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  • Coney Island’s Wahlburgers Sued For Wage Theft, And Other Labor Violations

    08/29/2016 3:26:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies ^ | August 29, 2016 | Sean Egan
    The suit, which was filed on August 18, says the franchise’s Coney Island location, which opened in 2015, and is the subject of the A&E series “Wahlburgers,” paid employees for significantly fewer hours than they actually worked; forced workers to unlawfully pool tips with non-tipped employees in the kitchen; and didn’t pay full time-and-a-half for overtime. Employees frequently complained to the managers of the Burger restaurant, but to no avail, according to the lawsuit. Wahlburgers didn’t even pay employees for coming to mandatory meetings, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). After a special event held by the...
  • No 'Fowl' Play Here: Dubai Municipality Refutes Chicken Nuggets Video

    08/29/2016 2:52:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, August 29, 2016 | Wam
    Denial comes after a video clip went viral on some social networksKhalid Mohammed Sharif, Director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality, has denied the authenticity of information being distributed via a video clip on some social networks which shows chicken nuggets being produced by grinding the whole chicken. He stressed that using live chickens, small or big, and shredding them for making chicken nuggets is contrary to the GCC, European and US laws and to the rights of animals. "After all, it is unhealthy and cannot be applied in practice because some animal parts such as feathers, viscera and...
  • US government buys 11 million pounds of cheese to tackle dairy mountain

    08/28/2016 12:05:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 27 August 2016 • 11:40PM | David Millward
    Washington has stepped in to tackle America’s cheese mountain with the Federal government buying 11 million pounds of the surplus. It has cost the American taxpayer $20 million (£15 million), the US Department of Agriculture said. The cheese will be distributed to food banks across the country. There are several reasons for the cheese mountain in the US. Farmers had boosted production when they were getting record prices. But thanks to the strength of the dollar, demand has slumped, creating a huge cheese surplus which has reached a 30-year high. Cheese has been a source of tension between the United...
  • How to Spot Authentic Mexican Food

    08/27/2016 10:13:28 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 209 replies
    Eat in OC ^ | August 25, 2016
    There are over 38,000 Mexican restaurants across the United States. Mexican food is the most popular international cuisine in the U.S., representing 42% of all ethnic food sales. It’s represented on the menus of one in every 10 restaurants in the United States. With so many Mexican restaurants to choose from, the real question becomes how to spot authentic Mexican food.
  • KFC Sunscreen Makes You Smell Like Fried Chicken

    08/26/2016 10:28:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    C|NET ^ | 8/22 | Amanda Kooser
    Nobody asked for fried-chicken-scented sunscreen, but KFC made it anyway. A quick survey of sunscreens reveals they usually come bottled with scents like "sunshine," "coconut," "cucumber," "mango" and "gentle breeze." These fragrances evoke thoughts of summer, beaches and outdoor fun. KFC, the global fried-chicken fast-food franchise, decided sunscreen should evoke thoughts of bubbling hot oil, dead birds and 11 herbs and spices. On Monday, KFC introduced Extra Crispy Sunscreen, a reference to a style of chicken, not the kind of skin the sunscreen will leave you with if you use it. The sunscreen smells like fried chicken, but it...
  • Worms found in burgers at 2 Kentucky McDonald's restaurants

    08/26/2016 4:37:33 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 56 replies
    ABC 13 NEWS ^ | 26 AUGUST 2016 | ABC 13 NEWS
    MAYFIELD, KY -- At least two people have reported finding worms in food from McDonald's restaurants in two Kentucky communities. Mayfield resident Madison Stephens tells WPSD-TV that she visited the local McDonald's on Sunday and purchased food for her and her 1-year-old son. She says that as she was about to bite into her hamburger, a live worm fell out. At the McDonald's in Draffenville, about 25 miles away from Mayfield, Lacey Jo Lovett says she also found a worm in her burger on Tuesday.
  • The US Government Just Bought $20 Million Worth Of Surplus Cheese

