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  • Portion of Kentucky bourbon warehouse collapses

    06/23/2018 11:42:34 AM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies ^ | 6/22/18 | Bruce Schreiner
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Thousands of whiskey barrels crashed into a massive heap Friday when a large section of a decades-old storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country. The damaged warehouse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown held about 18,000 barrels, and it appeared that up to half the barrels inside were affected, the distillery’s owner said. “We are assessing how many of the impacted barrels can be recovered,” said Amy Preske, a spokeswoman for Sazerac, a Louisiana-based spirits company. “A mix of various distilled products at various ages were stored in that warehouse.”...
  • Someone Is Stealing Italy’s Most Precious Cheese

    06/22/2018 10:33:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 22, 2018 11:54 a.m. ET | By Eric Sylvers
    Parmigiano-Reggiano thieves are driving producers to drastic measures; “This is Fort Knox for cheese” SERRAMAZZONI, Italy—The thieves came in the thick of darkness. They used a blowtorch to pry open steel bars and sneaked through a narrow window before making off with their loot. Less than 24 hours later, they came back for more. In all, they made off with almost 25,000 pounds of Parmesan cheese. The target was Santa Rita Bio, a small producer of Italy’s famous Parmigiano-Reggiano. The thieves took 271 wheels of organic cheese, weighing 90 pounds each and with a total street value of $300,000. The...
  • Raising Cane's employees fired after viral video shows worker stirring tea with arm

    06/22/2018 12:47:58 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 21, 2018
    A video of a Raising Cane’s employee stirring tea with her forearm has gone viral online, resulting in the termination of those responsible. The video was taken inside the Kansas City, Mo., location of the fast food chain and then seemingly posted to Snapchat before being posted on Facebook where it has been viewed more than 875,000 times. In the video, a female employee is seen stirring tea with her forearm in a pitcher and then pouring the drink into the tea dispenser. Written over the short clips are, “Don’t drink tea from Cane’s” and “She tryflin (sic) cause (sic)...
  • Arkansas thief paid for meal with stolen credit card … that belonged to waitress, police say

    06/21/2018 5:36:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies
    PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Authorities say an Arkansas thief tried to pay for a meal using a credit card that had been stolen from the waitress herself days earlier. Police spokesman Lt. David De Foor said in a news release that officers arrested 21-year-old Shamon West on Tuesday at Shannon’s Restaurant in Pine Bluff. He said that, “having no desire to pay for the fellow’s meal,” waitress Flora Lunsford called to report that the man had tried paying for his meal with her stolen credit card. De Foor says officers found other items on West that had been in Lunsford’s...
  • Woman accused of serving lover’s remains at barbecue

    06/21/2018 7:46:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/15/2018 | Kathleen Joyce
    An Indiana woman who injected her husband with a lethal dose of heroin before smothering him with a pillow may be responsible for nine other deaths — and is suspected of serving her lover’s remains to unsuspecting neighbors at a barbecue. Kelly M. Cochran, 34, was sentenced to 65 years in prison last month after admitting to killing her husband, Jason Cochran. But she was already serving a life sentence for killing and dismembering another lover, Chris Regan, who vanished in 2014, Indy Star reported. An upcoming documentary called “Dead North,” set to air on May 28 and 29 on...
  • Japanese worker punished for starting lunch three minutes early

    06/21/2018 6:52:32 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 21, 2018 | Justin McCurry
    Japan’s commitment to addressing its dismal record on work-life balance has been called into question after a civil servant was punished for “habitually” slipping away from his desk a few minutes early to buy a bento lunch. The 64-year-old, an employee of the waterworks bureau in the western city of Kobe, was fined and reprimanded after he was found to have left his desk just three minutes before the start of his designated lunch break on 26 occasions over a seven-month period. Senior officials at the bureau then called a televised news conference, where they described the man’s conduct as...
  • Phillies Fan Hurt After Getting Hit in Face by Flying Hot Dog From Phanatic's Cannon

