The James Weird Awards: Coca-Cola Trickery, Bin Laden Buns, and 362 Pizza Slices


The world of strange food news seemed to take a breather over the holiday weekend, but trust us, weird stuff still happened, from the girl who milked dates for fancy dinners to reports of Craisins laced with metal. We've got a rundown of the rest of the week's oddities in the James Weird Awards, straight ahead.

• A can of Natural Light, tucked inside a vacuum-sealed Styrofoam spaceship called the Aluminum Fullcan, became the first beer to be launched into space after two fans approached the company with the idea. The can's oddly beautiful journey over 90,000 feet in the air can be seen on YouTube. [HuffPo]

• A man who brandished a handgun in an altercation with an employee in a McDonald's drive-through line managed to flee the scene before police arrived. Later that evening — after committing an unrelated crime nearby — he made the wise choice of returning to the same McDonald's, where he was quickly arrested. [HuffPo]

• In an allegedly non-political marketing ploy, bakers in Malawi have dubbed their bread rolls "bin Laden buns." The naming device proved so popular that other bakeries have named treats and breads after figures such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama. [CNN]

• A Brooklyn man has reached the end of a two-and-a-half-year quest to sample the goods at every single-slice pizza joint in Manhattan. Of the 362 pizzerias he targeted, 75 served slices worthy of a "good" or "great" ranking. The secret to a satisfying slice? "You need that grease!" [WSJ]

• South African fast-food chain Nando's came under fire this week for its latest series of commercials, in which a somber Robert Mugabe dreams of fun times frolicking and playing games with his deceased dictator friends, including Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein. The cheeky, wildly inappropriate imagery is meant to advertise the restaurant's six-person megameal. [HuffPo]

• Fans of soda giant Coca-Cola were riled up when the brand had the audacity to release its signature soda in seasonal all-white cans, which are apparently hard for consumers to distinguish from silver Diet Coke cans. Hasn't the company learned not to get in the way of the caffeine dependency it has helped to cultivate? [WSJ]