Walmart: Our ice cream sandwiches don’t melt … even after sitting out for 12 hours in the sun

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Last we checked, ice cream is supposed to melt if it isn’t kept chilled.

But Walmart’s store-brand ice cream sandwiches don’t even melt in the sun, according to a report from WCPO Cincinnati.

o-WALMART-ICE-CREAM-SANDWICH-570The discovery was made by a local mom, Christie Watson, who noticed that a Great Value ice cream sandwich her son left out on their patio table hadn’t fully melted — even though it had been sitting out for 12 hours on an 80-degree day. Watson left a second ice cream sandwich out overnight with the same results, WCPO reports.

“What am I feeding to my children?” she asked, appalled.

“Ice cream melts based on the ingredients, including cream,” Walmart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt said in an email. “Ice cream with more cream will generally melt at a slower rate, which is the case with our Great Value ice cream sandwiches.”

But as Business Insider reports, the product also contains a number of additives:

According to Wal-Mart’s website, the ice cream sandwiches contain milk, cream, buttermilk, sugar, whey, and corn syrup.

It also contains “1 percent or less of mono-and diglycerides, vanilla extract, guar gum, calcium sulfate, carob bean gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan, artificial flavor, and annatto for color.”

WCPO conducted an experiment of their own, leaving out a third Walmart sandwich alongside a Klondike bar and a pint of Haagen Dazs ice cream. The Haagen Dazs ice cream — which contains only cream, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla, and no gums — melted fastest. The Klondike bar melted, too.

“The Walmart sandwich, though it melted a bit, remained the most solid in appearance, and still looked like a sandwich,” the station reported.

One word: EW.

Video: North Korea Is Not Pleased w. Dance Video Featuring Kim Jong Un

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Have you seen this one yet? Not only is it very funny, it does a great job lampooning North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

More from NPR on this hilarious video:

He grins, he fumes, he fights — and through it all, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dances his way in and out of preposterous situations. That’s the premise of a video that has become popular in China and reportedly sparked a protest from North Korea. Citing “a source in China,” the Chosun Ilbo reports that “the North feels the clip, which shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting, ‘seriously compromises Kim’s dignity and authority.’”

The newspaper says that after North Korea asked China to stop the video from spreading, “Beijng was unable to oblige.” In the video, Kim’s face is superimposed onto a kitchen sink’s worth of videos, in scenes taken from everything from viral dance videos and TV shows to the vaudevillean action film Kung Fu Hustle. In one segment, Kim pirouettes in a dance studio — before being hit with a kick delivered by President Obama.

Other world leaders also make appearances, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Big Curly Poops Ask To Be Freed From Butt Prison In Nasty Dulcolax Laxative Ad

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Talk about irregular. A new ad for Dulcolax laxative features turd-headed characters stuck in what appears to be an anal prison.

“Only you can set them free,” the caption reads.

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AdWeek wrote that the poop prisoners looked like “stinky love children of the Michelin Man and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Turdles).” At least they’re cuter than the Golgothan excrement demon in Kevin Smith’s “Dogma.”

Either way, they’re pretty icky.

The ads reportedly ran in Singapore newspapers and at bus stops. “Instead of approaching the dramatization from the patient’s [point of view], we approached it from the excrement’s,” the agency behind the campaign, McCann Health, said in the trade publication.

Old news: Upskirt photos. New news: Upskirt panty removal

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355555An Alexandria man is in jail on charges that he sexually battered a woman inside a CVS Pharmacy Wednesday.

Alexandria police were called to the pharmacy in the 3100 block of Duke Street about 2:30 p.m. and arrested Abayneh Yemer, 25.

Police say Yemer reached under the woman’s skirt and tried to remove her underwear.

Yemer is charged with sexual battery and attempted object penetration and was held without bond.

If your wife is a “messy” housekeeper, should you stab her 84 times and put a pig mask on her face

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A jury convicted a New Jersey man on Wednesday of murdering his ex-wife, who he called a messy housekeeper and whose body was found stabbed 84 times and wearing a pig mask.

594-1y0Um.Em.55Jurors deliberated less than five hours before reaching their verdict in the trial of Anthony Novellino, 67, who prosecutors said used an 8-inch kitchen knife to slay Judith Novellino, 62, in June 2010.

