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Man Throws Iguana at Ohio Restaurant Employee (Yes, Really)

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Spare a thought for Copper the iguana

The headline says it all on this story: “Man arrested after throwing iguana at restaurant manager.” This, um, unique incident went down Tuesday morning in the Ohio town of Painesville, northeast of Cleveland. A 49-year-old man allegedly pulled an iguana named Copper out from under his shirt, swung it around by the tail (apparently hammer-throw style), flinging it at a restaurant manager.

Unsurprisingly, the man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest; Copper was taken to a local humane society to be checked out by a veterinarian.

And in other news...

  • Martha Stewart’s lifestyle empire just got sold to luxury retail company Marquee Brands for $215 million — that’s $140 million less than the last time it was sold, in 2015. [NY Post]
  • The fifth annual list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants has dropped, with Toronto restaurant Alo on top again — although it’s worth noting that the list is not without fairly notable shortcomings in the way it’s judged. [Canada’s 100 Best]
  • In other lists, Time’s 100 Most Influential People list for 2019 was also just released — from the food world, model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, chef Massimo Bottura, and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat star Samin Nosrat all made the cut. [TIME]
  • A group of doctors is claiming that raw meat with traces of animal waste on it is making it to market, and that the USDA should do more to stop that. [WaPo]
  • A Maryland woman accused of assaulting Kellyanne Conway at a Washington restaurant will not be charged. [USA Today]
  • There’s a national recall on some Chips Ahoy cookies due the classic problem of an “unexpected solidified agent” in the food. [KIRO]
  • Also getting recalled is pre-cut melon from Kroger and Walmart, due to salmonella that could be present in a bunch of mostly East Coast and Midwest states. [People]
  • Time would like to tell you about the history of take-out food (it goes back to the rise of more densely populated cities, around 6,000 years ago). [TIME]
  • A swine flu epidemic among pigs in China could hurt U.S. soybean farmers (since those pigs eat soybeans). [Quartz]
  • Please enjoy this video of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek double-fisting hot dogs. [Twitter]

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