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Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Mystery meat

I'll take genetically engineered fries with that: A hamburger patty made of meat grown from cattle stem cells was fried up and tasted by a couple of brave souls in a public event Monday in London. Tasters reported the test tube meat was edible but bland and a little weird.

In other words, it tasted like the ground beef that's been served for decades in school cafeterias.

McStrike: Several thousand fast-food workers across the nation staged protests last week, calling for a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage. In response, industry officials placed a newspaper ad suggesting that higher wages could force them to replace humans with robots.

And perhaps that will be appropriate if they replace actual beef with test-tube beef.

You might also like: founder and Seattle-area resident Jeff Bezos has agreed to buy The Washington Post for $250 million.

Bezos' purchase of the storied newspaper became a done deal Sunday night when he impulsively clicked "Buy Now with 1-Click" after downing his third glass of wine.

-- Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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