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Swedish Journalists Report on Fake Banana Phone Research

The Onion, a famous satirical online newspaper, published a fake science story last week with the headline, “Report: Bananas Still Most Popular Fruit for Pretending to Receive Phone Call.” The piece said researchers from Johns Hopkins University had studied the phenomenon of pretending to receive a phone call with fruit.  According to The Local, a Swedish morning news show actually reported on the story as though it were real, bewildered that anybody would actually conduct the research in question. The head of the Swedish news program told The Local that the anchors reported on the piece in an obviously skeptical fashion and were not taking it seriously. It was meant to show viewers that it’s important to check the facts before automatically assuming that a headline is real.



British Airways Apologizes for Supposed Teabag Limit

British Airways has issued an official apology to a customer who did not take kindly to being told not to use multiple teabags at one time in a British Airways lounge at London's Heathrow airport.

 According to The Telegraph, the customer saw an array of different tea bags and decided to get creative by combining multiple flavors. But then a British Airways hostess told him that lounge policy stated that only one teabag could be used at a time. The customer complained on an internet travel board, calling the policy “petty.” The complaint got back to British Airways, who apologized and said there was no policy prohibiting customers from blending their tea however they desire.



Tokyo Restaurant Tries to Make Noodle-less Ramen Happen

There are lots of different kinds of ramen, but the one thing they all have in common is that they’re all full of noodles. Now, however, one Tokyo ramen restaurant is actually serving ramen without noodles. According to Rocket News 24’s Oona McGee, Bikku Ramen in Tokyo is making customers do a double-take, because it offers a version “without noodles” for a 30-yen discount. Thirty yen is only about 25 cents, and most people would not give up their delicious carbohydrates for such a paltry sum. The soup contains nearly two pounds of vegetables and an egg piled high in a bowl full of broth. It’s apparently still pretty tasty, and certainly more healthful than the typical ramen, but most people would probably want to spend the quarter and keep their noodles.



Feeling Gassy? This Smart Tracker App Can Help You Beat the Bloat

Gas pains: Now there’s an app for that. FoodMarble’s AIRE digestive tracker is a smart device that connects to an app on your phone and helps you to track down the foods that are causing you gas. In a doctor’s office, allergies or digestive issues can be diagnosed by measuring hydrogen levels in your breath, which spike after you have a bad reaction to a type of food you have consumed. According to Engadget, that time is cut down significantly with the AIRE tracker. You blow into a small credit card-sized device (similar to a breathalyzer), and the results instantly appear after consuming one of the powdery mixtures that come with the device. After several hours of repeated breath tests, you will have the results and a better idea to which foods your body reacts poorly.


McDonald’s Japan

McDonald’s Japan Rolls Out Limited-Edition Prawn and Macaroni Burger


McDonald’s Japan’s latest limited-edition item looks like something really special. According to Rocket News 24, the “Gurakoro” burger is a giant fried prawn and macaroni croquette topped with Cheddar cheese and a demi-glaze sauce on a hamburger bun. The prawn macaroni croquette burger is a limited-edition item that has turned up at regular intervals at McDonald’s Japan over the last two decades. It enjoys cult status, similar to the McRib in the U.S. The burgers sell for about $3 apiece, but the limited-time offer is expected to end in early January.