Photo via Max Goodman/Twitter

Stupid app orders food to random location, then Ubers you there to pick it up

The future is now!


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published May 16, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 6:47 pm CDT

Why order food directly to your home (or take a car to a restaurant) when you can have the food delivered to a random location, then Uber there to meet the delivery guy? And don’t say “logic” or “convenience,” because those considerations don’t apply at the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon.

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Anything goes at the hacking event that previously brought us a dick that spews the thick, white food substitute Soylent—as long as it’s totally useless. The standout from the latest competition, held over the past weekend, was Max Goodman’s Picnic, an app that “orders delivery to a random location, and Ubers you there.” 

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Totally dumb and useless? Check. Pretty fun anyway? Also check. Goodman live-tweeted his test run of Picnic, which ordered him some Lebanese food …

…and set his picnic for a location somewhere in Daly City, just outside of San Francisco.

When he got there, it turned out not to be a terribly scenic location. Disappointing for Goodman, but hilarious for everyone following along. 

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Soon, however, his food arrived the lovely picnic spot—which, by the way, was farther from the restaurant than his starting point—and he could start chowing down. Yum!

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One problem, though: There weren’t any utensils in the box, and the gas station didn’t have any. Desperate times.

Hahaha. Oh no. And in the end, all he could get was a spoon. 

All in all, it was a completely stupid and useless experience. Which is to say, by the hackathon’s terms, it was a great success.

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And, you know, it could have easily been worse. 

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*First Published: May 16, 2016, 12:37 pm CDT