In The New Republic, a case against office snacks (provided to employees for free as a perk):
In fact, employees may not even fully register that they are consuming office goodies—in part because they are so convenient. When it comes to snacking, we are especially bad not only at self-control, but also at knowing how bad we are at self-control. In one recent study, 40 adult secretaries were offered chocolate in various degrees of proximity. As the chart below shows, they ate more candies when the candies were visible and near, and only slightly fewer when they had to get up to get the candy but it was still visible. This tendency to eat more when the sweets are near seems obvious, but the tendency to eat more was fuelled by quantitative misperception: The secretaries also tended to underestimate their consumption when the candy was close and to overestimate how much they had consumed when it was farther away.
Also: The snacks at Tumblr, where Meaghan used to work, is “stocked with granola bars, chips, yogurt, fresh fruit and veggies, cold brew coffee, and a seltzer machine.”
I’d be totally cool with over-snacking on veggies and seltzer.
Photo: Nate Grigg
Caity Weaver recently went to a TGI Friday’s when it opened and sat there until it closed, eating all-you-can-eat mozzarella sticks for $10. Her story is very funny, though, from personal experience, the best reason to go to TGI Friday’s is for their 2-for-1 drink specials. The last time I was there I got two scotches for $5! What a deal.
Photo: Mike Mozart
This week’s open thread is an update to last week’s open thread about the startup that wanted you to pay $15 to have $10 worth of quarters delivered to you.
Whelp, Sam Biddle reports that the startup, which had fewer than 10 customers as of last week, is dead. Here’s their email to subscribers:
We had a blast working on Washboard but we have decided to shut down the service.
You’re receiving this email because you were a subscriber of our recently launched quarter delivery service that launched June 19th. We really do want to thank you for being one of the ones that believed in us. We launched this service because we had the same problem you do which is why we do feel bad for presenting you with a service and taking it away so quickly but we are excited to be focusing our energy on something ultimately more worthwhile.
Back to the bank!
Photo: James Lee