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KFC to ‘Double Down’ on college girls’ butts [via AdFreak]

KFC has found a new way to promote its Double Down sandwich (Monterey and pepper jack cheese, bacon and sauce sandwiched between two fried pieces of chicken) to college guys: splashing it across the backside of girls’ sweatpants. “On select college campuses,” the press release says, “female undergraduates will sport KFC Double Down branded sweatpants to encourage students to try the unique bun-less sandwich.” It pays $500, in case you were on the fence.

German scientists discover rare ape species in Asia [via Agence France-Presse]

A new rare and endangered species of ape has been discovered in the tropical rainforests between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The discovery of the northern buffed-cheeked gibbon, by scientists from the German Primate Center, “is a minor sensation,” GPC spokesman Christian Roos said. “The male of the new species is covered with black fur that appears silver in sunlight. His chest is brownish and his cheeks deep orange-golden in colour. The females are orange-beige in colour.”

Thanks to friend of the blog Barbara King for this tip.

The underrated brilliance of Steve Buschemi [via Salon]

Steve Buschemi doesn’t fit with HBO’s textbook leading men, “intense, deep-voiced, fearsomely macho.” But the “Boardwalk Empire” star is “the actor as Swiss Army Knife: Whatever a story needs, he’s probably got it. … He is always immediately recognizable as Steve Buscemi, rarely playing parts that require him to disguise his face or voice (as if such a thing were possible). But he rarely recycles performances, even when he seems to have been typecast in a particular mode that he’s mastered before: the fast-talking criminal, for instance, or the philosophical outsider, or the small-town loser.”

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Spilling the beans on the origins of food idioms [via Smithsonian Magazine]

SM writer Lisa Bramen examines the origins of some popular food idioms. Not worth his salt? Roman soldiers were given a salt allowance, so alleging this is akin to saying he’s not worth his salary. Sowing his wild oats? Wild oats are a useless cereal crop compared to cultivated oats, so sowing wild oats is without purpose. Upper crust? The top half of a loaf of bread was considered superior and was served to nobility.

The Beat Goes On [via the Advocate]

The Advocate, which is gay, profiles James Franco, who is not. Ahem. “Everyone thinks I’m a stoner, and some people think I’m gay because I’ve played these gay roles. That’s what people think, but it’s not true. I don’t smoke pot. I’m not gay. But on another level, there’s something in me that is able to play roles like that in a way that’s convincing.” The piece focuses on Franco’s upcoming role as poet Allen Ginsburg. Also: Franco got into 14 creative writing Ph.D. programs after napping through his Columbia class? Get real.

KFC tries to revive founder Colonel Sanders’ prestige [via USA Today]

Colonel Sanders, KFC’s iconic founder, is unknown to young Americans, rendering his role as mascot a little anachronistic. 60 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds couldn’t identify the Colonel in the company’s logo; half thought he was a made-up mascot. A full thirty percent had no idea who he was. For the record, Sanders founded KFC, was known for all-white suits and would have been 120 years old yesterday.

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