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: 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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Lighter Side: Life expanded

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County fairs are many things to many people, but they’re truly special when they epitomize all that is good about youth and livestock shows. An article in the Standard Examiner in Ogden, Utah, came across my desk, and it’s worth sharing with readers. The original article was written by Cathy McKitrick, Multimedia Reporter for the paper. Doctors told Tucker Doak’s parents, Tucker and Jamie, Warren, Utah, that their young son would never walk or talk: the young man has severe autism and a form of dwarfism. He evidently listen to the experts, however, because he was walking at age 5 ½... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Don’t miss Cochon 555’s Heritage BBQ

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Mark your calendars – it’s almost time for Cochon 555’s Heritage BBQ, coming to Chicago on Aug. 30. The event will include 1,400 pounds of barbecue pork prepared by the region’s top chefs, pours from Goose Island and other libations to support family farms raising heritage breed pigs. “This is the new Q that celebrates hundreds of grilling - and smoking -traditions from around the world. We are on a mission to redefine BBQ as social eating, the act of gathering around fire, making friends and eating responsibly-raised animals. Together we work around the clock to preserve timeless family traditions from... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Meet Hawaii’s amazing surfing pig

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Move over, swimming pigs of the Bahamas - there's a new amazing porcine making waves. Karma was just a feral piglet when he wandered into a campsite on Oahu, the third largest and most populous of the Hawaiian Islands. Local Kai Holt and his family embraced the little oinker and took him into their home. As the story goes, Karma fell into the family’s swimming pool and started swimming. According to NBC News, Holt then took his porcine friend surfing with him, turning Karma into the official mascot of a local beach. Click the video above to watch more.... View Blog Post »

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Lighter side: Bride, bridesmaids milk cows on wedding day

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Weddings are a time for love, memories, and commitment. One Irish bride’s big day summed up all three, when her and three bridesmaids left the reception for cow milking when the farmer couldn’t find help. Luckily, reception guests were privy to a “live feed,” allowing the crowd to watch the women begin training for the big day’s milking starting three weeks before. Then, it shows the girls exiting the reception hall to stop for milking, “bedding” the calves, and even a quick A.I. service before returning for the meal. Enjoy! Source: The QT... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: “Peabody” honored as the biggest boar

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What better way to kick off a state fair than with the crowning of the Biggest Boar contest? On August 7, “Peabody” staved off all comers with a whopping 1,277-pound frame to win the 39th Annual Big Boar Contest at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Peabody, who lives in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, is a five-year-old crossbred boar who was raised by a group of owners, called the “Friends of Peabody.” The huge porker will be on display in the swine barn throughout the duration of the Iowa State Fair, which runs from Aug. 7-17. According to a news release, Lori Dvorak,... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: ‘Fifty Shades of Bacon’ and other bacon books

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Saturday is National Book Lovers Day, and what better way to celebrate than with bacon books? Here are just a few we found to help our fellow bacon lovers: - For kids: Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s empire expands from web to television to print, including a book series featuring her beloved basset hound Charlie. Check out “Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where’s the Bacon?” to find out how Charlie finds more bacon after a new dog eats his bacon. - For chefs: It’s hard to pick just one or two bacon recipe... View Blog Post »

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