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  • New guidelines on communal kitchen etiquette for the workplace

    10/04/2015 10:54:55 PM PDT · by Teotwawki · 36 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | October 4, 2015 | David Wilkes
    Full title: Don't microwave sausage rolls - it'll upset other faiths! New guidelines on communal kitchen etiquette for the workplace are suggested It may seem an innocent enough act to warm up your sausage roll in the microwave during lunch hour. But think again, because doing so could seriously upset colleagues of certain faiths, new guidelines on the etiquette of using communal kitchens at work suggest. Similarly, it would also be advisable to avoid keeping bacon rolls in a fridge shared with people whose religious beliefs prohibit them from eating pork. [snip] The programme, commissioned by CoExist House, an interfaith...
  • Grilled Cheese Truck partners with ‘Soup Nazi’ for delicious venture

    10/04/2015 3:39:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 42 replies
    NYP ^ | October 1, 2015 | Lisa Fickensche
    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is hawking grilled cheese and soup these days. Clark, the vice chairman of the Grilled Cheese Truck, a publicly traded company that puts veterans to work serving up meals from five kitchen trucks on the West Coast, is rolling out its New York City version in November — part of a co-branded hook-up with The Original Soupman, of “Seinfeld” fame. [snip] ...“This [business] model is all about putting veterans to work,” ...The trucks will debut in New York City on Veterans Day.
  • Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare (Liquid goop cleanup in Aisle 3)

    10/02/2015 10:24:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 3, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Soylent, which produces liquid food for techies who hate chewing, has stopped shipping its gloop after some of it was contaminated with mold. The firm started flogging version 2.0 of its formula in August, and has produced 400,000 bottles of the strange substance. It has since learned that 11 of the bottles had mold inside or on the outside by the time they reached customers. That's a tiny proportion, however on Friday the biz confirmed it's halting operations. "During our record review process we did discover that the conveyor guardrail settings were not optimized, causing some bottles to move erratically...
  • Lawsuit Claims Man’s Flatulence Prompted Firing

    10/02/2015 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 32 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 2, 2015 | Staff
    OCTOBER 2--A Pennsylvania man was fired from his job at a pork roll producer due to extreme flatulence brought on by gastric bypass surgery, according to a discrimination lawsuit filed by the man’s wife. In a federal complaint, Louann Clem, 59, charges that the Case Pork Roll Company terminated her husband Richard, 70, last year after the Trenton, New Jersey firm’s president frequently complained about her spouse’s condition. Louann Clem, who also worked for the company, said that her husband--who weighed 420 pounds--underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2010. “As a result of the surgery, Mr. Clem suffered side effects such...
  • Starbucks to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2020

    10/02/2015 6:42:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    AM New York ^ | October 2, 2015 | Reuters
    Starbucks will switch to using only eggs laid by cage-free chickens at its North American locations within five years, the company told Reuters on Thursday. The company said it has been steadily working on making the switch since it began buying cage-free eggs in 2008. The pledge follows similar moves by McDonald's Corp, Burger King Corp and food services company Sodexo SA. It is happening as North American egg suppliers are slowly starting to rebuild flocks after the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history.
  • 7 Reasons to Start Homesteading Today

    10/01/2015 8:47:01 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    The Prairie Homestead ^ | 1-2-2015 | Jill Winger
    So, you say you’re still on the fence about homesteading? I get it. I really do. Attempting to make the switch from buying all your food at the grocery store without a second thought, to someone who suddenly has an insatiable desire to garden and milk goats is quite the transition, ya know? And then you have the whole “convincing the family/spouse” hurdle. Sometimes it’s easy to persuade them their future lies between rows of homegrown, GMO-free corn and beans, while in other cases, it can be a bit of a struggle to help them see the “vision”. It’s easy...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    10/01/2015 8:22:58 AM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 70 replies
    A while back, Libertarian27 provided a link to a Blue Cheese dip recipe that she had previously posted. I tried it this week, and it really is good; I used it on seasoned Chicken Lettuce Wraps and it went perfectly. Here is her link: I'm not sure I've posted this before, but it's a nice appetizer or side dish, and though not strictly 'low-carb friendly', you can cut down on the flour, or use a low-carb substitute: Zucchini Pancake Appetizers 3 cups unpeeled, grated zucchini ½ tsp. salt 2 large eggs, beaten 3 T. all-purpose flour 1 Cup crumbled...
  • Death by chocolate: an exploding chocolate bar meant for Winston Churchill [tr]

