Stormtrooper Gets Caked

Amanda Oakleaf Cakes created a life-size Stormtrooper  for the Arisia Sci-Fi Convention in Boston. The creation comprised of both cake and Rice Krispie treats, stood 6’4″ tall and weighed at least 300 pounds. Check out their blog to see how this monster cake was created.


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Red Wine-Heart Researcher Charged With Fraud

A scientist responsible for studying the link between aging and resveratrol, found in red wine, has been accused of committing more than 100 acts of data fabrication and falsification, according to Reuters.

Dipak K. Das, who directed the University of Connecticut’s Cardiovascular Research Center, has been outed  by the university after it discovered the information. The university says it received an anonymous tip that led to an investigation beginning in 2008.

UConn was offered $890,000 in federal grants awarded to Das for his research, but declined to accept them in light of the new information. The university notified 11 scholarly journals – including Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, where Das was an editor-in-chief – that published the research.

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The Darth Vader Burger

According to International Business Times, French fast food chain Quick is harnessing “the force” with its new Darth Vader burger, complete with a black bun. The menu item was created in honor of the upcoming release of Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace 3D.

In addition to the Vader, burger, Quick is also featuring the Dark Burger, a tribute to Darth Maul which features a red-colored bun and the Jedi Burger in honor of Yoda which includes white mozzarella cheese cubes underneath the top bun.


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PepsiCo Says It Has Evidence Of Fraud In Mouse In Mt. Dew Case

LegalNewsline reported that PepsiCo, the maker of Mountain Dew, is gathering scientific evidence for a lawsuit brought against the company by a man who claims he found a dead mouse in his Mountain Dew can in 2009.

PepsiCo stated that the man has no evidence that the mouse was in the can when it left the bottling plant in 2008, adding that the company had proof that the mouse could not have been in the can for that period of time. PepsiCo enlisted a veterinary pathologist to examine the mouse, and found that it could not have been in the can that long because the acid in the soda would have eroded the body into a “jelly-like” substance.

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The Average American Ate A Ton Last Year

According to NPR, the average American literally ate a ton of food last year, with most of the food consisting of cheese, sweets, potatoes and grains. The data, provided by the USDA, indicated that we each consume about 630 pounds of dairy per year and 185 pounds of meat and poultry. Americans consumed 273 pounds of fruit and 415 pounds of vegetables, but the majority of vegetables were starch-heavy corn and potatoes.

All that is topped off with 141 pounds of sweetener, including 42 pounds of corn syrup, and 85 pounds of fats. The USDA estimates the average American eats nearly 2,700 calories per day, which is significantly higher than the 2,000 recommended for an average person.

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