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Great Oat Milk Shortage of 2018 Leads to Outrageous Prices

America has 1.5 billion pounds too many of cheese, and more news to start your day

Oatly oat milk, the hottest coffee condiment of 2018

How much is your beloved oat milk latte actually worth?

Much ado has been made about the great oat milk shortage of 2018. Unsurprisingly, some enterprising Amazon sellers are seizing the opportunity to charge insanely high prices for the stuff, which devotees say makes for a creamier, tastier latte than almond, soy, or even cow’s milk: Cases of the stuff are going for $200 or more, which is nearly $20 per 32-ounce carton (or approximately five times the retail price).

America has too much damn cheese

The U.S. cheese surplus has reached unprecedented levels: Right now there’s nearly 1.5 billion pounds being stored in warehouses across the country. That’s partially due to waning interest in international markets due to Trump’s trade wars, and also because Americans are increasingly developing a taste for fancier, imported cheeses.

And in other news...

  • A restaurant in Sapporo, Japan, exploded over the weekend, injuring 40 people; thankfully, no one was killed. [NY Times]
  • Attention, investors: Fine wine outperformed global equities in 2018, so maybe it’s time to put all your money in Barolo and Burgundy. [Barron’s]
  • The Butterfinger is getting a revamp in 2019, and according to a taste test, the version of Bart Simpson’s preferred candy bar is better, “keep[ing] the iconic texture while slightly dialing back on the sweetness and ratcheting up the peanut flavor for a more complex treat.” [Business Insider]
  • Innovations in lab-grown meat mean kosher bacon could soon be a thing. [WSJ]
  • 14 people participating in SantaCon were arrested over the weekend in New Jersey, further proving that large groups of drunk people in Santa costumes are a pox upon society. [NY Post]
  • The Massachusetts-born chain formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts is trolling New York sports fans: A new sign in Boston claims that the city runs on Dunkin’ and “the tears of New Yorkers.”