“[A woman who pleaded no contest to prostitution charges] told police the man told her he was looking for company but he didn’t have any money, so she agreed to be paid with a $30 case of Frito-Lay chips he had in the back of his car.”—Oklahoma City woman trades sex for case of chips
“SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities said a couple got into a fight using Cheetos. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Department said a 40-year-old man and 44-year-old woman became involved in a ‘verbal altercation.’ Somehow, the orange puffy snacks were used in the assault. Deputies said they were charged with domestic assault. No one was hurt. According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, both posted bond of $2,500.”—
“An eastern Iowa man has snagged the largest bighead carp ever caught in Iowa, shooting the 79-pound fish with a bow and arrow. [Tracy Seaton] stalked the giant fish for parts of three days before he finally got close enough for the shot. Seaton’s arrow went through the fish’s head, killing it within seconds.”—The Des Moines Register
New Belgium Brewing Co. likes to do things differently.
After one year of work, each employee receives an ownership stake in the company and a free custom bicycle. After five years every employee enjoys an all-expenses-paid trip to Belgium — the country whose centuries-old beer tradition serves as a model for the Fort Collins, Colo., brewery. Oh yeah, and employees get two free six-packs of beer a week.
“Instead of posting on journalism and other ills of the Republic, I am heading out to the Hamilton Tavern with my son for a pint. You come too, as Mr. Frost used to suggest. What is the benefit of unemployment if you wind up spending all day at a computer keyboard?”—John E. McIntyre’s You Don’t Say
“Here, piggy piggy," calls the man peering through the early-morning fog into a livestock trailer, a .22-caliber rifle in his hands. It is 7 a.m. in farm country outside Santa Rosa, California. A rooster crows. "Here we go. Right here." He raises the rifle to his shoulder and takes aim. BAM! There’s a thud, and a few excited squeals from the remaining pigs behind the bars. Carefully, the man sets down the gun and steps into the trailer. He emerges dragging a small, dead—but still twitching—reddish pig with a bullet hole the diameter of a pencil eraser just about perfectly centered in its forehead.”—
Antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics like penicillin, ciprofloxacin, and methicillin, kill pathogenic bacteria. But they simultaneously drive the resistance that is bacteria’s defense, especially when administered in low, subtherapeutic doses. Scientists estimate that 50 percent to 80 percent of all antimicrobials in the United States are not used by doctors to treat sick people or animals but are added to farm animal feed, mostly in such subtherapeutic dosages.
Of his telephone job interview with [Charlie] Trotter, [Grant Achatz] writes, … “The conversation went like this: he asked questions, I gave answers, and he would crush me. I didn’t have a correct answer for anything and by the end of the 5 minute interview he could have asked me my own name and I would have believed him when he told me I was wrong. Chef Trotter was introducing me to his management style.”