Lighter Side: Behold; the $169 hot dog

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There’s a new top dog according to Guinness World Records – top hot dog, that is. According to NBC News, Seattle-based Tokyo Dog food truck recently earned a Guinness World Record for the most expensive hot dog. Guinness noted the ingredient list for the foot-long frank would make “a Michelin-starred chef blush.” The previous record holder was the 18-inch California Capitol City Dawg, which sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, Calif. Tokyo Dog’s Juuni Ban includes a smoked cheese bratwurst served on a brioche bun with a plethora of gourmet toppings including butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Arby’s creates $10 mega meat sandwich

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After realizing that people thought Arby’s mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” Arby’s vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arby’s decided to go with it, and the “Meat Mountain” was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up) two chicken tenders,... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Make the dash for bacon and cash

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What better way to celebrate International Bacon Day than with a bacon-filled treasure hunt that includes bacon prizes and cold hard cash? Farmland’s inaugural Great Bacon Treasure Hunt will take place on Aug. 30 in Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis. Farmland has hidden safes in each of these cities filled with a year’s supply of bacon, $1,000 cash and a Bacon Club prize back. Beginning at noon local time in each city on Aug. 30, Farmland will share clues at FarmlandBaconClub.com to five locations for fans to find each number of the safe’s combination and a prize from Farmland. A new clue... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: City pays farmers to not water crops

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One New Mexico city is paying local farmers up to $400 per acre to switch from irrigation to dry land farming. According to KRQE-TV, the city of Clovis, N.M., hopes paying farmers to stop watering their crops will help conserve the Ogallala Aquifer, the city’s only source of water that has been nearly depleted after years of drought and extensive irrigation. Clovis plans to pay the farmers using federal grand money. Currently two-thirds of the state is in moderate or worse drought. Local farmer Frank Blackburn believes the transition will be difficult but must be done before the community runs out of... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: 'Mini Me' Verne Troyer takes milk bucket challenge for ALS

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Verne Troyer, best known for playing "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers movies, took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge using milk - and a cookie - due to California's drought. View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: ‘Crickets have as much calcium as milk’

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In order to get Americans at actually turn to insects as a source of protein and other nutrients, it’s going to take a massive marketing effort and psychological overhaul. Wendy Lu McGill, an advocate of eating bugs, hailed the amazing benefits of eating insects in this article from NPR. But try as she might, Americans just aren’t budging. "Crickets have as much calcium as milk," McGill says. "And then, environmentally, they're a lot more sustainable than chickens and particularly cows and pigs." Several companies have ventured into the market, advertising products such as cricket-based chips called Chirps or grasshopper energy bars called Hopper... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Farm pays tribute to Derek Jeter with corn maze

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VonThun’s Country Farm Market & Greenhouses in Monmouth Junction, N.J., has created a corn maze in the likeness of baseball player Derek Jeter. From Sept. 20 to Oct. 31, visitors will be able to try to make their way through the five-acre maze of Jeter’s face and baseball cap with the message “Thanks Captain Clutch.” Although the image that went viral last week on Facebook is digitally altered, VonThun’s said the maze does exist. The corn, however, is still growing, so the maze doesn’t look like the image yet. Jeter is a five-time World Series champion. He plans to retire after this... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Behold, the world’s first bacon-fueled motorcycle

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Talk about going hog heaven! Hormel’s bacon-powered motorcycle, the world's first, is making its way across the country from Austin, Minn. to San Diego, Calif., to promote the upcoming International Bacon Film Festival and gives new meaning to “hogging the road.” So, how does one make a bacon motorcycle? First, Hormel had to find a motorcycle that could meet their needs. The company worked with SWM Adventure Motorsports to ship a diesel motorcycle from the Netherlands. The 2011 Track T-800 CDI, manufactured by EVA Products BV, has an 800 cc three-cylinder diesel engine and can go 0-60 mph in six seconds.... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Why did the chicken cross the road?

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Ask police in Portland, Oregon, why the chicken crossed the road, and law enforcement has no idea either. In an unusual release, the Portland Police Bureau said officers were dispatched this week to a report of a chicken crossing a rush-hour highway in the city's Linnton district after a caller said the bird was causing a traffic hazard. In a statement entitled in part "Officers Unable to Determine Chicken's Intent," it said police were unable to locate the bird, but that animals in the roadway were no laughing matter. They also released audio of the tip-off, in... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Miley Cyrus {hearts} pigs

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As it turns out, pop star Miley Cyrus has a soft side for a little porker she’s named Bubba Sue. Cyrus showed off her new pet, a piglet named Bubba Sue, recently on her social media accounts. She is smitten with her tiny porcine friend, calling herself the “happiest mommy ever” while showing off Bubba Sue’s painted red hooves. Her fans are also swooning for the new addition. According to EOnline, Bubba Sue isn’t the first pig to break into Hollywood. George Clooney, Paris Hilton, Tori Spelling and Reese Witherspoon also had pampered pigs in the past. Read more here.... View Blog Post »

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