Spilled Skittles On A Rural Wisconsin Highway Open The Door To A Bigger Mystery

(PCM) One of the more odd happenings as of late is the report of a massive spillage of red Skittles candy on a rural Wisconsin Highway. Literally, thousands of only red colored Skittles littered the roadway! If that was not absurd enough, it was the Wisconsin sheriff’s comments about the incident on Facebook that led people to further scratch their heads in confusion.

It seems that the Skittles, which were being transported in a large cardboard box on the back of a flat-bed truck, were on their way to be delivered as food for cattle in the region. It was raining in the area that day and the cardboard box became wet causing it to give way and spill the load of Skittles all over the highway. It is said that the Skittles were set to become cattle food because they did not make the cut for human consumption and packaging for the company. In other words, they were a bunch of defective Skittles.

Mars, the parent company of the Skittles brand, claims that they had no idea that the defective Skittles were going to be fed to cattle and claim they are currently investigating the incident. They claim that the load of red Skittles was deemed defective due to a manufacturing glitch that prevented them from being stamped with the company’s signature white “s” and that is the reason they were shipped off.

We find it very hard to believe that the Mars company had no clue that these defective candies were being sold off for cattle food, as it is fairly common process due to government regulations regarding a farms corn crops. The regulations state that 40% of a farms corn crop must be put aside for the use of fuel and the rest of the crop can be split evenly between consumption for humans and animals. However, if a farm were to have a bad crop season for corn they have been forced to turn to alternative measures to feed their livestock, which includes the cattle, by giving them not only defective Skittles as in this particular case, but also gummy bears as well.

These foods are a cheaper alternative to corn and provide what many farmers call “cheap carbs” to bulk up their animals. It is not an uncommon practice for food manufacturers to sell off many of their defectives to companies that use them to create animal feed. The US Animal Defense Fund provides a list of which foods can be collected and made into animal scraps. It includes cookies, Fruit Loops, cereal, orange peels, dried fruit, taco shells, refried beans, cottonseed hulls, rice products, potato products, and peanut pellets to name a few with of course gummy bears and Skittles making that list as well!

Cattle farmers are often times willing to feed virtually anything they can get their hands on to their cattle and livestock as a way to replace the starch and sugar content that the animals typically receive through consuming corn-based feed.  It is certainly a scary thought for consumers, as it is growing more and more difficult to figure out exactly what we are eating ourselves after discovering some of these details regarding the both the farming and food industries.


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Hot New Wedding Trend Has Couples Faking The Cake

(PCM) Everyone knows that weddings can be tremendously expensive endeavors and one of the more costly items can be a fancy and elaborately decorated wedding cake. Some couples have reported spending upwards of $1,000 to $1,500 on their wedding cakes, however a hot new wedding trend involving cakes has quickly been gaining some steam.

Many couples are opting to “fake the cake” and ordering a “cake” that appears to be beautifully decorated with both icing and fondant, however the inside is nothing more than tiered and layers styrofoam. These styrofoam creations can be decorated using the very same materials such as icing and fondant and can be as elaborately decorated as the couple chooses, the only major difference is these cakes are certainly not edible and can literally save the couple thousands of dollars, as they only retail for about half the cost of a regular wedding cake.

Many may be wondering how these “fake cakes” work when dealing with the whole cake cutting ceremony and the solution is quite simple. Many of the “fake cakes” come with a pre-cut knife slit that allows the couple to pretend to cut the cake and for the cake in the face smashing picture another piece of pre-cut cake is brought out from the kitchen. Another way that it can be faked is to have only the top tier of the creation be made of real cake which can be cut and enjoyed by the couple.

We all know that after the cake cutting ceremony the cake is rushed off into the kitchen and cut down for the guests to enjoy. They will never know the difference if a less expensive sheet cake is cut down in the back and served as the popular wedding dessert. “Fake cakes” work for events other than weddings as well. They are often ordered for bat mitzvahs, sweet sixteen party’s and corporate events. It is a wonderful cost saver and no one can ever tell the difference. No you can have the cake of your dreams, but not necessarily eat it too!

