Five crazy headlines

300 dpi Sharon Okada illustration of broccoli. (The Sacramento Bee/MCT)
A broccoli plant drawn by illustrator Sharon Okada. McDonalds tried creating bubblegum-flavored broccoli to encourage customers to eat healthier (The Sacramento Bee/MCT)

From bubblegum-flavored broccoli to a man who wants to be eaten by a snake, here’s this week’s five crazy headlines!

  1. 911 calls from people lost in World’s Biggest Corn Maze

The world’s largest corn maze, located in Dixon, California, sprawls over 60 acres, and features plenty of corn, puzzling pathways and panicked 911 callers.

Callers complained they had been stuck in the maze for hours. Some worried they wouldn’t find the way out before the park closed.

County police said maze owners always find lost visitors before it’s too late.

Source: ABC News

  1. McDonald’s created bubble gum-flavored broccoli to try to get kids to eat healthier

Ever the face of healthy eating, McDonald’s has developed a new way to get kids to eat broccoli: make it bubblegum flavored.

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson mentioned the ploy when asked how his company is trying to get customers to eat healthier. Apparently it wasn’t as popular as they first suspected.

Kids would probably chew the broccoli, but we’re not sure they’d actually swallow it.

Source: Consumerist

  1. Russia says fleet of warships is off Australia for climate research

Though any explanation is better than none, “conducting climate change research” isn’t the best excuse to park four warships off the coast of Australia.

Russia explained the move as a test of the ships’ range capability should the need arise for climate change research in the Antarctic.

Australian ships have sailed around the fleet without any incident.

Source: The Australian

  1. Discovery Channel discovers that people don’t want to see a man eaten by a snake

When asked what they wanted to be when they grow up, most kids wouldn’t say “eaten by a snake.”

That is precisely Paul Rosolie’s dream, and the Discovery channel wanted to make his ambition a reality, even giving him a special suit so he could survive the journey.

Apparently viewers were less than ecstatic after the first trailer for the event aired last week. Concerns for the well-being of the anaconda could keep the event off the air.

Source: A.V. Club

  1. Feds spent $10 million on a video game about escaping a fat town

The National Institutes of Health paid $10 million to computer game company Archmage, Inc. to develop video games designed to combat obesity.

In one game players must escape a nightmare town where people can only eat junk food. Another game has kids fighting obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the year 2030.

Early studies on focus groups gave positive results, with exposure to the games correlating with increased vegetable and fruit consumption.

Source: The Washington Free Beacon