    08/26/2016 4:25:12 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 39 replies
    Twenty million dollars worth of cheese. That's how much of the good stuff the federal government plans to buy to ease America's massive cheese surplus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week it will purchase the nearly 11 million pounds of cheese for "private inventories." Before you get too excited about government-funded grilled cheese sandwiches, that means the cheese will go to food banks and charity groups around the country.
  • Bro Horrified to Learn He Bought $40K Bus During Drunk Blackout

    08/26/2016 12:50:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 26, 2016 | Josie Griffiths
    This British bloke got more than he bargained for when he spent nearly $40,000 on a bus during a night out in Ibiza. Instead of paying a few euros for a ride home, Davie Little, a DJ, shelled out a whopping $37,500 on buying his own coach. The credit card sale was made just after midnight yesterday while Davie, who is from Durham, in northeast England, was partying in Ushuaia nightclub, and the poor guy still can’t figure out what he was thinking.
  • Texas Waiter Opens Fire During Fight With Customers at Steakhouse

    08/25/2016 10:44:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    A waiter at a San Antonio steakhouse pulled out a gun during a dispute with two diners and fired multiple shots before running from the restaurant, according to police. A patron took cellphone video of the altercation Wednesday afternoon at the Little Red Barn Steakhouse, located on the city’s historic Southeast Side. The argument apparently started after the unidentified server brought out the wrong order. Witnesses told police the two customers verbally berated the steakhouse employee then one of the customers put him in a headlock, according to the San Antonio Express-News. After the headlock, the server pulled out a...
  • Vegan ‘Pay What You Want’ Restaurant Faces Closure as Diners Fork Out Less Than $3 A Meal

    08/25/2016 6:34:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 25, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    A vegan restaurant with a “pay what you can” policy is facing closure after receiving an average of $3 per meal from customers. For the last two years, Lentil As Anything in Sydney’s trendy inner-city Newtown has prided itself both on serving restaurant quality vegan food while retaining it’s not for profit, community organisation philosophy.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/24/2016 12:03:01 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 95 replies
    I recently picked up a nasty ‘bug’ that threw me into a six-day fever. No idea what it was, but I’ve never been laid-out so badly, or so little interested in food - all I could taste was salt, and salt was revolting. I finally hit on vanilla ice cream as tolerable, and ate nothing else for days. There are still some ‘notes’ that I can’t taste, and I’m craving the weirdest things: “MacDonald’s Fish Sandwich???” - my husband must feel that he’s got a pregnant lady calling him at work and demanding this-or-that be picked up on the way...
  • Study: Ramen noodles replacing cigarettes as primary currency among U.S. prison population

    08/24/2016 6:48:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 48 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    TUCSON, - A U.S. study indicates cigarettes are being replaced as currency among state prisoners by another highly-coveted item -- instant ramen noodles. Michael Gibson-Light, a doctoral candidate in the University of Arizona School of Sociology, said ramen noodles are on the rise as a form of currency among male inmates in U.S. state prisons due to cost-cutting measures leading to a drop in food quality and quantity. Gibson-Light, who is due to present his study at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, said the rise of ramen has less to do with the popularity of tobacco...
  • Milkbomb's Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches Coming to Bay Area

    08/23/2016 8:33:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Spoiler: A warm sealed and glazed donut with ice cream inside will likely take over local social media feeds later this year. Milkbomb Ice Cream has an Instagram star in the making with this item, which has been made with organic ice cream flavors like horchata and ube (purple yam) — tastes beloved by the multicultural Bay Area. Proprietors Jan-Michael Manuel and Marion Valenzuela told NBC Bay Area that they're currently negotiating for a lease on a permanent space in a prominent, high trafficked part of Nob Hill in San Francisco. They would like to open before the end of...
  • 1902 Fannie Farmer opens cooking school

    08/23/2016 8:50:50 AM PDT · by Jolla · 32 replies
    History Channel ^ | 8/23/2016 | History today
    On this day in 1902, pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer, who changed the way Americans prepare food by advocating the use of standardized measurements in recipes, opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston. In addition to teaching women about cooking, Farmer later educated medical professionals about the importance of proper nutrition for the sick.
  • Is There Such a Thing as "Fat but Fit"?

