Wild Boars Are a Threat to One of France's Stinkiest Cheeses


A war between farmers and wild boars is threatening the fate of one of France's most famous—and stinkiest—cheeses. As The Telegraph reports, free-roaming swine in the country's Haut-Rhin department are destroying cow pastures used to produce authentic Munster fromage. To safeguard their livelihood, cheese producers are now calling for hunters to cull the local pig population.

Creamy and pungent, Munster cheese is made from the protein-rich milk of Vosgiennes cows. (It's very different from the mass-produced muenster slices you find in your local supermarket, despite the similar name.) Farmers who produce Munster cheese must follow a slew of regulations to ensure its authenticity—including one stating that at least 70 percent of the cows' food must be locally produced. But wild boars indirectly compete with bovines for grub when they trample through and uproot pastures in search of acorns, tubers, and bugs.

A recent explosion in Haut-Rhin's wild boar population has led to increased damage, with farmers reporting that the pesky animals have affected 60 percent of the region's pastures. Making matters worse, the rampaging animals taint hay with droppings and dust instead of simply destroying the grass. This lowers the quality of cow milk and results in an inferior cheese product.

Electric fences haven't deterred the hungry swine, and the regional state prefect hasn't responded to a letter sent by farmers asking for help. So now, they're taking matters into their own hands: "I'm asking the hunters to shoot more [wild boars]," said local official Philippe Iltis, according to The Telegraph. "They must do their work and bring the population down."

[h/t The Telegraph]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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A Short, Sweet History of Candy Corn

Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
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Depending on which survey you happen to be looking at, candy corn is either the best or the worst Halloween candy ever created. If that proves anything, it’s that the tricolor treat is extremely polarizing. But whether you consider candy corn a confectionery abomination or the sweetest part of the spooky season, you can’t deny that it’s an integral part of the holiday—and it’s been around for nearly 150 years.

On this episode of Food History, Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is tracing candy corn’s long, storied existence all the way back to the 1880s, when confectioner George Renninger started molding buttercream into different shapes—including corn kernels, which he tossed at actual chickens to see if it would fool them. His white-, orange-, and yellow-striped snack eventually caught the attention of Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly), which started mass-producing what was then sometimes called “chicken feed” rather than “candy corn.”

But what exactly is candy corn? Why do we associate it with Halloween? And will it ever disappear? Find answers to these questions and more in the video below.

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