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Prison Forced to Serve Inmates McDonald’s After Food Contract Falls Through

After a German prison lost its food contract, prisoners are now chowing down on meals from an unusual source: McDonald’s. Police have been ordering burgers from the international fast-food chain for inmates in the small town of Bergisch Gladbach, according to German publication Express. Instead of getting slop over rice, prisoners are being served unusual fast-food treats: a McToast with cheese, ham and bacon for breakfast; and a burger, cheeseburger, or veggie burger for lunch. Unfortunately, due to budgetary concerns, double cheeseburgers or larger Big Macs are out of the question. This is a temporary arrangement, police officials told Express, as McDonald’s does not meet state regulations.


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Yelp’s New Feature Helps Users Find Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Through Yelp, you can filter restaurant locations by price, outdoor seating, and even by PokéStops nearby. Now the company has added a new feature that allows users to search locations based on the availability of gender-neutral bathrooms. The new feature launched shortly after the Trump administration rescinded protective guidelines for transgender students that allowed them to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, The New York Times reported. “This isn’t the first time that we’ve spoken out about social issues, but this is the first time that we have married doing something on our platform around the social justice support of the LGBTQ community,” Rachel Williams, who leads diversity and inclusion efforts at Yelp, told The New York Times.


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We Could Be Facing a Maple Syrup Shortage Thanks to Global Warming

Yet another sign of the troubling effects of global warming: The maple syrup industry has announced a looming shortage. The unusually warm weather this February and March has caused the sap to flow earlier than normal, farmers in Pennsylvania say. “For the sap to keep running we need warm days followed by cold nights, below freezing, to drive the sap down and keep the trees from budding,” Don Hess, a maple syrup producer at Duck’s Maple Farm in Pennsylvania’s Fayette County, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . “If it doesn’t get cold again, I’m done.” If cold weather doesn’t return, sap collection season could end unusually early. The effects of any shortage could trickle down to consumers, especially considering demand for maple syrup has gone up over the past decade.


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Joe Rogers, Co-Founder of Waffle House, Dies at 97

Waffle House was created in 1955 out of two men’s desires to feed the tired and hungry — a sort-of Statue of Liberty of pancakes and waffles. Now, more than six decades later, Joe Rogers, 97, co-founder of Waffle House, has died. Over the years, Waffle House became a Southern staple known for dependably cheap breakfast food available 24 hours a day. The chain’s bright yellow signage is instantly recognizable along highways across the South, and it now operates 1,900 restaurant locations. Rogers was known as the “people person” of the business partnership, and although he retired in the 1970s, he continued to visit and inspect Waffle House locations up until just a few years ago. “My father genuinely loved every customer who walked into a Waffle House, and customers immediately understood that,” Joe Rogers Jr., current chairman of Waffle House Inc., said in a press release. Rogers is survived by his wife of 74 years, Ruth Jolley Rogers.


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43 Percent of Americans Remedy a Breakup With Soup, Survey Says

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Spring isn’t just a time for cleaning the house — many choose to rethink their relationships during the first warm months as well, meaning breakup season is at its peak. It’s natural to turn to friends and family for comfort after a relationship ends, but according to a recent survey conducted by Campbell Soup Company, 43 percent of Americans turn to soup as a remedy for breakup blues. If you decide to hit the town with your friends after a breakup and indulge in one too many drinks, the next day may be more than unpleasant. According to the survey, 11 percent of Americans said they have eaten soup after a Saturday night out because they’re hungover.