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Italian chefs cook up world’s longest deep-fried pizza

A team of 100 pizza makers teamed up in Italy to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest Neapolitan fried pizza. The pizza makers constructed the fried pizza — which is composed of a circular closed dough with the cheese, sauce and toppings inside — and dipped it into boiling oil on Wednesday in Naples to create the 23.5-foot-long pizza. The “pizzaioli” contained 183 pounds of flour, 110 pounds of mozzarella cheese, 33 pounds of ricotta cheese and 15 pounds of tomato sauce. The pizza-makers said the record was a matter of pride, as the previous record was held by pizza makers in Milan.

(UPI)

Tornado chaser wants ashes launched into a twister

A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: “That’ll be fun!!!!” Jim “Mad Dog” Sellars spelled out his unique wishes in the obituary he wrote before he died Tuesday. Greenlawn Funeral Home confirmed the death, saying the Springfield man was 64. He’d lived with a heart condition for several years. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sellars’s older brother, John Sellars, described his brother as a “renaissance man.” Jim Sellars worked more than three decades for a telephone company, served as a reserve police officer and had a lifelong passion for weather and HAM radios. And for years, he chased storms. John Sellars says his brother could “look at the radar and just know where the storm was headed.”

(AP)

Candy expert for the ‘Sweetest Internship’

The Mars Wrigley company is seeking interns with special skills including being able to distinguish between flavors of Skittles in a blind taste test. Mars Wrigley Confectionery posted a job opening seeking applicants for the “World’s Sweetest Internship” in Chicago. The posting says the company is seeking a “confectionery connoisseur” whose duties would include sampling the company’s chocolate, gum and confections — including several varieties not yet available to the public — and producing a personalized batch of chewing gum. The paid intern would be required to chronicle their 8-12 week experience with the company on social media. The position, which includes a year’s worth of candy as a signing bonus, features a few unusual qualifications for an “ideal candidate,” including being able to “distinguish all five fruity flavors from the Skittles rainbow in a blind taste-test.”

The posting says ideal candidates should also be able to “blow bubbles with chewing gum that are greater than 5 inches in diameter.” “In your application, showcase why you should have the #Worlds SweetestInternship,” the website states. “Applicants will be asked to share a creative and social media portfolio during the interview process.”

(UPI)

Legend of Loch Ness Monster to be tested with DNA samples

The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of “Nessie” may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to the lake next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there. University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell says he’s no believer in Nessie, but he wants to take people on an adventure and communicate some science along the way. Besides, he says, his kids think it’s one of the coolest things he’s ever done.

One of the more far-fetched theories is that Nessie is a long-necked plesiosaur that somehow survived the period when dinosaurs became extinct. Another theory is that the monster is actually a sturgeon or giant catfish. Many believe the sightings are hoaxes or can be explained by floating logs or strong winds. Gemmell said that when creatures move about in water, they leave behind tiny fragments of DNA. It comes from their skin, feathers, scales and urine.

He said his team will take 300 samples of water from different points around the lake and at different depths. They will filter the organic material and extract the DNA, he said, sequencing it by using technology originally created for the human genome project.

He said the DNA results will then be compared against a database of known species. He said they should have answers by the end of the year.

“I’m going into this thinking it’s unlikely there is a monster, but I want to test that hypothesis,” Gemmell said. “What we’ll get is a really nice survey of the biodiversity of the Loch Ness.” He said the real discoveries may come in determining things like the prevalence of invasive species.

Gemmell, 51, said he first visited Loch Ness in his late 20s while on vacation. Like thousands of tourists before him, he gazed out over the lake trying to catch sight of a monster. He said he first came up with the idea of testing DNA from the lake a couple of years ago and it resonated with many, including his children, aged 7 and 10.

Graeme Matheson, chief of the Scottish Society of New Zealand, said he, too, has visited Loch Ness and gazed out over the water, and that he wishes Gemmell all the best.

“I hope he and his cohorts find something, although I think they’ll be battling,” Matheson said. “Still, it’s a good way to get a trip to Scotland.”

 
 
 
 
 

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UTC to use 180 buses to ferry Yoga participants

21 Jun 2018 | PNS | Dehradun

Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) would use 180 buses of its fleet on Dehradun and Haridwar routes to ferry the Yoga participants from Haridwar and also to take them back after the International Yoga Day show at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun is over. Divisional manager (Operational) UTC Dehradun, Pawan Mehra while talking to The pioneer said on Wednesday that around 280 busses operate from Dehradun depot...

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