Chef to dish up cicadas
Connecticut chef Bun Lai is already known for his Mexican grasshopper dish and his fried rice with meal worms and crickets. However, he might soon also be recognized as the cicada chef. Lai, owner of Miya’s Sushi, told the New Haven Register that he plans to fill a big freezer full of Brood II cicadas, once the red-eyed bugs’ 17-year life cycle brings them above ground for about five weeks. “I’m going to catch a whole bunch of them and preserve them for future eating,” he said. Lai said cicadas, and insects in general, have great nutritional value and are “healthier for our bodies than eating meat.” He plans to feature the cicada in some theme dishes, steaming some of the bugs and boiling others, with the appropriate spices and herbs. Lai said he sees it as a challenge to take something that is abundant and nourishing and make it appealing, not to mention tasty. “I’m not trying to gross people out,” he said. “I’m not running a frat house. I respect the cicada.”
Cola recipe sold for US$15m
What could be a World War II-era recipe for Coca-Cola’s secret formula found a buyer on eBay on Wednesday — a 15-year-old who now has three days to come up with US$15 million to pay for it. Georgia antiques dealer Cliff Kluge listed the yellowing typewritten document — found among papers at a Tennessee estate sale — with an opening bid of US$5 million and a buy-it-now price of US$15 million as a publicity stunt. “It would have been a wonderful thing” if it had found a genuine buyer, Kluge said. Undaunted, Kluge said he will relist it after a three-day waiting period, required under eBay rules on the off-chance that the adolescent buyer can somehow rustle up the cash. Coca-Cola, which traces its origins to a 19th-century patent medicine, says its formula of natural ingredients is a closely held trade secret, kept in a vault at its World of Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta. “We sleep well at night knowing the secret formula is safe and secure with us,” Coca-Cola spokesman Petro Kacur said.
Deer hops into bus
A deer has taken a ride on a Pennsylvania bus. The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat newspaper reports the white-tailed deer crashed through the windshield of a public bus being driven on Tuesday evening in Johnstown, about 105km east of Pittsburgh. The deer hopped around frantically near the driver before jumping on empty seats and running in circles in the aisle. Authorities say the driver stopped the bus and opened the door and the deer got off. County transportation spokesman Josh Yoder says it “just walked off the bus.” The bus was carrying one passenger, who was seated in the back far from the deer.
Stroller rolls off platform
A stroller carrying a 14-month-old girl has rolled off a Philadelphia train station platform and fallen onto the tracks, injuring her. The girl’s mother jumped onto the tracks to rescue her. The girl has been hospitalized with a cut on her forehead. Surveillance video shows the girl’s mother on the platform on Wednesday afternoon with the girl in a joggling stroller, which slowly rolls forward before tumbling to the tracks about 1.6m below. The stroller comes to rest on the outer rail, which carries no charge. The woman is seen jumping down and lifting the infant to a man waiting on the platform. Other passengers ran to help. One alerted transit police, who stopped an incoming train. Transit officials say it looks as though the mother was distracted.