1 For the man on your holiday shopping list who has everything, J&D’s Foods has you covered.
The company, makers of Bacon Salt, is pleased to announce the world’s first underwear that looks and smells like bacon. Yes, Bacon Scented Underwear.
“Marrying the ultimate in comfort and cured meat, J&D's Bacon Scented Underwear represents the gold standard of meat-scented luxury undergarments,” says a media release.
The intoxicating scent reportedly lasts through multiple wash cycles and should continue to smell like bacon for up to a year.
J&D's recommends the underwear be used with caution by mail carriers, zookeepers, veterinarians, dog catchers and walkers, and lion tamers.
2 And for the woman on your holiday shopping list who has everything, there’s "Golden Girls" granny panties.
The Huffington Post reports that designer Candice Pugh is selling them on her Bulletsandbees Etsy store, and that they’re “glamorous enough for the likes of Sophia’s cross-dressing son, Phil.”
There are four "Golden Girls" designs, each one dedicated to a different lovely liver-spotted lady from the NBC sitcom. Pugh had all the girls’ personalities in mind when she created the frilly briefs.
“I think that's what makes them stand out so much,” she said.
The Rose negligee is innocent and white, the Sophia-inspired undies have a sensible support top and Dorothy’s design is black as a nod to her dark sense of humor. Blanche, who is Pugh’s favorite Golden Girl, has her pretty face emblazoned upon a flashy lime-green number.
Each pair goes for around $45 or you can buy the set for $160.
3 Finally, for the paranoid, reclusive millionaire with everything (and no, we're not thinking about the late Howard Hughes. Okay, maybe a little.) the good people at Architectural Digest present an underground bunker for sale in George at a paltry $17.5 million.
The 12-bedroom, 12-bath fortress of solitude was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1969 for $7 million. Today, you'd be lucky to get a panic room for that kind of money.
Three years ago, the subterranean facility in southeast Georgia was renovated to meet government standards for underground houses, the Digest reports — which is kind of weird on account of it was built by the government.
But hey, be safe out there.
The house, roughly two hours from Savannah, doesn't come with tanks, machine guns or even a decommissioned MiG, so your plans for world domination could face a setback.
But it does have 32 acres of land, a 1,000-gallon water storage tank and a 300-foot well.
Also: a private 15-seat theater, two business centers, two conference rooms and a modern kitchen with granite countertops in 14,000 square feet.
Which is great, everyone likes granite countertops, but it kind of kills the Dr. Evil vibe.
4 California's central San Joaquin Valley has one of the state's fastest-growing senior populations, according to the Fresno Bee's Barbara Anderson.
For a story on a $1 million gift from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation to help UCSF-Fresno set up a center on aging, Anderson checked in with Helen Miltiades, a professor of gerontology at Fresno State.
Between now and 2035, Anderson wrote, the valley's elder population is projected to increase by 68 percent, a rate equaled only by the Los Angeles area.
"The fastest-growing segment of the older population in the Valley will be those 80 and older, who have the most health needs," Anderson wrote, citing Miltiades.
5 Watch out America! McDonald's Japan is releasing a 48-piece McNugget Meal.
While you can currently order a 40-piece Chicken McNugget meal in the U.S., the most Japan currently offers is a 15-piece set.
Yahoo! News Japan reports that the 48-piece bucket goes on sale in Niigata in December for roughly $14.69.
In case you’re counting, and even if you’re not, this bucket of McNuggets clocks in at well over 2,000 calories total.
6 A man in Tennessee was arrested and taken to the hospital after stealing a beer truck and running himself over while trying to elude police.
WSMV in Nashville reports that around 5:45 a.m. Monday, Columbus Police responded to a call of a man stealing a Coors Light beer truck.
The suspect led police on a chase, which ended when he jumped out of the vehicle and ran himself over.
Gregory Miller, 55, was taken to Midtown Medical Center with a severe ankle injury.
Officials say he will face charges of theft by taking a motor vehicle and eluding police once released.
We’re sure there’s a Miller Coors pun in here somewhere.
7 Is Big Brother tracking you?
Considering startling revelations in recent years of digital snooping by the NSA, and the increased use of cellphone tracking technology by local law enforcement agencies, it's probably not surprising that mobile app users are often reluctant to share their location.
For many, reports eMarketer, that means not using location services at all, potentially diminishing their mobile experiences.
According to research from mobile location services provider Skyhook Wireless, U.S. mobile app users are more likely to turn on location services for weather apps than for any other category— but even then, 35 percent of app users refuse to do so.
For other app categories, the share of users who enabled location services was even lower, dropping to just 16 percent for news apps — another category where specifying location would seem useful in bringing users local stories.
This may be another instance of damned if you do and damned if you don't.
8 Someone left a newborn baby in a nativity scene in a New York church.
As reported in the New York Times, a custodian at Holy Jesus Child Church in Queens finished setting up the manger at the front of the church Monday and went to lunch. When he returned he heard a baby crying.
The infant, believe to be no more than a few hours old, was being treated at Jamaica Hospital Center. Police were looking Tuesday for a woman videotaped leaving the child and exiting.
Churches are one of the places parents are permitted to abandon newborns, no questions asked. But they're supposed to inform someone at the church before taking off.
The parish priest, the Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue, saw the positive side.
“I think it’s beautiful,” Father Heanue told the Times. “A church is a home for those in need, and she felt, in this stable — a place where Jesus will find his home — a home for her child.”
There was no word on the baby's name, or whether any magi were on their way.
9 According to National Geographic, paint that eats pollution and bacteria could be the wave of the future.
Early next year, New York-based Pureti will begin U.S. distribution of KNOxOUT, which claims to be the world’s “first air cleaning paint.” It uses light energy to break down smog-causing nitrogen oxides, rendering them harmless.
Sherwin Williams is rolling out Paint Shield, which the company says is the first microbicidal paint to be registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and can kill more than 99.9 percent of staph, E. coli and other bacteria within two hours of exposure on painted surfaces. While it’s expected to appeal especially to hospitals, the company also predicts some residential use.
10 A 23-year-old Indiana man pleaded guilty Wednesday to breaking into a medical museum and stealing preserved human brains and other tissue that he then sold online.
David Charles, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to six charges including receiving stolen property, and burglary in a Marion County court where Magistrate Amy Barbar sentenced him to one year of home detention and two years of probation, Reuters says.
The Marion County prosecutor's office says Charles broke into the Indiana Medical History Museum on multiple occasions to steal jars of brains and other human tissue.
Investigators were able to identify him because he left behind a piece of paper with his bloody fingerprint on it.
Compiled by The Californian's John Cox, Theo Douglas and Jon Nelson.