Sunday, January 24, 2010

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Brits think bacon comes from sheep
A survey of British youngsters suggests 26 percent of the country's under-16 population erroneously believe bacon comes from sheep.
The survey of 800 children and adults, conducted for the Home Grown Cereals Authority and the National Farmers' Union, also suggests 29 percent of youngsters believe oats grow on trees and 17 percent of both children and adults are under the false impression that eggs are a necessary ingredient in bread.
"Everyone should know where primary foods like cereals are grown and the role they play as part of a healthy, balanced diet," said Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers' Union. "More than half the food consumed in the U.K. is produced on British farms, yet the public, and especially young people, are unable to make this connection."
Man Arrested at Wal-Mart for Urinating on Steaks
An Ohio man is in jail after police arrested him on charges of urinating on a meat counter at a Wal-Mart store.
Robert T. Jenkins, 21, of Canton, Ohio, walked up to the meat counter and began urinating on the steaks. The disorderly conduct destroyed more than $600 dollars in meat.
Jenkins was charged with felony vandalism and disorderly conduct.
It's just a powdered donut, turns out to be cocaine
When officers pulled a 21-year-old Knoxville woman over on Airport Highway in Alcoa early Thursday, she allegedly told officers it was a powdered donut she was eating when they came to the window.
But a field test on the substance indicated the white powder she put in her mouth was not from a sugary pastry, but, rather, was cocaine, according to an Alcoa police report. Whitney Alison Holte was arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule II substance with intent to sell or deliver and three attachments for contempt; she was also cited with driving on a suspended driver's license, driving without proof of insurance, failure to maintain her lane of traffic and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Candy Leads to Arrest
Two New York men were jailed and held for almost a week after two police officers mistook a bag of candy for crack, authorities said.
"Sweet happens," a police source as say unapologetically of the mistake.
After Jose Pena and Cesar Rodriguez had gone into a liquor/convenience store to buy their usual coconut candy, two cops waiting outside asked to search their minivan.
"I said 'Go search.' I even opened the door," Rodriguez said.
One officer rummaged around found a "Hello Kitty" sandwich bag with a crumbled substance inside, shouted "Bingo!"
The two plumbers were handcuffed and taken into custody even though the cops could have realized their mistake on the spot, the men's lawyer told the Post.
"That's the reason why they have a field-test kit," Neal Wallerstein said.
Pena was released after three days in custody and Rodriguez after five, the Post said.
"I didn't know having candy was a crime," Rodriguez said.

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