Frozen food flogger BirdsEye has launched what may well be the first tech-related food item since the chip.
Mashtags, or as the logo says "MAS#TAGS", are "#new", "#tasty" and "[email protected] Shaped". Disregarding the fact that the pronunciation of [email protected] would actually be po-tatt-o, this is a fantastic contribution to the UK's incoming computing curriculum.
Teaching kids the lingo of online interactions is surely a crucial aspect of the syllabus, which focuses heavily on staying safe online. And there's no better way of staying safe than writing in potato-based characters. And since the government's Year of Code is already in trouble, anything to whet kids' appetite for code will be welcome.
A pack of Mashtags goes for £1.75 at your local supermarket, but presuming you want your kids to write something that doesn't look like a swear word (#@*# off), you'll probably have to double up and get some alphabet-shaped food products, too.
Plus, with the addition of emoticons ( :) and <3), kids can express their emotions by holding up scolding-hot lumps of potato. Result. And cheaper than a Raspberry Pi.
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