    08/22/2016 8:27:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    August 18, 2016 | Lindzi Wessel
    These findings indicate that fat cells in obese people do something different than in healthy peopleA new study finds striking metabolic differences between fat cells from obese and normal weight people—but it’s not clear what the findings mean to overall health. WHY IT MATTERS: Obesity is associated with complications like diabetes and heart disease. But over the past 15 years, evidence has emerged that a subgroup of obese people are metabolically healthy, meaning they don’t have the insulin resistance, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides typical of obesity. That has led to questions of whether treating the obesity...
  • KFC Launches New Fried Chicken-Scented Sunscreen

    08/22/2016 5:53:34 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 41 replies ^ | Bob Miller | August 22, 2016
    They Didn’t! Yes they did. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) just dropped a limited run of Extra Crispy fried chicken-scented sunscreen. But we really shouldn’t be surprised, back in May, KFC Hong Kong introduced fried chicken flavored edible nail polish. If you’re feeling courageous, and would like to slather your body parts in KFC Fried Chicken-Scented Sunscreen – act fast – because KFC is only making 3,000 bottles of SPF 30 Extra Crispy Sunscreen available online on Monday, August 22, 2016. You can order a bottle for free by visiting and completing the request form. The free sunscreen is only...
  • Server receives 'racist' note instead of tip [Harrisonburg VA]

    08/22/2016 11:57:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    WHSV, ABC 3, Harrisonburg VA ^ | Mon 2:08 PM, Aug 22, 2016 | Isabel Rosales
    Many people throughout the Valley and nationwide have expressed outrage after a Valley server got what she calls a “nasty and racist” comment on a receipt. And the entire exchange was caught on surveillance camera. Now, the owner of the restaurant says she doesn’t want the person responsible back in her business. On Monday, August 15, Sadie Elledge served a man and woman two gyros, sodas, and a Greek salad at Jess’ Lunch in downtown Harrisonburg. From the start, Elledge says she felt uncomfortable. […] As the blonde woman signed the receipt (which you can see in the video above),...
  • Government warns of dangers of vegan diet [Germany]

    08/22/2016 7:49:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies ^ | 22 Aug 2016 15:31 GMT+02:00
    The German government has warned that in some circumstances a vegan diet can be harmful to a person’s health, as the non-meat, non-dairy lifestyle experiences a boom in Berlin. “A purely plant-based diet makes it more difficult to give the body some of the important nutrients it needs,” the government statement from last week reads. Vitamin B12 is a particularly important nutrient that is almost exclusively present in meat, the statement adds, explaining that the only way vegans can consume it is by taking supplementary pills. …
  • Long queues at Singapore hawker stalls awarded with Michelin stars

    08/21/2016 4:19:53 PM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies
    straitstimes. ^ | Jul 22, 2016,
    SINGAPORE - Less than 12 hours after his stall was awarded one star in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide, Mr Chan Hon Meng, 51, was back at work whipping up his signature soya sauce chicken dish for customers at Chinatown Complex. A queue of 10 people had formed at his Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle outlet even before it opened on Friday (July 22) morning. As of 10.30am, there were 21 people in the queue. Following his award, Mr Chan is considering introducing new dishes and opening another outlet. He told The Straits Times he has no...
  • Hot Bath Beats Cycling for Lowering Blood Sugar Levels for Type 2 Diabetics

    08/20/2016 11:40:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 18 AUGUST 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    A hot bath could be better than cycling at lowering blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics, a study suggests. Dr Steve Faulkner of Loughborough University investigated whether there were any alternatives to exercise which could assist people in maintaining the condition. He found that a soak in the tub reduces peak blood sugar levels by 10 per cent more than an hour cycling, and increases energy expenditure levels by 80 per cent burning 126 calories per hour. Dr Faulkner, who is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity...
  • Scientists find a salty way to kill MRSA

