Vegan Protest Shuts Down Town's Folk Song Performance
The small, idyllic German town of Limburg an der Lahn has a tradition of playing an array of familiar German folk songs on the glockenspiel in its town hall building.One song was removed recently, though, after a local vegan resident complained that it contained lyrics about animal cruelty. According to The Local, the song is about a fox stealing a goose, just part of the circle of life. But the song also includes a line about how the hunter will likely shoot the fox for stealing the goose, and that upset a local vegan resident who worked within earshot of the glockenspiel. She said it was very disturbing to hear about animal-killing while she was trying to work. Out of consideration for the woman’s feelings, the town hall director took the song out of rotation.
Channing Tatum Launches ‘Born and Bred’ American Vodka
Celebrities are really setting out to expand their portfolios — just this week, Lady Gaga announced she will launch her own wine brand, Grigio Girls, and now, 21 Jump Street star Channing Tatum has debuted his own very own vodka, Born and Bred. The concept of Born and Bred came about when Tatum and his friend Jack were drinking one day and thought about the lack of American representation in the vodka business, Tatum told Bon Appétit. The pair tested out 25 distilleries and discovered Grand Teton Distillery, which specializes in gluten-free potato vodka made in Driggs, Idaho. “It just tasted better, different than any vodka that was on the top shelf,” Tatum said. The vodka is available online for $26.99.
Japanese Vending Machines Sell Whole Flying Fish
According to Rocket News 24, vending machines full of bottles of flying fish soup stock have started appearing in cities around Japan, including Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. The vending machines belong to the Dashidouraku Company, which runs an udon shop that has become quite famous for the flying fish stock used in some of its soups. The stock is in such high demand that the company decided to start bottling and selling it. While most companies might put their soup stock in grocery stores or sell it at their restaurants, Dashidoraku decided to skip all that and just put the 500-mililiter bottles in vending machines. Each bottle sells for about $6.25 and contains a whole fried flying fish, completely submerged in its own stock.
McDonald’s Now Sells a Crab Meat Sandwich
The Golden Arches will be selling a crab meat sandwich, made with snow crab meat, butter, celery, seasoned mayo, lettuce, and slices of tomato, at four locations in or near San Jose, California. If the sandwich does well, the fishy item will expand further. To help develop the recipe for the sandwich, McDonald's enlisted the help of Top Chef contestant Ryan Scott. The sandwich is also expected to roll out at 250 other Bay Area restaurants by the end of 2017, but there are currently no plans to make it a national item, according to Foodbeast.
Little Caesars Founder Mike Ilitch Dies at 87
Mike Ilitch, the billionaire founder of the Little Caesars pizza chain, died Friday in Detroit, a company spokesperson said. He was 87. Ilitch was born in Detroit in 1929, and he and his wife Marian were both first-generation Americans; their parents were immigrants from Macedonia. In 1959, the Ilitches opened a pizza restaurant called Little Caesars Pizza Treat in Garden City, Michigan, which eventually grew into the Little Caesars chain. Little Caesars is still family owned, and last year Mike and Marian Ilitch named their son, Christopher, president and CEO of their family's company. “My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family,” Christopher Ilitch said in a statement.