Dietary Supplements: Plant Pain and Pigeon Milk

In today's daily round-up of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ, we show you how to make a watermelon french fry. And much more besides.


One perfect Araucana egg meets nuclear meltdown in 140 characters or less.

Plants are good for you (even when you're not eating them).

And if plants have feelings too, then isn't vegetarianism the misplaced elevation of the singularity of animals?

The next wonder food? Pigeon milk has more protein and fat than human or cow milk, and "fuels what is one of the most explosive growth rates of almost any creature on earth."

An extended NFL lockout is bad news for the chicken industry: "It would kill wings, it would be terrible on wings."

Another victory for the robots: A new automated bakery imaging system ensures perfect buns, every time.

And finally, today's video shows you how to make deep-fried watermelon french fries, courtesy of Nathan Myhrvold and New Scientist:

It should be impossible to make chips out of watermelon, because of the fruit's super-high water content. To get around this problem, Myhrvold's team use a vacuum device to compress a starchy substance into the cells in the flesh of the fruit (see video above). In this hybrid form—half potato half melon—the ultra thin watermelon slices can absorb fat. Deep-fry them and you get what looks like a chip, with the refreshing taste of watermelon. Bon appétit!


Dietary Supplements is a daily round-up of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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