He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 12.

As the jury forewoman read the verdict in Morris County Superior Court, Novellino sat impassively. He was found guilty of all charges, including murder, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon, hindering his own apprehension and tampering with evidence.

Judith Novellino was killed in her former home in Denville, New Jersey, when she came back to retrieve some of her belongings soon after they divorced.

“Hopefully, Judy Novellino’s family can now have some sense of solace that the defendant was convicted of this heinous crime,” Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a statement after the verdict.

Anthony Novellino’s attorney, Michael Priarone, who said he would not be representing Novellino after his sentencing, declined to comment on the jury decision or on why he would no longer represent his client. He said Novellino has a right to appeal the verdict.

In her closing argument on Tuesday, Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Margaret Calderwood said the pig mask that Novellino placed on the face of his ex-wife’s body signaled a deliberate state of mind that warranted a jury verdict of murder.

“You don’t methodically go to the closet and pull out a pig mask and put it on her” without being fully aware of your actions, she said.

Priarone in his closing argument asked the jury to find that his client suffered a kind of temporary insanity, which could have reduced a murder charge to manslaughter.

Attorneys for both sides said Anthony Novellino had emailed photos of the unkempt condition of the home to friends and relatives and had complained that Judith Novellino kept a sloppy home, which was a sticking point in their divorce proceedings.

Woman plucks, eats raw bird on Montreal subway

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Montreal police are looking for a woman who shocked commuters by plucking and eating a raw bird on a moving subway train.

1297587458017_ORIGINALOne disgusted passenger filmed the scene in the subway, known as the metro, and posted the video to YouTube. He said the incident took place on July 1.

The clip shows a young woman seated in the metro car and wearing a bikini top and miniskirt. She can be seen leaning over a plastic bag, taking small items out of it.

Several passengers who approach her are seen quickly walking away with looks of shock on their faces.

“I’m going to vomit,” the man who was videoing the scene can be heard saying. Moments later he added: “And she’s eating it! She’s eating it!”

Montreal police are trying to find the woman, whose face can’t be seen in the clip.

“We’ll start by finding her, then doing an interview with her,” police spokesman Manuel Couture told QMI Agency.

“Then we’ll see if we’ll go for psychiatric care, criminal (charges), or both.”

There is no law against plucking and eating a raw bird in the metro, but Couture says the woman could still face criminal charges.

“Given that it visibly upset people, we consider it to be disturbing the peace,” said the police spokesman.

Perhaps storing your methadone in a baby bottle is not the best idea

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4304337_GA Johnston mother faces felony child abuse charges after police say she accidently fed her baby from a bottle she had used to store methadone.

Police say the 6-month-old girl was unresponsive when she was brought to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on July 10th, but has recovered.

They say 27-year-old Carissa Manning told them she accidently mixed baby formula with her prescription drug in the bottle. She called 911 after the girl become cold and would not wake up.

Manning was arraigned Wednesday and released on a promise to appear in court on Sept. 24. She also was ordered to have no contact with her daughter, who has been placed with another relative.

Manning has no listed phone number and an attempt to reach her for comment Friday was not successful.

No ‘rainbow families’: Ethnic donor stipulation at fertility centre ‘floors’ local woman

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A Calgary woman says she was shocked to learn of a policy at the city’s only fertility treatment centre that restricts patients from using sperm, eggs or embryos from donors who do not match their ethnic background.

10063443Catherine, who asked to use only her first name, said she sought invitro fertilization at the Regional Fertility Program last March as a single woman. During routine consultations with her doctor she was told she could only use sperm from donors who were white, like her.

“That’s when everything went downhill,” she told the Herald. “I was absolutely floored.”

Dr. Calvin Greene, the clinic’s administrative director, confirmed the private facility will not treat couples or singles who insist on using donors of a different ethnicity. The policy has been in place since the clinic opened in the 1980s.

“I’m not sure that we should be creating rainbow families just because some single woman decides that that’s what she wants,” he said. “That’s her prerogative, but that’s not her prerogative in our clinic.”

