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This Week in Food News: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Pt. II

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There were a lot of upsides and downsides to many of the week’s juiciest food stories, but we’ll let our readers decide what they think. From a banned soda commercial-turned-viral sensation, to a newly released pizza perfume, take a look at the week’s top food stories!

SodaStream, a DIY carbonation product, has experienced some highs and lows in recent times. First, U.K. broadcast company, Clearcast, banned SodaStream’s commercial after the company declared the ad “denigrated other soft drinks.” In the ad, called “The SodaStream Effect,” cases of soda explode around the world every time someone uses the SodaStream product. While Clearcast’s criticism left SodaStream baffled, things seem to be looking up for the carbonation company this week. Clearcast’s attempt to censor the SodaStream ad has backfired–the banned commercial ended up going viral, with over a million views on YouTube. Readers, do you think Clearcast was justified in their actions?

A 65-year-old diabetic named Denis Duthie experienced the scare of a lifetime after abruptly going blind from vodka. After taking a few sips of vodka to celebrate his parents’ wedding anniversary, Duthie found himself completely blind. His wife took him to the hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit. Doctors found that Duthie had consumed methanol and was suffering from formaldehyde poisoning, which could be treated with the ethanol found in alcoholic beverages. With ethanol out of stock at the hospital, a medical registrar raced to a liquor store to buy a bottle of Johnnie Walker, which was “dripped into Duthie’s stomach via nasogastric tube.” When Duthie awoke five days later, his vision was restored. Since then, Duthie has refused to touch alcohol and offered some words of wisdom to his fellow diabetics: “Don’t do what I did or else you’ll be dead.”

Here’s some good news for perfumaniacs: there’s a hot new perfume on the market, and it’s receiving a lot of buzz. Before you get too excited, we should mention that the fragrance features “notes of freshly baked, hand-tossed dough.” Pizza Hut has created a limited edition, pizza-scented perfume to commemorate Pizza Hut Canada’s 100,000 Facebook fans. What started off as a joke between Pizza Hut and their Facebook followers quickly turned into serious mission, with Pizza Hut gifting bottles to select fans while toying with the possibility of entering department stores. Menuism readers, would you buy food-scented perfume?


Marisa Miyasaki loves to mix and match different cuisines and believes Korean Tacos are just about the coolest thing ever invented. She is a devout foodhist and has a borderline-crazy obsession with taking pictures of nearly everything she eats. As Menuism's Community Manager, Marisa hopes to share her passion for food with the world- one hungry foodie at a time.