Kentucky Fried Chicken is changing its name to KFC on all advertising and packaging. To avoid using that high-cholesterol "F" word, of course.
Your Stomach's Fine, But the
Endoscope Will Have to Come Out
Do hot peppers actually burn a hole in your stomach wall? To find out, Dr. David Graham of the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Houston had 12 subjects eat dishes ranging from steak and potatoes to enchiladas with jalapenos, after swallowing viewing devices called endoscopes. The images of the stomach wall that the endoscopes sent back showed no sign of damage, so if you like eating hot peppers, eat away. And if you like swallowing endoscopes, get hold of Graham.
Chipper Than Thou
For our health-conscious age, Frito-Lay is going to introduce something called Sunchips later this month: multigrain chips made mostly from whole wheat and corn. What they have to do with the sun is a little obscure, but they're said to have the shape of a chip and the crunch of a cracker.
One From the Heartburn
A New York artist named Harley Spiller has just opened an exhibit of 5,000 Chinese restaurant take-out menus, collected during a 10-year period of intense Chinese take-out consumption. The show at the Franklin Furnace Gallery also includes related paraphernalia such as plastic delivery bags and artists' takes on the motif (e.g. delivery boxes made from antique Chinese paper). Spiller told the Wall Street Journal he got the menus not only in New York but "from all different countries--Sweden, Israel, L.A. . . . ." Genius never sleeps.