Monthly Archives: December 2011

Burger King Changes Fry Recipe: GF Status Unclear

Thanks for the photo, TIME

A quick but important post today.

Burger King just changed their fries to a new recipe. Caveat emptor: as of press time, there’s no indication of whether or not the changes include gluten.

This marks the first change to Burger King’s fries since 1998, according to Time.

The new fries will be thicker, with reduced sodium and, “a coating that makes them crisper and keeps them hotter longer,” according to the article. Today, December 5, marks the day that the fries will be available in all Burger King locations.
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Science Fiction Turns Real: Lab-Grown Meat

You know those books that you read and, whether or not you enjoyed them, they stick in your head?

Margaret Atwood always does that for me. She manages to find one or two images that are so grotesque that they burn themselves permanently into my brain. One such image: ChickieNobs.

In the dystopian preapocolyptic world of Oryx and Crake, only the most privileged people have access to “real” meat. Everyone else eats creatures so modified as to be virtually unrecognizable by taste or (living) appearance. Like ChickieNobs, the quick-growing, brainless 12-breast things (you can read the excerpt here, but be warned that it may be an indelible image).

Now, Reuters is reporting out of London that a Dutch scientist has managed to cultivate meat in a Petri dish. And, actually, science fiction parallels aside, it’s not a bad idea.
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