Ice Cream Lickers Are Prompting Grocery Stores to Fight Back

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While many retail foods come in packaging that can display evidence of possible product tampering, ice cream may not be one of them. In some brands, cartons tops can easily come off and be put back on, a bit of a design flaw that has led to a recent spate of “ice cream lickers” who flick their tongues across the flavored frozen treats and then place them back in the freezer aisle. Now, some grocery stores are fighting back.

According to Thrillist, a number of stores around the country have taken preventive measures to avoid falling victim to ice cream vandalism. Some have been locking their freezer doors and putting up signs directing customers to find an employee for assistance.

One Walmart in Corpus Christi, Texas, stationed an employee in the ice cream aisle over the July 4 holiday weekend, though it wasn’t entirely clear whether he was there for an entire shift or whether the store was staging his presence for a social media post.

The concern over tampering stems from a viral video shot at a Walmart in Lufkin, Texas that shows a woman licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream and then putting it back on the shelf. She was later located by Lufkin police and her case was turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Blue Bell has said that their cartons are sealed in such a way that makes tampering evident if the lid has been removed, but the company is still facing criticism for not having a seal or wrapper on its cartons.

Ice cream lickers are taking a considerable risk. Tampering with a consumer product is a crime that can carry a prison term of up to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

[h/t Thrillist]

Australian Pals Claim to Have a 25-Year-Old McDonald's Quarter Pounder in Their Possession

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What's older than Google, Netflix, and Tom Holland? A Quarter Pounder from McDonald's that's been traveling Australia for a quarter of a century. As reports, the hamburger was purchased from a McDonald's restaurant in the mid-1990s, and roughly 25 years later it shows no signs of rot—a fact that's somehow more repulsive than the alternative.

Adelaide residents Casey Dean and Eduard Nitz bought the Quarter Pounder with Cheese in 1995 with their friend Johnno who was visiting from out-of-town at the time. Unable to finish the patty, Johnno asked his friends to hold on to it for him until his next visit.

He couldn't have guessed the implications of his request. After the meal, Nitz tossed the boxed-up hamburger into his cabinet at home where it would sit until he moved out. The Quarter Pounder remained in pristine condition, so instead of throwing it away, Nitz handed it off to his sister before going to live overseas. She ended up bringing it with her on various moves across the continent. Then, in 2015, Casey Dean became the official guardian of the indestructible sandwich.

As it nears its 25th birthday, the Quarter Pounder is still far from the nasty, moldy mess you'd expect it to be. That's because McDonald's hamburgers aren't very moist to begin with, so they dry out faster than they can decay. It's the same reason beef jerky can last so long; in other words, there are no mystery chemicals at play.

The same phenomenon can be seen in one of the last McDonald's meals ever purchased in Iceland. The unspoiled burger and fries from 2009 are currently on display at a small hotel in the country.


Nagoro, Japan, Is the Creepy Doll Capital of the World

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Visitors may notice something unsettling about Nagoro, Japan. After years of younger residents moving to cities and older residents dying off, the town's population has dwindled to less than 30 people. But Nagoro is far from empty. Thanks to the hundreds of creepy dolls displayed throughout the village, there's hardly a place you can go without getting the feeling you're being watched.

According to Atlas Obscura, there are at least 350 scarecrows, or kakashi in Japanese, populating the village of Nagoro in southern Japan. An artist and native resident named Tsukimi Ayano started making them after moving back to her hometown around 2002.

Tsukimi spent most of her adult life in Osaka, Japan, and was saddened to discover that her birthplace was quickly becoming a ghost town. She was inspired to repopulate the town with dummies after making a scarecrow modeled after her father to keep birds out of her garden. The life-sized doll reminded her of how her home once was, and she thought, why not do the same thing for the rest of the town?

Tsukimi got to work building straw-stuffed recreations of Nagoro's former residents and posing them around the village miming various activities. Today, the uncanny memorials can be spotted in hard hats doing road work, gardening in yards, and studying in abandoned classrooms.

Nagoro's population of flesh-and-blood humans is still slim, but Tsukimi's art project attracts thousands of tourists each year. She even hosts scarecrow-making workshops every month from April to November, and in October, there's an entire scarecrow festival.

You can learn more about the kakashi of Nagoro in the documentary below.

[h/t CNN]