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Hot Toys’ Spectacular ‘Homemade’ Spider-Man: Homecoming Figure, and More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9’s new weekly series gathering the latest and shiniest pop culture toys and merchandise around. This week: a very fancy take on Peter Parker’s low-rent Spider-Man: Homecoming look, a giant Optimus Prime, and a fully armed and operational battle teapot. Let’s take a look!

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US Troops Won’t Be Eating the Indestructible Pizza of Their Dreams

War is hell, and hell still doesn’t have pizza.

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Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks Are Better Than Regular Pretzel Sticks

Lots of people think going gluten-free is stupid if you don’t have celiac disease or a non-celiac wheat sensitivity, sure. But let’s all get off our high horses for a second and say that sometimes, very occasionally, a gluten-free substitute is better than the food it’s trying to mimic.

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Leaked Audio: Trump Cares About Food Safety But Only If the Food Is Foreign

President Donald Trump intends to intensify enforcement of food safety regulations as a cudgel in international trade negotiations, according to leaked recordings of a what appears to be a phone conversation between Trump and Wilbur Ross, his nominee for Commerce Secretary. During the conversation, which was recorded…

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Scientists Add 50,000 Seeds to Arctic Doomsday Vault Because Everything Is Awful

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle has received a major deposit of nearly 50,000 seed samples from around the world, bringing the total number of seeds stored at the remote facility to nearly one million. This latest deposit—one of the largest ever—is a critical step in ensuring global food security…

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Dog Foods Recalled Over Concerns of Euthanasia Drug Contamination

When buying dog food, you’re probably trying to keep your pup alive rather than feed it barbiturates, the drugs used to euthanize dogs. But a pair of related dog food companies are issuing a voluntary recall based on fear that one such drug, pentobarbital, might be in some of their food.

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These Star Wars Soy Sauce Dishes Are Completely Absurd and I Want Them So Bad

Eating sushi is as much an art as making the Japanese delicacy. When it comes to enhancing the flavor of sashimi or nigiri you’re not supposed to just drown your sushi in soy sauce. A light dip is all you need, and these wonderful Star Wars soy sauce dishes will make it easy to know when you’ve portioned out the…

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Even Your Fast Food’s Wrapper Is Bad For You

You don’t go to a fast food restaurant expecting a healthy meal, but you generally don’t expect potentially carcinogenic compounds, either. It turns out that a third of the time, that’s what you’re getting, and not in the food, but in the wrapper. Scientists aren’t sure how concerning this new health revelation is…

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Why McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce Tastes Like Ketchup

Burger fans recognize the power of the special sauce, whipping up their own custom batches to recreate the savory, delectable bite they know and love from their favorite burger chains. Usually, those sloppy creations mirror thousand island dressing: ketchup and mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and mayonnaise, ketchup,…

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This Butter Factory Sure Looks Like Heaven

The Jean-Yves Bordier Butter factory in France looks like a wonderful place to get lost in. Mind of a Chef toured the factory with chef Ludo Lefebvre, and just judging from Lefebvre’s pure joy in seeing all that butter get made, it seems like it’s heaven on Earth. Hell, even from just watching the video of the…

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The FDA’s Newly Proposed GMO Rules Are Nonsense

As the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it approached last week and the entire internet devolved into a morass of Trump headlines, the Food and Drug Administration quietly put forth proposed regulations that could drastically impact whether genetically engi… Continue reading

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How Pickles Got Caught Up in the Latest Health Fad

For 15 years, pickle makers from across the East Coast have gathered to celebrate brined vegetables at New York City’s Lower East Side Pickle Day. Last year, thirty thousand people squeezed in lines beside white tents that stretched over a quarter mile. A word appeared on some of the sauerkraut tents: “probiotic.”…

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Scientists Feed Cows Onions to Make Them Stop Farting So Much Methane

Napoleon Dynamite takes a sip from a tall jar of milk, then sets it down next to two other jars. He points. “The defect in that one is bleach.” “That’s correct,” says a judge from FFA, the agricultural education organization. He sips another. “This tastes like the cow got into an onion patch.”

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Pre-Peeled, Pre-Halved Avocados Are the Worst Example of Wasteful Packaging Yet

Like bananas, avocados come direct from nature wrapped in their own durable protective packaging. So why is a California-based avocado grower and distributor selling the savory fruits pre-peeled, pre-halved, sealed in plastic, and then wrapped in a car… Continue reading

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We Need to Be Inventing More Robots That Serve Humans Delicious Frozen Yogurt

Instead of building and designing bomb-laden autonomous drones, or humanoid robots like ATLAS who are probably going to overthrow humanity in a couple of years, researchers should be inventing robots like the Frobot vending machine that only exists to … Continue reading

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Wendy’s Tweets (and Promptly Deletes) a Very Bad Meme

In this day and age, the hip trend is for fast food restaurants to take ownership of their shit-quality products by adopting sassy, teen-friendly social media presences. And what do the teens love? [Countless adolescents shout “MEMES” and dab in unison.]

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Don’t Eat Food Prepared by a Celebrity Chef on TV

My Guy, laying on the sauce (Image: AP Images for Carnival Cruise Line)

If you’ve ever watched my Guy, Guy Fieri on television, you’d know that the best part is watching him manhandle meat, greasing up his gloveless Guy-paws with the grubbiest gristle. Well, a team of scientists think maybe these celeb chefs need to be a better influence when it comes to food safety.

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That ‘Fake Plastic Rice’ in Nigeria Was Actually Something Much More Depressing

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Last week, Nigerian officials seized over 100 bags of what was claimed to be plastic rice. Lab tests have since shown the product isn’t fake, as Gizmodo and other outlets reported. But it is badly contaminated rice that’s unsafe for human consumption. The incident is casting light on the sorry state of the economy and food production in Nigeria—along with a government that’s anxious to deflect the blame elsewhere.

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The Paris Climate Agreement Could Save Commercial Fishing 

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Saving seaside real estate isn’t the only business benefit of fighting climate change. Scientists think that adhering to the Paris Agreement could be crucial to the success of the commercial fishing industry.

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Soylent Gets in a Big, Dumb PR Fight

One of Soylent’s biggest ingredient suppliers—TerraVia—has thrown down the gauntlet and cut ties with the meal replacement company, effective immediately. It’s part of possibly the strangest PR feud of the year, and probably the first major controversy in history involving algae.

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