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March 25, 2013

Can We Skip the Movie? The "favorite foods" section of your dating profile was never so important, fellas. A recent college grad and magazine intern confesses that she went on scores of OKCupid and Craigslist (yes! Craigslist!) dates a week not to find a partner in life, but so that she could get free dinners. "I decided that I couldn?t afford to limit myself to guys I actually wanted to date, I just had to go full throttle and just see who was willing to take me out. A meal is a meal! ... To find my victims, I would chitchat with each possible suitor and then hope they?d offer to take me out, which 9 out of 10 times they would. I would pick a restaurant I wanted to try out in the city and then it was on." The one oddball story that really pops out is of the guy with the foot fetish. When the server asked if they wanted dessert, her date answered, "Yes, her toes." After about 60 dinner "dates," she finally had to give it up, concluding, "I eventually told my friends what I had been up to and majority of my girlfriends thought it was a brilliant idea whereas my guy friends thought I was the lowest of lowest. ... Looking back, I truly didn't see the harm in my actions. I met a wide variety of men and honed my acting and interviewing skills while chowing down on some awesome steak dinners." I agree with her guy friends. You? (By the way, she's apparently still single.) Come for the Education, Stay for the Square Meals: A school in Britain has banned triangular snacks after a foodfight left one student with a bruised eye. From now on, "flapjacks" (which look like a cross between granola bars and Rice Krispie Treats -- any Brits care to explain?) must be rectangular or square. Ronald vs. Jared, Round One: Taking a hint from Subway's success with health-oriented meals, McDonald's is rolling out its biggest new nation-wide product launch this year, the McWrap, designed to steal away some of Subway's customers. The Old College Try: Investigators from Washington State University are almost ready to publish their recommendations for how to reduce college binge-drinking after the drinking death of an 18-year-old on campus last year. If if weren't for the tragedy part, it would sound like an ideal hook for a buddy comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Not Prepared: Chipotle is pulling out of its sponsorship of a Utah Boy Scouts event after the company decided participating in the event violated its anti-discrimination policies. Dinner photo from the Flickr account of Marinakvillatoro, used under Creative Commons license.

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