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A Truck Spilled 12 Tons of Gooey Liquid Chocolate Onto a Highway in Poland

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What’s the only thing worse than spilled milk? Spilled liquid chocolate—12 tons of it, down the proverbial drain. This was the sad state of affairs that resulted when a tanker truck hauling melted milk chocolate toppled over on a highway in Poland, coating six lanes of traffic in the sugary goo.

The truck reportedly collided with a traffic barrier on the A2 highway in western Poland, ABC reports. Aside from the driver, who suffered a broken arm, no injuries were reported. It did, however, create a rather sticky situation for motorists and clean-up crews. Some drivers continued on their merry way, spreading streaks of chocolate for miles, according to The Washington Post. The chocolate was so thick that first responders left footprints in the muck, and heavy machinery had to be brought in to scrape it off the roads.

Traffic was eventually shut down in both directions, and crews raced to scoop up the chocolate before it hardened on the roads. After chocolate congeals, it’s harder to clean up than either snow or oil, according to a firefighter at the scene and the chocolate manufacturer, respectively.

Hot water was used to melt and wash away the chocolate, and the whole clean-up was expected to take several hours. First responders were good sports about it, though. Marlena Kukawka, a spokesperson for the Slupca police department, said, “It's been a long time since I've seen so many smiles on the faces of emergency rescue folks and police officers at the scene of an accident," according to NPR.

Chocolate lovers, however, were likely horrified by the scene, which recalls images of Augustus Gloop flailing around in a river of chocolate in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

This melty mess was no joy to clean up, but it isn’t the grossest truck spill to occur in recent years. There was that one time a whale carcass exploded as it was being hauled away, showering a Taiwanese town in guts and goo.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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The World’s First Totoro-Themed Restaurant Is Coming to Thailand
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Japan’s upcoming Studio Ghibli theme park will not open for another few years, but animation fans in Asia will soon have another destination where they can get their Hayao Miyazaki fix. Thailand will soon be home to a Totoro-themed restaurant, SoraNews24 reports.

May’s Garden House Restaurant in Bangkok is the first officially licensed restaurant inspired by Miyazaki’s classic film My Neighbor Totoro. The restaurant features Miyazaki-themed decor, like a giant Totoro figure that sits in the dining room, as well as menu items inspired by the characters, such as steamed buns shaped like Mini Totoros. The tables are adorned with figurines of Totoro, Mei, Sootballs, the Catbus, and other characters from the movie. While they aren't completed yet, the restaurant plans on adding a children’s playground, an orchid greenhouse, and various other elements before the grand opening.

Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki helped develop the concept for the restaurant, and he personally designed its sign. He also designed two exclusive new Studio Ghibli characters for the restaurant, Colko and Peeko (who you can see above).

While it has been open on a trial basis since mid-April, May’s Garden House is set to officially open at the end of May. Until then, Miyazaki uber-fans will have to content themselves with dining at the Straw Hat Cafe, the more general Studio Ghibli-themed restaurant at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

[h/t SoraNews24]

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McDonald's May Be Getting Rid of Its Plastic Straws
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First Seattle and then the Queen. Could the Golden Arches be next to join the anti-straw movement? As Fortune reports, McDonald's shareholders will vote at their annual meeting on May 24 on a proposal to phase out drinking straws at the company's 37,000-plus locations in the U.S.

If passed, the fast food behemoth would join the ranks of other governments and businesses around the world that have enacted bans against straws in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Straws are notoriously hard to recycle and typically take hundreds of years to decompose.

McDonald's is currently in the process of removing plastic straws from its roughly 1300 outlets in the UK. However, McDonald's board of directors opposes the move in the U.S., arguing that it would divert money from the company's other eco-friendly initiatives, The Orange County Register reports. This echoes comments from the plastic industry, which says efforts should instead be focused on improving recycling technologies.

"Bans are overly simplistic and may give consumers a false sense of accomplishment without addressing the problem of litter," Scott DeFife of the Plastics Industry Association told the Daily News in New York City, where the city council is mulling a similar citywide ban.

If the city votes in favor of a ban, they'd be following in the footsteps of Seattle, Miami Beach, and Malibu, California, to name a few. In February, Queen Elizabeth II was inspired to ban straws at royal palaces after working with David Attenborough on a conservation film. Prime Minister Theresa May followed suit, announcing in April that the UK would ban plastic straws, cotton swabs, and other single-use plastic items.

It's unclear how many straws are used in the U.S. By one widely reported estimate, Americans use 500 million disposable straws per day—or 1.6 straws per person—but it has been noted that these statistics are based on a survey conducted by an elementary school student. However, plastic straws are the fifth most common type of trash left on beaches, according to data reported by Fortune.

[h/t Fortune]

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