The James Weird Awards: Gorilla Bandits, Cereal Box Warnings, and Meat-Fueled Retaliation
From candy protesters to cheese thieves, a lot went on this week in the food world, including yet another strange incident at a Taco Bell. For the full rundown, check out the James Weird Awards, straight ahead.
• An artist in Venice, California, replaced normal cereal boxes in a grocery store with a series of slightly scary parodies he created, including a box of "Sugar Frosted Fat" (featuring an obese Tony the Tiger) in the place of Frosted Flakes, "Killfrog's Sugar Smack" instead of Kellogg's Sugar Smacks, and "Yucky Children Charmer" for Lucky Charms. "I want to ... make it hip not to eat stuff that will give you diabetes," he said. [ABC News]
• Angry at what he perceived to be a shortage of meat in his two XL Chalupas from Taco Bell, a man in Albany threw a Molotov cocktail at the restaurant's drive-through window. [Smoking Gun]
• Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Susan Collins of Maine are offended by the production and distribution of products masquerading as authentic maple syrup — so offended that they've introduced legislation that would make the sale of faux maple syrup a felony. The bill is appropriately called MAPLE, or the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement Act. [Eatocracy/CNN]
• A man in a gorilla mask, armed with a stun gun, robbed a taco stand in San Diego after an accomplice distracted the store employee by ordering a burrito. [L.A. Now/LAT]
• Remember that gross green slime from the heyday of Nickelodeon's game shows? Double Dare host Marc Summers revealed that the base of the goo was a combination of "vanilla pudding, applesauce, oatmeal, green food coloring, and by the third day, anything else that was on the obstacle course." Awesome. [Gourmet Live]