    09/30/2015 11:09:50 AM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/30/15 | Robinson
    Dastardly Nazi plans to hide bombs in chocolate bars, mess tins and even bangers and mash have today been revealed in a series of secret wartime sketches unearthed after 70 years. Explosives were also hidden in Thermos flasks, cans of motor oil and even lumps of coal as the German war machine plotted murder on the streets of Britain. The chocolate bar, which would have exploded when a chunk was broken off, was designed specifically for Winston Churchill in the hope his sweet tooth would lead to his death. The lethal slabs of chocolate were packed with enough explosives to...
  • Guest gets bill after not showing up to wedding (MN)

    09/30/2015 10:08:15 AM PDT · by bgill · 46 replies
    KARE ^ | Sept. 30, 2015 | Jay Olstad
    It was a couple weeks ago, Jessica Baker was getting ready to go to a wedding with her husband when she got a call from her mom. "She called at the last minute and had something come up and said I can't make it," said Baker. Her mom was supposed to watch their kids. And since the invitation said no children, that meant no wedding. But then this week, she received a bill for the dinner they were supposed to have enjoyed. The total came to $75.90.
  • How climate change is making Antarctica royally crabby (+video)

    09/30/2015 6:37:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9-29-2015 | Eva Botkin-Kowacki
    Warming waters on the Antarctic continental shelf could be inviting to King crabs, a predator that has been unable to live in those chilly waters for tens of millions of years. Ocean waters are getting hotter, and that could make Antarctica crabby.  Warming global temperatures are prompting many animals to shift their ranges. One of those animals, the King crab, could be moving into shallower waters off the Western coast of Antarctica, where it hasn't been found for tens of millions of years.  The royal crustaceans, Lithodidae, now live on the continental slope off the western Antarctic Peninsula, a surprise...
  • Burger King Unleashes Black Halloween Whopper—And It's Frighteningly Good

    09/29/2015 6:26:34 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 79 replies
    Today Food ^ | 09/28/2015 | Alexandra Bulow
    From September 28 through Halloween Day, the burger giant is offering its popular patty sandwich inside a pitch-black bun that's flavored with A.1. sauce and sprinkled with white sesame seeds. The burger comes loaded with the usual Whopper fixings (melted American cheese, pickles, white onion, tomato and mayonnaise) but this one also has a dash of A.1. sauce—something I don't think I've tried in over 20 years. The verdict: it's kinda, sorta...well...okay, really good. The black bun has the squishiness of a Martin potato roll and a tiny hint of black pepper that's a good complement to the smoky charcoal-broiled...
  • Doctor Arrested Working as Butcher

    09/29/2015 2:40:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Most doctors are in reality butchers, says Kuwaiti resident, on social mediaAn Arab doctor was arrested on the first day of Eid Al Adha in Kuwait roaming around the residential areas offering to slaughter the Eid sheep of residents. This story went viral on social media, where many said that he must be punished for what he did as he was not a licensed butcher, and also he ignored all rules of hygiene which are part of a butcher's job. The doctor works in a private hospital and wanted to earn extra money by offering to slaughter Eid sheep...
  • Carl's Jr's racy new TexMex burger commercial featuring scantily-clad women playing volleyball...

    09/29/2015 1:35:28 PM PDT · by petercooper · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 09-29-2015 | Daily Mail
    Full title: Carl's Jr's racy new TexMex burger commercial featuring scantily-clad women playing volleyball over a border wall reflects 'what's going on with immigration', says one of its models New ad involves two sets of models representing Texas and Mexico The women are playing to determine whether the burger is 'Tex' or 'Mex' Kara Del Toro, who is in 'Team Mex', says the commercial is a 'bold move' She claims it is 'playing' on the immigration debate dominating the 2016 presidential race The American team are all blondes while the Mexican team are brunettes but Del Toro insists the commercial...
  • A nation of tall cheese-eaters

    09/29/2015 12:35:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | September 29, 2015 | Ben Coates
    The Dutch drink a lot of milk, eat a lot of cheese, and are now the tallest people in the world. Could there be a connection? The author of a new book on the Netherlands, Ben Coates, explains how the Dutch became not only voracious but also very discerning cheese eaters.
  • A ‘Date’ With Hummus: Israel Embraces Beer With Microbrew Twist