A statement on the clinic’s website reads: “it is the practice of the Regional Fertility Program not to permit the use of a sperm donor that would result in a future child appearing racially different than the recipient or the recipient’s partner.”

Greene said doctors at the clinic feel “a child of an ethnic background should have the ability to be able to identify with their ethnic roots.” He added patients should have a “cultural connection” to their donors.

The Alberta Human Rights Commission upheld the policy after a white couple brought a complaint against the clinic about five years ago, Greene said.

They were not infertile but had hoped to use non-Caucasian sperm. “Our psychologist evaluated them and really didn’t see why a couple that is not infertile should be choosing sperm donors they have no cultural relationship with.”

Interracial couples treated at the clinic have the option of using donors that are ethnically similar to either one of the partners, he added, noting most patients want their children to resemble them.

According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, doctors can refuse to provide non-emergency treatment on moral grounds as long as they refer patients to other doctors who will. However the Regional Fertility Program is the only fertility clinic in Calgary, so patients must go to Edmonton, Saskatoon, Vancouver or beyond if they don’t agree with its policy. Women receiving fertility treatment often need daily or very frequent treatments for a matter of months.

Greene said the clinic’s policy follows similar guidelines used with in-province adoption and foster care, where children are placed with families of their same cultural background whenever possible.

“I would ask you, why would you not choose somebody of your own cultural background?”

Catherine said there are many reasons. By the time she narrowed down her pool of potential donors to those who met Canadian standards, had a good health history and a compatible blood type, she was left with only 20 or so Caucasian candidates to choose from. Many of them had already been used by several other patients in Calgary.

“Frankly, it’s appalling how many people have the same donors, probably because of this policy,” she said. “A friend of mine just went through this process and used the donor that I would have picked.”

Looking at other ethnicities significantly increased her options. While many people do want children who will look like them, she said she is less concerned with the colour of her potential child’s skin than the demeanour, personality and health history it might inherit from its biological father.

But Greene countered that there are lots of quality Caucasian donors available. “She needs to look harder, because I can tell you reasonable people can easily find a suitable donor.”

He added that visible minorities often have the most trouble finding candidates because their pool — as dictated by the clinic — is generally smaller.

Greene was adamant the rule follows the spirit of Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which demands doctors place priority on the well-being of potential children and refrain from producing “designer” babies.

But Tim Caulfield, a University of Alberta law professor and legal expert in assisted reproduction, said the policy is “archaic.”

“To assume that the colour of one’s skin determines their culture, determines their well-being I think is unfortunate,” he said, noting many could argue the Regional Fertility Program is producing designer kids by virtue of its own restrictions.

Children whose ethnicity is different than their parents will “have a different life experience,” he acknowledged. But “to assume that these different types of life experiences somehow put them at a disadvantage, or that we have to ensure that everyone has some kind of ‘normal’ family is, I think, a mistake.”

The law around assisted reproduction is murky, he said, but in today’s multicultural society, and with demographic predictions holding that Caucasian people will soon be the minority in many Canadian cities, there is no way to dictate what a given family should look like.

Ultimately Catherine’s family may never involve biological children. At 38, she hasn’t yet ruled out returning to the clinic to continue her IVF, but her experience has made her reconsider whether she really needs to have a child of her own.

“I think I’ve come to terms and accepted that having children in your life doesn’t necessarily mean ownership of one.”

Nurse struck by lightning inside her house was saved by her flip flops

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Jennifer-LyonsA care home nurse struck by lightning inside her house was saved by her ­rubber-soled flip-flops.

Jennifer Lyons, 49, was on the phone when a 300,000-volt strike hit a satellite dish and set her home on fire.

The bolt forced plug switches from the walls and blew out the hot water, phone lines and internet.

Jennifer said: “It was like a bomb.

“I was knocked back.

“There was debris everywhere.

“A fireman said it was one of the most unusual cases he’d seen.”

She was left with just a bump on her forehead after the storm on Saturday.

The mum, of Chippenham, Wilts, added: “You think you’d be safe from lightning in your own home.”

It is thought sparks of electricity in the air were attracted to microwaves emitted from the phone.

But Jennifer’s rubber soles ­insulated her and stopped the electricity from passing straight through her body.