Want to permanently lose your desire to eat fast food? Here's the best way we can think of: Work at a FAST FOOD place, and see what it looks like before it's served.
27-year-old Colin Moore of Durham, England managed to lose 140 pounds in a year . . . by working at McDonald's.
He got a job at a McDonald's in May of last year, when he weighed 343 pounds. And being at McDonald's, constantly smelling their burgers and being around the food as it was prepared IMMEDIATELY turned him off of fast food.
It inspired him to switch his diet to things like fruit, lean meat, rice cakes, chicken, and vegetables. He lost 18 pounds in his first month as a McDonald's employee . . . and now, just a little over a year later, he's down 140 pounds and weighs 203.
We have a list of things you may not have known about those "TGIF" shows, like "Full House", "Step By Step", "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch", "Family Matters" and "Boy Meets World". Here they are:
1. On "Full House", Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were losing different teeth at different times, so they had to wear fake teeth towards the end of the series to keep up the facade that Michelle Tanner was one person.
2. Comet, the Tanners' Golden Retriever on "Full House", also played the original Buddy in the movie "Air Bud".
3. "Step By Step" was set in the same television universe as "Family Matters". In fact, Steve Urkel appeared in the second episode of the series. Urkel also made a cameo appearance on "Full House".
4. Sabrina Spellman from "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" is actually based on a comic book character from the long-running "Archie" comics franchise.
5. "Family Matters" was actually a spinoff from ABC's "Perfect Strangers".
6. Even though Urkel became the most iconic character on "Family Matters", he was originally only supposed to be in one episode.
7. Michelle Thomas, the actress who played Urkel's girlfriend, died shortly after the series ended at the age of 30 after losing a battle to cancer.
8. Over the course of "Boy Meets World", Topanga's parents were played by five different actors.
(You can find those and dozens more, here. They're conveniently broken down by show.)
Maybe this is just my donut-loving side talking . . . but I'm less offended by this crime and more offended by the grotesque waste of delicious baked goods.
There's a neighborhood in Hillsboro, Oregon that's being TERRORIZED right now . . . by someone vandalizing cars with PASTRIES.
One time they smeared a maple bar on a car. Another time they left some donuts on a windshield. Then one time they moved away from pastries and dumped potato salad on a car. Overall, at least a DOZEN cars have been vandalized with food.
The police think some kids are behind this . . . and they've added extra patrols in the neighborhood to try to catch them.
A police lieutenant named Mike Rouches told reporters, quote, "In my 25 years in police services, I have never investigated or seen a criminal mischief involving pastries."
26-year-old Emma Bowker of Yorkshire, England got married a few weeks ago, and her 29-year-old sister Lucy was her bridesmaid. Lucy was nine months pregnant . . . and RIGHT before the wedding, she went into labor.
But because people get CRAZY about weddings and Lucy didn't want to miss her sister's wedding or steal her sister's thunder . . . she just kinda sucked it up.
Lucy still walked her sister down the aisle . . . stayed through the ceremony . . . then even posed for a few photographs. Finally, as the reception was starting, the contractions started hurting and she was rushed to the hospital.
She gave birth to her daughter Izzy a few hours later.
28-year-old Daniel Warn of Bloomington, California must be a huge fan of the fast food chain El Pollo Loco. Clearly he thinks El Pollo Loco is both irresistibly delicious AND a lucrative business.
Daniel broke into his favorite El Pollo Loco in Costa Mesa, California last week by crawling through the drive thru window in the middle of the night. And he tore the place apart looking for cash . . . but couldn't find any.
He was wearing a bright green shirt and a hat featuring Animal from "The Muppets" at the time . . . and security cameras got a great look at him and his questionable fashion choices.
Then, a few hours later, he went BACK to the same El Pollo Loco to get LUNCH . . . WITHOUT changing his clothes.
The employees recognized his shirt and his "Muppets" hat, called the cops, and Daniel was arrested.
Your friends aren't your friends by accident . . . your DNA might have FORCED you to pick them.
A new study from the University of California, San Diego and Yale University found that people gravitate toward other people who have similar DNA.
So even though you aren't relatives with your friends, about 1% of your genes match. That doesn't SOUND like a lot, but it really is . . . it's the same amount you'd share with someone who's your fourth cousin.
The researchers say, quote, "We have more DNA in common with the people we pick as friends than we do with strangers . . . humans choose individuals who resemble them on a [genetic] level."
The most common genes friends share is in their sense of smell . . . which might be one thing that draws you together. So, if you like the smell of coffee, you might bond with a person over going to get coffee all the time.
There is so much about this smuggling attempt that's confusing.
Customs agents at the Mexican border in San Luis, Arizona caught a couple trying to smuggle contraband into the U.S. earlier this month. But it wasn't drugs . . . no, these people were trying to smuggle in two live PARROTS.