    09/29/2015 10:58:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Tuesday, 29 September 2015
    Monday, 28 September 2015 In an industrial zone among the hills of Galilee in northern Israel, a ponytailed sociologist with an intolerance for gluten explained what he was up to: beer made with chickpeas and dates. "It's a very Middle Eastern food," 52-year-old Bryan Meadan said of his gluten-free beer made with chickpeas, familiar to most through hummus and falafel. "Local beer with local products." In the part of the world where Jesus is believed to have turned water to wine, enterprising Israelis are opting for beer – local, craft beer that often has a regional twist.
  • There’s no evidence that we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day

    09/26/2015 10:50:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 120 replies
    sciencealert ^ | 25 AUG 2015 | FIONA MACDONALD
    Most of us have spent our lives feeling pressured by the notion that we need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day in order to avoid dehydration and stay healthy. But according to American paediatrician Aaron E. Caroll from Indiana University, there's absolutely no science to back this up, and there never was. Caroll has already co-written a widely cited research paper and book debunking common health myths - primarily the idea that all humans need to drink eight 8-ounce (237 mL) glasses of water a day - but the rumour just won't go away, with an...
  • New diversity for lager beers

    09/25/2015 1:49:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | September 25, 2015 | Provided by: American Society for Microbiology
    Unlike ales, lager beers differ little in flavor. But now, by creating new crosses among the relevant yeasts, Kevin Verstrepen, PhD, Stijn Mertens, and their collaborators have opened up new horizons of taste. The research is published in the September 25 Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The relative uniformity of flavor among lagers turned out to result in significant part from a lack of genetic diversity among the yeasts. Genetic studies showed that lager yeasts had resulted from just two crosses between the parent yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and S. eubayanus. The problem was...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/24/2015 4:39:28 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 89 replies
    I love thrift stores - you never know what you'll find, and nearly all of my extensive cookbook collection has come from the local 'thrift' - not to mention my ever-growing collection of vintage Pfaltzgraff 'Yorktowne'. (My husband has finally surrendered, ceased wondering just how many dishes a woman really needs, and now proudly ferrets-out the best pieces that are hiding somewhere behind all the other 'junque' in the store ;-) A few weeks ago I found a New Orleans cookbook that had an interesting cake recipe. I haven't tried it yet, but I thought I'd post it here and...
  • Man Punches Elderly Man Over Nutella Waffle Samples

    09/24/2015 10:57:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jason Kandel
    A man allegedly hit another man at a tasting table at Costco in Burbank on SundayA 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with punching a 78-year-old shopper in the face after the victim protested about how many samples the man had taken at a Nutella waffle tasting station at a Costco in Burbank, police said. Derrick Gharabighi, of Burbank, has been charged with felony elder abuse and personal infliction of great bodily injury against a person over 70 years of age, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The suspect is accused of striking a man...
  • Judge overturns Mayor de Blasio's ban on plastic foam in New York City

    09/23/2015 8:55:17 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: ^ | Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 11:41 PM | BY BARBARA ROSS , JENNIFER FERMINO , LEONARD GREENE
    Packing peanuts just got a reprieve. A Manhattan judge Tuesday overturned Mayor de Blasio’s ban on plastic foam — commonly known as Styrofoam — trashing the administration’s environmental initiative to reduce waste in the city’s landfills. In July, the city banned all businesses in the five boroughs from using plastic foam containers after Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia determined that the squeaky packaging couldn’t be recycled if it was soiled with food. SMALL BUSINESSES WANT DE BLASIO TO AX STYROFOAM REFORM But experts hired by the Restaurant Action Alliance said that assessment was garbage, and dished up enough conflicting evidence to...
  • At 102, Commack Woman Holds Fast to Yom Kippur Tradition

    09/21/2015 10:57:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Newsday ^ | September 21, 2015
    Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar -- the Day of Atonement when observant Jews fast, pray to God for forgiveness and to be cleansed of sin -- begins at sunset Wednesday. And for 102-year-old Helen Stemple, it is yet another year to think about being a good person. Most Popular Officials: LI cop arrested in hit-run that injured driver Police: DWI driver flipped vehicle, hid in woods Police: 1 dead in two-vehicle crash on turnpike Jury: School district employee lost job in retaliation, gets $50G Pols to OTB: Reveal location for planned gambling parlor Stemple lives in...

