The James Weird Awards: Meteorite-Aged Wine, Mouse Buns, and Poisoned Cereal
There was so much weird food news this week! So much: Horrifying anti-cheese ads, Burger King home delivery, and Paula Deen's diabetes drug endorsement — and that's just the tip of the iceberg lettuce. For a look at the week's other strange goings-on, check out the James Weird Awards, straight ahead.
• When the NYPD finally broke up a noted Harlem drug ring last night after a fifteen-month investigation, they found 2.5 gallons of PCP stored in Hawaiian Punch bottles. Bonus points for recycling? [DNAinfo]
• In Los Angeles, a man was arrested for spiking his wife's bowl of Rice Krispies with poison. The woman was luckily awake enough to notice her breakfast's strange smell and taste before she ate too much of it. [HuffPo]
• Have you ever wanted to get your dog drunk? Well, you can't, and you shouldn't. It's irresponsible. Thankfully, a pub in the U.K. has made it possible for man's best friend to down a cold one by serving non-alcoholic, non-carbonated drinks made specifically for patrons' pets. Also on the menu: Pup-approved bar snacks! [Metro UK]
• A former McDonald's employee in Philadelphia recorded video on his cell phone of a mouse running wild inside a closed bag of Big Mac buns. He alleges that his manager told the employees to wipe off mouse droppings from the buns before serving them to customers. You know, as a courtesy. [HuffPo]
• A grandmother spending the afternoon at a Dearborn Chuck E. Cheese with her family asked the people at a table nearby to refrain from using bad language in front of the children. A man at the table took offense and started attacking the woman, punching her in the face and pulling her hair. Chuck E. Cheese serves beer to adults (who knew?), but authorities don't think that played a role in the assault. [WJBK]
• A winery in Chile has released a Cabernet Sauvignon aged with a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite that was said to have crashed in the Atacama Desert 6,000 years ago. The vineyard's owner says the meteorite gives the wine a "livelier taste," but we say that's what the aliens want us to think. [The Drinks Business via Eatocracy/CNN]