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Artist Forks Over $2K for Piece of Donald and Melania Trump’s Wedding Cake

Plus, sales of nonalcoholic beer are booming, and more news to start your day

President Trump Departs The White House For Palm Beach, Florida Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

What will become of Donald Trump’s wedding cake?

Artist Andres Serrano coughed up $1,880 to purchase a piece of cake leftover from Donald and Melania’s 2005 wedding. This is particularly intriguing given that Serrano is best known for a controversial 1987 artwork titled Immersion (Piss Christ), which is exactly what it sounds like: a photograph of a crucifix submerged in the artist’s own urine. What exactly Serrano is planning to do with this artifact of American history is unknown, but he did say, “I’ve got something on my mind and it’s much more than cake!” :thinking face emoji:

And in other news...

• Nonalcoholic beer sales are booming, which spells bad news for the soda industry. [WSJ]

• Trump’s trade war is hurting the U.S. whiskey industry, thanks to retaliatory tariffs from other countries: Europe is currently slapping a 25 percent duty on American whiskey, and U.S. exports are down significantly as a result. [NY Times]

• Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s potential presidential campaign is based on three ideas, and they’re all wrong. [Vox]

• Country singer Miranda Lambert reportedly dumped a salad on a woman at a Nashville steakhouse after getting into a verbal altercation. [TMZ]

• A new study out of Japan says an ingredient used in McDonald’s french fries could alleviate baldness. (It’s not the potatoes themselves, but rather a silicone called dimethylpolysiloxane that’s added to them to keep the oil from frothing.) [WLWT]

• The origins of the heart-shaped box of chocolates stretches back hundreds of years, all the way to medieval times. [Vox]

• But if a heart-shaped box of chocolates just won’t do for your valentine, UK grocer Marks & Spencer is selling heart-shaped “Love Sausages” for Valentine’s Day:

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