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Dietary Supplements: Woman Slips on a Banana Peel, For Real

Libyan Coca-Cola wars and a post-meal cigarette are on the menu in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!

In Libya, Muammar el-Qaddafi’s sons launched a brutal war with each other over control of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Tripoli.


Japanese brewer Kirin is the least admired company in the world, according to a new Fortune list.

Experts predict that US ethanol exports could double this year, as fuel prices rise and the sugar market makes it difficult for Brazil to meet demand.

Food prices reached a record high in February, up 2.2 percent from January's record and rising for the eighth month in a row, according to the UN.

Gourmet sings the praises of the Post-Meal Cigarette: it loosens the bowels, heightens alertness, and extends the dopamine surge.

And, in news that is not funny at all, a California woman who slipped on a banana peel is suing the 99 Cents Only Store where the accident occurred. According to the Winnipeg Sun:

The image in popular culture of an unwary pedestrian tripping head over heels on a banana peel stems from the late 19th century, when bananas were a popular street food in American cities and the press portrayed them as a public nuisance.

In 1879, Harper's Weekly groused that "whosoever throws banana skins on the sidewalk does a great unkindness to the public, and is quite likely to be responsible for a broken limb."

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

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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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Childbirth is the number one reason American women visit the hospital, and it ain't cheap. In fact, it's getting more and more expensive. A new study published in Health Affairs found that the cost of having a baby with employer-sponsored health insurance increased by almost 50% in the past seven years.

The study evaluated "trends in cost-sharing for maternity care for women with employer-based health insurance plans, before and after the Affordable Care Act," which was signed into law in 2010. The study looked at over 657,061 women enrolled in large employer-sponsored health insurance plans who delivered babies between 2008 and 2015, as these plans tend to cover more than plans purchased by small businesses or individuals.

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A meteorite crashed into Earth nearly 800,000 years ago. The meteor was 1.2 miles wide, and the impact was so big, it covered 10% of the planet with debris. However, scientists haven't been able to find the impact site for over a century. That is, until now. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal believes the crash site has been located.

Tektites, which are essentially rocks that have been liquefied from the heat of the impact and then cooled to form glass, help scientists spot the original impact site of a meteor. Upon impact, melted material is thrown into the atmosphere, then falls back to the ground. Even if the original crater has disappeared due to erosion or is hidden by a shift in tectonic plates, tektites give the spot away. Tektites between 750,000 to 35.5 million years old have been found in every continent except Antarctica.

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