Category: Weirdness

  • 3 arrested in shopping cart prank

    “Police Tuesday announced the arrests of three people accused of hoisting a shopping cart atop a flagpole, which then fell and seriously injured a grocery store employee.”

  • List of grocery products that were commercial failures

    One example: “Funky Fries | Introduced in 2002, Ore-Ida’s frozen french fries were offered in new forms: chocolate-flavored, cinnamon-flavored, ring-shaped and colored blue. Promoted as ‘not what a potato is supposed to be,’ they were — perhaps inevitably — pulled from store shelves a year later, due to ‘disappointing’ sales.”

  • Inventor of the Week: James Jacob Ritty

    James Jacob Ritty, inventor of the first working version of a mechanical cash register, was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1837. Ritty was a barkeeper who opened his first saloon in 1871. In 1882 he opened the Pony House in Dayton, which quickly became a local ‘hotspot’ for dining, drinking, and gaming… One of the […]

  • Cooking For Engineers: Cooking Tests: Bacon (Part I)

    Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? Check out Cooking For Engineers… “Everyone’s got a favorite way of cooking bacon, but what’s the difference if I broil, fry, or microwave my bacon? Well, I tried to find out.”

  • Woman injured by falling grocery cart

    “When Ralphs employee Shantie Muraj prepared to raise the flag outside her store early Saturday she was hit on the head by a grocery cart pranksters had hoisted to the top of the flagpole, police said.”

  • Sausage shaped like a beer bottle

    Sausage shaped like a beer bottle Originally uploaded by jkottke. Noted without comment.

  • Ancient Shopping List Shows Early Man Really Loved Meat

    The Onion: “Ancient Shopping List Shows Early Man Really Loved Meat” (links to audio)

  • Just two items on this list: Diet Coke and Mentos

    “The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments: What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It’s amazing and completely insane.” Links to video — holy cow!

  • Of shopping lists and shoplifters

    “The three shopping lists below are scrawled on the back of business cards I find after we have a certain customer visit the store. Since I am not sure he is the same person who is named on the front of the cards or if he just has access to a large supply of them […]

  • Wal-Mart tops local police calls, sheriff’s office finds

    “Wal-Mart isn’t just the number-one retailer in the universe. It also leads the way in calls for help to local police. No west-county property generates more calls-for-service to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office than Wal-Mart on Northeast Highway 99, according to a sheriff’s report.”

  • Newcomers take to global grocery stage

    “Tesco and Wal-Mart are the undisputed champions of the international grocery market, but little-known fringe grocers may rise to eat into their margins over the next decade, says report.”

  • Food from Hell

    “This week, Hell’s food editor brings you an informative primer for properly stocking your pantry shelves in case a horde of hungry rednecks descends on your kitchen at feeding time. Contrary to popular belief, Rednecks are very picky eaters who stick unerringly to a limited diet of misspelled, highly-processed, cheap foods.”

  • Crackdown on wayward carts

    “It’s another enemy in the battle against urban ugliness: stolen shopping carts. The carts are strewn along roadsides, under bridges and in neighborhoods. Takers range from the homeless to the poor to the elderly. But never mind who made off with the carts. Local leaders are just sick and tired of seeing them. In theory, […]

  • Thief Rings Up $$ After Woman Leaves Wallet At Counter

    “A woman shopping at a Target store paid for her items and left. But she forgot her wallet at the checkout stand. Police say the customer behind her didn’t forget it, and picked it up and walked out with it. Within two hours, police said, $1,004.38 had been charged on one of the credit cards […]

  • A bad shopping day

    “When Newsline reporters went shopping, here are some of the stuff they bought off-the-shelf. These items, common in any household grocery list, had either expired, were very old or did not have any manufacturing or expiry date.”

  • Nutrition policy would ban some school foods

    “…regulations will ban from school campuses foods made with poultry, meat, fish, rice, eggs, seafood, mayonnaise and dairy products if they’re prepared in unlicensed facilities, like a kitchen at home. Dishes bought at the grocery store — a licensed facility — made with those ingredients would be permitted in school. While it could mean the […]

  • Gallery clerk hurls obscenities at students

    “A cashier at the Gallery Gourmet Market in the basement of Ivory Tower was detained Sunday night after University Police was called due to inappropriate remarks he made to customers. GW spokeswoman Tracy Schario said the man was ‘clearly very drunk.’ As of 9 p.m., the man was being detained by UPD until a relative […]

  • How the produce manager at my grocery store broke his arm

    “Here is a story: One day I got it in my head to make me some guacamole. Simple enough I thought, I’ll just head over to my local grocery store, with its assortment of produce, and pick up what I need. My stomach sent messages to my brain indicating its approval of the aforementioned plan. […]

  • The Museum of Food Anomalies

    What happens when your cereal looks like or Munch painting, or your funnel cake looks like a seahorse? It ends up here: “Welcome to the first exhibition of the Museum’s collection. We’ve selected a handful of defining works from the archives to supply a proper introduction to the Art of Food Anomalies without overwhelming one’s […]

  • Milk Bottle Of The Week

    “Here’s where you will find some of the world’s most bizarre, beautiful and sexy milk bottles. What’s more they’re delivered fresh to your desktop every week.”