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The skinny: Squirrels have teeny carbon footprints

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Squirrels have teeny carbon footprints

Melany Vorass of Seattle, Wash., is a locavore, meaning she prefers to eat food from very close to where she lives. And for the purposes of why that is news that would rise to the level of media attention, what Vorass gets a lot of in her area is squirrels, reports the Seattle Times. They come right into her front yard all the time, so there is zero carbon footprint in trapping them. She got the idea when she saw a recipe for squirrel in an old — probably really old — edition of the Joy of Cooking. The City Council says Vorass isn't breaking any laws, but added that she can't serve squirrel should she choose to open a restaurant. It was not immediately clear if she had any reason to think that was a good idea.

Food in nude

Order a salad, and hold the dressing

Never, ever go through the drive through of a McDonald's if you're naked. First of all, those french fries get everywhere. And there is no where to tuck a napkin to avoid dribbling ketchup or any number of special sauces down your chest as you drive. Also, it's totally illegal, as a couple in Galesburg, Ill., found out this week. The 19-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were still in the parking lot when police arrived at the scene, but by then they were trying to cover up. They were arrested on public indecency charges and ordered to appear in court, entirely clothed. WGIL-AM reports that the offenders admitted to police that it was a bad idea, but thought it was hilarious.

Uniform change bad for business

Sales are way down at Restaurant Les Princesses d'Hochelaga in Montreal. And tips are way down. The breakfast joint has been really popular in the 11 years since its female wait staff went to a uniform that included see-through skirts and nothing else. But owner Raynald Morissette broke down and bought new, opaque outfits, including tops, for his staff after giving up a seven-year fight against city hall. "Before, when it was topless service, we made more money because there were more customers, especially tourists," an unidentified server told CTV News. Her evidence was anecdotal, though, so who knows. But it is hard to argue with the logic.

The spinners

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel to fame

The United Synagogue Youth wanted to call attention to its organization, and what better way to do than than to get 900 teenagers together on the last day of Hanukkah and set a world record for most dreidels spinning at once in a single place. "It's just a great way to show Jewish living, Jewish life," convention director Karen Stein told the Philadelphia Daily News. They were out to beat the old record of 541, set by a group in Cherry Hill, N.J., in 2005. It's going to take Guinness a couple of months to verify the record. We'll be waiting.

Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Squirrels have teeny carbon footprints 12/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 30, 2011 9:47pm]
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