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Woman Buys 23-Pound, 100-Year-Old Lobster to Set It Free

A 23-pound, almost 4-foot-long lobster named King Louie was caught in the Bay of Fundy in Canada and given a second chance at life when a vegan from Nova Scotia purchased him to release back into the ocean. The lobster was for sale at the Alma Lobster Shop in southern New Brunswick, co-owned by Catherine MacDonald, who said the crustacean was possibly a century old. “It’s beautiful,” MacDonald told The Globe and Mail in a phone interview Tuesday. “For a lobster to be 23 pounds and to be that large, there was nothing else that was going to be a predator — except man.” The vegan woman who bought King Louie, Katie Conklin, purchased the lobster for $230. He was then returned to the ocean in a fishing vessel similar to the one from which he was initially caught.


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Petition Circulates After Bank of England Reveals New £5 Note Contains Animal Fat

The Bank of England’s new plastic £5 note has caused outrage among vegan and vegetarian communities after it was revealed that the note contains animal fat in the form of tallow. Although the new note has been in circulation for about two months, the bank confirmed on Twitter on Nov. 27 that tallow, a rendered form of animal fat sometimes used in soaps and candles, is present in “trace” amounts, according to DailyMail. A petition has been launched urging the bank to stop the use of tallow in its currency production process, and has gained more than 118,000 supporters at the time of publication. In response to the petition the bank released the following statement: “We are aware of some people’s concerns about traces of tallow in our new five pound note. We respect those concerns and are treating them with the utmost seriousness. This issue has only just come to light, and the Bank did not know about it when the contract was signed.”


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Olive Oil Trade Group Sues Dr. Oz for Claiming Most Grocery Store Olive Oil Is ‘Fake’

The North American Olive Oil Association filed a lawsuit against talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz after he claimed that many of the extra-virgin olive oil products available at supermarkets in the U.S. could be “fake.” The episode of The Doctor Oz Show, in which Oz made the claim that "80 percent of the extra-virgin olive oil that you buy every day in your supermarket isn't the real deal, it may even be fake,” aired May 12, 2016, according to Yahoo. To test his theory, Oz had “certified olive oil expert” Maia Hirschbein, who is employed by California Olive Ranch, as a guest on the show to perform a blind taste and smell test for five Italian extra-virgin olive oils in the U.S. She said only one of the five was authentic, Fox reported. The North American Olive Oil Association claims that Oz’s statements have harmed business, and is seeking compensation for damages through the lawsuit.


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Breitbart Declares War on Cereal After Kellogg Drops Advertising Deal

Brietbart — the ultra-conservative website formerly run by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s pick for chief strategist — has waged war on an unlikely opponent: Kellogg. The cereal brand recently dropped its advertising deal with Breitbart because the site’s coverage did not "align with our values as a company.” As a result, Breitbart is calling upon its readers to boycott all Kellogg products, and the hashtag #DumpKelloggs is trending on Twitter. The result has been a mix of people promising to boycott Kellogg’s products and people purposefully buying more. Other advertisers who have pulled from Breitbart include pharmaceutical manufacturer Novo Nordisk, eyeglasses maker Warby Parker, and the San Diego Zooaccording to USA Today.


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‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Cast Reunites in Burger King’s Cheesy Tots Ad


The stars of the cult classic film Napoleon Dynamite have reunited for the first time on screen since the quirky movie was released in 2004. Burger King’s newest commercial starring Napoleon Dynamite actors Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”) and Efren Ramirez (“Pedro”) features the return of a favorite menu item: cheesy tater tots. In the commercial, the two co-stars recreate the memorable cafeteria scene in which Heder asks Ramirez if he’s going to eat all of his tater tots, before proceeding to take all of them and even snatching a tot out of Ramirez’s hand. In a nod to the return of the popular movie scene and the tots, which disappeared from menus a couple of years ago, a voiceover then says, “They’re back!” before cutting to an image of the cheesy tots.