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Unicorn Trend Blogger on Instagrammable Food

The vibrant and colorful unicorn trend has made its way to bagels, wedding cakes, gin, and even Starbucks, with the debut of the coffee chain’s Unicorn Frappuccino on Wednesday. However, behind all the food dye and sugar typically used to make these creations, Adeline Waugh, a Miami-based blogger and food stylist, originally kicked off the food trend by experimenting with natural dyes for her health and wellness blog. According to Waugh, she never intended to start a food trend, nor link it to the magical creature. “I posted it, and all my followers started saying it looked like a unicorn, so I said you’re right, and I started calling it that too,” Waugh told The New York Times. “Then all of a sudden all these people were making it and tagging it, and now the unicorn thing has gotten just insane.”

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There’s a New Species of Shrimp Named After Pink Floyd

Music and food have close ties, each providing inspiration for the other, whether it is Rolling Stones-themed doughnuts in Chicago or mezcal created by Adam Levine and Sammy Hagar. Recently, a rock band was the inspiration for an unlikely group of sea dwellers: a new species of shrimp. The Synalpheus pinkfloydi was named so due to its large pink claw and a pact made by scientists who can’t get enough of rock music, BBC reported. “We are all Pink Floyd fans, and we always said if we would find a pink one, a new species of pink shrimp, we would name it after Pink Floyd,” said Sammy De Grave, head of research at Oxford University Museum of National History.

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Ikea Expands Food Division With New Market Items and Talks of Standalone Eateries

Frequent Ikea shoppers know that the furniture giant offers more than sofas and side tables — the company also provides visitors with a diverse food selection at its restaurants and Swedish Food Markets. Recently, the company has expanded its food offerings with two new product lines: the Sjörapport series and Ikea PS collection. The Sjörapport series is a line of sustainably sourced seafood , and the Ikea PS collection is made for those looking for quick and easy to make food options, including whole grain mixes, instant drinks, and spice mixes. With the expansion of Ikea’s food division, talks of standalone eateries aren’t a big surprise, and according to Michael La Cour, Ikea Food’s managing director, the idea isn’t too far-fetched.

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Walmart Fires Beloved 88-Year-Old Greeter for Letting Wild Turkey Into the Store

A wacky situation at a Wisconsin Walmart turned into bad news for one elderly door greeter. After a wild turkey was caught running amok at the Walmart in Waukesha last week, beloved Walmart greeter Bob Tallinger, 88, learned that he was fired for not properly alerting his manager of the incident. “He was hired to be a greeter and that’s what he did,” Tallinger’s wife Janet told local news station WREG. “He never saw a book of rules that said if a wild turkey comes in here, you better run and get management.” Thankfully, this story has a happy ending: The nearby St. Vincent De Paul Walmart location snatched Tallinger up, and he is greeting shoppers with his friendly face once again.

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Major Restaurant Group Joins Unfair Competition Lawsuit Against Trump

Two more restaurant and hospitality industry plaintiffs have joined a class-action lawsuit against President Trump that argues the president is violating the Constitution. The two new plaintiffs — Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (which represents more than 25,000 restaurant workers and 200 restaurant-owner members) and a D.C.-based luxury hotel booker — argue that Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause. The Emoluments Clause, found in Article I, Section 9 of the United States Constitution, prohibits any government official from profiting from being in office and prevents them from accepting gifts and benefits from foreign leaders or groups. Since foreign leaders and diplomats will regularly stay at or dine out at Trump properties, the lawsuit argues that this particular issue is covered by the clause.


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