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Yes, chef: Tonight on Fox, Gordon Ramsay fans can catch the season premiere of “MasterChef” (This Week’s Best Bets, Page B4).

True fact: If someone gathered up all the food prepared on all the countless Gordon Ramsay TV shows, food insecurity could be ended in a small developing nation — although the undercooked chicken served up by the more hapless contestants on “Hell’s Kitchen” would create a public health crisis.

Forward: Author Ken Kesey’s son is organizing a 50th anniversary recreation of the Merry Pranksters’ psychedelic bus ride across America, and invites folks to ride along, at $200 a head (Page A2).

Riding with a bunch of people listening to the Grateful Dead? One can do that for $2 on a city bus in most any college town.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1960, the U.S. accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving that had been presented to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (Today in History, Page A2).

The Soviets didn’t hear any state secrets, but were treated to a steady stream of comments like “What is that? It’s ghastly.”

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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