    06/20/2018 11:33:29 PM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 45 replies ^ | 6/20/18 | Charlotte Carroll
    Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon is synomous with Phillies games. But the Phanatic's flying meat mobile helped injure one fan at Monday's game. Kathy McVay was sitting behind home plate when she got hit between the eyes with a hot dog from Phanatic's cannon, according to Philadelphia 6ABC. McVay had a shoulder injury, so she wasn't able to catch or deflect the dog. "It just came out of nowhere. And hard," she said.
  • You can now order beer and wine with Amazon's fast delivery service

    06/20/2018 7:53:46 AM PDT · by bgill · 14 replies
    kxan ^ | June 20, 2018 | Kate Winkle
    Amazon has now opened up its one and two-hour delivery service to beer and wine in the Austin area, including some local offerings. The company's Prime Now app and website let people skip trips to the store and get items delivered for a fee. After purchasing Whole Foods last year, it also began offering free two-hour grocery delivery in Austin for Amazon Prime members. People can also shop on or get items from certain local restaurants delivered... The beer and wine service will also be available starting Wednesday in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.
  • Millennials tip the least, but it may not be for the reasons you think

    06/19/2018 2:54:30 PM PDT · by bgill · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2018 | Tim Carman
    It's hard to draw any hard conclusions from a new survey from that paints millennials – America's largest demographic, often dismissed by older folks as the Entitled Generation – as the "worst tippers in the U.S." According to the survey, a weighted study of 1,000 interviews, 10 percent of millennials routinely stiff their servers at restaurants. Compare that figure with the percentage of Gen Xers and baby boomers who admitted stiffing the wait staff: 1.8 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively. The highest percentage of baby boomers (6.1 percent) who stiffed servers was found in the 64-72 age group, some...
  • Millennials Are America's Worst Tippers

    06/18/2018 6:05:39 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 81 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 18, 2018 | NATASHA BACH
    Now millennials can add “bad tippers” to the roster of negative stereotypes they’re associated with. According to a new study from, 10% of millennials do not tip at all when eating out. In contrast, only 3% of the older generations don’t tip. Even when millennials do tip, the study found that the median gratuity is just 15%. This is under the national average, and significantly less than Gen-X, baby boomers, and the ‘Silent Generation,’ all of whom leave a median tip of between 18 and 20%. The same attitude applies to tipping those who provide services, such as Uber...
  • How party dips can give you Norovirus and even HERPES <tr>

    06/18/2018 10:25:48 AM PDT · by BBell · 39 replies ^ | 6/18/18 | IMOGEN BLAKE
    How party dips can give you Norovirus and even HERPES (and sour cream is the worst for spreading bacteria) Microbiologists reveal double dipping can spread bacteria very quickly Even a small amount of someone's saliva in a dip will allow germs to multiply Bacteria in runny dips like sour cream will multiply by up to 100 times But it won't grow very quickly in thicker dips such as houmous, it's said It's not a party unless there are some chips and dip on the table, but these tasty nibbles could be hiding some very dangerous bacteria, an investigation reveals. Norovirus,...
  • Potato Bombs recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

    06/17/2018 12:22:51 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 27 replies
    Taters Gone Wild, these BBQ Pit Boys stuffed Baked Potato Bombs are kick-ass good eatin' at any Pit, family picnic or tailgating party. So crank up the music, put your BBQ Shoes on, pop open a beer, and grab some spuds because Taters don't get any better than this...!
  • Man discovers black widow spider in broccoli at Ohio Kroger

    06/16/2018 4:42:16 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 45 replies
    WIS TV ^ | June 15th 2018 | Victoria Dugger
    Sometimes you might find a stray bug or worm in your produce, but a dangerous black widow spider? Believe it. That was the case for Jacob Vaughn, who bought a bunch of fresh broccoli at Kroger in Maumee, only to find a large arachnid alive and acting feisty on the vegetables. The South Toledo man said he discovered the spider while washing off the broccoli before cooking it when "the spider came out and started waving his hands. It was pretty obvious he was alive since he was throwing his hands in every direction. He did not seem pleased." Vaughn...
  • Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Sickens 73, Including 5 in California

