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If you've ever been, you can only hope JLube Live will begin offering oil changes while you wait to exit their parking lot after a concert.
Vlasic Foods International, Cherry Hill, NJ, announced the introduction of what it calls "the world's largest pickle product" targeting more than 3.5 billion hamburgers consumed by Americans at home each year: Vlasic "Hamburger Stackers." The new product uses a specially cultivated cucumber—which took four years to develop for optimum size, taste and crunch—that is more than 10 times larger than traditional pickle cucumbers. This allows for a single, giant slice to cover an entire hamburger.
"Hamburger Stackers" will be marketed as the perfect pickle for burgers because the product provides pickle taste and crunch in every bite, which consumers see as a tremendous benefit.
Vlasic president and CEO Robert Bernstock said the company secretly began developing the product—under the special code name, "Project Frisbee" in reference to its size—immediately following the success of its "Sandwich Stackers" product in 1995.
If you thought the brown sludge on the roads right now was just dirt, it's actually beet juice.
When temperatures drop below 20 degrees, the Missouri Department of Transportation uses a by-product of extracted sugar from beets, mixed with salt. Salt alone can't melt snow and ice from the roadways when it gets that cold.
The beet juice mixture is an alternative to using calcium chloride.
“It is more highly corrosive than the beet juice, and more costly too, so that's why the state, we're still using some calcium chloride around the area, but we're slowly switching over to the beet juice,” said Phil Sandifer, Area Engineer.
MoDOT has used over 78,000 gallons so far this winter. The beet juice mixture is also used by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
To Michelle Obama, her White House garden is more than a plot of land. It's also a soapbox.
The South Lawn garden has given Mrs. Obama a platform to speak out about the country's childhood obesity problem, extol the benefits of eating fresh food and teach children early to appreciate vegetables.
It also has offered Mrs. Obama another way to open the White House to people who don't normally visit.
The garden now is ready for winter, fitted with protective coverings called "hoop houses," a kind of temporary green house, to help keep various crops — spinach, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, cabbage and other greens — growing during the cold months.
Aides say the garden has ex-"seeded" expectations. It has become so popular that even foreign dignitaries ask Mrs. Obama about it when they meet. Crops have been donated to a neighborhood soup kitchen, and the first lady's green thumb has inspired others to start gardening, too.
The Skylight is part netbook, part smartphone, and I’m pretty sure I could throw it 50 yards. The real question is if that makes it a game changer or a novelty act.
The look and feel are certainly novel, if not novelty. The Skylight has an ultra thin clamshell design and weighs less than 1kg – it feels like a frisbee in your hand. It’s a sturdy build, though, and seems like it could handle being jostled around in your bag. The 10.1-inch hi-def display is more crisp and clear than most netbooks, and 720p video looks great. ... more
A man created a scene -- and a Secret Service scare -- near the White House during rush hour Wednesday evening when he stripped to the buff and took off running, leaving his bag of clothes unattended on the Ellipse.
The man shed his clothes near 15th + E streets, at the northwest corner of the Ellipse, about 5 p.m. Wednesday, then began running up & down E Street, apparently not dissuaded by the 25-degree windchill factor as the sun set, Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said.
"He wasn't yelling or protesting. Just going for a jog," Wiley said. Secret Service and D.C. police officers chased the man after he refused to stop.
"He was apprehended, naked though he was," Wiley said.
But the man's jog created another problem: The bag into which he packed his clothes before setting off on his run had been left unattended, meaning it had to be classified as a suspicious package. The Secret Service cordoned off the area and investigated the bag, and, after determining it contained only the man's cast-off garments, cleared the scene.
The man is in Secret Service custody but has not been charged, Wiley said.
The Breitling for Bentley collection, which is exclusively produced by one brand for the other, is considered to be an example of a successful combination of watch & car design – first of all owing to the rectangular case that reflects the elegance of coupe and cabriolet cars. The elegance of design is enhanced by various details and play of geometrical lines and curves.
But the original design is not the only peculiarity of the Breitling Flying watch. The timepiece is notable for the jumping-hour function with the hours disc located at 12 o’clock instead of a hand. The minutes are indicated in a more traditional way with the help of a hand in the center. The seconds hand is placed at the small subdial at 6 o’clock.
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