It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for your weekly fake-out. Here’s how it works: Two of the three following stories are true. One of them we made up. Can you guess which one is the fake? Pick your answer at the end of the article and see if you’re right.
A group of five drunk teenagers in the French city of Bordeaux were leaving a bar in the wee hours when they decided, as young men are wont to do, to break into a nearby circus so they could play with the animals. They convinced Serge the llama to join them for some partying on the town. They took Serge with them through the streets of Bordeaux, posting pictures of the literal party animal online. The group even brought the llama on a tram with them, and it was only when the conductor contacted authorities that the llama’s adventures were cut short.
The cheese-loving city of Milwaukee is about to get even cheesier. This year, the city is going to begin testing a new treatment to fight icy roadways: cheese brine. The brine, a salty byproduct of the cheese-making process, will be used as a primer for rock salt applications and reduce the overall amount of salt needed. The end result could be saving the city money as well as reducing environmental damage, as road salt can both erode soil and pollute drinking water. The main down side of the cheese brine: the pungent cheesy smell.
Due to widespread public protest, a Mexican toy company has discontinued production on a board game it began selling in 2012. Cartel Vaya Vaya was described by one report as “a cross between Monopoly and Grand Theft Auto, but more violent.” Play revolves around amassing a large army of soldados to help move “product” into the U.S., and also featured dice-roll battles with body counts. A group of more than a dozen Catholic dioceses in Mexico, with the majority located in border cities, organized protests against the game, which a spokesperson said, “glorifies drug culture, making child’s play out of blood and tears.”
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