    09/20/2015 2:08:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    ABC7 ^ | Sunday, September 20, 2015 | Natasha Zouves
    A Berkeley man ordered a pizza and wings from Domino's and got more than that - a lot more -- when he found stacks of cash inside the delivery box.A Berkeley man ordered a pizza and wings from Domino's and got more than that - a lot more -- when he found stacks of cash inside the delivery box. "I ordered some pizzas and I thought I was going to have the day off. I was going to sit at home and enjoy my relaxation," Mike Vegas said. This story starts with the ordinary. Vegas called up Domino's and ate...
  • Home teriyaki recipe

    09/20/2015 1:49:38 PM PDT · by Mariner · 41 replies
    Amalgamation ^ | September 20th, 2015 | Mariner
    This is a recipe that an old Japanese woman from Hawaii taught me. It's superb and easy.Small Batch: 1 cup of Mirin (sweet sake) 1/2 cup Soy Sauce1/2 cup Pineapple or Orange Juice1 TSP Brown Sugar2 Garlic cloves, minced.1 TSP fresh Ginger, mincedPut all ingredient in a saucepan and bring JUST to a boil and remove from heat. Allow to cool.Then BONE 4-6 chicken thighs and cover them in Teriyaki and place in bowl in fridge for at least 1 hours, 3 hours is better. Grill over low heat, slice and serve over brown rice.You can add some cole slaw...
  • Juice Is the Root of Our Obesity Problem

    09/20/2015 1:45:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Time ^ | Sept. 18, 2015 | Penelope Leach
    WHAT COMMON PRACTICE WILL HORRIFY OUR KIDS SOMEDAY?It puts babies' overall nutrition at risk Question Everything IconMany families are trying to reduce their soda intake but manufacturers are fighting back with “no added sugar” formulations and “fruit” drinks. So far, they’re winning. A drink of diluted fruit juice is the routine afternoon snack of many babies. It’s often the good stuff: pure juice. No nasty preservatives, more vitamin C than necessary and no added sugar. But you don’t have to add sugar to make fruit juice sweet—that’s why babies prefer it to water. And because they prefer it, it becomes...
  • Full Bodied, Flame Grilled: Burger King Chain Launches Whopper Wine

    09/20/2015 11:37:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The fast food chain has launched its very own brand of special edition vino with which to toast its 40th anniversary in Spain. The limited edition Tempranillo is made with grapes raised in Valencia and aged in barrels of French oak that have been "flame grilled". The technique is designed to imbue the wine a hint of the flame-grilled aroma so that it can perfectly compliment Burger King’s signature dish, apparently. "With the help of oenologists and sommeliers we have innovated the wine making process, flame grilling the wood of the barrels in which the wine matures, creating as a...
  • Zookeeper killed by Sumatran male tiger in New Zealand: officials

    09/20/2015 6:07:22 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 20 Sept 2015 | THOMAS TRACY , NICOLE HENSLE
    A beloved zoo curator in Hamilton, New Zealand was killed Saturday when a Sumatran tiger lunged at her, police officials said.
  • Smuggled Seahorses Destined for Dinner Table Seized on Costa del Sol

    09/19/2015 3:58:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Sep 2015
    It is one of the more unusual sort of contraband discovered by customs officers at Malaga airport when they conducted a routine suitcase search. Two kilos of dried seahorses were found hidden within luggage of traveller arriving from Colombia. The Civil Guard said the seahorses had been discovered within plastic bags hidden inside the suitcase of a Chinese traveller arriving at Malaga Costa del Sol airport from Cali in Columbia. "They were discovered during a manual inspection of the luggage belonging to a passenger arriving in Malaga from Cali via Amsterdam," the Civil Guard said in a statement on Friday....
  • Utah Man Has Rare Disorder That Makes Him Allergic to (All) Food

    09/19/2015 2:37:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Global News ^ | 8/25 | Alley Wilson
    A man from Utah has a rare disorder that makes him allergic to food, causing him to eat hypoallergenic powdered nutrients through a tube into his stomach. Ashley Kewish reports. Alex Visker loves to cook, but unfortunately for him he’s not able to try any of his creations because he’s allergic to food. Visker, 19, has a rare illness called Mast Cell Activation Disorder, which is a condition that results in an excessive amount of mast cells in the body that can lead to nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain whenever he consumes food. The young man from Lehi, Utah began...
  • Is Burger King Bringing a Burger With Black Buns to the U.S.?

