Grapevine: Zoo offering to name bugs after people's exes

Valentine's Day promotion in San Francisco


Now some fresh pickings from the political Grapevine...

Garbage In, Garbage Out

The city of Seattle has outlawed residents from throwing garbage in their garbage cans.

Starting this month, it is illegal to put any sort of food waste, dirty napkins, or soiled take-out containers in the trash.

Instead, residents and businesses are supposed to compost that stuff.

City workers will do the checking and anyone whose garbage is found to contain more than 10 percent food contraband will get a red citation posted on the side of their can for all neighbors to see.

For now it's a warning.

Starting in July, it's a fine which goes up to $50 for anyone with three violations.

Chew On This

President Obama is once again getting flak on the international stage for chewing gum while meeting with world leaders.

During his visit with Indian Prime Minister Narenda (sic) Modi, cameras captured him apparently chewing gum on multiple occasions.

He even took it out of his mouth once while chatting with the prime minister and then put it back.

The Times of India called it an ungainly sight.

Some folks on Twitter were equally unimpressed.

Quote -- "I just saw Obama taking out chewing gum with hand from mouth and putting back inside mouth again...Yuck"

Back in November, we told you about President Obama drawing the ire of the Chinese for chewing gum while meeting with world leaders in China. 

The president, a long-time smoker, has admitted to chewing nicotine gum to help him kick his habit.

Make Lemonade

And finally, just in time for Valentine's Day, the chance for something good to come from your failed relationship.

The San Francisco Zoo is offering to name their cockroaches and scorpions after your ex if you make a donation to the zoo.

Quote -- "Nothing says 'I've moved on' like adopting a giant cuddly cockroach in the name of your favorite ex. This Valentine's Day, if you care enough to send the very best, you'll choose our charming Madagascar Hissing Cockroach package."

Cockroach sponsorships start at $25.

Hairy scorpions start at $50.

A bargain, considering the average person who celebrates Valentine's Day will shell out $142.