We're out of the loop, we admit. We haven't been to a movie theater in years, and we didn't watch the Oscar's on television Sunday night because they hold little interest to us. But our interest spiked when we heard that the Humane Society of the United States is $1.5 million richer because of the Oscars. Seems Ellen DeGeneres, the host of Sunday's Oscars show, posted a selfie on her Twitter account and Samsung USA, the phone company, pledged to donate a dollar for every re-tweet of that photo. DeGeneres has 27 million Twitter followers, and the photo apparently became the most retweeted in history, thus generating $1.5 million for DeGeneres' favorite charity, HSUS. Wayne Pacelle, of course, was ever so thankful for the generosity. Hmmm ... We wonder what Ingrid Newkirk thinks, is this a snub of PETA by DeGeneres? We certainly hope so.
McDonald's Custom Burger
McDonald's is conducting a test of what some are calling a "supersecret" restaurant concept in Southern California that allows customers to order a "custom" hamburger. "Custom" in this case, means patrons can order their burger with some un-McDonald's fixings such as sharp white chedder cheese, caramelized onions, grilled mushrooms, or applewood-smoked bacon. Additionally, the restaurant caters to the young, tech savvy crowd through tablet ordering – building their custom burger on a touch screen iPad. For those of us who might be tech-challenged, employees are available to help customers use the touch-screen menus.
Global Food Becoming Homogeneous
The global food supply has grown more similar over the past 50 years, and that has some researchers worried. "Diversity enhances the health and function of complex biological systems," researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But, they said, the world of food has become homogeneous, to the point of suggesting a global standard food supply. In the last half a century, "national per capita food supplies expanded in total quantities of food calories, protein, fat and weight," they said. But at the same time, there has been "a decline in the total number of plant species upon which humans depend for food."
Ocean Temperatures Offer Clues to Crop Season Weather
Al Dutcher, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, says the Pacific and Atlantic oceans have a direct impact on weather patterns across the United States. Understanding these effects can help you assess which U.S. region(s) is likely to have a drought or favorable weather pattern.