Meat From Radioactive Cows Sold In Japan

Meat From Radioactive Cows Sold In Japan

Four months following the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan and caused a disaster at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, the Japanese government has confirmed that a bit of cesium-contaminated beef from that region has made its way to groceries and likely to the dinner plates of consumers. [More]

Verizon Sends Software Updates To Man While He Helps Sick Grandma In Japan, Charges $600

Verizon Sends Software Updates To Man While He Helps Sick Grandma In Japan, Charges $600

Chris had to go to Japan recently to help out with his deathly ill grandmother. He brought his new Verizon iPhone4 with him. While he was there, Verizon pushed a series of updates to his phone, and that racked up over $600 in global roaming charges. When he called customer service, they told him the charges were valid and nothing could be done. He couldn’t even get retroactively added to an international plan as Verizon says they don’t have one anymore that covers Asia/Japan. [More]

Toyota Announces Lower Production Until November

Toyota Announces Lower Production Until November

Toyota says it will take until the end of the year before post-quake production levels return to normal. [More]

Burger King Combines Beef, Bacon & Chicken Into "Meat Monster"… But Only Sells It In Japan

Burger King Combines Beef, Bacon & Chicken Into "Meat Monster"… But Only Sells It In Japan

What do you get when you take a cheeseburger, slap some bacon on it, pile on another hamburger patty, and then finish it all off with a chicken breast? In my home it would be called a “snack” but at Burger King, it’s now known as the “Meat Monster.” Unfortunately, this monster will only be attacking the hearts of burger buyers in Japan… for now. [More]

Radiation Found In US Milk Supply In Trace Amounts

Radiation Found In US Milk Supply In Trace Amounts

Great, now kids have a new excuse for not drinking their milk: US milk samples from Spokane, Washington have tested positive for a radioactive iodine blown over from Japan, the EPA announced Wednesday. The amounts are small, only 0.8 pico-curies, according to tests taken March 25 by the agency, and are 5,000 times below the FDA’s “intervention level.” [More]

Toyota Warn Its North American Plants Of Possible Shut-Downs

Toyota Warn Its North American Plants Of Possible Shut-Downs

The earthquake and subsequent devastation in Japan has prompted Toyota to warn its U.S. plants that they may have to shut down, due to parts shortages from Japan. [More]

Food From Four Japanese Prefectures Barred From Entering U.S.

Food From Four Japanese Prefectures Barred From Entering U.S.

Following the news that radiation has been detected in tap water and food products in areas closest to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the FDA has announced that many imported food products from prefectures near the plant will not be allowed to enter the U.S. [More]

Radiation Detected In Tap Water And Food From Farms In Japan

Radiation Detected In Tap Water And Food From Farms In Japan

Cause for more worry in Japan, as the latest news about the damaged nuclear reactor isn’t good — traces of radioactive iodine have been detected in Tokyo tap water, officials said Saturday. Radation was also detected at spinach and milk farms near the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex. [More]

Free Calls To Japan From AT&T, Verizon, Comcast And TWC

Free Calls To Japan From AT&T, Verizon, Comcast And TWC

Several telecommunications providers are giving US customers free long-distance calls and texts to Japan. AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and TWC are all waiving charges. AT&T is giving 60 minutes of free talk time between the US and Japan until the end of the month. Verizon is offering $0.00/minute rates between the two countries until April 15. Comcast is giving away free calls to voice customers through April 11. Time Warner Cable is giving digital phone customers free calls to Japan through April 15. A helping hand for those looking to connect with a friend, colleague or loved one over in Japan. [More]

Crisis In Japan Leads To Spike In U.S. Demand For Anti-Radiation Drug Potassium Iodide

Crisis In Japan Leads To Spike In U.S. Demand For Anti-Radiation Drug Potassium Iodide

The fear of a nuclear meltdown in Japan has led a number of people here in the U.S. and Canada to snatch up a drug used to protect thyroid glands following a nuclear accident. [More]

State Dept. Urges Americans To Avoid Travel To Japan For Time Being

State Dept. Urges Americans To Avoid Travel To Japan For Time Being

Even though not all of Japan was hit by today’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert, urging U.S. citizens to “to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time.” [More]

Here's The Vending Machine That Recommends Drinks Based On Facial Recognition

Here's The Vending Machine That Recommends Drinks Based On Facial Recognition

Ever stepped up to a vending machine and scratched your head as you mulled over the options? Now there’s a vending machine in Japan that will recommend certain products for you — based on your face. [More]

This Japanese Ad Will Initially Confound You

This Japanese Ad Will Initially Confound You

See if you can guess before this Japanese ad is over what the product is they’re actually advertising. Go on, I dare you. [More]

UPS Overcharges Art Gallery $650, Offers $160 Refund

UPS Overcharges Art Gallery $650, Offers $160 Refund

Hang needed to ship three large pieces of art to Japan in time for a gallery opening, but UPS had other plans. Rather than weigh the boxes properly or fill out the right customs forms, UPS decided to charge Hang $1,600 for a job that should’ve cost $950. Because the customs forms were improper, one of the boxes was returned as undeliverable, while another was stuck in customs and didn’t arrive until after the opening. Hang only wants UPS to refund the $650 overcharge, but UPS thinks Hang is being greedy. [More]

McDonald's To Use Nintendo DS For Training Employees

McDonald's To Use Nintendo DS For Training Employees

Looks like the Nintendo DS isn’t just for MarioKart and Brain Age. According to a new report, burger biggie McDonald’s is looking to use the handheld gaming device as an employee-training tool. [More]

Who Will Advocate For Toyota Owners In Japan?

Who Will Advocate For Toyota Owners In Japan?

Toyota has been criticized–and rightly so–for its handling of the recall clusterfracas in the United States and Europe. But how many cars have been recalled for possible unintended acceleration issues in Japan, where consumer protections are much weaker than in the U.S., Canada, and the E.U.? According to today’s New York Times, that would be zero. Even though some Japanese drivers have had similar runaway acceleration incidents, consumer protection in Japan is weak and the government tends to side with industry. This means that car owners experiencing problems have nowhere to turn. [More]

Landing Gear Not Good Place For Discount Airfare, Dead Man Finds

Landing Gear Not Good Place For Discount Airfare, Dead Man Finds

A man was found dead inside the landing gear of Delta airplane landing in Tokyo enroute from New York. Doctors speculated that he froze to death and had a shortage of oxygen when the plane reached over 30,000 feet. Sheesh, we know the seats are cramped but this is ridiculous. What happens when you climb into an airplane’s fuselage and it takes off? This clip from “1000 Ways To Die” explains: [More]

Ever Eat Chocolate Collon?

Ever Eat Chocolate Collon?

More prawn udang crisps? How about some Chocolate Collan? These and other exotic delights can be found in Steve Portigal’s Museum of Foreign Groceries. Zipping around the world as a product consultant, Steve snaps pictures of kooky food packages from foreign lands and uploads them to this Flickr set. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a craving for Pringles, Wild Consommé flavor.

Museum of Foreign Groceries [Flickr]