I know what you're wondering: "How could a lollipop, essentially rainbow-colored sugar on a stick, be any better for you than a 3 P.M. vending-machine fix? " The answer is that this isn't some magical zero-calorie Wonka World sucker that just happens to kill the munchies and taste like happiness. This is electroshock therapy for sweet tooths.
Scientists in Singapore have engineered a device--which looks nothing like a lollipop but is called a "digital lollipop"--to activate taste receptors on the tongue via electric currents. By simulating salty, sweet, sour, and bitter sensations, it's hypothesized that the machine could eventually be the solution to diet-sabotaging cravings: satisfaction, no real food required. Because, you know, who needs to eat? Researchers also suggest that in a Dahlian future, we'll have the ability to engineer entirely new flavor profiles using chemical-electrical combinations.
I'm guessing the technology is incomparably more refined than sticking your tongue on a nine-volt battery (by the way, don't try that), but I'm still not sold on the idea that with one zap, I'll miraculously lose my yen for a peanut butter cup. Then again, maybe this digital lollipop thing is for real, and it will some day revolutionize the food industry…just like three-course-meal gum and Gobstoppers that last forever.