reuters.com – by Isla Binnie – Fried cow’s brains might not be to everyone’s taste, but more people may sample the Florentine specialty now that Italy’s art capital has ordered food outlets in the city center to sell mostly local produce. Florence is the latest Italian tourist destination to adopt the mantra “you are what you eat”, and is requiring shops and restaurants to make sure that 70 percent of their food comes from the surrounding region. “We are seeing an unstoppable distortion in our cultural heritage, of which food is a part,” Mayor Dario Nardella wrote on his Facebook page. “A restaurant opens every week in Florence, not to mention minimarkets and Asiamarkets,” he said, apparently referring to food and drink shops often run by immigrants and open all hours.
smithsonianmag.com – By Jason Daley – The English language has a few limitations. One such problem is describing size—words like big, humongous and immense don’t come close to describing the objects astronomers are discovering in deep space. There are definitely no words to describe their latest find, dubbed the BOSS Great Wall, which is a supercluster of galaxies over 1 billion light years across, making it the largest structure observed in the universe so far.
wzaz.com – CHARLESTON, W.Va. – By Nathan Takitch – In the weeks after passing a bill, allowing West Virginians to drink raw milk, one delegate brought the drink in to celebrate and, eventually, several lawmakers have gotten sick. Some lawmakers say it’s just a coincidence and a stomach bug is going around. But, now, health officials are planning on looking in to how this all started. An anonymous complaint is in at the state Department of Health and Human Resources. And now, state health officials have to investigate why at least one person is saying the raw milk was given illegally and got these lawmakers sick.
adage.com – By E.J. Schultz – Dos Equis is replacing the actor who plays the Most Interesting Man in the World as the beer brand makes major changes to what is widely viewed as one of the best ad campaigns of the 21st century. Jonathan Goldsmith, who has played the character since the campaign launched in 2006, is making a final appearance in an ad that debuts Thursday evening. The 77-year-old actor is shown headed for a one-way trip to Mars, leaving the impression that the character will never come back.
nationalreview.com – by David French – In hindsight, it is remarkable the extent to which Republican officeholders, donors, voters, and candidates have simply refused to face facts. This was excusable for a time. Donald Trump’s rise was so unexpected, so startling, and so counter to the normal rules of politics that one can be forgiven for expecting that he would fade — at least initially. Last night, I scrolled through my old pieces about Trump, and — yes — early on I actually compared him to Herman Cain, one of last cycle’s flash-in-the-pan candidates. I was wrong, embarrassingly wrong.
popsci.com – By Mary Beth Griggs – Of all the weirdness in the universe, fast radio bursts (FRBs) are among the weirdest. Sure, possible (probably not) alien megastructures might beat them in an astrophysical brawl, but FRBs are really strange. How strange are they? Well, they are intense bursts of radio waves only last for an instant (thousandths of a second), only 20 of them have ever been noticed, and we’ve only potentially pinpointed the galaxy of origin for one of those 20 or so FRBs. Adding to their mysterious allure, that last location is currently a hot topic of debate. We basically have no idea what they are, or where they come from. For a long time, scientists thought they might be caused by explosions or collisions of distant stars. Then, one of the FRBs got put on repeat. Usually, an FRB only happens once, a single burst coming from an unknown part of the sky, but in a paper published this week in Nature researchers found a repeating sequence of a total of 10 FRBs.
latimes.com – David G. Savage – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his decade-long silence Monday and asked several questions during an oral argument about whether people should lose their right to carry a gun because of a domestic violence conviction. Thomas took the side of a Maine man who lost his right to own a gun after he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge and paid a $200 fine. Speaking near the end of an hour-long argument, Thomas pressed a government lawyer to cite another example of where the law permanently “suspends” a citizen’s constitutional right based on a misdemeanor conviction. He was referring to the 2nd Amendment right to have a gun. No one would lose their 1st Amendment to right to speak or publish a book because of a misdemeanor conviction, he said.
washingtonpost.com – By Jose A. DelReal – FORT WORTH, Tex. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday received the high-profile endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a stunning blow to the four remaining Republican White House hopefuls who are urgently hoping to stymie the billionaire’s path to the nomination. “I’ve gotten to know all the people on that stage, and there is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the strong leadership that it needs, both at home and around the world, than Donald Trump,” Christie said during a press conference with Trump here in Fort Worth.
mirror.co.uk – By Jessica Haworth – A fast food lover has traveled the globe in search of the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful dishes McDonald’s has to offer. James McGowan is the face behind a popular food blog, Traveling McD’s. He reviews the different variations in the restaurants across the globe and ranks them on taste, look and overall satisfaction.
James, a software developer from Canada, has eaten at McDonald’s in 53 different countries – and hopes to try even more. Among the delicacies James picked up was the McChocolate Potato from Japan – in other words, chocolate covered chips. The odd combination was on sale in Sapparo, where the white chocolate and dark chocolate topping was a popular choice.
latimes.com – By Ben Poston – Actor Jonathan Goldsmith is known to millions as “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” but the bearded pitchman for Dos Equis beer has been given a very different label by his former manager: “The Least Honorable Man in the Entertainment Business.” In papers filed recently in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Goldsmith fired back at his former advisors, calling one agent in particular “a failed C-list actor who appears in ‘D’ movies” and “a failed personal manager.” The name-calling stems from a breach of contract lawsuit filed against Goldsmith by the Gold Levin Talent agency in October.