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And in 'Other' Business News: Would You Eat 3,120 Calories of 'Food Porn'?

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Plus, female college students ask "daddies" for tuition money.

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This column covers the bizarre and offbeat business news you may have missed during the day.


Heart Attack on a Plate

The annual Xtreme Eating list published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, or CSPI, placed Cheesecake Factory's (NASDAQ:CAKE) Bistro Shrimp Pasta dish at the top. The foods on the list earn the dubious recognition of being "food porn," according to the consumer-focused nonprofit group that promotes healthier eating. The dish earned the top spot by cramming 3,120 calories, 89 grams of saturated fat, and 1,090 milligrams of sodium into the unlucky person's digestive tract.

CSPI Executive Director Michael Jacobson commented on the winners saying, "You'd think that the size of their profits depended on their increasing the size of your pants."

(Read the full story at Reuters.)


Will This Chef Be Out of a Job Soon?

McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has pushed to increase its presence in France by offering a McBaguette, which features ham, cheese, and potato, topped with lettuce and mayonnaise. The restaurant chain already counts France as its second-largest market after the US and aims to appeal to customers looking for a cheaper alternative as the country faces its highest unemployment rate in 13 years.

(See also: McDonald's Chicken Wings Don't Fly for This Reviewer.)

Veteran French chef Pierre Koffmann tasted the sandwich for Bloomberg Television and said, "I'm lovin' it. If I was hungry walking by, I'd buy it with pleasure."

He also did state, though, he prefers a baguette from a local baker.

Here's his full expert opinion for the next time you're ever in the City of Light:

"The garnish is good: There's plenty of salad and plenty of everything. The bread isn't a pure baguette because this one is shorter, but it's good bread. Not the top bread in Paris but it's good. I'm not disappointed by it."

(Read the full story at Bloomberg.)


What's That in My Food?

Last year, Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) caught a lot of flak when it became known that it used cochineal extract from crushed beetles to color its Strawberries & Creme Frappucino drinks.

(See also: Starbucks Admits Its Mistake in Hiding Use of Cochineal Beetle Extract.)

The Huffington Post provided a list of other ingredients that you may have not expected to find in everyday food items.

Did you know there may be sheep gland secretions in your chewing gum and bug secretions in your jelly beans and other sweets? Enjoy!

(Read the full story at the Huffington Post.)


Love... Sort Of

Entrepreneurial women have turned to "sugar daddies" to help finance their steep college expenses. SeekingArrangement.com released a list of their 20 fastest growing "sugar baby colleges," and the list contains prominent institutions, such as Columbia University, Michigan State University, Tulane University, Temple University, and UCLA. The sugar babies earned on average $3,000 in allowances and gifts from their wealthy patrons.

The sugar daddies often investment more into than just the monthly allowance. They want to look the part, and these men may splurge on luxury apparel. In particular, many see high-priced luxury watches as a golden aphrodisiac. It worked well for this guy at least..."[The girls] will cheer and wave when they see my big watch," he laughs. "It's right out of a rap video!"

As financial-sector bonuses return, increasing numbers of men have spent extravagantly on the watches.

(Read the full story at the Huffington Post and the New York Post.)


Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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