December 12, 2013
‘Cannibal Sandwiches’ Sicken Wisconsin Residents
Milwaukee (AP) “Cannibal sandwiches,” an appetizer featuring raw, lean ground beef served on cocktail bread, may be a Wisconsin tradition, but they are not safe, health officials said, noting that more than a dozen people became ill after consuming them last holiday season.
Health officials confirmed four cases tied to E. coli bacteria and 13 likely cases in people who ate the sandwiches at several gatherings late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a report issued this week. The meat came from a Watertown market that later recalled more than 2,500 pounds of meat.
Cannibal sandwiches were tied to outbreaks in Wisconsin in 1972, 1978 and 1994. The appetizer, also called “tiger meat,” ‘’steak tartare” or simply “ground beef,” is usually a simple dish of lean ground meat seasoned with salt and pepper on rye cocktail bread with sliced raw onion, said Milwaukee historian John Gurda, who served it at his 1977 wedding reception. Occasionally, a raw egg will be mixed with the meat.
Cannibal sandwiches have been a festive dish in German, Polish and other ethnic communities in the Milwaukee area since the 19th century, Gurda said. The 66-year-old said it was once common to see them at wedding receptions, meals following funerals and Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties. The dish has become less common in recent years with greater awareness of the risks of uncooked meat and fewer people eating beef, but Gurda said he still runs into it.
“It’s like a coarse pate and when you put the onions on, there’s a crunch as well and that kind of cuts the softness,” he said.
Ghost Hunters Arrested
When Mistaken For Burglars
Gettysburg, PA (AP) Police in Pennsylvania are investigating a complaint concerning a ghost hunt that went bust after a police officer mistakenly thought it was a burglary in progress.
The Gettysburg Times reported Tuesday that the Thanksgiving night ghost tour ended with two tourists and their guide being detained at gunpoint.
A patrolman passing a closed store in Gettysburg says he saw flashlights inside, so he went in and handcuffed and searched the three ghost hunters.
Police called the owner, who confirmed the tour operator had permission to use the allegedly haunted Civil War-era building. The first Union general killed in the Battle of Gettysburg was brought to the building after being fatally wounded.
The owner of the Victorian-style photography studio that occupies the building and permitted the tour has declined to comment.
Sir, Would You Like Some Cash
With That Sausage Biscuit?
Nashville, TN (AP) A suburban Nashville couple got more than they expected in their to-go order in a McDonald’s drive-thru: A bag of cold cash.
WTVF-TV reports thousands of dollars in cash packaged for a bank deposit had been placed in a paper to-go bag near the drive-thru orders on Tuesday morning. An employee mistakenly passed the bag to Greg and Stacye Terry who had just been looking for breakfast. The employee realized the mistake almost immediately and followed the Terrys to their home a short distance away.
Meanwhile, the couple was ready for breakfast.
“My husband opened the bag and discovered the money inside,” Stacye Terry said. “He said, ‘You are not going to believe this.’ Sure enough, it was their bank deposit money.
“The second that he said it was their deposit, my first thing was let’s get in the truck and take it back.” They said they had a good laugh and even took photos of the cash before returning it to the employee. They posted a picture to Facebook of the wads of bills in plastic bags with what look like yellow deposit slips.
The owner and operator of the McDonald’s, Phil Gray, in a statement thanked the Terrys and said he is looking into how the mistake happened.
Invasive Cockroach Found In NYC Can Take The Cold
New York (AP) The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side into one of New York’s newest tourist attractions, may have brought a different kind of visitor: a cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold and never seen before in the U.S.
Rutgers University insect biologists Jessica Ware and Dominic Evangelista said the species Periplaneta japonica is well documented in Asia but was never confirmed in the United States until now. The scientists, whose findings were published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, say it is too soon to predict the impact but that there is probably little cause for concern.
“Because this species is very similar to cockroach species that already exist in the urban environment,” Evangelista said, “they likely will compete with each other for space and for food.”
That competition, Ware said, will likely keep the population low, “because more time and energy spent competing means less time and energy to devote to reproduction.”
Michael Scharf, a professor of urban entomology at Purdue University, said the discovery is something to monitor.
Fulfilling Dying Brother’s Wish,
Man’s Tipping Inspires Others
Springfield, VT (AP) Before Aaron Collins died, he gave his brother, Seth, a mission: Eat, be merry and leave a giant tip.
On Wednesday night, Seth Collins of Lexington, Ky., did just that, leaving a $500 tip for a Friendly’s waitress in Springfield, Vt. It’s part of a nationwide tour that Collins is carrying out in the name of his brother, who died in July 2012 at the age of 30.
In a story provided by the Eagle Times of Claremont, the Friendly’s waitress, Julie Bombria, said she thought she was going to faint after getting the generous tip.
In his will, Aaron Collins asked his family to give his money to people in need. His cause of death is still unknown, according to the newspaper. Through his family, he’s given away 81 tips throughout the Midwest, Pacific and Mountain West regions and is now in New England.
Initially, Seth Collins took family and friends to dinner at a Lexington restaurant, gave their server $500 and recorded it. Aaron’s wish was fulfilled but far from over. Seth Collins put a video of his first tipping spree on Facebook and started getting donations from around the world. The total’s up to $50,000.
“(Aaron) thought it would be a one-shot deal,” Collins said. “I was going to do this like three or four times, but people were so compelled that they kept giving money. I’m going to give it back on behalf of my brother.”
A Grinch Caught On Video Stealing Decorations
Philadelphia (AP) Police say they’ve caught a Grinch who was captured on surveillance video stealing Christmas decorations outside a south Philadelphia house last month.
Authorities released surveillance video, complete with cartoon images from Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”‚ of two people taking decorations from the house about 2:15 a.m. Nov. 26.
Police say 45-year-old Marie Amari was arrested at her nearby home on Saturday, and the stolen decorations were found inside. She is charged with theft and related offenses.
A home telephone phone listing for Amari could not be located and she could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.
Police are still looking for a second suspect.