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Fried Kool-Aid Balls! And Can Calorie-Counting Really Lead to a Longer Life?

• The latest battered sensation to inspire awe and wonder? Deep-fried Kool-Aid balls. What will they fry next?! [Gawker]

• Could the recent E. coli epidemic and other food outbreaks be prevented if we just irradiated the hell out of everything? Why don’t we? The answer dates back to the Cold War era. [LAT]

• An upcoming NIH study might shed even more light on the question of whether cutting calories long-term can not only make us fabulously skinny but also extend lifespan. [Daily Beast]

• A Yoplait yogurt ad has been taken off the air after eating-disorder groups claimed the television spot mocked an unhealthy line of thinking: “I’ve been good today. I deserve [cheesecake].” [Week]

• Former Pizza Hut president Herman Cain was elected Mayor of Dallas. Here’s hoping he can deliver on his reputation. [Gawker]

Fried Kool-Aid Balls! And Can Calorie-Counting Really Lead to a Longer Life?