Lighter side: Black bear gets head stuck in milk can

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Remember, cut apart six-pack rings, throw away plastic bags, and definitely don’t leave old milk cans laying around. It would be hard to believe anywhere else, but in Wisconsin a disposed milk can found its way onto a black bear’s head. Like a giant version of the arcade game using a claw to pick up a stuffed animal, a forester took hold in a corn field and freed the bear of his burden. View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Lions, tigers and bears ‘designing’ jeans for charity

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Talk about “bear” necessities of life! A new collection of designer jeans takes "distressed" to a whole new level, no “lion.” Bad puns aside, a group of Japanese volunteers turned to a brilliant idea to help raise support for the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, Japan — Zoo Jeans. According to National Public Radio, to make Zoo Jeans, volunteers with the Mineko Club first wrapped old tires and giant rubber balls in sheet of denim, placing them in enclosures before releasing the zoo's tigers, lions and bears. "The animals roar, gnaw and claw at their toys, and when they're done we gather up... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Who has the best state fair food?

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You can watch the original State Fair movie and see the Texas State Fair featured, but in the more well-known version (with Pat Boone and Ann Margaret, among others), the Iowa State Fair is the place to be, with its Big Boar contest and iconic Butter Cow. When it comes to fair food, however, it’s pretty hard to beat the Iowa Pork Tent, with its grilled pork chops, pork burgers and more. It’s not only good, but good for you, unlike most of the other offerings you’ll find at a state fair. Of course, when most people go to the fair,... View Blog Post »

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Lighter side: Quit trying - cow costume record set

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Some people train for years or decades to set a Guinness World Record. As the best-selling copyrighted book of all time, it is the authority on records like world’s “fastest man,” “shortest living man,” and “fastest time to type a text message on a mobile phone while performing headspins.” In case you didn’t know, the book began when Sir Hugh Beaver, Chairman of the Guinness Brewery (no word if beer was involved), was hunting and wanted to decide if a bird he missed was the fastest. Almost 75 years later, the book is still settling bets and ending debates the... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Ham celebrates its 112th birthday

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Today when food gets too old, we throw it away. This wasn’t always the case, as demonstrated by a 112-year-old ham sitting in a Smithfield, Va., museum, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The cured ham was originally owned by P.D. Gwaltney Jr., who referred to the ham as his “pet” and used it as a marketing tool for his meat company. He fitted it with a brass collar and a leash to show it off to potential ham buyers. It was initially cured and smoked in 1902 and has been smoked several time since. It was donated to the... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Peterson Farm Bros. make rapping debut in new ag parody

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The Peterson Farm Bros. are back with a new parody that’s sure to get your attention with guest artists, rapping and more farmer pride. For this parody, the popular farming trio broke away from their standard pop tunes to take on "All I Do is Win,” by DJ Khaled. Some of the lyrics featured in “All I Do is Farm” include: "Peterson Farm Brothers going in 'cause you know that we can't stop, won't stop now!" "I fly like Julius Erving so that you get a serving of fresh and healthy food. That is what is called the agricultural version." “I still love to farm,... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Your guide to this nation of bacon

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It’s safe to say that Americans love bacon. According to market research firm the NPD Group, Americans ate 1.1 billion bacon servings of it between April 2013 and April 2014. Thanks to CNN, here is your guide to the bacon nation, including: - Bacon happy hour at Bad Decisions in Baltimore, Md. – Try their bacon-wrapped Vidalia onions with bacon onion dip or one of their bacon Bloody Marys. - Bacon challenge at Paddy Long’s in Chicago, Ill. – Eat five pounds of ground sausage, pork and beef wrapped in brown sugar bacon... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Pig chases kids through Maine woods

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There are some things you just can’t make up. Two children were taking a trail in a wooded area in Oakland, Maine, when a pig confronted them. According to Capt. Rick Stubbert, of the Oakland Police Department, the kids said the pig was “screaming at them and chasing them.” The children were frightened so badly they flagged down a nearby police officer to report the incident, according to local news reports. Police were able to confirm porcine footprints, but the actual animal remains at large. The local animal control officer is on the lookout for the pig, and unless it... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Learn to smoke at home

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Smoking meats, that is. A new book called Home Smoking Basics by Maria Sartor will serve as a great resource for those who want to give this a try. Have you ever wanted to try smoking your own meat at home? Home Smoking Basics, by Maria Sartor, can help you get started. Smoking food is an age-old tradition that allowed for preservation, but modern cooks smoke meat to enrich it and make it taste better. Sartor’s new book “shows you, step-by-step, how to smoke meats, fish and poultry using different cooking techniques and wood.” Home Smoking Basics has instructions for preparing... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Say ‘hey’ to free bacon

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Some lucky fans will be bringing home the bacon – literally – as part of a new promotional contest from Patrick Cudahy, a pork processing unit of John Morrell Food Group and Smithfield Foods. The “Patrick Cudahy, Free Bacon Sweepstakes" will reward one winner each with a year’s supply of Sweet Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon. The contest is part of their “Say Hey to Summer” campaign, which launched earlier this month. The activities aren’t just online – throughout July and August, Wisconsin will become a hotbed of bacon-filled activities, including the third-annual "Patrick Cudahy Race for the Bacon" and "Patrick Cudahy Bacon Lover's... View Blog Post »

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