    08/18/2016 10:20:21 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 17 replies ^ | 8/16/2016 | Angelika Gründling
    Scientists have discovered a new way to attack Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The team, from Imperial College London, have revealed how the bacteria regulates its salt levels. The bacteria are a common source of food poisoning and are resistant to heat and high salt concentrations, which are used for food preparation and storage. The team hope to use this knowledge to develop a treatment that prevents food poisoning by ensuring all bacteria in food are killed. They are also investigating whether these findings could aid the development of a treatment for patients that would work alongside conventional antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus bacterium...
  • For Venezuelan Prisoners, Quality of Life Might Be Higher than for Those Outside

    08/17/2016 7:19:23 PM PDT · by fella · 3 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 17 Aug 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Inmates Have Access to Basic Necessities Others Lack Across the Country As Venezuela’s economic and medical crisis worsens, many have questioned whether jails offer higher quality of life to citizens than those on the outside searching for food and waiting in endless lines. One of the most dangerous prisons in the country, Tocorón, not only has a pool, shops and a running track, but the food and other goods so many lack in Venezuela’s main cities. The country’s food shortages exceed 80 percent in the Venezuelan capital. Most Venezuelans wake up early to stand in long lines sometimes for as...
  • Police: Suspected Drunk Driver Opens Beer In Front Of Officers

    08/17/2016 6:27:51 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 30 replies
    CBS MINNESOTA ^ | 17 AUGUST 2017 | AP
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a suspected drunken driver disobeyed an order to get out of her car and instead cracked open a beer in front of the officer who stopped her. Police say an officer on foot spotted an SUV driving fast early Wednesday on State Street near downtown Madison, where regular traffic is not allowed. The officer jumped into her car and pulled the driver over.
  • I Lost Half my Body Weight by Walking for my Food

    08/17/2016 12:34:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 17, 2016 | David K. Li
    It’s the Walmart diet! Modal Trigger Pasquale “Pat” BroccoPhoto: Facebook An Arizona man dropped more than 300 pounds — by walking a mile to Walmart to buy his food every time he got hungry. “You walk to Walmart three times a day and you end up walking six miles,” said 31-year-old Pasquale “Pat” Brocco, who three years ago, weighed a gargantuan 605 pounds. “It’s amazing because I never walked six miles in my life and I was doing it every day.”
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 8-15-16)

    08/15/2016 3:32:40 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 30 replies ^ | 8-15-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Ruby Tuesday to close 95 restaurants

    08/12/2016 4:24:57 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 85 replies
    Ruby Tuesday plans to close 95 restaurants throughout the country, the company announced. The locations of the restaurants to be closed have not been released, but the restaurants will be shutting down quickly. According to the company's press release, the under-performing locations will stop operations by September. Ruby Tuesday's had 724 restaurants as of May 31, and 646 of those were company-operated.
  • 7 robots that are replacing farm workers around the world

    08/12/2016 10:48:14 AM PDT · by Reeses · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 12, 2016 | Leanna Garfield
    In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food. In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can. Here's a look at seven machines that are currently aiding farmers around the world. 1) The Wall-Ye prunes vineyards 2) The BoniRob destroys 120 weeds per minute 3) Abundant Robotics' bot picks one ripe apple per second 4) The Blue River Lettuce Bot thins out lettuce fields 5) The Prospera bot 'sees' dying plants before farmers can 6)...
  • Million Pounds Of Rat Meat Being Sold As Boneless Chicken Wings In U.S

    08/12/2016 7:18:45 AM PDT · by massmike · 137 replies ^ | 08/12/2016 | n/a
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the Port of San Francisco destroyed numerous illegal containers imported into the U.S from China. These containers contained rat meat! The strange thing about this is the plan this rat meat to be sold as chicken meat. The idea was the nasty meat to be shipped to different points in several states, and to be sold as chicken. The FDA states that there is a possibility of another 300,000 lbs. of this meat being offered in groceries and restaurants across the U.S. The FDA inspector, Ronal Jones, claims that if cooked completely, this...
  • Parents Who Feed Kids a Vegan Diet May Risk Jail in Italy Under New Law

