Fast Food

Stolen 24-Foot Chick-Fil-A Cow Is Worth A Year’s-Worth Of Free Sandwiches


You’d think it’d be a little easier to find a 24-foot cow, but somehow, Chick-Fil-A’s giant inflatable mascot went missing after an Arizona State University football game.

It’s not a loss that the CFA owner is taking lightly, either, as he’s offering a year’s worth of free chicken sandwiches to whoever brings back the cow in one piece, according to Fox-10.

The beloved bovine was being used during an ASU game, and after he was put away, was found to have mysteriously disappeared from the back of a CFA truck.

Could it be the work of some stupid college kids? Probably, but we also can’t rule out the possibility of it being an anxious English professor who had enough of the cow’s terrible grammar and spelling.

Either way, the owner said he wants it back, no questions asked. So whoever took it has a golden ticket for free lunch daily.

h/t consumerist


Starbucks to Sponsor Higher Education for Thousands of Employees

Here’s one way to deal with that whole minimum wage controversy.

It was revealed in a press release Sunday that coffee giant Starbucks would be partnering with Arizona State University (ASU) to pay college tuition for full and part-time employees who work 20 hours a week or more. Officially named the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, the program will allow qualified employees of company-operated stores (as well as employees of other Starbucks-owned brands like Teavana and Seattle’s Best) to be reimbursed for part or all their education, without requiring them to stay with the company post-graduation.

Eligible employees (dubbed “partners” in the official press release) who are able to meet ASU’s admission requirements will not only benefit from over 40 online undergraduate courses, but also academic advising, flexible scheduling, and other forms of support. Students admitted as juniors or seniors will receive a full-ride, while students with fewer credits will be eligible for partial scholarship and need-based financial aid.

Says CEO Howard Schultz:

In the last few years, we have seen the fracturing of the American Dream. There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind. The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it. Supporting our partners’ ambitions is the very best investment Starbucks can make. Everyone who works as hard as our partners do should have the opportunity to complete college, while balancing work, school and their personal lives.


Science Proves That 2 Divided by 2 Equals 5, At Least When it Comes to Portion Control

When I was a kid, my economical little brother discovered a way to make his fast food give him more bang for his (or our parents’) buck. By tearing up his five measly chicken Mcnuggets into dozens of smaller pieces, he deduced that he would eventually end up having more chicken and therefore, a bigger meal.

At the time, I chalked it up to his embryonic math skills, but a new study suggests eating smaller pieces actually results in greater feelings of fullness and satisfaction in both humans and animals.

So guess what little bro? Turns out you were right.

The study, led by Davina Wadhera of Arizona State University, tested both rat and human responses to whole and cut food portions. Rats that were offered 30 (10 mg) food pellets vs. one (300 mg) food pellet seemed to prefer and “ran faster” toward the group of 30. Humans who were offered a choice between a whole bagel and a cut-up one ended up eating more in a later test lunch if they chose the whole bagel over the bagel pieces.

“This shows that food cut into multiple pieces may be more satiating than a single, uncut portion of food,” researchers said. This phenomenon in turn, they suggest, can be attributed to the fact that smaller pieces “may perceptually look more and therefore elicit greater satiation than the same portion presented as a single, large piece.”

So next time you’re trying to cut down on your meal portions, treat yourself to a little optical illusion magic and suspension of disbelief. At least your brain will think you’re eating more, even if you know you aren’t.

[Via Food Navigator]


Chilling Reasons Why NOT to Use Reusable Bags

I just read a neat story on the Huffington Post that listed reasons why you should use a reusable bag when shopping for groceries. So, naturally, here are my reasons why not to use reusable bags when shopping for groceries.

Yes, it is trendy to use these bags, and you get to feel smug like people did when the Toyota Prius just came out, but while you are “saving the earth,” you might be damaging your health and indirectly hurting others as well.

The story in the Huff Post laid out its facts on the dangers of plastic bags, but if people will not even properly dispose of plastic bags, it is highly unlikely that they would give proper maintenance to their reusable bags.

The article states that it takes 15 to 1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose. Well, it takes a whole lot less time for the leftover bits of food in the reusable bag to decompose. At any given time, a bagger in a grocery story can open up one of those bags and unleash a vile smell within it. As the bagger holds his breath and tries to fill the bag with 90 little cans of cat food, he will likely be trying his best to work around the disgusting mold inside the bag.

A joint study conducted by the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University in California found that 97 percent of people interviewed said they never washed their reusable bags. Be honest with yourself reusable bag users, do you wash your bag?

So, do you want to know what’s growing in there? According to the study, it’s likely E. coli and other bacteria. They found that over half of the bags they studied had some form of bacteria growing in it.

Do you like leaving your bags in your car so that they are ready for you when you hit the market? Well the research found that there was E. coli in 25 percent of the bags collected from Los Angeles, the reason being was the warm weather. So while the bags sit in the hot trunk of your car, there could be a little something growing in there.

While you’re saving the earth from the horrors of plastic bags, most, if not all of these bags come from China, Bangladesh, or India. Do you know what that means? That means your bags are being imported, and unless it is being imported by an eco-friendly commercial vehicle, it is emitting greenhouse gasses for miles upon miles before these planet saving bags make their way to the U.S.

Let’s get down to the grimy specifics. If we break down some of the most popular bags used when grocery shopping you’d be surprised by its damage.

First off, jute bags and canvas bags are one of the most popular bags seen around grocery stores near you. Jute and canvas bags can affect you directly as the jute and cotton plants are usually grown with high levels of pesticides. So unless you know that your bag was made organically, it’s possible that there are still remnants of pesticides in the bag. Doesn’t that sound like a great place to put your celery and broccoli?

If that’s not bad enough, the Daily Star has an interesting article on how middlemen take advantage of the jute crop growers and sell the jute for double, leaving the farmers with little profit, if any.

At this point, not only are you supporting a possible health hazard, if you take a glance at the article linked above, you are likely supporting an injustice that can easily be a human rights issue.

So, where does that leave us? It feels like a lose-lose situation. Your local supermarket is pushing to save every penny it can (I mean, pushing to help save the planet) by eliminating a product that endangers our ecosystem, and is replacing it with something that could be equally harmful.

Even if you want to call “B.S.” on the importing issue, or the crop grower issue, doesn’t the lack of responsibility on our part, whether it is plastic or reusable, bother you at all?

How do we really know if we’re helping? I guess that is a Mega Million dollar question.

[Thx Paper vs. Plastic, American News Report and Earth Bags]