)

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If you think Swedish cuisine is limited to meatballs and herring, you've never celebrated Fredagsmys—the Swedish version of Taco Tuesday. The day, which translates to "cozy Fridays," is a chance for Swedes to get together with loved ones and eat comfort food at the end of a long week. And instead of indulging in more traditional Swedish fare, the Fredagsmys cuisine of choice is Tex-Mex.

Fredagsmys takes the already-Americanized taco and puts a Swedish spin on it. On Taco Fredag (Taco Friday), ingredients like tortillas, ground meat, peppers, and tomatoes are laid out smörgåsbord-style. The spread may also include some toppings that are rarely served with tacos outside of Scandinavia, such as yogurt, cucumber, peanuts, and pineapple. After assembling their meal, diners enjoy it in a cozy spot in front of the TV, ideally surrounded by pillows and candles.

The Swedish tradition of starting the weekend with a taco feast has only been around for a couple of decades. In the 1990s, the Swedish potato chip company OLW introduced the slogan “Now it’s cozy Friday time” into the national lexicon. Old El Paso capitalized on this concept with its own ad campaign showing Swedes how to assemble tacos at home. The Swedish spice company Santa Maria noticed the emerging trend and further popularized the idea of eating tacos on Fridays in its TV advertisements.

Tacos may be the food that's most closely associated with Fredagsmys today, but any quick junk food is appropriate for the occasion. Burgers and pizza are also popular items, as are candy, chips, and popcorn. The meal makes up just one part of the night: Settling in on the couch in pajamas to watch TV with loved ones is just as important as the food.

Making time for comforting indoor activities is a necessity in Sweden, where the weather is harsh and daylight is scarce for much of the year. The Danish do something similar with hygge, although tacos aren't an explicit part of that tradition.