Leftovers: Hungry Black Holes, Kroger Chicken Controversy, and More


SPACE IS HUNGRY [Photograph: Courtesy NASA]

Not totally technically about human food, but do spend a few minutes reading this fascinating article on the snacking habits of black holes in outer space. The occasion? Astronomers are about to witness a black hole eating a giant gas cloud! "This is a rare opportunity to witness spoon-feeding of a black hole," said Avi Loeb, a theoretical astrophysicist at Harvard. "Will the black hole throw up or spit the gas out in the form of an outflow or a jet?" He went on to compare the experience for astronomers as exciting as it is for parents taking the first photos of their infant eating. —Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor

Caity Weaver's narrative coverage of the Paula Deen Cruise is so brilliantly hilarious that I found myself rationing it out over the course of an entire day in a desperate attempt to prolong its presence in my life. Hands down the funniest laugh-out-loud article I'ver read this year. Also smart, incisive, and marginally about food. —Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor

Those crystal skull vodka bottles finally have a purpose. Here's one used as the base for a forensic artist's facial reconstruction! —Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket operator, has been accused of deceiving customers with the labeling on its "Simple Truth" house brand of chicken. The claim is that by labeling the chicken as "humane" and "cage free," the supermarket is misleading customers, because as a matter of practice *all* chickens raised for meat consumption are technically cage free. It seems that Kroger is taking standard Perdue Farms chickens, throwing them in fancy packaging, and selling them for a premium price. Unfortunate and reprehensible, but not shocking in the slightest. —Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

Roughly 1 in 5 pubs in England have closed in the last decade, but there's finally something being done about it. New legislation will allow pubs to be designated "assets of community value", which means they'll be more protected from demolition and from real estate agents that would buy them and turn them into something else. That deserves a cheers.—Carrie Vasios Mullins, Sweets Editor

Radiohead's Kid A is one of my favorite albums of all time (hey, I was a moody teenager) so you'd think I'd be thrilled about a planned 10-course meal based on the record in Detroit. Thing is, if you've ever paid attention to the lyrics you know that they are TERRIFYING. Would you like examples? Here you go: 'vultures circling the dead,' 'everyone has got the fear,' and, let us not forget, 'we got heads on sticks.' No thanks." —Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Editor

Get to know artist Hawk Krall, creator of our Hot Dog of the Week column (and bagillion awesome hot dog illustrations), in this recent interview from Mass Appeal.

This essay from Nathan Thornburgh offers a taste of Cook it Raw in Charleston.—Maggie Hoffman, Drinks and Senior Editor