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Customers Rally Behind A Teen Girl Who Was Fat-Shamed At Her Job

(PCM) Coldstone Creamery customers across the nation are rallying to show their support for a teen employee who was recently fat-shamed by an incredibly rude customer at her work place.

19-year old Justine Elwood works at the Coldstone Creamery location in Layton, Utah and was utterly shocked with a customer entered the store with her two young children and after placing their order proceeded to very harshly body-shame Elwood directly to her face.

As Elwood was serving the customer she very rudely said something along the lines of “If you eat too much ice cream, you’ll look like her” referencing Elwood’s weight to her children. Yeah, mother of the year goes to that one right there! (NOT!)

However, just body-shaming Elwood to her face was not enough for this customer. She had to take things a step further and put an incredibly offensive Yelp review of the Coldstone Creamery location further fat-shaming Elwood claiming she was “disgustingly obese” and that she made the customers “appetite disappear”.

The offending Yelp review has since been taken down, however not before Elwood’s mother was able to capture a screen shot of the posting. Since the story broke people all across the nation have been leaving comments to show their support for Elwood and leaving 5-star reviews of the Coldstone Creamery location.

The offending Yelp review read:

Coldstone has been one of our favorite places to go as a family and enjoy quality ice cream, specifically the Layton location. Unfortunately, I have had a specifically unsatisfying experience the last few times we have come into the store. One of their female employees Jessie? Jennifer? J something, although she does her job, and is very polite, instantly makes my appetite disappear. I understand the need to hire bias free, but when someones looks [sic] interfere with my experience at an establishment I can’t help but complain. As a mother I don’t like my children thinking they will look that way by eating too much ice cream.Overall a good establishment with fast service, and delightful treats. We love Coldstone, just not all the employees.

Here are a few of the supportive comments Elwood has been receiving online:

It is truly wonderful to see that people are still willing to stand-up for one another especially during the holiday season. We certainly feel Elwood is a beautiful young lady and needs to keep her head held high and ignore the ugliness of others.

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McDonald’s Accidentally Takes A ‘Cheeky’ Approach With Holiday Cup Design

(PCM) Food and beverage retailers across the nation have been revealing their holiday cup designs. Many seem to be in competition with one another to see which design receives the most popular customer feedback and which better encompasses the holiday spirit.

McDonald’s may have just accidentally caused all of our minds to head straight to the gutter when checking out the “cheeky” new design on the holiday beverage cups. It is certainly stirring up quite a bit of controversy.

Many people (ourselves included) feel that what is supposed to be a pair of mittens featured on the cup actually more closely resembles a persons derriere. Of course the internet is now having a ball with this and we seriously have no idea how this design passed the final sign off from the McDonald’s corporation.

So far the company has yet to respond to the controversy, but something tells us that these slightly NSFW cups will quickly become a ghost of Christmas past!

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Amazon Go Brings New Definition To Grab And Go Shopping, Literally!

(PCM) Amazon has recently revealed that they are currently in the testing phase for a completely new type of shopping experience. The company unveiled Amazon Go which will act much the same as your typical brick and mortar grocery store, however there is one major difference. There will be absolutely no check-out process. Pretty much you just walk in, grab the stuff you want and walk out. Sounds pretty nice, right? We can only imagine a store with no lines and no cashiers. It is definitely going to be the retail model for the future, so long as Amazon is able to work out all the kinks. 

Thus far there is only one working location operating in a beta phase in Amazon’s home base of Seattle, Washington. The 1800 square foot location has all the grocery store basics such as bread, milk, cheese, prepared snacks and fresh meals. The company claims that you will only need the Amazon Go app to enter the store and then just start shopping, it’s really that simple. Currently, Amazon Go is available only to Amazon employees in the beta testing phase, with the public launch date set for early 2017. The company says they plan to open nearly 2,000 store across the country if the testing turns out to be a success. In fact, they are even looking at drive-thru shopping options as well. 

