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Are we really that hungry? So hungry that we would actually drop $3 into a burrito kiosk? Apparently the Burrito Box company thinks we are. The world's first automated burrito kiosk has been stationed inside a Mobil gas station in West Hollywood, Calif.The vending machine offers five burrito flavors and will add sour cream, Tabasco sauce and guacamole for an extra fee. The burritos are also advertised as hormone- and antibiotic-free and use cage-free eggs. Seriously? Do the folks at the Burrito Box company really believe that somebody willing to buy and eat a burrito from a vending machine is so discriminating they’ll demand hormone- and antibiotic-free? This innovation is a new low for the food industry.
"Gutter oil" is called one of the "most revolting substances in the culinary pantheon." We must agree after learning that it is used cooking oil from drains, sewers and trash cans which is bottled and sold to an unsuspecting public. A Chinese gutter oil dealer has avoided execution, for now, in what is described as a "suspended death sentence," which means he won’t be executed unless further crimes are committed. Seven others were sentenced to between 5 and 15 years in the case. The gutter oil scheme totaled more than $8 million in illicit sales and likely many unreported bellyaches.
The past few months have produced a handful of natural disasters that put some of our colleagues in the cattle business in hard times. Previously we’re reported on where you could donate to the South Dakota rancher's relief fund. Now we're alerting you to an online benefit auction that will support a Colorado Angus breeder that was hit hard by the devastating flooding last fall. Keith Russell’s homestead was left with mud and debris and he lost nearly all of his winter feed and equipment. You can view the online auction at www.disasterrelief.dvauction.com. The sale ends at noon on Jan. 25. For more information you can call DV auction at 402-316-5460.
Cats the musical has been off Broadway since 2000, but a new cat is gracing the marquee in Times Square and it is not dancing or singing for joy about the practices at the Humane Society of the U.S. Thanks to the folks at HumaneWatch.org visitors of New York City will become more informed on where their HSUS donations don't go: local pet shelters. The billboard at the corner of Broadway and 46th Street features a grumpy looking cat with the statement "WTF? (Where's The Funding) The Humane Society of the United States only gives 1% of its budget to local pet shelters." Maybe that statistic will make some donors hack up a hair ball.
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