Happy Wednesday, America. Have you seen Alton Brown taste test Italian beef sandwiches in Chicago? No? Get on that, it's great. In other news, there might be a lady chef emoji in your future; the selfie toaster is remarkably nuanced; what a Starbucks latte costs around the world; and more.
— Google has proposed a new set of emoji meant to increase the visibility of women in the workplace. According to Buzzfeed, one of the proposed characters is a female chef. There is also a farmer, teacher, doctor, and heavy metal rocker — because little girls can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. If Google gets its way, these new emoji will be standardized by year's end.
The Guardian reviews the selfie toaster: "I slot my portrait-plate into the internal brackets, followed by two white slices. They pop out, the most rudimentary Polaroids of all time. I look like a "Missing" poster of an Italian boxer. (A friend suggested the likeness would be better on wholemeal bread, which, after a tense conversation, we decided wasn't racist.) It is weirdly impressive. But should I be making toasten images of myself, to ritually consume every morning? It is idolatry, unhealthy in every way."
— Ever wonder what a Starbucks latte costs, in USD, around the world? Here's a handy chart. TL;DR: The most expensive one is in Mexico, where a single latte costs over $6 while the least expensive one can be found in Brazil, where the same drink is listed for just $1.49.
— Have you heard of the #EmptyCupAwards? The hashtag was created by critic, media professor, and A.V. Club contributor Myles McNutt who hates the flippant way television producers depict cups of Starbucks or other to-go coffee. McNutt points out that a scene which includes coffee drinking is supposed to make the characters seem more realistic, more like their viewers, but when the cups are so obviously empty it draws attention instead to the realities of television production and the shortcuts an underfunded show will take. "In other words, the coffee scenes in these shows have the opposite of their intended effect," McNutt notes.
— Finally, 9 rules for brewing coffee at home: