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  • Underage student who was violently arrested by cops gets $200,000 compensation

    07/31/2014 6:36:55 PM PDT · by dennisw · 52 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 31 July 2014 | DailyMail
    Elizabeth Daly, now 21, and her friend had their car swarmed by state agents after their case of water was mistaken for beer Daly had initially sought $40million in damages for a tremor in her right hand, intense anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems The young women had been shopping at a local Virginia grocery store one night in April 2013 for a charity fundraiser the next day A college student in Virginia reached a $212,500 settlement on Wednesday following her arrest last year when state agents had mistaken a case of water for beer. Attorney General Mark R....
  • Farmers Who Grow Cocoa Beans Taste Chocolate For The First Time...(Vid + Article)

    07/31/2014 3:21:16 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Cate Matthews
    Chocolate. Whatever your preferred form or flavor is, the love of it is something that feels universal, shared between us. We come together over dinner for it, celebrate birthdays and holidays with it. The industry that produces chocolate crisscrosses the entire world. But for the cocoa bean farmers from M'batto, Ivory Coast, seen in the video above, that connection didn't come full circle until Selay Marius Kouassi, guest correspondent for Metropolis TV, visited and offered them a taste of their first chocolate bar. Ivory Coast, a small country on the west coast of Africa, is the world's leading producer of...
  • Politicians Can’t Make it on Minimum Wage, But We Did

    07/31/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | July 31, 2014 | Maggie Thurber
    LIVE THE WAGE: Politicians can’t seem to figure out how to live on $77 a week – could you? In an effort to gain sympathy for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, numerous politicians accepted a challenge to “Live the Wage.” To no one’s surprise, they couldn’t do it. They were going to live for a week on $77 because that’s all that the challenge sponsors say a full-time worker earning minimum wage makes, after average taxes and housing expenses are deducted, of course. But then, they weren’t supposed to be able to get by on that...
  • AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers (i.e. pumas/cougars)

    07/31/2014 4:01:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 31, 2014 4:32 AM EDT | Jason Dearen
    Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers see them as prey. Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction before successful efforts to restore them began decades ago. But with Florida’s panther population recovering, some farmers complain the protected 6-to-7-foot long predators are once again killing their calves. …
  • Cargill to close beef plant, cites cattle shortage

    07/30/2014 1:43:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 4:14 PM EDT
    Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle. A Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels, said Cargill spokesman Mike Martin. Now, many herders are breeding the cattle they have and not selling them. U.S. beef cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1951, Cargill said. …
  • 3 reporters subpoenaed in ‘pink slime’ lawsuit

    07/29/2014 2:12:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2014 4:43 PM EDT | Regina Garcia Cano
    Three reporters for a food safety publication have been subpoenaed in the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC related to the network’s coverage of a meat product derided as “pink slime.” […] Beef Products Inc. sued ABC in 2012 alleging that its reports led to plant closures and layoffs because it misled consumers into believing the product was unsafe. …
  • Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip

    07/29/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Dastin
    Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and PepsiCo (PEP.N) have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them...
  • Man Survives 103 Hours Trapped in Freezer… by Licking the Ice

    07/28/2014 11:12:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Monday 28 Jul 2014
    A fish factory worker survived spending more than four days trapped inside an industrial freezer, licking ice to keep himself alive. Mai Thanh Sang feared he was going to die when he was buried under bags of fish fillets after shelving units collapsed as he and three colleagues cleaned the -22C storeroom. Thoughts of his wife and baby helped the 23-year-old keep his spirits up while rescue workers spent 103 hours trying to find him. When they reached him, Mr Sang was suffering from the worst case of frostbite doctors at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,...
  • How Your Cereal Causes Climate Change

    07/28/2014 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 28, 20:31 GMT | Clare Foran
    One of the world's largest food companies says it's about to take a big bite out of global warming. General Mills, maker of Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Wheaties, said Monday that it will set a target to limit air pollution throughout its entire supply chain next summer. This marks the first time the food giant has pledged to measurably rein in greenhouse-gas emissions from its agricultural suppliers of ingredients like soy and sugarcane. Environmental watchdogs say the effort is significant. According to Oxfam, air pollution created by the agricultural industry makes up a quarter of total greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide....
  • SNAP Overpaid $2B in Benefits; Program Dollars Up 115.6% Under Obama

    07/26/2014 1:28:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2014 - 9:39 AM | Ali Meyer
    The nation’s food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provided a record $74.6 billion in benefits to needy Americans in Fiscal Year 2012—paying out $2 billion too much, according to the annual quality control report for FY 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. And only in Washington could that $2 billion in overpayments be viewed as a good thing. […] The data show the payment error rate has declined over time, from 5.64% in FY 2007; 5.01% in FY 2008; 4.36% in FY 2009; 3.81% in FY 2010; 3.80% in FY...
  • Scientists find beef production harmful to the environment (yeah, this again)

    07/26/2014 7:02:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25/07/2014 - 08:12
    Production of beef is nearly ten times more damaging to the environment than any other form of meat production, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. American scientists measured the environment inputs required for beef production and concluded that beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy. […] The scientists calculated that the amount of resources required for all the feed consumed by edible livestock and worked out the amount of hay, silage and concentrates such as soybeans required by the...
  • Lithuanian Bartender Sets Man's Face on Fire While Making Cocktail

    07/25/2014 7:06:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A bartender in Lithuania was making a cocktail called "Flaming Lamborghini" - but instead of the drink, she set a patron's face on fire. This footage on LiveLeak shows the dangers of drinking a dangerous cocktail of flames and liquor, with a customer suffering severe facial burns. The incident happened on July 11, according to online reports. The bartender accidentally sets the man on fire at 0:35. Some of the customers near the man helped put out the flames, and the bartender is seen handing the man a towel. According to the video description, none of the staff was able...
  • Russia: McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

    07/25/2014 4:43:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 5:26 PM EDT
    Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald’s startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company’s now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations. McDonald’s did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The suit comes amid especially high tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine crisis; the United States has slapped an array of sanctions on Russia over...
  • McDonald’s halts nuggets sales in Hong Kong

    07/24/2014 8:08:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 July 2014 | Last updated at 21:36 ET
    Fast food chain McDonald’s has suspended sale of chicken nuggets and some other products in Hong Kong. It said it had imported chicken and pork from Shanghai Husi Food, the Chinese firm that allegedly supplied out-of-date meat to fast food firms. China has suspended operations of Shanghai Husi after local media reports claimed it reprocessed expired meat. McDonald’s had removed nuggets from its menus at its Japanese outlets earlier this week over the same issue. …
  • Pasta Bugs: Why Are There Insects In American Food?

    07/24/2014 7:16:39 PM PDT · by jespasinthru · 110 replies
    Vanity ^ | 07/24/2013 | jespasinthru
    Has this ever happened to you? You go to a clean, modern American supermarket and buy some boxes of pasta. You store some of them in you cupboard. And when you cook it, little black bugs are floating in the water. They look like fleas, except that they have snouts. Very gross. And by putting boxes of them in your cupboard, you have now infested your kitchen with them. I was so mad that I e-mailed the company, a popular national brand, and gave them a piece of my mind. I even e-mailed them a close-up photo of the bug...
  • Teen Goes Into Coma After Eating Toxic Fish

    07/23/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | July 22, 2014
    Austin Goncalves, 15, is recovering after going into a coma. He went into the coma after he got fish poisoning from a snapper in the Bahamas. Austin is finally eating food for the first time in week. “I’m on anti-seizure medication,” he told WTSP. Earlier this month, Austin caught a mutton snapper that his mom cooked for dinner. “I couldn’t eat, couldn’t breath,” Austin told the station. “This was very serious,” his mom, Karen Goncalves added. “It could have ended our lives.” Austin, his friend, Karen, and her boyfriend were all suffering from Ciguatera, which is a potentially fatal illness...
  • Snoring Wife Drives Husband to Divorce

    07/22/2014 5:37:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014
    Blames overweight wife for refusing to compromiseA 40-year-old Yemeni citizen, identified as Yassin, divorced his wife because of her snorting, the ‘Al Rai’ newspaper has reported. The husband said that his wife used to eat many nuts and chocolates till she now weighs more than 80kg, up from her original 50kg, the paper reported. He added that she refused to undergo any diet or weight- loss programme. However, the final straw for the man was her snoring at night, which he attributed to her weight. The report quotes the man as saying: “We have three children, but she does not...
  • Thousands of Litres of Beer Close Motorway

    07/22/2014 5:32:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 22 Jul 2014
    Thousands of litres of beer were spilled on a motorway near Duisburg in western Germany on Monday night, when a truck carrying several hundred crates of Bitburger toppled over, shutting the Autobahn. Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty (21 Jul 14) Police find cannabis growing on motorway (18 Jul 14) Burglars steal 300,000 litres of beer (15 Jul 14) The truck was on the A40 motorway heading towards Dortmund and was approaching the A3 motorway towards Arnheim at the Kaiserberg interchange. The 66-year-old driver then lost control of the vehicle and slid off the road. Hundreds of bottles were...
  • Harvard Students Invent Cake From a Spray Can

    07/21/2014 9:41:00 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 49 replies
    Newser ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    For two Harvard University undergrads, what began as "an excuse to eat a lot of cake" may turn into the invention of a lifetime. John McCallum, a 20-year-old from Louisiana, was daydreaming about cake his freshman year during his “Science of Cooking” class when he happened to see someone spraying whipped cream and thought to himself, why not spray cake? Is that possible? He and his girlfriend and fellow student Brooke Nowakowski went on to prove that it is, winning first place and $10,000 in the 2014 Harvard Innovation challenge, reports ABC News. Their "Spray Cake" involves spraying cake batter...
  • Americans Protest Illegals as High-Profile Conservatives Pander

    07/21/2014 6:48:54 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2014 | M. Catherine Evans
    While we regular, cash-strapped taxpayers concerned about the well-being of our country stood on the overpasses Saturday protesting the total breakdown of our borders, where were a few of our stalwart conservative spokespeople and politicians? Were they holding anti-illegal immigration signs with ‘we the people’ on the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform Amnesty and Border Surge?
  • McDonald’s, KFC face new food scandal after workers serve food off floor

    07/21/2014 1:16:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 49 replies
    NYPost ^ | July 21, 2014 | Reuters
    McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc. are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants’ efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald’s and KFC-parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The firms said they’ll stop using the supplier. The report, which focused on McDonald’s and Yum,...
  • This Guy Ate Pizza Every Day For 25 Years, And Lived To Tell The Tale

    07/19/2014 5:26:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 16, 2014 | Megan Friedman
    Here's what he (and we) have learned from his oddball diet.As the saying goes, pizza is like sex. Even if it’s bad, it’s still pizza. And just like sex, there are people out there addicted to pizza. Meet Dan Janssen, a Maryland man who has gained a minor level of fame for eating pizza every day for 25 years. In a mini-documentary produced by Vice, Janssen talks about the repercussions of his oddball diet. Here are five key lessons. Pizza obsession is deeper than just a food preference. Janssen says his picky diet likely stems from a few traumatic experiences...
  • McDonald’s in Hong Kong Is Available for Weddings, Receptions and Bridal Showers

    07/19/2014 1:32:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    We think Cheryl Cole’s missed a trick with her quickie wedding on Macaroni Beach in Mustique. Just look at what she could have had – her very own McWedding (Drive Thru or marry in). Yes, McDonald’s has the answer for all those normcore brides out there. Well, at least the ones willing to travel to Hong Kong. The fast food chain has been slowly expanding its wedding party program since 2011 and now boasts 11 restaurants that double up as budget wedding venues, all in Hong Kong. And not only can you have the wedding ceremony there, they’ll also host...
  • Sobia Is Drink of Choice in Ramadan

    07/19/2014 12:38:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    “I will really miss drinking sobia now that Ramadan is coming to an end.” This was the lament from Hassan Al-Amoudi, a local resident, here recently. “It is the main drink at the dinner table during Ramadan at our house. I usually drink it as soon as I hear the call for prayer.” Al-Amoudi typically buys between four and five large bags of sobia for his family of eight, many of whom are addicted to the drink in Ramadan. “Sobia has a lot of health benefits,” he said. "For example it helps relax and calm the nerves, and is considered...
  • 5 Tasty, Low-Risk Foraged Foods

    07/19/2014 6:46:01 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    Yahoo Food ^ | 7/14/14 | Alex Van Buren
    Any former Girl or Boy Scout knows it’s dangerous to just pluck a berry off a bush or grab a random green and stuff it in your mouth (hello, poison ivy!) So proceed with caution and only sample something if you’re quite sure it’s safe: Brill’s app is a good starting point, but it, too features the caveat that there are some poisonous wild edibles out there! There’s also a whole world of tasty stuff. We asked Brill for his top five low-risk foraged finds (read: wild plants that don't have poisonous doppelgängers) around America, all of which are listed...
  • Mob burns dog thieves’ motorbikes in northern Vietnam

    07/19/2014 3:51:52 AM PDT · by dennisw · 34 replies
    Thanh Nien News ^ | July 13, 2014 14:24
    A mob of angry villagers in the northern province of Thanh Hoa set fire to two motorbikes that dog thieves abandoned in an effort to save their skins on Thursday morning. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper cited Pham Van Chuong, a police officer in Thach Dong Commune, Thach Thanh District, as saying locals had noticed four strange man riding around on a pair of motorbikes at 5:30 a.m. Bui Van Quy, a dog owner, caught the thieves red-handed electrocuting his animals with a stun gun and cried out for his neighbors' help, the paper reported. The thieves immediately fled the scene,...
  • Scituate Fish Market Owner to Release 18-Pound Lobster (75 Years Old)

    07/18/2014 4:56:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    The Patriot Ledger ^ | Posted Jul. 16, 2014 | Jessica Trufant
    The 18-pound, barnacle-encrusted lobster had seen better days. After evading for at least 75 years the fate met by countless other crustaceans, he found himself in an offshore trawler, ultimately ending up in the tank at Mullaney’s Fish Market in Scituate. Luckily for the lobster, store owner Joby Norton has a soft spot for older sea creatures. “We’ve had people come in who wanted to buy him for the Fourth, but we decided we don’t want to sell him,” Norton said Tuesday in his Scituate Harbor market. “We’re better off letting him go so he can live out his life.”...
  • Man Gets Locked Up [arrested], Orders Pizzas From Cell

    07/18/2014 4:00:22 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/18/14 | Ko Im
    He was already suspected of shoplifting beer, but a southern Kentucky man now faces additional charges for a pizza prank. While Michael Harp was in the process of getting booked at the police station, the 29-year-old placed an order for pizza on his cell phone.Five boxes from Domino's were delivered to an Officer Wilson, who had arrested Harp.
  • Eat More Bacon

    07/18/2014 2:30:37 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 39 replies
    07/18/14 | Almost Famous FReeper
    Eating chicken is swell. But, bacon....mmm....bacon...Here is a hot picture of a bacon model... Eat More Bacon
  • Michelle Obama Vows To 'Take A Break' From French Fries

    07/18/2014 10:06:59 AM PDT · by bkopto · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18, 2014 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    First Lady Michelle Obama revealed Friday that she has decided to “take a break” from french fries at the White House Kids State Dinner. The First Lady made her comments during President Obama’s speech at the dinner, where he revealed the eating habits of his family. Obama revealed that his biggest food vice was chips and guacamole. “When I see a bowl of chips and guacamole, I lose my mind,” Obama said. He also revealed that Michelle Obama’s biggest weakness was french fries before she interrupted him. “I’m making a vow, I’m going to take a break from French Fries,”...
  • Principal Calls Student Racist Because He Wore White, Made ‘W’ Sign During SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK

    07/17/2014 5:15:04 PM PDT · by equalator · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7-17-2014 | Eric Owens
    A star high school athlete in rural Marshalltown, Iowa has been suspended for three football games this fall because he posted a social media image of himself enthusiastically festooned from head to toe in white clothing during school spirit week. In the photo, he made the letter “W” with his hands — which in this case stands for white. “The actual school chose the colors that each grade would be wearing,” Cathy Van Staalduine explained. “Juniors wore white. So Blair, of course, being active in the school, dressed from head to toe in white.” She noted emphatically that the “W”...
  • Ice Cream Shop Creates Planned Parenthood Flavor for Abortion Giant’s Political Group

    07/17/2014 4:34:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    life news ^ | Carole Novielli
    Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has announced that a local ice cream parlor has created an ice cream just for them. No it will not be called Blood and Scream! The announcement was made on the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon’s Events page on Facebook and reads: Are you beating the heat this summer? Here’s a delicious way to cool off while supporting Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon at the same time: “Ice Cream for Planned Parenthood!” on July 17th at What’s the Scoop? in Portland! From the announcement: plannedparenthood114What’s the Scoop? is a sustainable, small-batch shop that creates ice cream...
  • Just Who Is That Wendy's Girl?

    07/17/2014 9:52:04 AM PDT · by Rides_A_Red_Horse · 108 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lizbeth Scordo
    She’s got copper-colored locks, a peppy personality, an ethnically diverse group of friends, and she knows how to talk millions of Americans into buying a Monterey Ranch Crispy Chicken Sandwich. She’s the Wendy’s Girl. The actress who has played the all-knowing, slightly kooky burger lover for two years is a 28-year-old Alabama native named Morgan Smith Goodwin. (She added her second surname after marrying Dave Goodwin, manager of New York City restaurant Gramercy Tavern.) And while her character has remained nameless in the fast food chain’s TV commercials, it’s not a far stretch to assume she’s Wendy, the freckled little...
  • "I Wish I Was in School"

    07/17/2014 3:20:20 AM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies
    This "Public Service Announcement" is being run heavily on one of our local TV stations. I think it is ridiculous. Kids at a playground wishing they were in school because of missing the school lunch(!).
  • 25 Place Names and the USDA Rules for Their Use on Food Labels

    07/17/2014 12:21:23 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 14 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | July 15, 2014 | Arika Okrent
    One of the jobs of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is to protect consumers by ensuring that food labels are accurate and not misleading. So it generally requires that when a product is described with a place name, e.g., Virginia Ham, it should actually come from that place. However, things aren’t always that simple. Some place names are simply a convenient way to refer to a type of food: We don’t expect that Swiss Cheese really comes from Switzerland, and we accept that certain adjectives—Italian, Chinese, Thai—name a certain food style or flavor profile apart from geographical origin.The...
  • Burglars Steal 300,000 Litres of Beer

    07/15/2014 5:10:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Jul 2014
    burglars have stolen 300,000 litres of beer from a warehouse in western Germany, police reported on Tuesday - the equivalent of €2.1 million worth of the nation's favourite drink. Police catch drunk art thieves in Bavaria (15 Jul 14) Beer bike crash sparks mass brawl (07 Jul 14) City to give alcoholics beer to clean streets (13 May 14) Police in Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia said on Tuesday afternoon they were looking for the burglars who stole multiple palettes of beer from a warehouse. The amount is said to fill 10 trucks, the equivalent of approximately 300,000 litres. "Who has...
  • Mrs. Obama Declares War on Chick-fil-A

    07/15/2014 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 07/15/2014 | Todd Starnes
    The First Lady of these United States has declared war on Chick-fil-A. It seems the home of plump juicy breasts and hot buttered buns has run afoul of the new Smart Snacks in School program. The program is a component of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new government regulations require snack items served in public schools to have less than two hundred calories. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues. And that’s really bad news for kids at South Carolina’s Socastee High School. They’ve just learned they will no longer be allowed...
  • $61 Sexagintuple Frap 2.0 Breaks Starbucks Free Drink Record

    07/14/2014 6:22:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 14, 2014 | Laura Northrup
    Sameera planned carefully for her attempt at breaking a world record. She obtained permission from the store where her attempt would take place, and even made sure to alert media outlets ahead of time. She even brought the proper equipment and a support team. What record was she out to break? She sought to make the most expensive single free Starbucks drink of all time. The initial cash register total was more than $60, but scanning her loyalty card brought the total down to $57.75. You know, only $57.75. The previous record, as you may have learned from Consumerist or...
  • 'Mayonnaise' Gets Restaurant Worker Slap

    07/14/2014 5:22:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014
    A Kuwaiti man swore at an Asian restaurant worker before slapping him in the face because he added mayonnaise to his meal. The Kuwaiti said he ordered a fast food meal for his pre-fasting dawn Suhour meal and told the worker not to add mayonnaise. “After he paid and started to eat, the customer noticed that the worker had added a touch of mayonnaise to the meal,” Al Watan daily said in a report from Kuwait City. “He went mad and jumped at the worker. He then swore at him before slapping him in the face. Police later arrived and...
  • Service time in restaurants doubled in ten years -customers on their cell phones are to blame

    07/13/2014 9:43:52 PM PDT · by dennisw · 52 replies
    dailymail ^ | 13 July 2014 | By David Mccormack
    After comparing the videos, they found that cell phones have become a large distraction for customers which are preventing them from ordering as efficiently as they once did. Nowadays customers are too per-occupied with taking photos upon entering, telling the waiters they are having problems connecting to the WiFi, taking photos of their food once it’s delivered to them and bumping into other customers and waiters as they enter and exit the restaurant as a result of texting while walking. Restaurant customers nowadays are too preoccupied with taking photos and telling waiters they are having problems connecting to the WiFi...
  • 'Yellow Fever' Fetish: Why Do So Many White Men Want To Date A Chinese Woman?

    07/13/2014 3:53:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 181 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 1, 2014
    Chinese writer Yuan Ren lifts the lid on so-called 'yellow fever': a well-peddled myth that Asian women make better sexual lovers than other women, while at the same time, having no meaningful presence in politics and popular culture By Yuan Ren 01 Jul 2014 Ever heard of yellow fever? No, not the disease you can pick up when travelling to certain countries. I'm talking about when Caucasian men develop an acute sexual preference for East Asian women – even becoming a fetish, for some. Naturally, there are dating websites aplenty dedicated to 'serving' those men who have yellow fever, where...
  • Wheat Gluten Confirmed to Promote Weight Gain

    07/12/2014 4:11:32 PM PDT · by Renfield · 40 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 7-10-2014 | Sayer Ji
    New research confirms some of the basic tenets of the Wheat Belly, a book by Dr. William Davis, which argues that wheat avoidance results in healthy weight loss.Published in Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry this month, and titled “Gluten-free diet reduces adiposity, inflammation and insulin resistance associated with the induction of PPAR-alpha and PPAR-gamma expression,” researchers compared the effects of a gluten-based diet to a gluten-free diet in mice.Researchers Noted Gluten exclusion (protein complex present in many cereals) has been proposed as an option for the prevention of diseases other than coeliac disease. However, the effects of gluten-free diets on obesity...
  • Home made ice cream! Who has the best recipes?

