xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Homaro Cantu (described by one customer as Chicago’s “mad-scientist” gourmet chef) creates his signature dishes with the help of cutting-edge technology, such as fishless sushi made with edible, fish-flavored paper containing designs produced on an inkjet printer. Among the projects planned for his Moto restaurant: baking with a “class IV” laser (the kind used in welding and surgery) that will cook the center but not the outside; using helium and superconductors to make food levitate; and developing edible utensils, tables and chairs. Said Cantu, to a New York Times reporter in February, “Gastronomy has to catch up to the evolution in technology.”
“This is so embarrassing. We had never done that before, and now she’s in the hospital, and my cat’s dead” (said a name-withheld New York City man in January, after he and a neighbor decided to have sex but then accidentally ignited a comforter with a candle, starting a major fire in his apartment).
Elaine Edwards of Mink, La., lived in one of the last remaining places in the country without telephone service, until lines were installed in January: “It wasn’t 15 minutes after that phone was in before a telemarketer called me.”
Send your Weird News to Chuck Shepherd, P.O. Box 18737, Tampa, Fla. 33679 or Weird@compuserve.com
Copyright © 2001 by Chuck Shepherd
NEWS OF THE WEIRD