And they'd hidden the two live parrots inside a stuffed ELMO doll.
The customs agents X-rayed the Elmo doll and found the parrots inside. It's illegal to bring animals into the country because they could have diseases, so the parrots were quarantined and are being held by the Department of Agriculture.
All things considered, the couple got off about as easy as you can for smuggling . . . it was just a $300 fine.
If you ask me, the best way to avoid getting gored during the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain is . . . NOT ATTEND the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Anyone who does is just asking for it.
But a 32-year-old author from Chicago named Bill Hillman actually co-authored a BOOK on the subject. It's called, "Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona", and it came out last month. But we're thinking sales MIGHT take a hit after this.
Bill is in Spain right now, attending the festival for his tenth year in a row. And yesterday . . . HE GOT GORED BY A BULL.
A 1,300-pound bull got him twice in the right thigh. He was listed in serious condition and had to have surgery.
Technically, his advice on how to survive the event is still valid. His doctors say the bull JUST missed an artery, and they expect Bill to make a full recovery.
You KNOW you can't leave your dog in the car when it's this hot out, no matter what. Even if you're this guy . . . and your dog is your designated driver.
Police in Oconee County, Georgia got a call on Wednesday about a dog locked in a car outside of a convenience store. They came and got the dog out. It was 99 degrees at the time and when they measured, it was 123 degrees inside the car.
The car and the dog both belonged to 60-year-old Wesley Mark Terrell. When he got out of the store, he was clearly drunk.
The cops told him he'd be arrested for a DUI . . . and he told them he shouldn't be, since the DOG had driven him to the store.
For some reason, they didn't buy that . . . and he was arrested for both a DUI and animal cruelty. The dog was turned over to animal control.
Here's another reason you shouldn't flick cigarette butts out your car window. Besides the fact that it's littering, it's rude, and you don't want birds to eat them and get BIRD CANCER, if that's a thing.
48-year-old Travis Paul Smith of Elsmere, Delaware was driving on Sunday night and flicked a lit cigarette out of his red Chevy Monte Carlo. But the wind somehow blew the cigarette back INTO his car . . . and set the interior on FIRE.
The entire car instantly went up in flames, but luckily two people ran over and pulled Travis out of the car and saved his life.
Unfortunately he'd already been burned pretty badly, and he's still in the hospital with severe second- and third-degree burns.
We appreciate that this woman wanted to serve some HILLBILLY JUSTICE to a spider that dared to enter her house. But next time, maybe just step.
34-year-old Ginny Griffith of Hutchinson, Kansas spotted a spider in her house around 1:30 A.M. on Friday . . . and apparently decided to teach it a lesson.
So she threw some towels on top of it, and used her cigarette lighter to set them on FIRE.
We're not sure if she managed to kill the spider in the process . . . but she DID manage to set her house on fire.
The fire department came and put the fire out before it spread too far, and Ginny was arrested for aggravated arson. That's a pretty serious charge, but she lives in a duplex and there were people in the other half when she set the fire.
A new pub in Dublin is asking potential hires to send the bar a Snapchat in lieu of a résumé.
Sober Lane, seeking young and hip future employees, hopes to get quick and creative first impressions of hopeful chefs, servers and bartenders via the smartphone app.
"Recruitment agencies, CV's, References - BORING!" reads Sober Lane's Facebook post. "We will only be taking applications through Snapchat."
The company says it hopes to find people who can make a connection in under 15 seconds, a prized skill for anyone in the service industry. Of course, by prioritizing Snapchat savvy millennials over a more experienced bartenders who may not own smartphones, it's clear that social media trumps know-how – at least in Sober Lane's first round "interview."
Employers are already hiring via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Will Snapchat be the next social media to utilize during the job hunt?
With scratch-off lottery tickets, it seems like you're always one number away from winning the jackpot. Which they do intentionally, so you'll buy more tickets. Here's a guy who decided to stop falling for it . . . and did something SO much dumber.
45-year-old Michael Shaske of Tahlequah, Oklahoma recently bought a $3 lottery ticket that had a bunch of symbols you need to match up. And he was one symbol away from winning 20 grand. (Tahlequah is about 170 miles east of Oklahoma City.)
So he bought a second ticket . . . cut out the symbol he needed, and GLUED it to the first ticket. Apparently he didn't realize that when you turn in a winning lottery ticket, they just scan the barcode.
Anyway, he tried to cash it in at two different convenience stores . . . where they wouldn't have even HAD $20,000 in cash. But both cashiers realized the ticket was doctored, and told him to beat it.
Which is when he decided to drive three hours to Oklahoma City . . . and try to cash it in at the lottery's HEADQUARTERS. They of course immediately called police, who showed up and arrested him.