    08/11/2016 1:47:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | AUG 11 2016,
    If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk up to four years in jail. Savino, from the conservative Forza Italia party, has put forward a law that would hold parents legally responsible for feeding their children on "a diet devoid of elements essential for healthy and balanced growth," according to its text. "I have nothing against vegans or veganism as long as it is a free choice by adults," she told Reuters on Wednesday, days after she presented the proposed law in the lower house Chamber of Deputies.
  • Swedish Fish Is the Newest Oreo Flavor

    08/10/2016 4:07:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The latest Oreo flavor has arrived - and it's a bit fishy. The new flavor has been rumored on social media for a few days, with many speculating the Oreo packaging was nothing more than an impressive Photoshop job -- but, lucky for us, it's the real thing. An Oreo representative confirmed to Delish the fishy cookies are only being sold at Kroger grocery stores (and, of course, you can get some of the cookies on eBay). While early reviews have been mixed, Swedish Fish fans should probably shop early and often, as the cookies are a limited-time offering. Mondelez...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/10/2016 3:36:48 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 184 replies
    One of my favorite meals growing up was Saturday breakfast, which was usually served at more of a brunch hour. Sometimes it would be eggs, bacon or sausage, and hominy fried in the grease from the meat (which I loved, and if anyone has recipes for canned hominy, please post!). Or it might be waffles, or pancakes; and when it snowed, Cinnamon Toast, and tea or hot chocolate. Many years ago I found a recipe that makes a great, quick brunch casserole at home – if you remember to grate the cheese the night before and store it airtight in...
  • Marijuana-Infused Gummy Rings Sickens 19 After San Francisco Quinceañera: Health Dept.

    08/08/2016 4:17:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Lisa Fernandez and Chuck Coppola
    The patients taken to the hospital ranged in age from 6 to 18.The gummy rings that sickened 19 people - including a 6-year-old - at quinceañera in the Mission District were laced with pot, the San Francisco Public Health Department announced Monday, after a dozen patients tested positive for the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said that the final lab tests on the gummy rings have not yet come back yet from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. But she said that 12 of the 19 people hospitalized after the party at the Women's Building on 18th Street...
  • Crystal Pepsi is making a triumphant return to U.S. stores on August 8

    08/07/2016 10:02:01 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 26 replies
    BGR ^ | June 29, 2016 | Yoni Heisler
    PepsiCo is at long last bringing Crystal Pepsi back to stores nationwide later this summer. A crystal clear version of Pepsi will be available in 20-ounce bottles August 8 in the United States. Originally launched back in 1993 alongside a massive marketing campaign, the gimmick didn’t really resonate with consumers, prompting Pepsi to pull the product just one year later.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/02/2016 4:58:28 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 105 replies
    We have a ‘carrot issue’ in our household. Whenever we go grocery shopping, my husband throws a big 2-pound bag of carrots into the cart. When I tell him that we already have a bin full (from his previous purchases) his response is, ‘I think I used some of them’ or ‘It’s ok, they last a long time’; and then he blithely wanders off, singing along with the Muzak, toward the meat counter - where he will find Great Deals on meat that we also don’t need, and for which there is no room in the freezer ;-) If we...
  • Maslow And The Inner City Democrat Voter

    08/02/2016 10:33:30 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 12 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 8/2/2016 | blueunicorn6
    One of the tools used to examine human behavior is Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs. I think this tool is useful in examining the voting behavior of inner city Democrat voters. Let's give it the old college try. Maslow wrote that there are five levels of needs. These needs are: Physiological Safety Love/Belonging Safety Physiological He argues that there is a ranking of these needs. The first need is Physiological. The second need is Safety. The third need is Love/Belonging. The fourth need is Esteem. The fifth need is Self Actualization. The famed Maslow Pyramid looks like this: Self Actualization Esteem...
  • Woman Fired From McDonald's in Texas After Refusing to Serve Off-Duty Officer, Family

    07/29/2016 10:53:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Jessica Hamilton
    A McDonald's employee in Brenham has been fired after she refused to serve an off-duty police officer ordering food for himself and his family. When the officer and his two children tried to order at the burger chain near U.S. 290, the woman behind the counter, whose son is currently in custody, told the officer she wouldn't serve him. Another employee stepped in to take the order.
  • Larry the lobster D.O.A. at aquarium after activists rescue him from restaurant