    07/12/2014 1:13:10 PM PDT · by Wingy · 38 replies
    Vanity | 07/12/2014 | Myself
    Okay, the Russians have invaded Ukraine, Obama is probably playing golf, another few hundred "uninvited guests" have arrived at our Southern border, and Germany and Argentina are gearing up for The World Cup Final. My big concern, however, is finding the BEST recipe for my new 1.5 quart ice cream maker.
  • Study: Plants React Defensively to Being Eaten

    07/11/2014 12:32:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | JUL 3, 2014 | Anne Sewell
    Following various studies, a report has been published by the University of Missouri-Colombia (MU) speculating that plant growth and reaction is influenced by sound, wind and touch. For instance, as a caterpillar eats the leaves of a plant, the plant respond to the sounds made and launches defenses against the attack. Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, said: “Previous research has investigated how plants respond to acoustic energy, including music.” “However, our work is the first example of...
  • 2 Men Arrested For Smoking Heroin In OC Chuck E. Cheese Bathroom

    07/11/2014 11:01:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | July 11, 2014 5:36 AM
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — Two men were arrested for smoking heroin in the bathroom of an Orange County Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, police said Friday. Officers were dispatched around 7 p.m. Tuesday to the restaurant and play center, located in the 2300 block of Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa. After the arrived at the Chuck E. Cheese, police found Collin Zborowski, 28, and 27-year-old Daniel Lubach together inside a stall in the men’s bathroom. “Both males were observed in the process of smoking heroin,” Lt. Greg Scott said. Zborowski and Lubach were arrested and officers confiscated drug paraphernalia and a...
  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    07/11/2014 7:41:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 10, 2014 3:38 PM EDT | David A. Lieb
    In the nation’s agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops. The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation’s food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports. It’s also possible that...
  • 10 Companies That Control Almost Everything We Eat

    07/09/2014 3:52:31 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-9-14 | Hayley Peterson
    The graphic focuses on 10 of the world's most powerful food and beverage companies: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, Danone, Mars, Mondelez International, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nestle, and Associated British Foods. Oxfam calls these companies the Big 10 and keeps a scorecard on their environmental impact on a website devoted to the nonprofit's "Behind the Brands" campaign. The campaign aims to make the companies more environmentally and socially conscious. According to one of Oxfam's most recent reports, the Big 10 emitted 263.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 and if the companies were a nation, it would be the 25th...
  • Muslim Shops Not Allowed to Sell Food to Muslims Before 3pm

    07/09/2014 11:17:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Wednesday July 9, 2014
    Muslim eateries are not allowed to sell food to Muslims before 3pm during the fasting month. “It is not reasonable for Muslims to buy meals before 3pm unless they are not fasting,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, adding that the respective state religious councils have the power to enforce this prohibition. “It will be too rigid a move if we stop them from opening shop (at any time). “(But) we have to enforce this rule (of no sales before 3pm) so as not to encourage people to skip their fast,” Jamil Khir told...
  • Chef Quits Job Because of Fear of Baked Beans

    07/09/2014 10:41:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Wednesday 9 Jul 2014
    A chef has been forced to quit his job because of an uncontrollable fear – of baked beans. Rob Griffiths, 31, left his job as a pub chef in Milton Keynes because he felt faint every time he saw the food. The ex-chef believes his rare fear - technically known as leguminophobia – was a result of his brothers throwing beans at him as a child. ‘I get shaky and I just have to run if they’re anywhere near me,’ he said. ‘I was a pub chef and breakfast was hard. ‘Staff had to prepare the beans while I hid...
  • Pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

    07/09/2014 6:36:24 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 20 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 7/8/10 | AP Writer
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours. Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie told The Associated Press that he got a call about 10 p.m. Monday just as he was about to send employees home. Ritchie said the pilot told him he needed to feed 160 people — fast. [AP Content - excerpted]