The James Weird Awards: Exploding Churros, Fast-Food Foie Gras, and Ice Cream Messes


We learned some fun, weird things this lazy holiday week. For example, it’s more dangerous to walk when drunk than it is to drive when drunk. And did you know that people are so desperate for caffeine that they want to inhale it like air, skipping the joys of coffee and soda altogether? For more year-end food randomness, check out the James Weird Awards, straight ahead.


• A 19-year-old suspected of stealing a woman’s bicycle and breaking into a second woman’s home told Chicago police the last thing he remembers is drinking marshmallow vodka. [HuffPo]

• A publisher in Chile has been ordered by the country’s Supreme Court to pay $125,000 to thirteen people who were badly burned by hot oil after they attempted to make churros based on a recipe published in the La Tercera newspaper. Judges ruled that following the recipe exactly as published resulted in a high probability of the churros exploding when the oil reached the recommended temperature. [AP]

• Wendy’s marked its return to the Japanese market this week with a new premium menu, featuring a $17 foie gras burger, a truffle and porcini grilled chicken sandwich, and an avocado wasabi burger — items that might sound appetizing if they weren’t on a fast-food menu. [Eataku via Eatocracy/CNN]

• An Edy’s ice cream delivery truck tipped over on an interstate on-ramp in Indiana, spilling 40,000 pounds of the sweet stuff across the road. Cleanup efforts took six hours. [HuffPo]