August 18, 2006

LinkNews Digest [08/18/2006]

Fast Food and Revenge in Georgia

Melinda Ann Thomas, 34, and Linda Ann Thomas, 51, were standing in a crowded line around 8:30 a.m. Saturday as they waited to order breakfast, police said. A cashier opened a new line and they stepped to the front of it-- a move that angered another customer who was waiting to order.

According to the report, the unidentified woman started yelling at them and threatened to kill them.

The woman then left the restaurant before the Thomases and stayed in the parking lot, sitting in her dark blue Jeep Cherokee, witnesses told police. As the Thomases made their way to their car, witnesses said the woman pulled out of her parking space and sped toward the women, striking them both with the passenger side of the Jeep. Neither woman was badly injured, the police report said. The woman is being sought by police on charges of aggravated assault. (LINK )
"I don't want a large Farva I want a goddamn liter of cola!"

"Eat Your FruitMeat, Son."

In September 2005, Japanese food company Nissui introduced a new product, meant to appeal especially to children: strawberry milk-flavored fish sausage.

Gustatory inventions of this sort may start popping up everywhere thanks to the development of a new genetic approach to creating the flavor compounds present in food and drinks. Scientists at HortResearch, a biotechnology company in New Zealand, are isolating the genes that produce flavor in fruit. Their ultimate goal is the development of a technique that will allow large-scale production of compounds identical to the fruit's natural enzymes.

"The idea is that the flavor will be more realistic," said Richard Newcomb, a scientist at HortResearch.

To capture the flavor of fruits like apple or kiwi, researchers focus on the genes that are activated in the fruit's skin at the end of the ripening process. They take genetic samples from the fruit, insert them into bacteria to express just those genes, and then analyze the flavor compounds produced.
The end result of synthesis is a reconstituted blend of compounds, which approximate the fruit's flavor. (LINK )

Burton & Depp: Together Again for "Sweeny Todd"

In the film, Depp will play killer barber Sweeney who murders the customers who come into his London shop and makes them into pies, in an evil partnership with his fellow tenant Mrs. Lovett.

Dreamworks, the studio behind the project, have revealed the film will be based on Stephen Sondheim's award-winning stage musical, 'Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'

Sondheim's production was a 1979 Broadway hit and went on to win 8 prestigioous Tony Awards. (LINK )

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