With the "Virgin Mary" grilled cheese, "Jesus" pinto bean and toast featuring the image of the infamous "Runaway Bride," there seems to be a growing cultural phenomenon of people seeing images in various food items.
Now there's a home on the Web for these quirky food visions. The first online "Food Sightings Museum" at www.tacobell.com gives people the chance to share and appreciate these delicious discoveries.
Taco Bell's inspiration behind the site were consumers' reports regarding images they claimed to have seen in their grilled Chalupa shells — everything from Jesus to Star Wars' Chewbacca to the Liberty Bell.
"We’ve had customers tell us they’ve seen everything from movie characters to the Liberty Bell in our Chalupa shells. This online tribute to food visions is a fun and playful way to engage our customers' senses beyond the overall Taco Bell experience," said Warren Widicus, chief food innovation officer, Taco Bell Corp.
Through June 16, consumers are invited to share digital photos of their food visions — images they see in fruit, veggies, toast, cereal and pizza, among other things.
The photos will be displayed in the gallery, where site visitors can rate each photo as the "real deal" or "just a meal" (i.e. unrecognizable or manually altered image).
Those who submit photos of "visions" in their Club Chalupa shells will have the chance to win a month's supply of Chalupas, to be determined by site visitors' votes.
Paid for Nuttin'
Meet the New Yorker with the world's easiest and best-paying job.
Christopher Nelson is getting $100,000 a year to sit in his downtown Manhattan apartment and watch reruns of "The Dukes of Hazzard (search)," the New York Post reported Thursday.
The Country Music Channel, which airs the backwoods brawls-and-babes show, hired Nelson, 28, to watch it daily and drum up interest with a "Dukes" blog featuring trivia, contests and interviews with the original stars.
His title is vice president of the "Dukes of Hazzard Institute" — the president being The General Lee, the orange 1969 Dodge Charger that Bo, Luke and Daisy Duke tooled around in.
"This is a great job and I can do it right from my home. Any job that's a pants-optional position is all right with me," said Nelson, a transplanted Texan who'd been doing temp work as he tried to kick-start a music and writing career.
Bees Swarm After Mayor Recommends Bee Book
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — It was a bzzzy sort of day in Shreveport. A burst can of soda brought a swarm of bees into a shopping cart outside a supermarket the day the mayor announced that "The Secret Life of Bees (search)" will be Shreveport's first citywide reading project.
The real bees formed a huge circle around the queen until Gail Boynton and her husband, beekeepers from the Blanchard area, suited up and collected them. Customers and employees of the Kroger grocery store stood and watched.
"It looks like a spacesuit — is someone going up?" joked customer Zetta Holden.
Boynton said the bees were attracted to the sugar in the Dr. Pepper.
"This is swarming season and when the queen moves, they move with the queen," she said.
"The Secret Life of Bees," by Sue Monk Kidd, has been another sort of phenomenon: it's been on one bestseller list or another fairly steadily since early 2003.
On Tuesday, Mayor Kenneth Hightower announced that Shreveport will join other cities in encouraging all residents to read a different book each month. Several local book clubs are sponsoring the effort, dubbed "One Book One City: Shreveport — On the Same Page."
And Still More Bees Buzz
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Beekeepers plan to remove about 20,000 bees from Eric and Jacque Scholl's home in the historic Swan Lake neighborhood.
The Scholls called for professional help after their 3-year-old son, Nicholas, was stung.
Beekeepers Bruce and Joyce Caldwell found several hives under the floor of the second story of the Scholls' house. The bee combs under the floor were about 6 inches thick and extended several feet. They first noticed the bees two years ago.
A modified vacuum cleaner will be used to suck the bees out through a length of tube and deposit them in a sealed container. The bees will be taken to an apiary, where their honey will be harvested.
The Scholls said they have been delayed in removing the bees because they needed to find a contractor who could expose the insects by tearing out walls and flooring yet stay within the guidelines of the Tulsa Historic Preservation District, which includes their 1930's home.
The family has not received an estimate of how much the bee removal will cost.
Naked Students Aim to 'Bare Government's Shortcomings'
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A group of young male students ran naked around a crowded Manila university block near the presidential palace Wednesday, saying they wanted to "bare the government's shortcomings" in education funding.
The 15 activists, mostly in their 20s and some with "Education for all" written on their bodies in red paint, snarled traffic and drew giggles from passing females.
At one point, they attempted to cross a barricade on a street leading to the palace, but were stopped by riot police who forced them to briefly parade — covered only with caps and dark glasses — in the middle of a traffic-choked road.
They also lay down on the scorching road, some spreading their legs, before a throng of photographers and TV cameramen.
"We are here not to show our bodies but to bare the government's shortcomings," said Leonardo delos Reyes, spokesman of the United Youth Alliance (search).
They raised placards condemning shortages in the education budget that have caused standards to deteriorate and kept millions of young Filipinos out of school because of a lack of facilities. Reyes said the government was appropriating twice as much money to pay off its huge foreign debt than for education.
The police did not arrest any of the protesters who after the rally boarded a van and left without incident.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Jennifer D'Angelo.
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