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Archive for Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Tid Bits

August 30, 2000

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Hot off the press

Some like it hot, but most of you don't. So says Taco Bell, which reports that it goes through 5.2 billion packets of hot sauce a year. About 2.6 billion of those are "Mild," 1.8 billion are medium spicy "Hot," and 800 million are five-alarm, gimme-some-water "Fire," Taco Bell tells USA Weekend. Something that may comfort you while your eyes are tearing and the roof of your mouth is melting: Canadian researchers found that spicy foods sped up the body's metabolism about 30 percent. Which means hot food may help you burn off flab.

Indispensable robots

This vending machine's M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your robot's hand. Students in the electricity-electronics program at York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C., have designed and built a candy machine that uses a robot to hand the customer a paper cup of plain, peanut or crispy M&M chocolate candies. There are no immediate plans to market it.

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