Amazon is calling the technology “Just Walk Out Shopping” and it supposedly uses computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning to allow the shopping process to work properly. The store will be equipped with multiple cameras and use RFID technology to be able to tell just what items a customer is picking up. We had questions such as what would happen if we accidentally dropped a jar of spaghetti sauce and it broke, would we still be charged? Also, what happens if we changed our mind about an item and placed it back in the wrong section of the store? More than likely Amazon has answers for these scenarios, but we will just have to wait to see how it plays out. 

Wired Magazine questioned some retail experts about the plausibility of Amazon’s supposed plan for Amazon Go Stores and they claim that “Amazon’s advertised system is entirely plausible given the state of artificial intelligence, RFID, sensor and machine learning technologies today.” It appears they must have found a way to put all the pieces together in the correct way to make this work smoothly and efficiently. It is mind-blowing! 

Check out the video below:

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Christmas Candy Cane Crafts

Christmas Candy Cane Crafts

A single simple candy cane was once a precious holiday treat. Talented mothers could make them with considerable time and trouble for appreciative toddlers.

Now, they come in various colors, sizes, and colors, but candy canes remain a central symbol of the Christmas season. Legend has it that candy sticks were given to children to keep them quiet during Christmas religious services until a candy maker started to shape them with a hook reminiscent of a shepherd’s crook.

But, what can you do besides lick your candy cane to your heart’s desire?

Here are just 5 ideas that put Candy Canes to good and novel use:

  • Crushed Mint: You can start by breaking your candy canes to bits. Slip a few small canes into a sandwich baggie and crush them into powder and chips.

You can use the crushed canes as a float on hot chocolate, a garnish on homemade fudge or brownies, or a topping on a serving of ice cream.

  • Candy Sleds: Using candy canes about 3” long, glue one to each side of the bottom of a flat candy bar. Stack additional miniature wrapped candy bars on the larger base bar, and glue them in place to look like a pile of gifts.

Top with a small bow, and you have individual Santa sleds loaded with candy that can be easily pulled apart.

  • Potted Canes: You can “grow” candy canes in a 6” terracotta flower pot. Fill the pot with enough shredded paper to support about ½” of crushed Oreo cookies.

Stand three or four 5” canes back to back to form a stem and blossom. Finish off with a holiday ribbon around the pot and again around the canes.

  • Candy Cane Candle: A 5” high pillar candle can quickly become a festive holiday centerpiece. According to the folks at SweetServices.com, you might order 6” candy canes in bulk.

You are going to glue the back of the canes to the candle with the bottom flat at the bottom and the curve pointed out towards you as you work. Adding a little glue to the side of the cane will help keep the next cane in place.

Surround the candle with the canes, and then wrap a holiday ribbon around the item and tie it in a bow. Purchasing a pine, cinnamon, or peppermint scented candle will add an aroma to the room.

You’ll need your glue and scissors plus burlap and green baker’s twine. Add two googly eyes and two red buttons (one smaller than the other) for each treat.

Place two 6” canes with the straight sides back to back and the curves point out. Glue them together. Wrap the canes snugly in a 4 ½” square of burlap and glue it firmly in a seam on the back side.

Add the eyes to the burlap two-thirds from the bottom and the red-nose at the bottom. (Glue the larger button first, and  then add the second.). Tie it up with the green twine just below the top of the burlap.

The candy tastes great, looks festive, and reminds you of holidays in the past. It is flavorful, colorful, and minty fresh. The Christmas season is your opportunity to give, eat, and craft your candy canes.

Author’s Bio

Michael F. Carroll

Title: Freelance writer at OutreachMama

Mike is a freelance contributor to OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through research, content copy, and white papers. He frequently writes about management, marketing, and sales with customized outreach for digital marketing channels and outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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