Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
Love of Coffee is Genetic, Italian Study Says
Scientists in Italy say they’ve identified a gene whose absence makes people inclined to drink lots of coffee. They analyzed the coffee-drinking habits and DNA of 1,100 volunteers and found that subjects with a specific gene, identified as PDSS2, drank an average of one less cup of coffee per day than those who lacked the gene. Scientists theorize that PDSS2 slows the metabolism of caffeine, so those who have it get a sustained caffeine boost from less coffee, and thus are more likely to say no to a second cup.
Hand in Your Gun at This Pizzeria and Get a Free Pizza
One Indianapolis pizzeria is trying to slow the rate of gun violence one free pizza at a time. D&C Pizza, located in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Indianapolis, is offering its version of a gun buyback program. Anyone who turns in a gun gets one extra-large pizza pie for free, and the gun is handed over to the police. The owner hopes his gesture will inspire other local businesses to do the same.
Deep-Fried Jell-O Wins First Place at Texas State Fair
State fair fare isn’t for the faint of heart, and this year, deep-fried Jell-O took home top honors at the Texas State Fair. It was made with cherry Jell-O flash-fried in a panko-breadcrumb coating, then dusted with powdered sugar and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. The creator of the dish, 82-year-old Ruth Hauntz, has been a concessionaire at the state fair for 28 years
Hungover Customer Singlehandedly Saves Struggling Fish and Chips Shop With Facebook Post
A hungover man who stumbled into Whitbie’s Fish & Chips in Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada, singlehandedly saved the business with a rave review on Facebook that has amassed thousands of shares. In the post he details how the owner couldn’t even pay himself at the end of the day and urged fellow Lethbridge residents to show their support. The day after the post went viral, there was a line out the door and more than a half-hour-long wait for dinner.
Pizza Hut Turns Your Pizza Box Into a Playable Flick Football Game
Pizza Hut is kicking off football season by turning its pizza boxes into playable flick football games, complete with a “field,” triangle-shaped cardboard play pieces, goalposts, and even a scorecard. You can get the special cardboard tabletop game with the purchase of any medium-sized pizza.