    09/19/2015 11:52:53 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 73 replies ^ | Spetember 17, 2015 | No Attribution
    urger King may be considering bringing a spooky burger to the U.S. in time for Halloween. According to the blog Burger Lad, the fast-food chain will be selling, for a limited time, a burger with black buns in the U.S. The "HA.1.OWEEN WHOPPER" will put a traditional Whopper plus A.1. steak sauce between two black buns as a Halloween promotion.
  • Pizza Ice Cream Is Now a Thing

    09/19/2015 11:48:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Entrepreneur ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 | Kate Taylor
    Most people enjoy pizza by the slice. Now, you can eat it by the scoop. Quirky ice cream company Coolhaus recently debuted a pizza-flavored ice cream, currently served in its two Southern California storefronts and Los Angeles-based trucks, reports Vice. The chain, which has previously scooped savory flavors like Fried Chicken & Waffles and Cream Cheese & Rye, says the ice cream uses a mascarpone and olive oil base, adding in sun-dried tomato, fresh basil and salt. Coolhaus CEO Natasha Case told Vice that the flavor is already a hit, with customers unable to resist trying the outlandish flavor. And...
  • Drug Lord Transported Heroin in Apple Jacks Boxes, DA ays

    09/18/2015 9:37:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 17, 2015 | Lia Eustachewich
    A Williamsburg man ran a $1.5 million heroin ring out of his apartment — with the help of 25 others including family members, a Manhattan court employee and a wannabe drug counselor, prosecutors alleged Thursday. Ringleader Jose Tavera’s apartment at 778 Driggs Ave. was the epicenter for the family-run cartel that involved his mom, sister, brother and cousins, who supplied and distributed drugs and laundered the proceeds, ​said Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson. Tavera’s sister Sheila Taveras, 26, allegedly bagged and transported the heroin, while his mother, Haydee Cordero, 46, deposited cash from the sales into her Chase bank account, prosecutors...
  • Woman Left “Close to Death,” Forced to Have Stomach Removed After Drinking Shot (Liquid Nitrogen)

    09/18/2015 6:30:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 | K. QUERRY
    A wine bar and bistro is being fined over 100,000 pounds for causing a woman severe injuries. According to the BBC, Gaby Scanlon was celebrating her 18th birthday at Oscar’s Wine Bar & Bistro in 2012. During the celebration, a bartender gave Scanlon a Nitro-Jagermeister, which contains liquid nitrogen. “I turned to the man and asked if it was okay to drink. He said, ‘Yes,” Scanlon testified in court. “Smoke was coming from my nose and mouth. Straight away, I knew something was not right. My stomach expanded.” She was immediately rushed to the hospital, where doctors say she was...
  • Inuit Study Adds Twist to Omega-3 Fatty Acids’ Health Story

    09/18/2015 5:31:08 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 24 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | SEPT. 17, 2015 | Carl Zimmer
    Today, at least 10 percent of Americans regularly take fish oil supplements. But recent trials have failed to confirm that the pills prevent heart attacks or stroke. And now the story has an intriguing new twist. A study published on Thursday in the journal Science reported that the ancestors of the Inuit evolved unique genetic adaptations for metabolizing omega-3s and other fatty acids. Those gene variants had drastic effects on Inuit’s bodies, reducing their heights and weights.
  • Bizarre images of wild pig with BLUE insides go viral

    09/18/2015 11:34:57 AM PDT · by SteveH · 32 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 9th September 2015 | Harry Kemble
    BIZARRE images of the insides of a wild pig – which has FLUORESCENT blue fat – have emerged online leaving people scratching their heads. Blue pigmentation is often caused by copper poisoning – but the land where the animal was shot only has mercury mine shafts. The post's author – GlendilTEK – on imgur website wrote how none of the pigs shot by his in-laws on the Californian ranch had blue fat. He wrote how the rest of the pig was "normal" – the meat, the blood, and the hide.
  • Watch out, Domino’s! New 3D printer can produce pizza

