Lighter Side: Behold – the bacon bust

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One member of the Farmland bacon club won what can only be called “the surprise of his lifetime.” Farmland gave away a bacon bust in the likeness of one of its club members. The winner, Patrick Parker, won “literally a statue made out of bacon that looks just like” him. Parker also won a year’s supply of bacon. Click the video above to see the bacon bust. View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Model goes public with her love for bacon

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Models and bacon aren’t often even in the same room but that doesn’t matter for model Cara Delevingne. According to MTV, Delevingne loves bacon and isn’t afraid to show it. Recently, she had “BACON” tattooed to the bottom of her foot and shared it with her 6.9 million followers. Delevingne has always been open about her obsession with bacon. She once told Vogue UK that bacon is her secret to being a fresh-faced beauty. View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Epic food battle pits hamster vs. Kobayashi

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Takeru Kobayashi, the world’s fastest eater, took on the pint-sized Tiny Hamster, the Internet’s cutest sensation, in the ultimate hot dog-eating showdown. Kobayashi made waves in the media over the years for his gastronomical prowess. He is best known for devouring 110 hot dogs in just 10 minutes and even shattered a world record when he ate 97 hamburgers in 94 seconds (digest that astronomical fact for a few moments). Tiny Hamster, in the other corner, is a viral internet phenomenon best known for eating tiny burritos and birthday cake. So who wins this epic throw down? Watch the video embedded above... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Barbecue confiscated by TSA

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Here’s one scary tale for barbecue-lovers, but thankfully there is a happy ending. Bob Porter, a government affairs consultant from Washington, D.C., flew into Kansas City to cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs football team for their opening day. According to The Kansas City Star in an article here, Porter stopped by Joe’s Kansas City, formally known as Oklahoma Joe’s, to grab some of its world-class barbecue to go. He wrapped the pound of brisket, pound of smoked sausage and small cup of sauce in butcher paper and placed it into a plastic hotel laundry sack before packing it into his checked... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Grilled pig tails, anyone?

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In addition to grilled pig tails, you can learn how to prepare Pig’s Foot Parmesan, Tripe a la Collinsville, Vietnamese Fried Bones, Head Cheese, or Whipped Pork Butter with Truffle and Honey, among other delicacies. Jamie Bissonnette is the chef and owner of Toro NYC, and Coppa and Toro Boston. He is a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast award winner and winner of the Cochon 555 “nose-to-tail” competition. “When I was traveling in Europe, especially France, I was blown away that so many different types of meat came out of various animals,” says Bissonnette in the introduction. “Here, we go through... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Retired coach Bobby Knight hits cow in Wyoming

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You may remember now-retired Indiana and Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight having a cow on the court, in a press conference, or later as a color commentator. But on the night of August 22, he had a Wyoming cow on the grill of his SUV. The Associated Press reports that the airbag was deployed and Knight was uninjured driving alone on the way home from a fishing trip. Nothing in the report indicated whether fowls (or fouls) were involved. View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Even vegetarians can’t resist bacon

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Americans have an undeniable obsession with bacon, but this bacon love goes beyond food or novelty items. According to the Huffington Post, it can also change people. Writer Kate Bratskeir reports that that the bacon flavor is so irresistible it can even sway vegetarians and vegans to stray from their dietary regiment to have a taste. Data from EAT Club, a California-based lunch delivery service, show that 7 percent of customers who identified themselves as vegetarians or vegans have admitted to ordering dishes with bacon. Here are some more facts EAT Club uncovered: - Bacon is... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Check out the Culver’s corn maze

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Culver’s made waves last year with its “Thank a Farmer” campaign, and now the popular Midwest-based restaurant chain is going to great lengths to thank the nation’s food producers once again. This time, Culver’s is working with a local FFA chapter by sponsoring the group’s corn maze near Tracy, Minn. Here’s a first-hand look at the maze: The corn maze is the just the latest in the restaurant’s efforts to thank farmers. In 2013, Culver’s turned a Beaver Dam, Wis., barn into a billboard. It was painted blue with a large message: “Thank you, Farmers.” The message could be seen from... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: Red, white and bacon?

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Businessweek recently took to Twitter to see if bacon or kale, two of today’s hottest food trends, could indicate our political persuasions. As it turns out, they were right. Looking at Twitter mentions of either kale or bacon by state, Businessweek writer Erin Chemi was able to breakdown political leanings in a map that carries an eerie resemblance to the traditional red-blue state breakdown. As you can see in the map below, traditional “red” states favored bacon whereas “blue” states preferred kale: Chemi suggests serving up a simple sauté of kale and bacon could create the “delicious bridge over the bitter partisan... View Blog Post »

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Lighter Side: ‘Pig perfume’ to stop barking dogs?

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According to Discovery News, new research has found spritzing dogs with a “pig perfume,” aka “Eau de oink,” could put an end to misbehaving dogs. The scent, formulated by Texas Tech professor John McGlone, uses androstenone as the key ingredient. Androstenone is a steroid and pheromone produced by boars that are released into their saliva and fat. Sows in heat love it. People, dogs and other mammals, on the other hand, generally can’t stand it. McGlone discovered that when androstenone was sprayed on a dog’s nose or around their face, the reaction is immediate. Unwanted behavior from barking to jumping is suddenly... View Blog Post »

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