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A Train Carrying Corn Spilled All Over the Track and Made a Golden Road

A railway car carrying corn spilled its contents over a stretch of approximately 2,000 ft in Crystal, Minnesota. The corn spilled from a train on the Canadian Pacific line and it has been estimated that roughly 900 bushels of grain spilled. A photo by Mike Parker was shared on Twitter where it quickly went viral, drawing comparisons to the yellow brick road from the Wizard of Oz. Photograph by Mike Parker As the image spread, people were immediately skeptical. The corn spilled too smoothly and perfectly; where were the animals?…

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Plant-based milk substitute market gets frothy with $225 million for Califia Farms

The market for companies developing dairy substitutes is really getting frothy. In December, the startup Perfect Day Foods announced it had raised $110 million in financing for its dairy replacement and now Califia Farms, the producer of a range of oat and almond milk products (along with a slew of coffees, juices, and non-dairy snacks) has raised $225 million in fresh financing. Investors in the round include the Qatar Investment Authority, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek, Canada’ Claridge, and Hong Kong-based Green Monday Ventures (among others). For Temasek, the deal…

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The Way This Guy is Fishing is Fascinating

The video just kept going and I just kept watching. Goat for scale. I wasn’t able to track down the original source and the reddit post was vague on additional information. However it appears to be somewhere in Mongolia. If I’m lost in the wilderness I want this guy (and his goat sidekick) with me! If the video above isn’t working, try the embedded one below. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/guy-goes-ice-fishing-with-goat-and-spear/

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TikTok guy who cooks pasta aggressively called out for racist videos

A new user is making waves on TikTok. TikTokker itsqcps New Jersey persona recently elevated him to overnight fame. Videos of itsqcp aggressively preparing pasta have been making the rounds online, and have seen his follower count grow dramatically. His newfound popularity is at risk, however, after people online unearthed racist videos from the young TikTokker. It all started with the first episode of The Angry New Jersey Cooking Show. Itsqcp, a North Carolina native, uploaded a simple video of himself, adorned in a white tank and apron, forcefully explaining…

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Baby Yoda Raspberry Pie

Professional baker Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, better known as @thepieous, presents her amazing ‘Raspbaby Yoda Pie‘, which honestly looks too adorable to eat (almost). For those curious, Jessica bakes the top crust separately on a cookie sheet and then places the finished ‘crusty art’ on the base pie as soon as it comes out of the oven with a cake lifter. The heat from the base pie fuses the two pieces together. As for keeping the top crust cold, long enough to do all the artwork, Jessica works on flexible cutting…

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‘I wont be able to have healthy food’: millions of Americans to lose lifeline as Trump cuts food stamps

The Trump administration is rolling out new rules that will reduce Snap benefits, and make millions of Americans ineligible to receive them When James Fauntleroy lost his sales job in the summer he quickly found his social security disability benefits did not provide enough to live on. So he turned to a vital lifeline relied upon by many Americans on hard times food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap). Fauntleroy, 35, initially received an approval letter, which noted he would receive $197 a month starting immediately.…

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Inside the restaurant serving up second chances for ex-prisoners

Edwins restaurant trains former inmates in cooking and hospitality in an attempt to inspire confidence and break the cycle of re-offending Its 9am and theres a hush in the kitchen of Edwins restaurant on the east side of Cleveland. Apples are stewing gently on the stove, filling the room with unctuous aromatic promises. Suddenly, the back door bursts open and a tall man with a shock of white hair rushes in dressed in jogging gear. The calm is shattered as Edwins transforms into a vortex of energy that barely ceases…

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Kamala Harris and Mindy Kaling’s Indian cooking melted my heart and made me cringe

As Harris struggles to protect her flagging campaign, its clear why turning to Kaling, and dosas, is important I have a complicated relationship with Mindy Kaling. Ill watch pretty much everything she makes, and eagerly, but not without disappointment. While her more recent productions exclusively by white writers and producers. I feel similarly about presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who is black and Indian. On the one hand, Harris gave me goosebumps when she took Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general, dialogue with then supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. On the…

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Amazing Coordinated Dive Bombing by a Flock of Blue-Footed Boobies

To catch their prey, blue-footed boobies can dive deeper than 20m and for longer than 30 seconds, but their dives usually are rather shallow and short. They plunge into the water from as high as 100m. Filmed by Debbie Vidler Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/coordinated-dive-bombing-by-flock-of-blue-footed-boobies/

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Legendary Canadian bartender’s dying wish was for toes to garnish cocktails

Captain Dick Stevenson requested all 10 of his toes be donated for use in the sour toe whiskey cocktail he invented The final wish of a Canadian man that all of his toes be donated to be used in a a spate of toe thefts. The hotel now slaps a fine of C$2,500 ($1,900) on any patron attempting to swipe a toe. The hotel currently has six toes, including three Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/sour-toe-cocktail-canadian-bartender-captain-dick-dying-wish

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Meet the Farmer Behind the Carolina Reaper, the Hottest Pepper in the World

PuckerButt Pepper Company founder Ed Currie is on a mission to create the world’s hottest peppers. Ed is the evil genius who brought the world the Carolina Reaper, one of the hottest hot peppers in existence; but he’s not stopping there. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/meet-the-farmer-behind-the-carolina-reaper/

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Pressure grows on British chefs after New York bans foie gras

Restaurateurs and MPs are turning against the delicacy after years of intense animal rights protests Diners at Ottos know what to expect. Roasted duck flambed in brandy and carved at the table. Lobster bisque, concass. Escargots la bourguignonne. And the epitome of French fine dining, foie gras. As the maitre d applies himself to constructing an order of tartare de boeuf, Otto Tepasse, the proprietor, considers whether is unnecessary, but in France, where 98% of the foie gras eaten in Britain is made, a pt can only be called foie…

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How to eat: Neapolitan-style pizza

Its rise is a boon for British food. But how do you eat this notoriously floppy item? Knife and fork? Slice? Or, as the hardcore insist, folded like a crepe? The rise of Neapolitan-style pizza, soft, pliable and blast-cooked to perfection in under 90 seconds, is the best thing to happen to British food in the past decade. Those slow-proved bases blistered with delicious char, topped with sweet San Marzano tomato pulp and a modest layer of imperious ingredients, are frequently incredible the most fun you can have with food…

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