    07/29/2016 8:37:30 AM PDT · by PROCON · 76 replies
    WAPO ^ | July 29, 2016 | Shayla Love
    An ancient 15-pound lobster named Larry was saved from becoming dinner at a Florida seafood restaurant last week but has died in transit to the Maine State Aquarium, the Miami Herald reported. When Joe Melluso, the owner of Tin Fish restaurant in Sunrise, Fla., first got the call about a massive lobster from his seafood supplier, he thought Larry could be 115 years old. After a picture of the lobster was broadcast on a local TV station, business owners and animal activists rallied to save him. They named him Larry and said he should live out his golden years in...

    07/28/2016 8:37:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Thrillist ^ | 7/28 | JOHN MARSHALL
    By Up to three-quarters of American adults take some kind of vitamin or supplement, so there's a pretty good chance you're one of them. That's a lot of people purchasing substances that aren't evaluated by the FDA, and for the most part don't work. What's more, vitamins and supplements are only getting more popular, with sales growing 50% faster than those of over-the-counter drugs over the past several years. Basically, most of you are throwing money away on magical beans -- stop it already! There's not a whole lot of regulation, which is good for sales pitches One of the...
  • Report: Cops Mistake Krispy Kreme Donut Glaze for Meth, Arrest Man

    07/28/2016 5:45:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | Jul 28, 2016
    A Florida man told the Orlando Sentinel the he was arrested and brought to jail after police in Orlando mistook a few flakes of donut glaze in his car for bits of crystal methamphetamine. Daniel Rushing, 65, said in an interview with the newspaper that he had just dropped off a neighbor for chemotherapy when he was pulled over on Dec. 11, around 1 p.m. Earlier, he had eaten a Krispy Kreme donut, he said. The officer spotted "a rock like substance on the floor board where his feet were," according to a police report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel....

    07/28/2016 12:45:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Thrillist ^ | 7/18 | C.A. Pinkham
    <p>Welcome back to Off The Menu, where we bring you the best and strangest food stories from my email inbox. This week, we have the classic tales of customers who were pretty much just trolls in human guise. As always, these are real emails from real readers, though names have been changed.</p>
  • A Baguette Vending Machine? It's Open in San Francisco

    07/28/2016 12:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    There's nothing like a fresh baguette, hot out of the oven. And one company has made it as easy and quick to get as a Snickers bar. Le Bread Xpress has opened vending machines in San Francsico that produce hot and fresh baguettes in seconds. The machines are operating at the new Myriad market in the Castro. The baguettes rise at a bakery in Burlingame and are slighty baked. The baking process finishes in the vending machine. Operators say the machine is a hit in France. "In a mall next to transportation, people come back from work, get their fresh...
  • Warren Sapp OK After Being Bitten by shark While on Lobstering Trip

    07/27/2016 11:24:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7/27/16 | James Quintong
    Twitter Pinterest Email print comment Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp found himself battling a shark while on a lobstering charter boat off the Florida Keys on Wednesday. While Sapp was going for a lobster, the shark got a piece of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star's left forearm. "He was lobstering with me, and a shark bit Sapp, while he was grabbing the lobster. He's OK," charter captain Jack Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times. The Instagram account of Carlson's boat, Two Conchs, posted a photo of Sapp's gash (warning: graphic image).
  • Poop-Themed Cafe Serves Desserts That Look Like Crap

    07/27/2016 12:44:48 PM PDT · by workerbee · 39 replies
    Eater ^ | 7/25/16 | Whitney Filloon
    Get ready, Toronto A "toilet-themed dessert bar" is headed to Canada. The aptly named Poop Café Dessert Bar is slated to open in mid-August in Toronto's Koreatown, according to the Toronto Star. Menu items will include chocolate soft-serve, pudding, and traditional Asian desserts like patbingsoo (shaved ice with red beans and various other toppings). Per the Star, "All of the poo-ticular items available at the café will be brown, formed like a stool and served in toilet-shaped dishes." What a world. Owner Lien Nguyen says she's "trying to make poop cute," as evidenced by the restaurant's poo-themed murals accompanied with...
  • Is cockroach milk the next big superfood?

