Kate Bernot's posts - English uPOST

Michigan 5-year-old asks 911 for McDonald’s, cop delivers him McDonald’s Michigan 5-year-old asks 911 for McDonald’s, cop delivers him McDonald’s

There were maybe two times in college when I was so miserably hungover that I thought my lunch cravings might constitute an emergency. I never called 911 for delivery—that’s what roommates are for, bless them—but I have a pinch of sympathy for a 5-year-old Michigan boy who dialed 911 to ask the dispatcher to bring him…

Ohio man pledges to subsist entirely on beer for Lent [UPDATED] Ohio man pledges to subsist entirely on beer for Lent [UPDATED]

Update, April 19, 2019: Well, he made it. Del Hall consumed only beer during Lent and lived to tell the tale. Hall tells The Cincinnati Enquirer he feels “like I’m in my 20s,” and lost more than 40 pounds. Bravo?

“Shell On Challenge” latest dumb food stunt health officials warn teens against “Shell On Challenge” latest dumb food stunt health officials warn teens against

We rolled our eyes when our parents asked “Well, if all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do it, too?” But I now find myself wondering whether the next Snapchat trend won’t be the “Jump Off A Cliff Challenge.” This week, the latest dumbshit food challenge making the rounds on teens’ social media feeds,…

Last Call: Dinosaur potstickers are the best dino-shaped food since cafeteria nuggets Last Call: Dinosaur potstickers are the best dino-shaped food since cafeteria nuggets

A Tyrannosaurus rex might clap over dino-shaped potstickers, except its arms are too short. So I’ll provide the applause for Reddit user PeaceLoveSmithWesson, who posted a photo and recipe for dinosaur-shaped potstickers.

Group sues USDA, claiming there’s poo on your chicken Group sues USDA, claiming there’s poo on your chicken

Fair warning: This will not be the most appetizing food story you read all day. I’m sorry its publication time coincides with your lunch hour, and if you’ve packed chicken salad today, perhaps you’ll want to bookmark this article for later.

Wisconsin coffee chain will change its name, apologizes to Native American tribes Wisconsin coffee chain will change its name, apologizes to Native American tribes

Restaurants have lately been accused of appropriation, usually by the marginalized groups whose name or likeness or cuisine they’ve coopted.

The Chick-fil-A culture wars have escalated The Chick-fil-A culture wars have escalated

Until roughly six months ago, the choice of whether or not to eat at Chick-fil-A was a largely personal one. In a 2012 interview with a Baptist website, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy revealed he opposes gay marriage and supports “the biblical definition of the family unit,” and Chick-fil-A’s foundation has since donated…

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best chocolate candy The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best chocolate candy

Welcome, dear readers, to The Takeout Draft, our recurring feature that combines our love of food, fantasy sports, and arguing on Slack.

Taco John’s Potato Olés could be fast food’s finest spuds Taco John’s Potato Olés could be fast food’s finest spuds

French fries dominate fast food potato sides, an arrangement most of us take for granted. Wake up, sheeple, because it doesn’t have to be this way. Dare to dream! No disrespect toward the salty, pillowy satisfaction of a fresh-from-the-oil McDonald’s fry. It cannot be denied. But there are even more flavorful, more…

Eating muskrat permissible on Fridays during Lent, Detroit archdiocese decrees Eating muskrat permissible on Fridays during Lent, Detroit archdiocese decrees

Observant Catholics in the Detroit area who abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent may still consume a type of semi-aquatic rodent: muskrat. The Associated Press reports on this established exception to the no-meat-on-Fridays rule, which the Archdiocese Of Detroit has granted Catholics for more than a century.…

Study: Teen boys eat less junk food if they think that makes them rebellious Study: Teen boys eat less junk food if they think that makes them rebellious

Because it’s adults who create anti-smoking, safe-sex, and nutrition campaigns for teens, their ideas can sometimes come off as, well, misdirected. If you sat through D.A.R.E. presentations in school, you probably have some thoughts on the program’s effectiveness. Researchers from The University Of Chicago Booth…

Carl’s Jr. to introduce CBD burger on 4/20 Carl’s Jr. to introduce CBD burger on 4/20

Though cannabidiol (CBD) is often name-checked as one of the fastest-growing food and drink trends, its legal status for use in restaurant food is murky. So it’s surprising to see news this morning that Carl’s Jr. will this weekend become the first national restaurant chain to add a CBD-infused burger to its menu. In…

Last Call: A science experiment to use up your Peeps Last Call: A science experiment to use up your Peeps

You could just inflate them in the microwave like countless Americans have done before, but a deeper YouTube dive yields a more interesting use for your leftover Peeps. This video from Skunk Bear, NPR’s visual science series, demonstrates how to use a baking dish full of Peeps to calculate the speed of light.

Massive grocery-store strike in New England enters sixth day Massive grocery-store strike in New England enters sixth day

Roughly 31,000 Stop & Shop employees at 240 stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts have entered day six of a strike, forcing some stores to close. The workers are members of five unions, and are at odds with management over wages and benefits. The New York Times reports a union representative said the…

Arkansas declares war on cauliflower rice Arkansas declares war on cauliflower rice

The rise of plant-based and “cell-cultured” meats has touched off a global debate over what, precisely, constitutes meat. Bureaucrats, consumer groups, and the meat lobby have suddenly become amateur linguists, debating uses and ontologies of the words “meat” and “burger.” Who knew the seemingly innocuous term “rice”…

South Carolina city launches pimento cheese passport South Carolina city launches pimento cheese passport

Beer passports are a popular marketing and tourism tool for communities with high concentrations of breweries. The idea is simple: Visit breweries and fill your passport book with stamps, which can sometimes be redeemed for merchandise or discounts. Cities including Seattle and Toronto also have their own food…

Choosing the perfect restaurant for the elderly isn’t impossible Choosing the perfect restaurant for the elderly isn’t impossible

Last summer, my then-87-year-old grandma had the worst restaurant meal of her entire life. I know this because she told me so on the drive home from the restaurant, which I—a food writer—had chosen. My grandma, who I call Oma, didn’t hide her displeasure during the meal, setting everyone at the table on edge and…

Last Call: The trick to remembering palate vs. palette vs. pallet Last Call: The trick to remembering palate vs. palette vs. pallet

I’m not the only Takeout writer who’s read Dreyer’s English, a newly published guide to clarity and style from Random House copy chief Benjamin Dreyer. It’s a useful book, and more irreverently fun than you’d expect a grammar book to be. But I was surprised, in his chapter on “Confusables”—the words people often…

More Kate Bernot's posts »

Language