11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The newly discovered elephant shrew resembles a chubby mouse with an anteater’s snout. (Learn more at sfist) 2. Consumers rank Taco Bell burritos, Subway subs and McDonald’s burgers near the bottom of their respective categories. (Learn more at Consumer Reports) 3. The new Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York displays a brooch made from human teeth, a traditional mourning food cookbook and a “spirit photo booth.” (Learn more at Time) 4.  A rare vampire squid photographed by scientists …

What to Do When Seniors Linger? Call 911?

A small McDonald’s in Queens, N.Y., has become the center of a debate: Should local seniors be allowed to sit in the restaurant all day, hanging out with their friends while they drink coffee and nibble on food? Can the restaurant enforce a time limit for patrons, especially if the restriction seems aimed at one group of customers? Over the past few months, according to the New York Times, “a number of elderly Korean patrons and this McDonald’s they frequent …

Is That Chicken Nugget Made in China? You’ll Never Know

Everyone from chefs to health experts to the first lady has touted eating locally grown food, praising it for its freshness because it doesn’t have to travel far to get to consumers. Which is why it was stunning to learn this month that chickens raised and slaughtered in the U.S. may soon be sent for cooking and processing to China, then sent back to the U.S. to be sold in fast-food restaurants and supermarkets. Sign up for the AARP Health …

Calories on Menus: Boomers, Women Are Paying Attention

Who pays attention to calorie counts on menus? By next year, all large chain restaurants will be required to post those harsh numbers, so the Gallup research people decided to find out who really takes note of them. In a survey conducted last month of 2,027 American adults, they found that only 43 percent  pay “a great deal” or a “fair amount” of attention. In fact, more Americans – 68 percent – look at nutritional information on food packages than …

Farewell to the Colonel?

It’s a bit unsettling to note the possible demise of yet another familiar face that boomers grew up with. And it doesn’t make it any easier that he’s actually been dead for more than 30 years. The Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal and other news outlets report that KFC, the fast-food chain formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, is launching a restaurant that doesn’t feature its venerable founder, Colonel Harland Sanders. The convivial southern gentleman with the frosty goatee, clad in his trademark white …

Worst Restaurant Meal in America? Something Fishy

Too much unhealthy trans fat, too little healthy fish – that’s basically the reason a Washington nutrition action group has named Long John Silver’s “Big Catch” the worst restaurant meal in America. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) called the meal of fried fish, hush puppies and onion rings “a heart attack on a hook.” In its report, CSPI says lab tests showed the fried fish meal not only contains an “astonishing” amount of trans fat and …