Laughing and throwing up both require your core so this could be a good exercise for those of you, like me, that skipped your core workout yesterday (don’t worry I’m going to the gym this afternoon to get it in.) As you know I love going to the site Food Republic. Food Republic is a site for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart (their words not mine…..I’m not that smart) and I think I fit that mold. There are always great recipes, ideas about food and drink and every now and then the article that just makes you want to laugh OR throw up.
Yesterday I was going through the site for the 5th or 100th time of the day and kept skipping this post until I finally decided to stop and read it and I could not stop laughing until I thought of the implications as well as future uses. What am I talking about? Read the article [HERE] or continue reading. The concept of the article is lickable wallpaper. You read that right. Wallpaper that you lick to get a taste of, in this case, cake. A company has put this wallpaper up in an elevator in London and is hoping to expand all over, including those of us on this side of the pond.
After I read it my first thought was laughter. I remember sitting in the elevator uncomfortably as we went from the ground floor to the 100th floor packed in like sardines in suits and ties. Imagining somebody just turning and licking the wallpaper and then exclaiming ‘I should never skip breakfast but damn that cake is so good.’ I would burst out in tears. Or somebody licking the elevator wall when their boss walked onto the elevator. How hilarious would that be?
Then my mind quickly raced to the hygiene of it all. The article makes the claim that there is a person who removes the circle tab after it has been licked. That is all well and good, but what if they miss that one lick and you lick the same spot. Or if they accidentally remove the wrong tab? They are human after all, and humans make mistakes. Maybe they can event the disappearing tab, that when it gets wet it dissolves. I don’t know but there has to be a better way than hoping the elevator man is paying attention.
Not one to leave well enough alone I wanted to expand this business. Why limit it to elevators? Why not airplanes? Why not hotel rooms? Think about the idea that when you book your hotel room they ask you what you would want in your room in terms of food and you got to choose peanut butter and jelly? You telling me you wouldn’t be licking that wall when you first checked-in and the trip was stressful? Better yet, why not add liquids as a choice? A nice glass of shiraz (although I don’t drink I think this is a good idea) that has all the taste, non of the sugar (we are triathletes watching our racing weight) and no side effects like a hangover? The entire room doesn’t have to be covered but just a big enough area that is easily accessible by not only the guest but by hotel staff to remove the old paper and add in the new one. They could even charge extra for additional sheets of ‘food.’
On the airplane, I bet more people would order this because it has to certainly taste better than the junk they serve on the planes these days. And on those trips where the bag of pretzels that contains two pretzels can be replaced with a vegetable taco or for you carnivores a steak. Imagine that for a moment……and how easy is clean up? Its a sheet of paper so the effects on the environment are nothing. The possibilities are endless if you ask me.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS IDEA OF TASTY WALLPAPER?
WHERE WOULD YOU PUT SAID TASTY PAPER?
WHAT FLAVORS WOULD YOU COME UP WITH?