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20 Jun 2011 22:38


Offbeat: Scientists make beef substitute out of human feces

  • Every once in a while, we catch wind of a story so self-evidently absurd that it completely immunizes itself to satire. While we’d love to make a joke about the fact that scientists have now found a way to turn human feces into meat, there’s really no point. It’d be like doing an impression of Charlie Sheen and expecting it to be funnier than just watching an interview of Charlie Sheen. We will, however, note that the synthetic meat, which they tastefully refer to as a “turdburger,” is lower in fat than real beef. [hat-tip: io9] source

02 Feb 2011 13:07


Politics: Taco Bell responds to ground beef lawsuit, insists it’s mostly beef

  • 88% ground beef in our tacos, says Taco Bell source
  • » So now we have a number on record: You may remember when we commented on Taco Bell’s impending lawsuit over the “proprietary blend” that they sell in their beef tacos. The company has since begun mounting their defense, claiming their meatish mixture is in fact 88% ground beef, 12% secret recipe. This is a big distance from the lawsuit’s allegation, which places the real beef figure at 35%. We’re waiting with baited breath on this one.

25 Jan 2011 10:42


Biz: How much meat does Taco Bell have in its “taco meat filling”?

  • 40% the percentage of meat needed in a product to call it “meat taco filling,” according to the USDA
  • 36% the percentage of meat in Taco Bell’s “meat taco filling” (UH-OH); here comes the lawsuit source
  • » The other ingredients: Water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin (a polysaccharide that is absorbed as glucose), soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate. (thanks rubenfeld)

01 Oct 2010 21:36


Culture: Posted without comment: Zachary Quinto starts beef with 50 Cent

@50cent you know what would truly make the world a better place? if people with as much influence and privilege as you spread hope not hate.Fri Oct 01 20:43:04 via Twitter for iPhone

27 Apr 2010 10:33


Offbeat: When this Amtrak train goes by, it goes “mooooooooooo”

  • Amtrak’s new train runs on beef. Yes, beef. The travel option of third-to-last resort (it tops Chinatown buses and *shudder* Greyhound buses) has a new line running from Oklahoma City to Forth Worth, and it’s using a type of biodiesel fuel called B20. What’s B20, you ask? 80 percent diesel fuel, 20 percent beef byproducts. Yeah, it’s technically biodiesel, but eww. source

28 Mar 2010 10:59


Biz: What’s for dinner? Chicken is up there with beef nowadays

Pork, a firm number two for years, has now been relegated to number three. Turkey’s seeing a rise in popularity, too. We don’t see tempeh on this chart. source

07 Dec 2009 01:07


Biz: Anyone want some tainted beef? Beef Packers Inc. has a lot of it

  • 22,723 pounds of illness causing beef source

04 Oct 2009 12:24


Biz: Daily Poll: On E. Coli and the dangers of eating meat

  • In today’s major E. Coli expose in the New York Times, we were stunned by this line: “A test by The Times found that the safe handling instructions are not enough to prevent the bacteria from spreading in the kitchen.” Which makes us feel like we need to pose this question. What do you think?source

04 Oct 2009 10:20


U.S.: This is what eating E. Coli-tainted beef can do to you

Stephanie Smith was a children’s dance instructor. Then she ate a bad burger. She was induced into a coma. Now, she can’t walk. source

29 Jun 2009 18:07


Biz, U.S.: This is why you shouldn’t eat red meat: A big, big recall

  • 41,280 pounds of meat were voluntarily recalled last Wednesday for possible E. coli contamination source