    09/17/2015 11:35:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 17, 2015 | Megan McGibney
    Hungry for some pizza? Just print it out with a click of the mouse! Taiwan’s XYZ 3D printer layers the ingredients before the food can be baked in the oven and gives space-age chefs the ability to choose their own shapes and upload files of their snacks. The printer can currently accommodate up to three tubes of printing ingredients — for example, a cookie dough-like mixture, chocolate for decorating biscuits,
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/17/2015 4:27:56 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 94 replies
    When I was growing up and ever since, toward the end of August there is always one day when I can distinctly sense the coming of Fall, even though it is still Summer. It may be a change in the slant of the light that alerts me, or a faint smell of decomposing leaves that have died prematurely; sometimes it's been a fresh wind with a whisper of change on its breath, after a hurricane has grazed the Mid-Atlantic and cleaned the air of the long, hot days of the Summer. But I always realize two things on that day:...
  • Cops arrest woman at home filled with 3,500 knives, swords

    09/16/2015 9:40:48 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 44 replies
    washington post ^ | 16 Sept 2015
    BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Authorities have arrested a Florida woman who they say tried to stab a deputy with a large sword or machete inside a mobile home filled with thousands of knives, swords and bladed instruments. Deputies said they had removed more than 3,500 “bladed instruments” from the home.
  • Flying brisket injures woman during fight at Danville barbecue festival

    09/15/2015 10:46:44 AM PDT · by windcliff · 32 replies ^ | 9-14-115 | Justin Madden
    Meat started flying at a Danville barbecue festival during a fight between grill masters; brisket was the weapon. Danville police were called to the Kentucky State BBQ Festival at 10:15 a.m. Sunday after a woman was hit with a brisket during a fight, according to a police news release. Mary Berry, 35, of Bardstown told police she was hit in the right shoulder, neck and head by a brisket whose temperature was estimated to be 200 to 250 degrees. She was working at the festival for Fire House BBQ, the news release said. Berry was treated at the festival by...
  • Bear opts for pizza over education in Colorado Springs

    09/14/2015 6:40:03 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    The Gazette ^ | Sept 14, 2015 | Matt Steiner
    A bear cub wandered the streets of downtown Colorado Springs on Monday, before entering a local pizzeria and settling down for an afternoon nap. The sighting and subsequent invasion into Louie's Pizza's prep room was one of several bear incidents to make headlines in 2015 and keep Colorado Parks & Wildlife officials springing into action. Matt Robbins, a spokesman with Parks & Wildlife, didn't have statistics Monday for this year's bear sightings in the Pikes Peak region. He seemed a bit overwhelmed, however, when asked if occurrences are on the rise.
  • Your chances of hitting a deer are greater than ever

    09/14/2015 9:56:58 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 81 replies
    AJC ^ | 14 Sept 2015
    The odds drivers will file a claim from hitting a deer, elk or moose are 1 in 169, according to the latest numbers from State Farm.
  • Robots take root on smaller dairy farms, upping production

    09/12/2015 11:11:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2015 12:30 PM EDT | Lisa Rathke
    Robots have taken up residence at some small- and medium-sized dairy farms across the country, providing reliable and more efficient labor and helping the businesses remain viable. Plus, farmers say, the milking technology makes for happier, more productive cows. Dairy operations here and abroad have used robotic milkers for more than a decade. But with more manufacturers and dealerships emerging the U.S., the number of smaller farms in Iowa with the technology has doubled over the last two years, from roughly 20 to more than 40, and family farms in the Northeast also are plugging in. The cost of not...
  • American Efficiency for Breakfast: The Example of Waffle House

    09/12/2015 7:55:48 AM PDT · by don-o · 56 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | September 11, 2015 | Dwight Longenecker
    Often on my day off, before a morning motorcycle ride in the mountains, I treat myself to breakfast at a Southern American institution: Waffle House. Waffle Houses are not luxurious. The box-like buildings are designed for cheerful efficiency, and cheerfully efficient they are. As soon as you walk through the door the staff call out a cheerful, “Good morning!” The pleasantries continue as you are seated and a drink is immediately placed before you. A moment later the waitress is ready to advise you or take your order. She’s well groomed, clean and friendly. She’s talkative without being a bore...
  • Mom of baby that accidentally drank vodka talks about what happened

    09/11/2015 5:48:38 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    KENOSHA, Wis. —The Kenosha baby who survived after drinking vodka that was mixed in her bottle is home from the hospital, and her mother wants people to know how it happened. Natalee Kahl said there was a communication breakdown between herself and her boyfriend Monday night when he poured vodka into a clear plastic water bottle. Now she's home with her baby, Daviarre, and other daughter while their father is in jail.
  • Diet Beverage Drinkers Balance Benefit With Unhealthy Food

