Read a little. Learn a lot. • Tightly-written news, views and stuff • Follow us on TwitterBe a Facebook FanTumble us!

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

16 Apr 2011 11:34


U.S.: Scary report: Many meats have high levels of drug-resistant bacteria

The Translational Genomics Research Institute notes that while the meat is safe to eat, consumers should take care in handling and cooking it. Still though, yikes. source

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)

05 Dec 2010 13:01


Offbeat: Too rich: Peanut butter, chocolate & bacon’s unholy union

  • Etsy was designed to combine these three things. Oh, and to convince people that their homespun hobbies deserve financial backing. source

11 Jun 2010 01:05


Biz: “The Other White Meat” not doin’ it for pork anymore (Bonus: Pork porn!)

  • The above photo is linked to the “Media Photo Collections” page on, the pork industry’s site promoting their product of choice. There are literally hundreds of photos of pork – slathered, simmered, covered in marinade, begging to be eaten. It’s literally the most pornographic non-porn site we’ve ever run across. If only their slogan had the same effect. But at the National Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa (really), the industry is concerned that the slogan no longer has teeth, and it needs a new one. May we recommend “not recommended by PETA”? Seems like it’d be effective, right? source

24 Jan 2010 01:01


Biz: There’s a dirty joke located somewhere in this salami recall

  • 1.2 million pounds of salami recalled due to salmonella 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

26 Sep 2009 11:44


Politics: The photo ethics of Dick Cheney cutting a piece of meat

The crop of this photo in Newsweek is getting a lot of controversy. So to add to it, we cropped it a third way which throws ethics out the window. source

25 Aug 2009 21:34


Offbeat: The KFC Double Down: Did the cost of bread go up?

KFC Double Down
  • Chicken as buns. Why, KFC? Why? There’s nothing separating the KFC Double Down’s meat from your body. No extra layer of bread. No lettuce. No tomato. And the cheese and “Colonel’s Special Sauce” (the visual images that conjures up … shudder) only help you digest the chicken (the “buns”) and bacon faster. It’s an Atkins dieter’s dream food. To top it off, make sure you order it with a hearty glass of KFC Bacon Grease. source

19 Aug 2009 22:07


Offbeat: These ostriches make you hungry, don’t they?

Ostrich farming
  • Ostrich farming, currently catching on in South Africa, has a lot of benefits: The meat is healthier and less fatty, there’s a higher percentage of it on a single ostrich than cattle or chicken, and they only take about a year to be ready for consumption. So why aren’t you eating an ostrich burger already? source