Food poisoning is the worst, no doubt about it. Most of us have had it, and it seems like cases of it are on the rise because of food processing and irrigation. If you actually do get food poisoning, you should report it, buuuuut what happens when you fake the stomach bug? Evidently a lot more than you’d think.
Lying doesn’t pay
A couple has been sentenced to several months in prison after falsely reporting food poisoning after two trips to Spain. They claimed £19,958 in damages—that’s over $26,000—before being found out. The judge told the couple, “You thought it would be easy money,” and gave a harsh warning to others considering similar schemes.
So what did we learn here? Well, maybe don’t lie for money. That’d be a good start.
Cracking the case
While we’re on the topic of food poisoning (pleasant, I know), several people received some good news this month—if they like eggs, that is. Almost 30 years after the UK’s salmonella crisis, the government announced that pregnant women, children, and the elderly can now safely eat eggs with runny yolks.
A report from the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) stated that levels of salmonella in eggs had been “drastically reduced” since 1980 when the crisis began. Safe eggs are now stamped with a British Lion, so consumers can rest assured that they’re out of harm’s way. I, for one, am ecstatic for them. Those yolks are liquid gold.
Today I learned…
- …green screens are green because it doesn’t match any natural skin tone, so no part of the actor will be accidentally edited out.
- …during the Battle of Germantown in 1777, a ceasefire was called when a small dog wandered onto the battlefield.
- …there are an estimated 550 wild parrots living in New York City that were accidentally released from a shipment at JFK airport in the 1960s.
- …in The Empire Strikes Back, the initial plan was to have Yoda played by a monkey instead of a puppet.
Is On-Campus Crime Getting Worse?
Headline-making crimes have caused many to question whether or not college campuses are a safe place, and have prompted universities to respond with updated safety plans and protocols. And although it seems like we’re constantly hearing about some new incident, just how common is college crime? And moreover, is it getting worse? We took a look at on-campus crime rates spanning over 13 years to find out.
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