Sparkling Stupidity

Published on: 17:52PM Dec 15, 2014

Comedian Chris Rock says "there's no rehab for stupidity," which is the perfect comment about glitter pills.

A British company is marketing glitter-filled capsules, but specifically states on their website they are not intended to be consumed orally. Yet, they also note that the glitter is non-toxic. So just what the hell do you do with glitter pills? Some, umm...IQ-challenged folks are ingesting them to make their poop sparkle. The only positive comment we could think of about glitter pills is that they're free-range and GMO-free.

Fighting A Ghost

Just what should concern consumers? Pesticides? GMOs? The Food Babe?

Doug Archer, researcher at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and a food safety expert, is frustrated by the results of a recent study of Florida consumers.

More than 9 out of 10 respondents are worried about pesticide residues, antibiotics and food additives. Consumers show less concern over bacteria. "All of the common foodborne illnesses -- E. coli, salmonella, listeria -- they're all caused by bacteria," Archer said. The public's misplaced concerns over factors that pose little threat are disheartening. "It's frustrating to have to fight a ghost when we've got the real McCoy right here."

Psssst. Hot Investment Tip!

What's the hot investment tip for 2015? Silicon Valley investors are reportedly funding "ag tech" companies at every level. "We are talking about a multitrillion dollar global market that is ripe for improvement with new technologies at all levels," said Randy Komisar, a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers.

In 2013, U.S. venture capitalists invested $55 million in the "ag tech" sector, and this year, investments have spiked more than 170 percent to about $153 million, according to PitchBook.

Killing Wolves Kills Livestock

Scientific research often provides surprising results. A new study, for instance, finds that killing wolves that prey on sheep and cattle leads to the death of more livestock.

The authors of the study think that killing wolves disrupts wolf packs in a way that leads them to hunt for livestock, which are relatively stationary, rather than the more mobile deer and elk. They say the odds of livestock depredations increased 4%-6% with increased wolf control.