SpaghettiOs are 25 years old this year, and if all the empty cans from all the SpaghettiOs ever eaten had been saved and stacked up very carefully, they could reach the moon (says the Campbell's Soup Company, which in point of fact has no experience in the aerospace field). To celebrate, Campbell's is introducing its sixth and seventh variations on the theme of spoon-sized pastas for young eaters: TeddyOs, shaped like teddy bears, and SportyOs, shaped like skateboards, roller skates and bicycles.
Oh Boy, Two Old Handles
In what sounds suspiciously like the Coke Classic marketing strategy all over again, Popsicle is bringing back the two-handled Twin Pop it took off the market in 1986. Learned your lesson, eh?
Third Giblet's the Charm
Foster Farms has started marketing a caldo de pollo package at Tianguis stores among others. To provide the traditional mixture of chicken parts for this Mexican stew, each package contains three legs, three wings, three backs, three necks and three sets of giblets.
Brother Adam's Mite
Acarapis woodi is an extremely homely microscopic mite that infects honey bees' breathing tubes and often kills 80% of a hive. Its days may be numbered, though. Last month the USDA received 15 queen bees specially bred for mite resistance by Brother Adam, the 90-year-old English beekeeping monk of Buckfastleigh Abbey. If breeding with American bees goes well, two or three years from now resistant bees will be available to beekeepers.