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Pamela Anderson Is Using Vegan Food to Help Free Boyfriend Julian Assange

Yes, you read that right. Plus, more food news to know this week.

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Here’s a wild story about Pamela Anderson, the President of France, and Julian Assange

This one is a doozy, and kind of reads like Mad Libs: 2017 Edition, so let me break it down for you:

  • Actress and activist Pamela Anderson is opening a vegan restaurant in the south of France.
  • She has invited French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte to its opening.
  • Anderson hopes to use the meal to convince the President to offer asylum to her boyfriend Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, who has been living inside London’s Ecuadorian embassy since 2012.

Got all that? Anderson made the appeal in an announcement on her blog this week, along with multiple photos of her posing with her golden retriever. Yes, all of this is true.

A human toe was stolen from, and then returned to, a Canadian bar

If you’ve ever wanted to sip a whisky shot with a salt-cured human toe floating in it, the Downtown Hotel in Canada’s Dawson City is a destination to mark on your map.

The bar made headlines this week when the toe it serves (which is reused from shot to shot, presumably because sourcing new toes for each drink sold would be a Sweeney-Todd-esque logistical nightmare) was stolen. This story has a happy ending, though — the anonymous thief returned the appendage a few days later, with apologies.

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George Clooney just made a cool billion on his tequila brand

Way back in 2013, ER heartthrob and casino-heist-savant George Clooney made the announcement that he and his buddies had created their own brand of tequila. The response from many (this author included) was “who the hell wants to buy tequila from George Clooney?”. This week we got the answer, which was “a lot of people” — like $1 billion worth of them. Business is hard.

Mario Batali might be crazy famous, but he’s still in touch with his roots

Before Mario Batali was a household name, he was just another kid behind the counter of a New Jersey sandwich shop. This week on The Tonight Show, the mega-chef revealed that he still goes back to Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ, at least once a year for a stromboli sandwich. It’s good to remember where you started.


Hostess turned Sno Balls into an ice cream bar and we’re all just very unsettled

How are you going to make a Sno Ball that’s not ball-shaped? It’s madness.