Food & Drink, Tech

Soylent Shakes Are People…Friendly

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Heston Is Not Amused

A 24 year-old software engineer named Rob Rhinehart has come up with the closest thing we might get to a sci-fi meal pill: a shake full of the essential nutrients and nothing else. His motivation was a combination of wanting to eat cheaply, and being too lazy to buy groceries and cook them.

Oh yeah, and he calls it Soylent, because that name has no negative connotations whatsoever. Actually, I give him props for being a hardcore geek about it and pointing out that in the original book, Soylent food was NOT people. In the category of “Things so Fucking Obvious You Never Noticed Them,” it’s a combination of the words “soy” and “lentil,” the primary ingredients.

Rhinehart thinks eating nothing but Soylent has made him healthier, can solve world hunger and actually tastes pretty good.

I would bet he’s tried mixing it with booze, but he doesn’t admit it. I would. You know, for scientific purposes, to see which kind tastes best with it. Because that’s important.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist