Why Astronauts Crave Hot Sauce and More News

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In today's Weekly Media Mix, a presidential McNugget gets auctioned off, plus a man cooks his own meal in Denny's
Media Mix
Arthur Bovino
Media Mix

The Daily Meal's Weekly Media Mix rounds up the week's big food stories.

Shame of the Week
• A man marched into a Wisconsin Denny's, claimed he was the new manager, and fixed himself a burger and fries. As the police hauled him away, the man yelled, "This is why you don’t dine and dash, kiddies." [Boston]

Science News
• Space travel apparently makes astronauts lose their sense of smell (and start resembling cartoon characters because of the lack of gravity), causing astronauts to really like hot sauce and spicy things. [NPR]

Health
• Jimmy John's has pulled sprouts from its menu after customers were sickened by E. coli. We won't miss them. [NRN]

Chefs
• Charlie Trotter reveals exactly why he's going back to school — to answer "the God question." "How do he or she exist? And how does it matter? What is it all about? The theme that I have in mind is to compare Nietzsche and Dostoevsky." [BusinessWeek]

Industry
• Jamba Juice has acquired Talbott Teas, which means the juice company will be doing the exact opposite of Starbucks. [BusinessWire]

• Taco Bell has introduced a new slogan, "Live Más," with "más" being Spanish for "more." We imagine that their version of living more involves the Doritos Locos Taco. [NRN]

New Products
• Mickey D's has introduced Fish McBites in select locations, just in time for Lent. How thoughtful! [GrubGrade]

Presidential Foods
• A Nebraska woman is auctioning off a McDonald's Chicken McNugget that resembles George Washington's profile. The first bid to come through was $100. [Sioux City Journal]

Coffee to Go
• Introducing Ashes to Go, when priests stand outside a Starbucks to give ashes on Ash Wednesday. [CT Post]