    06/15/2018 11:19:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    KTLA ^ | , June 15, 2018
    Just before the agency announced the outbreak, the Kellogg Co. announced a recall of 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of the cereal with a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, according to a statement. Twenty-four of the sick patients have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, according to the CDC. New York has reported the highest number of cases — seven — while California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have each reported five cases. The other states involved in the outbreak have reported between one and four related illnesses. Health officials have identified Kellogg’s Honey...
  • Your "Lettuce" is Really Costly

    06/14/2018 12:51:29 PM PDT · by Brian Griffin · 28 replies
    vanity ^ | 06/14/2018 | Brian Griffin
    "In terms of the share of children under age 18 living with immigrant parents, the top five states in 2016 were California (49 percent of all children in the state), Nevada and New Jersey (39 percent each), New York (38 percent), and Texas (35 percent)." About half of California school property taxes and about 40% of really expensive New Jersey/New York school property taxes go to pay for the education of the children of immigrants. "part of the group of 340,000 babies born to undocumented immigrants in 2008 -- about 7.9 percent of all children born that year."
  • New Hampshire distillery's bourbon flavored with beaver secretions

    06/14/2018 11:35:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 61 replies
    upi ^ | June 13, 2018 | Ben Hooper
    A New Hampshire distillery is marketing a new craft bourbon containing an unusual flavoring ingredient -- beaver secretion. Tamworth Distilling and Mercantile announced the release of Eau De Musc, an 88-proof bourbon selling for $65 per 6.7-ounce bottle. The high-end spirit is flavored in part by scent oils from the castor sacs of beavers from New Hampshire. "It's aromatic, very distinct. It's leathery, rich, slightly fruity in a non-traditional sense. With the whiskey, it really works in quite well," Tamworth distiller Matt Power told the New Hampshire Union Leader. The scent oils, known as castoreum, are actually found in a...
  • This Twitter Account Devoted to Angry Italians Is My Favorite Place Online

    06/13/2018 3:51:38 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 144 replies
    The Cut ^ | JUNE 13, 2018 | by Gabriella Paiella
    I like to joke that my dad is the most Italian man alive, but that would be inaccurate — he’s just a regular amount of Italian. But it wasn’t until later in my life that I realized that my dad wasn’t uniquely a pain in the ass about food, and that most Italians are insanely tightly wound about their cuisine. Last year, I came across a Twitter account that exemplifies that attitude, and it quickly became one of my favorite places online. Italians Mad at Food (@italiancomments) is a treasure trove of, well, Italians mad at food. The creator, who...
  • If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A

    06/12/2018 9:35:17 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 124 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 12, 2018 | Noah Michelson
    So you can imagine how upsetting it was for me when Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, proudly came out as a homophobe in 2012 by claiming, “We are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.” Even worse, the company put its money where Cathy’s vile mouth was by donating millions of dollars each year...
  • Domino's filling potholes to avoid damage to pizza

    06/12/2018 2:57:43 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    upi ^ | June 12, 2018 | Ben Hooper
    Domino's announced it is partnering with U.S. cities to fill potholes and stamp them with the company's logo to avoid letting "bad potholes ruin good pizza." The pizzeria chain, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., announced it is partnering with cities across the country to repair potholes and is seeking recommendations from customers for more cities. Domino's said the "Paving for Pizza" campaign is already under way in Athens, Ga.; Bartonville, Tex.; Burbank, Calif.; and Milford, Del. "Potholes, cracks and bumps in the road can cause irreversible damage to your pizza during the drive home from Domino's," the pizzeria said in...
  • Chick-fil-A has an entire secret menu

    06/12/2018 11:02:51 AM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/12/18 | Lauren Cahn
    Chick-fil-A has a secret, and it’s my pleasure to share: the chain has a whole host of secret menu items. Some are so good they’ve arguably become even more popular than the regular menu items, according to Hack the Menu. There’s no “official” secret menu, but it seems the less complicated a special item is, the more likely employees will make it for you. Here are some of the Chick-fil-A secret menu items that have people buzzing: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich This is simply the Spicy Chicken Sandwich plus the signature Zesty Buffalo Sauce. You end up with a crispy buffalo...