There's a new title for the Wii console you can really sink your teeth into: "Major League Eating: The Game."
Yes, there is now a video game based on the "sport" of stuffing hot dogs, pizza, or hamburgers into your face as fast you can.
Available as part of Nintendo WiiWare game-download service, the game "developed under exclusive license from from Major League Eating and the International Federation of Competitive Eating ... features the world’s greatest gurgitory athletes competing across twelve different food types," says its developer, Mastiff.
In addition to the traditional speed-eating contests (be careful — if you eat too fast, your Wii character projectile-vomits), there is also something called a "burp off" that is sure to amuse the inner 9-year-old in all of us.
We just suggest you also purchase the Wii Fit game so your avatar can shed the virtual pounds gained on your way to winning the MLE championship.
Interstellar beer ready for lift-off
Thirsting for an out-of-this-world adult beverage? Well, a Japanese brewery this week unveiled plans for the first "space beer," using the offspring of barley once stored at the International Space Station.
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. said it will produce a batch of 100 bottles to be ready in November, said company spokeswoman Momoko Matsumura.
The beer will be made with barley descended from seeds that spent five months in 2006 aboard the International Space Station.
"We're really looking forward to tasting it when it's ready," Matsumura said.
The barley project started when Sapporo teamed up with Okayama University biologists working with the Russian space team. The team took slightly less than an ounce of barley into space for storage inside the space station from April to September 2006.
The project is part of biological studies of the adaptability of plants to environmental changes and the impact from stresses such as space travel.
Sapporo planted some of the barley grains that returned from space at its research farm northeast of Tokyo in March 2007.
The seedlings were harvested last November. The company expects to harvest 100 pounds of the third-generation grains on Saturday for use in the space beer.
Sapporo isn't planning to sell the special brew, at least for now, and hasn't decided how it will distribute the planned 100 bottles, Matsumura said.
So far, scientists have not found any difference between space barley and the Earth-confined version, she said.
We think they should market a light beer version with the slogan: "Space taste, zero gravity!"
Petty thieves' lost soles
Police are telling a Durango, Colo. liquor store owner to give shoplifters the boot — literally.
Tired of losing what he says was about $1,000 worth of merchandise a month in thefts, Gabe Fidanque started telling shoplifters he caught that they had two choices: Give him one of their shoes or he'd call the police.
A handful gave up a shoe. But Durango police told Fidanque on Friday to stop the practice or risk facing charges of felony robbery.
Shoplifting, in contrast, is a misdemeanor.
"I would suggest that he find a different option that doesn't involve giving up property," said police Capt. Micki Browning. "What's the difference between him saying, 'Give me $20 and I won't call the police' or 'Give me your shoe?'"
Fidanque was ordered to return the shoes to their owners — if he can find them.
He can just follow the singular footprints.