    09/11/2015 3:24:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 11, 2015 | Stephen Feller
    More than 90 percent of survey participants eat "junk" food every day, but researchers suggest that some people's choice of diet beverage is tied to guilt Drinkers of diet beverages were found to obtain more of their daily caloric intake from discretionary "junk" foods, likely canceling out the benefits of lower-calorie drinks, according to a new study. Nearly all of the participants in a large review of nutrition data at the University of Illinois consumed discretionary foods, though researchers said the explanation for some consumers of diet drinks may be tied to guilt for other eating habits. Discretionary foods...
  • Wild Panda Makes Sweet Score Raiding Honey Farmer’s Hives

    09/11/2015 2:11:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    A bee farmer in Southwest China's Sichuan Province found himself helpless as a wild panda helped itself to honey straight from his hives, media reported on Wednesday. The Baoxing county villager called local authorities Tuesday after he discovered the sweet-toothed panda dipping into 10 box beehives. Authorities arrived to find the panda crouching in the corner, completely absorbed with his desert and undeterred by their presence. "This panda didn't fear people standing a meter away," said Jiang Xiandong, a local official. Concerned about how to handle China's most protected and treasured animal, the nonplussed officials eventually left the panda to...
  • Cook Slugs Snarky Customer Over Eggplant Beef

    09/11/2015 1:23:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-9-10
    A restaurant chef was detained by police in Liaoning Province after he assaulted a customer over an unsavory comment about his cooking, media reported Friday. Jinzhou police took the feisty cook, surnamed Zhang, into custody for the altercation at the local eatery on September 4. The punched patron, surnamed Zhao, suffered minor injuries, police said. According to reports, Zhang and another chef were arguing over recipes for stir-fried eggplant when Zhao overheard and chimed in. Zhao described Zhang's cooking as "too salty to satisfy customers or the restaurant's owner." The unsolicited comment apparently left a bad taste in Zhang's mouth,...
  • Whiskey aged in space tastes like throat lozenges and rubbery smoke

    09/11/2015 11:47:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 09:34 am | Loren Grush
    This past week, four tasters at the Ardbeg Distillery in Islay, Scotland drank samples of whiskey that had aged for nearly three years aboard the International Space Station. They compared the samples to whiskey that had matured in a similar way here on Earth. The team said the space samples were completely unlike anything they had ever tasted before; something about the space environment had a distinct effect on the alcoholic beverage. "It was the most unusual tasting we’d ever done," Dr. Bill Lumsden, head of distilling and whiskey creation at the Glenmorangie Company, told The Verge. "I was amazed...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/10/2015 3:52:28 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 142 replies
    My husband and I are preparing to test for our Technician's Class radio license, and I've been listening to the local repeater network a lot lately. I love listening to these guys: sometimes they talk shop, and sometimes they just shoot the breeze, and it's simply a really fun and interesting 'culture'. There's one gentleman who comes on now and then, and frequently mentions that he has just had - or is looking forward to - a piece of Peanut Butter Pie, which is obviously a favorite of his. This tickles me so much that in my mind, I've named...
  • A Hypothesis That Will Make You Uncomfortable

    09/10/2015 12:54:24 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 47 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | 09/09/2015 | Karl Denniger
    New research suggests that half of all U.S. adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Almost 40 percent have pre-diabetes, meaning elevated blood sugar levels that could lead to full-fledged disease. Studies have shown lifestyle changes can delay or prevent diabetes in these people. Let's cut the crap and define "lifestyle changes" because it's simple: Stop eating fast carbohydrates. You've been systematically lied to about what should be on your plate. The old "food pyramid" was not only wrong it was basically inverted from reality with one exception -- "sweets." Breads and cereals, as with starchy vegetables like potatoes, are virtually indistinguishable...
  • Michigan woman finds black widow spider in Walmart grapes

    09/10/2015 4:59:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 97 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    TROY, Mich., - A Michigan woman who bought grapes from a Walmart store said she discovered a venomous black widow spider in the package. Ariel Jackson, 25, said she bought the perforated package of grapes from a Walmart Supercenter in Troy and she discovered the spider when she started washing the fruit. "She was screaming about a huge spider, and everyone was like, 'Calm down, it's probably nothing,'" Jackson's boyfriend, Michal Frank, 26, told ABC News. "But we took a closer look and lo and behold, it's a black widow. It had the red hourglass-shaped spot on its belly." Jackson...