One man with a love of bacon is traveling across the U.S. using only bacon as money in exchange for food, gas and lodging.
“I need your help. I’m driving from NY to LA with no cash and no cards — just a trailer full of Butcher Thick Cut Bacon to barter with you for food, lodging and everything else I need,” actor Josh Sankey writes on his website.
“It’s all to find out if America loves this bacon as much as money!”
Still, there’s one major caveat: actor Josh Sankey isn’t just doing this on impulse. It’s part of a coordinated effort by Oscar Meyer to promote their new line of bacon.
As part of the challenge, Sankey is required to travel across 12 U.S. cites, taking him from New York City to his final stop in Los Angeles on September 23.
And while the BBC reports on Wednesday that there could be something of a “bacon shortage” next year because of rising pork prices, Sankey will not experience such limitations.
That’s because he is traveling with no less than 3,000 pounds of bacon in his specially equipped Oscar Mayer truck.
Sankey is chronicling his voyage on his Twitter account and on the “Bacon Barter” site.
On Wednesday, he arrived in Louisville, KY where he successfully bartered some bacon for a night in a man’s basement.
His host even got himself a bacon-themed tattoo to support the cause.
22-year-old man Ning Xuefa from Henan Province in China claims to survive solely by drinking 15 kilograms of water a day – without ever eating a bite of food.
Ning Xuefa alleges that he established this unusual habit as a child.
“As a student, I would always attend school with a huge bottle of water, but I wouldn’t ever touch food,” he said.
After he dropped out of school when he was 14, he moved to Shenzhen, Guangdong Province to work as a manual laborer, but his weak body and frail constitution failed him time and again.
His father backed up the story that his son only drinks water and never touches a single scrap of food, including rice or steamed bread.
Wealthy businessman Yang Lin fought dirty when a KFC branch ignored his complaint about hygiene while on business trip from Beijing to Wuhan.
Angry Yang spent 140,000 yuan, (£14,000), buying 2,000 family buckets at the branch in central China after staff did nothing when he complained about a chef preparing food without gloves or face mask.
He then began lining them up outside the shop entrance with signs warning people not to eat them because they were a health risk. But the store refused to give him any more food to him after 22 buckets.
He said he has been to many KFC’s in other countries and found them to be very strict in sanitation standards.
“I wanted to buy all their food so they couldn’t poison anyone else and I wanted to warn people what sort of food they were eating,” said 30-year-old Yang.
“I’m lucky to have made money in business so I can afford this protest. At first KFC wanted my money, but soon they were begging me to take it back,” he added.
Yang only agreed to end the bucket blockade after KFC managers in Wuhan, Hubei province, publicly apologised for their behaviour and agreed to improve staff hygiene.
“If they’d done that at the start they would have saved themselves a lot of trouble,” said Yang.
A large bull with a bucket stuck on its head caused traffic chaos in Scotland after it wandered on to a busy South Ayrshire road.
Frustrated motorists were left waiting in lengthy tailbacks after the animal escaped from a nearby field and ran on to the A77 Ballantrae to Girvan Road.
It had a feeding tray stuck on its head and was visibly very distressed as it struggled to get it off.
Police were alerted to reports that the bull had wandered on to the busy road at around 3.30pm on Tuesday.
The incident caused tailbacks for about 45 minutes until the farmer who owned the animal was able to return it to the field.
The feeding tray was removed from the bull’s head.
Pigeons are set to be culled in Royston, England, with one councillor claiming the dead birds could be used as a “food source”.
Royston Town Council in Hertfordshire unanimously voted in favour of asking business partnership Royston First to dispatch the birds and will also attempt to clampdown on people feeding them.
Cllr F John Smith, 80, said a return to old-style cooking could help with the disposal of the bodies. “When you use the word ‘cull’ it has a very negative effect on people but there is an advantage to this method.
“I’m being perfectly serious that pigeon pie is not eaten as often as it used to be, in other words shot pigeons give us a food source.” An estimated flock of 400-600 birds call the town home and members have hit out at the mess left by the birds which is deemed to cause a slip risk for some residents.
A pair of Muscovy ducks are posing a threat to centuries of tradition after taking over bell ringing duties from a group of shy swans.
The usurped swans have every right to be in a bit of a flap after the greedy ducks took control of ringing the Bishop’s Palace bell in Somerset.
As an 800-year-old custom, the duty is usually taken up by the trained swans that live on the moat in order to get fed.
However the pair of ducks are more than happy to help out and grab some food for themselves.
Caretaker Paul Arblaster said: ‘The new pair of swans are a rehabilitated pair that were given to us to rehome. We’ve tried to train them to ring the bell as usual but they seem very shy.
‘Instead there is a pair of Muscovy ducks which are ringing the bell all the time and getting all the food.’ He added: ‘The swans seem shy – they hang back and let the Muscovy ducks do the ringing. I think some of the tourists expect the swans to ring the bell but the ducks have learned to do it.
‘I think the original idea was to feed them to stop them flying away. But the swans are slowly improving – hopefully they’ll get there in the end.’ The centuries-old custom is believed to have been started by the daughter of a palace caretaker and has continued uninterrupted since.