Taco Bell’s taco filling is 88% beef. What’s in the 12%?


tacobellTaco Bell has a cure for the common question: What’s inside my taco?

It’s been known for a few years now that the taco filling was 88 percent beef and 12 percent “signature recipe.”

It turns out that the fast-food chain has been proudly announcing ingredients for all its menu items on its website since about the time a lawsuit over its food quality was withdrawn, but for some reason the “not-so-secret recipe” went viral today.

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Inside a beer bottle, a Guinness World Record


Last month, fishermen from Heikendorf in Schleswig Holstein, Germany, got really excited when amid the fish in their nets, they spotted an old beer bottle with a message. | AFP

Richard Platz, a 20-year-old German on a hike in 1913, rolled a postcard into a bottle and tossed it into the Baltic Sea. Inside, a polite message asking the finder to return it to a Berlin address.

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Holy Grail found at last?



It may sound like an April Fools prank, but it’s not.

“This is a very important discovery,” Margarita Torres, co-author of a new book, tells The Irish Times “because it helps solve a big puzzle.”

The discovery? The Holy Grail of holy grails — the cup revered by early Christians as the one used at the Last Supper. The Spanish historians traced the chalice to the Basilica of San Isidoro, a church in León, Spain. Continue reading


Don’t tell your boss: Most psychopaths hold what job?!


According to the book  The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, we all can find a spot on a scale of madness. (And I use the first-person plural for a reason.)

One profession, however, seems to attract more psychopaths than most: CEO.

Not that the Big Boss is a serial killer. But he or she is more likely to be callous, uncaring, shallow, glib and selfish with a grandiose sense of self-worth, meeting the psychological definition of “psychopath.”

The same attributes evidently apply to reporters and media personalities — who are so egotistical, we hog two spots on the top 10 list.

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50 greatest world leaders? Obama not on list


The pope tops Fortune’s idiosyncratic list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders.

In order to make the list you couldn’t be dead or retired. The other criteria? “In an era that feels starved for leadership, we’ve found men and women who will inspire you — some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better,” the magazine says.

President Obama does not make Fortune’s list.

Instead, it’s chock full of CEOs, with a sprinkling of celebrities and former heads of state/politicians thrown in, including Derek Jeter (No. 11); Michael Bloomberg (15); Angelina Jolie (21);  Gabrielle Giffords (24).

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Reports of civilization’s death greatly exaggerated


The Internet is sort of like an ocean, with currents of information that drift across vast distances and time, eddies where the data swirls, and waves that finally crash ashore.

For some reason last week, a study partly funded by NASA and dated Nov. 13, 2012, has bobbed back into headlines, thanks to a post by a blogger hosted by the Guardian and no doubt because of the subject matter: the collapse of advanced civilization. Continue reading