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Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Everything’s deep-fried in Texas

Save room for the chicken-fried pumpkin pie: The State Fair of Texas has announced the eight food finalists for its Big Tex Choice Awards. Among the nominees is Thanksgiving dinner on a stick, a ball of stuffing and turkey, dipped in creamed corn, rolled in cornmeal and deep fried; and chicken-fried meatloaf served with garlic mashed potatoes, cream gravy and dipping glaze.

We've always wondered about the abundance of foods on a stick at state fairs but recently figured it out: The stick is there to gag yourself with after forcing down the last grease-coated bite.

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You're having fries with that whether you want them or not: Burger King, looking to answer McDonald's recent addition of a Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger for a dollar, is expanding its value menu with a new $1 "French Fry Burger," a beef patty topped with four french fries.

The nation's moms, already desperate for school lunch ideas, responded by announcing the new Potato Chip PB&J, saving their children the time-consuming task of placing their potato chips on their sandwiches themselves.

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Wile E. Coyote gets his due: The MacArthur Foundation announced that it is increasing the value of its "genius grants" for those who work in music, medicine, the arts and journalism to $625,000 from $500,000. The grants are meant to support the work and creativity of the recipients.

Keep your fingers crossed, folks; The Buzz could soon be another $125,000 better.

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