Beer stolen on Air Canada flight, one million fruit pies, sommeliers vs. WWE

Beer stolen on Air Canada flight, one million fruit pies, sommeliers vs. WWE

Catty or criminal? The insignia for a wine-tasting competition in Philadelphia (Image courtesy of gordonswine.com) 

• The WWE has given the Wine School of Philadelphia a smackdown by slapping it with a cease and desist order. Since 2007, the school has been holding a competition known as Sommelier Smackdown, but the WWE holds the trademark to the latter half of that term. A representative from the wine school argues that “smackdown” is a generic word, and that it’s even in the dictionary (it is; we checked).  [Philadelphia Inquirer]

• In yet another eBay oddity, a cancelled supermarket order of over one million fruit pies has been put up for sale. The vendor has called it “quite possibly the most bizarre and largest thing we have ever had to sell.” The “fruit puffs” need five tractor-trailers to ship and would reach a height of about 90,000 feet if stacked on top of each other. [Daily Mail]

• An Air Canada flight made an unscheduled stop on Tuesday after a passenger was caught stealing beer from a beverage cart. The man had tried to hide the evidence by flushing a beer can down the toilet. That endeavour apparently failed, as the pilot made the decision to land in Kelowna and call the RCMP, who took the thief away in handcuffs. [Canadian Press]

• Due to conflicting rules between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the turkey industry marketing board, drug-free turkey may be a rarity by next Thanksgiving. According to the Star, organic turkey farmers are being forced to grow turkeys in enclosed spaces, a practice that often necessitates the use of antibiotics. The expected shortage is prompting the Star to say it may soon be easier to find crack cocaine than a drug-free turkey. Depending on one’s moral turpitude, however, that may already be the case. [Toronto Star]

• Kellogg’s is reportedly looking into the possibility of laser-branding its logo onto individual corn flakes so that customers can be sure they are eating the real deal. A valiant effort, but does laser branding go far enough? We would like to see a watermark of the CEO’s face on each flake, perhaps coupled with some fluorescent ink so that we could examine them under UV light. [Telegraph]