Hot Coffee

No, this is not about lame porn in a semi-dull videogame.

Every year or so a story comes down the pike about some dumbass who burns their mouth on a cup of hot coffee and runs to the nearest ambulance-chaser to try and sue whoever it was that served them the steaming joe in question. And, despite hauling out food experts who testify that coffee really needs to be brewed at 88 degrees celsius and that any lower temperature would be depriving the coffee-loving public the fabulous java taste that they so richly deserve, the defendants often lose these cases, and have to shell out large sums of money to alleviate the so-called pain and suffering. Even those "Look out! Hot Stuff!" warnings that you see on most every cup these days have little effect on the payouts that these morons get.

Why? Because the justice systems in North America are completely part flawed, and seem to have a decided bent for rewarding stupidity.

However, this post is not about that. This post is about the rest of us, who also scald our tongues and the roofs or our sorry mouths, but don't go around litigating and instead just suck it up and suffer in silence. For us there is now the Smart Lid, a sipping lid for take-out cups of doughnut helper. The lid changes colour - if the coffee is going to rip the skin off of your soft palate and blister your tongue the lid turns bright red, as in "Stop, stupid, it's fucking hot!" When the coffee is cool enough to guzzle without cauterizing your face, the lid changes to an inviting "coffee bean brown."

This is technology at work. Kudos.

Posted: Sat - November 5, 2005 at 02:11 PM