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According to Asahi News, McDonald’s will only serve small size fries in Japan.

This is a crisis of epic proportions.

Apparently, there’s a labor contract dispute going on in ports along the U.S. West Coast, which means that McDonald’s in Japan can’t get potatoes it needs to make the fries. Hence, smaller fry offerings at McDonald’s locations throughout Japan. Meals that typically come with medium fries will now be 50 yen cheaper.

One day you’re having fry parties and filling up colossal titan buckets and the next day you’re in the midst of a tiny fry nightmare.

(via Kotaku)

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If you grew up in the ’90s then you’ll remember French Toast Crunch. The miniature take on everybody’s favorite kind of toast was a big hit back then, but General Mills sadly discontinued it in 2006. However, nostalgia is big bucks these days and the public demanded the cereal’s return. So General Mills is making it happen. Select locations already have the cereal in stock, but French Toast Crunch will be making its triumphant return to grocery stores nationwide sometime towards the end of January 2015.

Waylon Good, General Mills’ marketing manger, noted that consumers were practically clamoring for the cereal to be brought back to grocery store shelves over the past few years:

“We have been overwhelmed by the consumer conversations, requests and passion for the cereal to come back,” he said. “We value our fans and are so excited to be able to bring it back for them.”

Are you looking forward to being able to pick up a box of French Toast Crunch? I know I am!

(Time via FoodBeast)

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Staying healthy and eating right is important, but sometimes, people get a little too nit picky. Case in point: a small Chinese restaurant in San Francisco named SO shut down for a day because customers were hassling the owner about his food. Eater revealed that one employee mentioned that the owner shut down because one dining party had refused to pay their bill because their food was “too spicy.” Another customer cursed out the owner, as well.

“He needed to cool off,” says the employee of the owner. “He was frustrated and stressed out, and he’s the cook, so we can’t run the restaurant without him. We closed up early, and he put up the sign.”

SO is back up and running, but was the sign too much? Or do you understand his frustration?

(via FoodBeast)

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Krispy Kreme UK recently unveiled a donut lover’s wet dream in the form of the Double Hundred Dozen, a 2,400 pack of original glazed glory that will be part of the company’s new “Occasions” offerings for large events. As expected from the photo above and after the jump, packing and delivering the Double Hundred Dozen is an ordeal requiring eight Krispy Kreme staff members and a box measuring over 3.5 meters long and just under a meter tall (that’s roughly 11.5 x 3ft for the metric impaired).

The company is currently holding a contest that will award one lucky business with a Double Hundred Dozen for an upcoming event (enter by tweeting @krispykremeUK about an upcoming #BigOccasion with an #officename). For the rest of England, there doesn’t seem to be any indication of how many pounds this thing will cost – either in currency or on the scale.

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It might be a little hard to believe, but Pac-Man is getting his own restaurant. We don’t know much about the restaurant, which is going to be called Level 257, other than the following description: “Introducing a unique dining, entertainment & social experience inspired by PAC-MAN.

The restaurant is slated to open next year, and it will be located in the suburb of Schaumburg, just outside of Chicago. It will feature 40,000 square feet of space with a 300-seat suite, as well as cocktail lounges and a 16-lane bowling alley. Hopefully, they will have some old-school Pac-Man arcade games for diners to play too.

(Eater via Technabob)

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Mashable, the Sesame Workshop and Last Week Tonight have teamed to bring us one of the best newscasts we’ve seen in a long time.

You already know it’s going to be a blast when Cookie Monster and John Oliver host the news, but when you add special appearances and Cookie’s fixation with John’s tie, it’s a little slice of perfection.

To top it all off, they also recorded the outtakes. I highly suggest you not drink anything while you’re watching them.

You can see both videos after the break.

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The Lone Star tick is an annoying little bloodsucker that’s indigenous to the Midwest and the Eastern U.S. Its bite, believe it or not, has the unique side effect of turning its human victims into vegetarians.

Seriously.

Apparently this little guy contains a certain kind of sugar called Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal, that’s also found in red meat and some dairy products. When a person is bitten, that person’s immune system creates antibodies to that particular sugar, thus resulting in a mild or downright severe allergic reaction to meaty dishes. A doctor in Virginia noted that he sees “two to three new cases every week.” He also notes that some patients recover over time.

Now, I know this sounds crazy, but I’m thinking this might be a conspiracy between cows and ticks. I mean, it’s the only thing that makes sense, right? It has to be the work of the Illu-Moo-nati!

(NBC New York via FoodBeast)

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I think this week’s “unnecessary spending” award goes to one “uhcougars1151″ from Houston, Texas. Recently, the Redditor indulged in some imbibing and used Uber for a ride to a nearby bar@mdash;and when I say nearby, I mean that Google Maps estimated that the 82-foot journey would’ve taken approximately one minute to walk. Maybe longer if he kept stumbling and falling.

And the cost? Well, despite using the “25 percent off uberX this summer” deal, the total fare came to $4.28. He admits:

“After a night of fairly heavy drinking, I woke up to find I took a very unnecessary cab ride.”

Yeah, I think unnecessary is a bit of an understatement.

(Reddit via Gawker)

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Wow, I’m so glad I live in the 21st century. Sure, we might not have hover cars yet, but at least the world finally has chocolate etched with rainbow holograms!

The holograms weren’t made using any sort of added chemicals—they were actually created using a unique etching process that was developed by a Swiss design company, Morphotonix, and a German chocolate mould manufacturer.

Basically, the holograms are made by carving detailed microstructures onto a metal master mould, which is then used to make softer plastic moulds. Chocolate is poured into those plastic moulds, and the resulting etches carve specific microstructures that can defract light (security holograms on credit cards work in a similar fashion).

The process works with both milk and dark chocolate. Morphotonix began developing the hologram tech back in 2012, but there isn’t any word on when these chocolates or the moulds will be made available to the public.

(via Gizmodo)

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I’ve got some breaking cookie-related news for ya, folks. Apparently, fruit punch Oreos are a real thing now, and you can buy them at Walmart. According to Junk Food Guy, the cookies are hearty (70 calories per cookie), and the flavor really packs a “punch” (sorry). He was able to taste some of the cookies, and he described the creme as tasting vaguely like a cherry Starburst, and the actual cookie as tasting somewhat like cherry pie–although he warned that the flavor veered dangerously close to “cherry cough syrup territory.”

Eh, I don’t know about you guys, but I think I’m going to steer clear of this one. Cough syrup and cookies don’t mix in my book.

(Junk Food Guy via The Consumerist)