    07/27/2016 4:00:24 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 2 replies
    Think twice before killing the next cockroach you find in your apartment. A team of scientists at India’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine discovered that cockroach milk may be the greatest superfood of them all.
  • Study: Common pesticide appears to reduce live bee sperm

    07/26/2016 10:02:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 26, 2016 8:10 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honey bees, one reason why the bees are dwindling. The class of insecticide called neonicotinoids didn’t kill the drones. But bees that ate treated pollen produced 39 percent less live sperm than those that didn’t, according to a controlled experiment by Swiss researchers published Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It essentially acted as an accidental contraceptive on the drones, whose main job is to mate with the queen — but not one that prevented complete reproduction, just...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/26/2016 4:47:11 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 136 replies
    I attended a buffet-style party recently where the food reminded me of the classic Italian appetizer/starter ‘antipasto’ - which literally means ‘before the meal’, or before the main course. And given the temperatures we’ve had here during the past week, it seems that a nice antipasto platter, along with a good bread and a round red wine would be a perfect meal in itself, for an unbearably hot evening - the kind where one would just like to ‘graze’ lazily on some cold, refreshing bites, and share a long conversation while the cicadas sing. The offering classically consists of cured...
  • The Case for Cockroach Milk: The Next Superfood?

    07/26/2016 1:29:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 26 | Ben Guarino
    The milk crystals of the Pacific beetle cockroach are beautiful. Slice open an embryonic roach under a microscope, and the crystals spill out in a shower of nutrient-dense glitter. But the flavor of cockroach milk is nothing to write home about. Subramanian Ramaswamy, a biochemist at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India, told The Washington Post as much early Tuesday. As a party dare — he’d lost a drinking competition — one of Ramaswamy’s colleagues once ate a sprinkling of the crystals. “He said it doesn’t taste like anything special,” Ramaswamy said. Most roaches...
  • 11-Year-Old Girl Sells Lemonade to Help Pay Family Bills

    07/25/2016 7:07:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KOLO - TV ^ | Jul 25, 2016 | Mackenzie Roberts
    It's not unusual to find kids selling lemonade on a hot summer day. What might be unusual though, is finding a child selling lemonade so that she can help pay her family's bills. 11-year-old Sierra Kirkman and her friend Karleigh Jernigan sold lemonade from sun up to sun down Saturday. Sierra is raising money to help her Mom pay household bills. Her Mom recently lost her job. Sierra said she wanted to help so they wouldn't be forced to down-size and move to another area. The girls only expected a few customers to stop by, but they received many more...
  • Hundreds of cans of Miller Genuine Draft pour onto Denver interstate after recycling truck crashes

    07/25/2016 7:16:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 21 - 22, 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A truck taking expired beer to a recycling plant crashed on a Denver highway leaving cans strewn across several lanes during rush hour. The semitrailer was hauling Miller Genuine Draft when it almost careered off the overpass from Interstate 70 onto the I-25 below. With the truck left on its side and roof ripped open, hundreds of beer cans then spilled over onto express lanes following the accident at around 6pm yesterday. The Denver Police Department said there were no injuries, according to Fox 31. A front-end loader was used to clear the beer debris on the eastbound I-70 ramp...
  • If Starbucks Was As Liberal As They Think

    07/23/2016 1:34:11 PM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 5 replies
    7-23-2016 | Orangehoof
    If Starbucks was as liberal as they think they are, they would give their coffee away for free. I'm mean free coffee ought to be a constitutional right, right? How many times have you heard people say they can't live without a cup of coffee in the morning? This is how socialists are. They see something someone has and believes everyone should have it for free. Like health care. So they demand that the coffee business make their coffee for free and I don't mean just the bland stale regular coffee. That's just not fair. Triple Cappuchino Frappachino extra latte...