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Published: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Fat, Angry Birds

Coup de gras: Some California foodies are gorging themselves on foie gras before a statewide ban of the delicacy, made from the fatty liver of force-fed ducks, takes effect July 1. Animal rights activists claim the process of fattening the ducks makes it nearly impossible for the fowl to walk and breathe.

By that standard California may next move to ban Thanksgiving as cruel to humans.


Sweet and sour: The federal Food and Drug Administration has rejected a request by the Corn Refiners Association to rename "high-fructose corn syrup" as the friendlier-sounding "corn sugar" on food labels.

Undeterred, the National Foie Gras Board said it was pursuing its request to have its food product renamed "big-boned duck liver."


You wouldn't like me when I'm angry: Rovio, the Finnish company behind the Angry Birds smartphone game is preparing to open a theme park in Finland based on its video game, called Angry Birds Land.

But the company denied reports that it had reached a deal to accept thousands of fattened flightless California ducks for use in the park's full-sized slingshots.


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