On a hot day, as the sweat trickles down our temples, all we want to do is reach for a tall, ice-cold glass of water. But maybe reaching for a hot cup of tea is better?

According to Joe Palca, writer for NPR’s food blog The Salt, drinking something hot during a hot day may have a better chance of cooling you off than something cold will. It’s counterintuitive, but the receptors on our tongues send messages to our brains when their surroundings are hot; the brain then tells the body to cool off. By sweating.

Yes, sweating cools the body off.

So even though you might feel and think you’re hotter when you sweat, your body is actually cooling off.

Read the full story here.

Even Joe Palca himself is skeptical. So are we. For now, we’ll stick to our delicious Magic Bullet smoothies. Lots of ice.


You go to the super market and pick the ripest looking tomato you can find. You dig through mountains of red succulent fruits to find the perfect few that will make it to your dinner table; heck, you might even go for the tomatoes that are vine-ripened: fresh, bright red, and bursting with flavor. Then you get home only to find that your beautiful tomato is …flavorless.

It’s what you get when you combine science and beauty. Scientists stumbled upon this when trying to figure out why tomatoes just didn’t taste as good as they used to. In order to get the most attractive, big, bright tomato, some flavor is sacrificed.

The tomato has had a long history, but this new fruit advancement may not be worth the loss in taste.

Read the entire story here, and learn exactly why our tomatoes just aren’t what they used to be.

What do you think?


From the sunny beaches of California to the craggy slopes of Mount Everest, (yes, there are even marathons at the world’s highest elevations…) there’s a landscape fit for every single kind of runner.

Runners new to the sport should obviously not run in extreme terrains. Simply running around your neighborhood is a wonderful place to begin! For those with the endurance to run a full marathon, the ING New York City Marathon and Honda LA Marathon follow relatively flat courses and offer incredible sightseeing opportunities, travelling past some of their host cities’ most famous districts.

Those looking for a bit more of a challenge can try the historic Boston Marathon. To participate, entrants must qualify based on your finishing time from a previous marathon. If you make the cut, prepare yourself for a challenging course—especially the infamous Heartbreak Hill between miles 20 and 21. The pain is worth it, however, as you will be participating in one of the country’s oldest marathons. And at the end, you get a slice of real Boston pizza. What’s better than that?

Finally, if you have some sort of runner’s death wish, there are marathons like the Pikes Peak Marathon, which, according to its website, will turn your legs into “ragged nothingness.” You’ll ascend 6,000 feet in the first 10 miles, you’ll dig through mud and maybe even snow—it’s not called America’s Ultimate Challenge for nothing.

But whichever marathon you choose, you must make sure to fuel up properly. Grab your Marathon Bullet, make yourself a pre-workout smoothie chock-full of carbs and protein and get your run on. See you at the races!

Seriously, who needs a margarita machine? Or how about a hot dog maker? Because we can’t figure out how to use a grill…With the Magic Bullet, we can make margaritas in less than 10 seconds AND take less than 10 seconds to clean up. And that’s something that will never put us on this list. Find out more kitchen gadgets that no one needs here, including a quesadilla maker and a banana slicer.



Raichlan shows students how to cook T-Bone steaks over coals - something anyone can do in their backyard. From Forbes.com.

Graduation season is upon us, but after reading this article, grads might be a little disappointed in their choice of university.

Three days, thirty dishes, a grilling master, and well-over $100,000 worth of top-of-the-line grilling machinery – Welcome, students, to BBQ University.

If you love food, grilling, eating, cooking, or are simply looking for three life-changing days of your life, then enroll today. Headed by the renowned Steven Raichlen, (read his qualifications) Raichlen focuses on teaching his students technique over recipes, making for an incredibly insightful lifetime of BBQ cooking.

Forbes contributor Larry Olmsted gives his opinion on the experience here, and frankly, we’re anxious to sign up.

Read more on BBQ University.



In a huge move for the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, the Walt Disney Company partnered with the White House to announce a new ban on junk food advertisements on all of its kid-friendly channels, web sites and radio stations.

The ban targets food with high levels of calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar.

Disney also said they will be implementing a “Mickey Check,” or a Mickey Mouse logo, on all food items that meet their updated nutritional standards.

It’s a controversial move; on one hand, Disney is being applauded for putting an end to manipulative advertising aimed at children, but on the other hand, many think this is just another marketing move on Disney’s part and feel that the government has no place in curbing networks’ freedom of speech.

Read the rest of the story here. What do you think? Is Disney on the right track, or are they overstepping their bounds in trying to take on childhood obesity?

The Magic Bullet gets vetted by the CTV News “Worth The Buy” segment.






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Can Food Be Funny?

Do we really want to laugh when dealing with food? Marene Gustin of Culture Map Houston explores comedy & food in her article.


Here at the Magic Bullet, we like to think we were the first ones to revolutionize your life. Of course, there are a few things more inventive than we are, like Thomas Edison’s light bulb and that round thing called a wheel. Imagine our surprise when recent paleontologists discovered the ancient tradition of making smoothies. Puts Jamba Juice practically out of business (except for their free cheeseburgers and boosts – we’ll pay for anything free).

Check out the NewScientist article about Mick Hastie‘s super-great grandparents. We’ll admit, it’s a little drryyy, so make sure to whip up something in your Magic Bullet beforehand. Read it here, or check the SparkNotes versions below:

Ancestors may have used bone tools to make smoothies

(i.e. Science is cool! Please read me) written by Ewen Callway (a British scientist/headliner who has a Twitter)

  1. Anthropologists think that bones belonging to large mammals may have been used to make fruit smoothies.
  2. They’re not really sure, they’re just guessing, but new scanner technology makes them pretty sure about one thing:
  3. Ancient peeps did use the tools to dig up termites and eat them.
  4. Termites have more protein per grams than steak.
  5. There is a spelling mistake in the article, and if you find it, you rock (or bone)!

We here at Magic Bullet HQ do not recommend sticking termites in your smoothie.