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'Grinch' Cop Gives Speeders 2 Options: Ticket or an Onion

Col. Lou Caputo uses unusual method to get Florida Keys motorists to slow down

(Newser) - Several motorists who were speeding through an elementary school zone on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway recently received an odorous onion as a reminder to slow down from a county sheriff's deputy dressed as the Grinch. Col. Lou Caputo, a 37-year veteran of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office...

You May Need to Throw Out Your Onions
You May Need to
Toss Your Onions

You May Need to Toss Your Onions

Salmonella outbreak has sickened more than 650 so far

(Newser) - Have any whole red, white, or yellow onions without a sticker or packaging in your cupboard? The CDC says you should throw them out. A salmonella outbreak linked to imported onions has so far sickened more than 650 people, including at least 129 who were hospitalized, the New York Times...

Facebook Rejects Onion Ad for Very Unexpected Reason

Algorithm deemed innocent ad 'overtly sexual'

(Newser) - A Canadian company trying to sell onion seeds was surprised to find that Facebook rejected its ad. The bigger surprise came over the reason: Facebook declared that the accompanying image was "overtly sexual," reports the BBC . However, no scantily clad model was involved. Instead the ad showed whole...

Culprit in New Salmonella Outbreak: Red Onions

Nearly 400 Americans sickened in outbreak linked to Calif. company

(Newser) - Federal health officials say an outbreak of salmonella infecting nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and identified a California company as the likely source. The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement on Friday that Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif....

Red Onions May Have Knack for Fighting Cancer
Potential Cancer Fighter
in the Pantry: Red Onions
new study

Potential Cancer Fighter in the Pantry: Red Onions

Especially ones from Ontario, suggests new study

(Newser) - Have an appetite for onions? Your body could be benefitting in ways scientists are just beginning to understand. In the latest study on what may well be a superfood, scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, report in the journal Food Research International that red onions in particular...

Diner Pulls Down Pants in Outburst Over Onions

Yuba Sharma is jailed on charges including terroristic threats

(Newser) - A Michigan man, apparently upset because his food included onions, is jailed on charges he made drunken threats to shoot the owner of a Pittsburgh restaurant before exposing himself, reports the AP . Police say 43-year-old Yuba Sharma ate at All Indiana restaurant on Monday night and then returned Tuesday to...

Why Chopping Onions Makes You Cry

Slicing into one is the equivalent of attacking it, and they want us to stop

(Newser) - Onions are notorious for making us weep, but why? Scientists say they now have a pretty good understanding of what's going on, reports NPR in an interview with chemist and author Eric Block. It turns out the vegetable has "evolved a chemical defense system" in an attempt to...

Why Australians Are Putting Onions Outside

So long, Prime Minister Tony Abbott

(Newser) - This is no trick about keeping veggies fresher: Australians are putting their onions outside—and snapping photos of them—to pay tribute to their prime minister, who will soon be prime minister no longer. Tony Abbott, who ousted Liberal Party leader Malcolm Turnbull in 2009, has now been ousted by...

Never Give These Foods to Your Pet

Grapes, avocados, cookies are dangerous for dogs, cats

(Newser) - You may have heard that you shouldn't give chocolate to your dog—but how about grapes? Or sugar-free gum? Alternet lists eight foods that humans may consume, but pets definitely shouldn't:
  1. Sugar-free treats like gum, which contain xylitol. The sugar alcohol is extracted from fruits and vegetables to

Theft of Kids' Onions Has Happy Ending

As does the theft of other kids' pumpkins

(Newser) - What started out as a lousy lesson for a fifth-grade class in Maine has turned into a nice one instead. As the Morning Sentinel reports, the lousy part is that somebody stole all 100 onions planted by the class. The kids were going to give them to the school cafeteria...

Worst Food Trends of the Decade
 Worst Food Trends 
 of the Decade 
check, please

Worst Food Trends of the Decade

From onion blossoms to overhyped chefs, these things need to go away

(Newser) - Asked to name the decade's worst dining trends, chefs and other food experts couldn't shut up. There were too many (including "mache, water sommeliers, organ-meat entrees, unisex bathrooms, bacon tattoos on chefs, over-flaunted kitchen burns, chefs tables") for Christopher Borrelli to list them all, but he...

Men Smell Like Cheese, Women Like Onion

Find an animal that smells like tomato and voila—pizza!

(Newser) - Working out at the gym may stimulate your appetite—or maybe it's the enticing scent of the person next to you. Sweaty men smell of cheese, and sweaty women smell like onion or grapefruit, New Scientist reports. Body chemistry accounts for the difference, say Swiss researchers who based their conclusions...

Don't Cry: Onions Reduce Heart Risk

Red wine, tea, and apples also thwart artery inflammation

(Newser) - Onions and red wine can help reduce the risk of heart disease, researchers say. Both, along with tea and apples, contain a type of flavonoid compound called quercetin, which stalls chronic inflammation of the arteries. In one case, a lower dosage of the compound actually had a larger effect, the...

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