The Scariest Game You Can Play For A Free Shot (Video)

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What would you do for a free shot? 

Sing a little karaoke? Dance on a table? Eat a raw egg?

If this is all too much for you, then you’ll probably be paying for your alcohol at Thailand’s Mong Bar, where the only way to get a free shot is to basically sacrifice the integrity of a finger.

Mong Bar will give you a free shot of Mekhong whiskey if you agree to let the bartender put you through a truly terrifying version of the knife game, according to Grub Street. 

If you want to see just how terrifying, check out the video below, which features a power drill, an ax, a butcher’s knife, and a hammer moving all too swiftly between someone’s outstretched fingers. 

You’ll probably get nervous just watching.

Sweating yet?

Either this guy really, really wanted a free shot, or he was in it for the adrenaline rush. Or both. Either way, he obviously thought it was worth a shot (haha, get it?). 

According to Grub Street, the power drill portion appears to be the crowd favorite, perhaps because it is the most menacing. One bad move and the drill goes right through your finger. And at the end of it you get just one shot of cheap whiskey? Seriously? 

It seems the free shot (or, more appropriately, shots) should be given to the participants before they subject themselves to this horrifying game. Whoever agrees to go through this trauma should probably get free drinks all night (not to mention some counseling). It’s wild that some people think this game is worth a shot (both literally and figuratively).

One would just hope that the bartender hasn’t had too many free shots himself.

Sources: Grub Street, Emil Walas/YouTube / Photo credit: Pixabay

Tags: knife game, mong bar, thailand
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Bangkok Just Banned Their Award-Winning Street Food

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One month, Bangkok is voted the world’s best destination for street food, and the next month that street food is banned. What gives?

Time reports that just a month after Bangkok was voted world’s best destination for street food for the second year by CNN, the Thai capital’s administration has announced that all vendors will be moved from the streets. The vendors are expected to be out of the streets by the end of the year, in an effort to improve safety and cleanliness.

“The BMA [Bangkok Metropolitan Administration] is now working to get rid of the street vendors from all 50 districts of Bangkok and return the pavements to the pedestrians,” the chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor said on April 17.

“The street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long and we already provide them with space to sell food and other products legally in the market.”

According to The Guardian, this move is being criticized by locals and culinary enthusiasts. Bangkok is the most visited city in the world, and it’s a major destination for foodies. What will this do to tourism, which accounts for 15 percent of the economy?

One Bangkok street food blogger said that these attempts have taken place in the past and have failed. “Street food was still too popular with the locals,” she said. “Of course, it would make Bangkok less charming. But it also takes a big chunk of cheap options away from working Thais, and closes up an avenue of work for many. Where will shop employees, construction workers and taxi drivers eat?”

However, the BMA had a different take on the whole thing. “There will be no let-up in this operation. Every street vendor will have to move out,” one official said. The goal is to “get rid of stalls from all 50 districts of Bangkok.”

There is a small amount of compromise, however. The area’s district chief said that push-cart vendors will still be allowed to move around, selling food — as long as these vendors aren’t obstructing the sidewalks. It’s the larger, more permanent stalls with seating that will have to go.

I guess that means it’s not all bad. It could most certainly be worse.

Sources: Time, The Guardian / Photo Credit: mattmangum/Flickr

Tags: bangkok, Street Food, Thai Food, thailand
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KitKat’s Newest Flavor Sounds Too Gross To Be Real

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KitKat has been commissioned to come up with some interesting new flavors, and while they’re working out the best ideas, we’re scratching our heads over the latest …

RocketNews24 reports that Thailand has requested a few new flavors of Nestle KitKats in order to increase tourism. I’m not sure if a new KitKat flavor is a reason to travel to Thailand (but the beaches and resorts totally are), but the flavor ideas seem a bit off the wall.

Three fruits have been mentioned as possible flavor options: the tamarind, which is a sweet and sour fruit, the mangosteen, which is sweet and absolutely loved … and then the “king of fruits” in Asia … the durian.

If you aren’t familiar with this giant smelly fruit, you’re in for a real treat. It’s huge and spiky and is said to smell like such things as decay, sweaty feet, or as Jessica Chastain puts it when feeding it to Jimmy Kimmel, “a garbage can.” Sound tempting? I hope not.

Despite the overbearing smell, the fruit has many fans. Deemed the “bleu cheese of fruit,” Chastain describes it as tasting like onion, garlic, pineapple and avocado mixed into one custard. I’m not sure what part of that sounds mouthwatering, but it must be the king of Asian fruits for a reason.

Now, it’s being reported that Nestle is working on a mockup of a durian-flavored KitKat, which would certainly bring mixed reviews. Exactly what part of this fruit would they be trying to capture? Would a durian-flavored KitKat make people want to travel to Thailand?

To paint a better picture for you, imagine a fruit that is so pungent, it isn’t allowed in some subways and hotels in Asia. It actually has the power to smell up a big space such as either of these places …and the smell is not pleasant. Jessica Chastain and Jimmy Kimmel actually wore gloves to eat one so that the smell wouldn’t rub off!

So, what do you think? Would you want to try a durian-flavored KitKat bar? I think I’ll pass on this one.

Source: RocketNews24 / Photo Credit: Laur/Twitter

Tags: durian, kit kat, nestle, New Flavors, thailand
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The Unicorn Cafe Is Real And It’s The Stuff Of Pastel Dreams (Photos)

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If unicorns were real, they’d eat exclusively at the Unicorn Cafe in Bangkok. Fit for the most majestic of mythical creatures and humans alike, the cafe is a pastel dream of rainbow furniture, plush animals and sugary delights. 

It’s a magical place. A place like no other. A place where wearing a unicorn onesie while snacking on rainbow crepes and sipping on galaxy soda is not only acceptable, but highly encouraged.

As if you needed another reason to visit Thailand — or another reason to wish unicorns existed — check out the photos below.

Travel alone and don’t even be upset about it because you’ve got twelve unicorn friends!

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Cake, waffles AND a milkshake? AND there’s fruit on the plate? That’s a balanced meal if we’ve ever seen one.

Ah, yes, here’s how to make up for all the drab, dull, dreary food you’ve been eating. Bonus points for the jewel-topped utensils. That’s really something.

Here’s a close-up of that radiant milkshake, its star-shaped container decorated with a sticker of which Lisa Frank would surely be proud. 

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The drink magic doesn’t stop at milkshakes. They’ve got sodas, too, of both the galaxy and cotton candy varieties. They’re appropriately topped with sprinkles, it would appear.

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Even if the unicorns eye your food with great temptation, you shan’t go hungry; your horn-topped toast ensures it.

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Spread goals.

If sweet stuff isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it, especially if you’re a bacon lover. The cafe has rainbow spaghetti adorned with capers and hefty hunks of bacon, a unicorn bacon cheeseburger with unicorn-horn bun, and “unicorn horns” — fried horn-shaped wontons filled with bacon and mozzarella and served with a mayo sauce.

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People are always talking about the lap of luxury. This must be what they mean.

Have you ever been this happy? I mean, really?

Source: Metro / Photo credit: Joanne Larby/Instagram

Tags: bangkok, cafe, instagram, lisa frank, pastel, thailand, unicorn
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