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Double Stuf Oreo Comes Up Short

Another scandal is brewing in the world of food advertising. Dan Anderson’s high school consumer math class in upstate New York measured and found that Double Stuf Oreo cookies contain 1.86 times as much creme filling as regular Oreos—not "double" the amount, as a consumer would expect! Nabisco, who makes Oreo cookies, responded that their recipe does call for double the amount of creme filling in the Double Stuf cookies. One can imagine many packages of cookies being bought this weekend for at-home measurements. The class also found that Mega Stuf Oreos, a name that implies no actual precision, were 2.68 times the size of regular Oreos.

Police: Cable Outage Not an Emergency

Last Sunday night, Optimum cable in Norwalk, Connecticut, experienced a two-hour outage. This would have been ignored at any other time, but some subscribers who were suddenly missing the AMC show Breaking Bad panicked and called 911. The Fairfield Police Department was not amused, and took to Facebook with a statement telling viewers to call the cable company instead. The cable service returned just in time for the second showing of the new episode, and all was set right in Connecticut.

Dog Saves Cat with Blood Donation

Rory, a cat in Tauranga, New Zealand, was in sad shape after eating rat poison. In fact, he was dying. The only thing that could save him was a blood transfusion, which he got -from a dog.

It was Friday night and no labs were open to check his blood type, let alone get supplies. So vet Kate Heller sought advice and was told to try dog blood.

"I hadn't heard about it or read about it. It's not in any textbook," says Ms Heller.

Rory needed a donor fast. So Ms Edwards thought fast and phoned a friend in her book club.

"[I had] never heard of anything like that before. I thought she was joking," says Macy's owner, Michelle Whitemore.

But Rory desperately needed the 18-month-old Labrador. Macy was rushed to the vet where she donated 120ml of blood, and within an hour Rory the cat was saved.

A cat can only take a small amount of dog blood, but it was enough to dilute the poison. Three weeks later, Rory has recovered from the incident.

Chinese City to Fine Urinal Users for "Poor Aim"

A new policy in Shenzen, China, will levy fines against public urinal users with "poor aim." The regulation is in response to the filthy conditions of public toilets in the city. An official said, "Such uncouth use of a public toilet will be fined 100 yuan ($16) by authorities." The proposed city regulation does not specify the amount of "spillover" that will be grounds for violation. The news has been mocked on social media, as Sina Weibo forum members consider how many civil positions as "toilet inspectors" will have to be created to police the public facilities.

Single Men Change Sheets Four Times a Year

A UK survey found that while average single women change their sheets every two weeks, single men between the ages of 18 and 35 change their sheets, on average, about every three months. Which explains why they are single.

More than 20 percent of them said they "didn't see the need" to change the sheets more and 19 percent said they "didn't care" about changing them more.

Couples in relationships change their bed linen every 2.3 weeks, however that's not because men suddenly become more hygienic –– women reportedly are the sheet-changers in 81 percent of couples.

The study found that people between 35 and 50 tend to change sheets weekly. One would guess that those are also the people most likely to own their own washing machines.

One-legged Man Accused of Benefit Fraud

Robert Punter of Newton Abbot, Devon, England, was called to court to answer charges of defrauding the government of a disability allowance. Inspectors had found a letter stating he had fully recovered from his injuries, and wanted the 63-year-old to pay back £28,000 he had collected over 12 years. However, the injuries specified in the letter were on his right leg. His left leg, which had been badly damaged many years ago, was ultimately amputated. After waiting months for his court date on the matter, Punter entered the courtroom in a wheelchair. The case was dismissed within five minutes.

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August 23, 2013 - 11:36am
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