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]

How Microwaving Food Affects Its Nutritional Value

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There’s probably no household appliance that sees more use than a microwave. For people who don’t have the time or inclination to prepare dinners from scratch or heat meals in a conventional oven, zapping food has become the ultimate method of time management in the kitchen.

Some people harbor the belief that a price has to be paid for that convenience—specifically, that food loses nutritional value by being subjected to a quick nuking.

The truth? Microwaving doesn’t harm a food’s nutrients. In fact, it may preserve them more than some slow-cook methods do.

The reason is found in how microwaves work. The appliances heat food by blasting it with waves of energy not unlike radio waves. These waves target water and other molecules in the food. Thermal energy quickly builds up, and dishes come out heated in a relatively short period of time. This process avoids two of the factors that can lead to nutrient loss: cooking duration and high temperatures. Typically, the longer and hotter food is cooked, the more its nutritional value dissipates.

The other advantage is that microwaves don’t require water for heating. If you boil broccoli, for example, the hot water allows nutrients to leach out of the vegetable. (While that makes for a good stock, your broccoli may be robbed of some of its healthy benefits.) A quick steam in the microwave leaves broccoli relatively intact.

That’s not to say that microwave cooking is superior to a stovetop. Cooking foods at reasonable temperatures and durations shouldn’t result in significant nutrient loss, though some is inevitable for any manner of cooking. But microwaving isn’t going to erase nutrients via some mysterious microwave alchemy, either.

[h/t CNN]

Golden Girls Cereal Has Arrived

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NBC

Fans of The Golden Girls can now spend their mornings with Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose. The ladies of the beloved sitcom now have their own cereal—and it's only available for a limited time, Today reports.

Funko—the toy company known for its vinyl Pop! dolls depicting nearly every character in pop culture (including, of course, The Golden Girls)—rolled out the special-edition cereal in Target stores on September 30. The box is decorated with Funko-fied versions of the four leading ladies, and the multi-grain loops themselves are a shade of deep blue that would look great on one of Rose's dresses.

At $8 a box, the product is more expensive than your average breakfast cereal, but that price includes a little something extra. Each box of Golden Girls cereal comes with its own version of a prize inside: a Funko Pop! figurine of one of the four women.

The cereal won't remain on shelves forever, so collect all the dolls while you still can.

[h/t Today]

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