Awful Customer Changes Sign to Offer "Mike Brown Special" at St. Charles Bar, Gets Banned

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The photo appeared on social media Friday afternoon. | Facebook Screenshot

There was a very disturbing photo floating around social media this afternoon. It appeared that a St. Louis bar put out a chalkboard special sign on the sidewalk -- not unusual -- but one that advertised a "Mike Brown Special": six shots of something. It turns out a customer at the Lounge in St. Charles wrote it on the sign sometime while the owner was at the gym on Thursday Night.

See also: S.L.U.M. Fest Presents Michael Brown Benefit Show This Sunday

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PETA Wants to Ruin the World's Largest Catsup Bottle

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Don't deface me! | Google Street View

Last week we reported on the possibility of Oscar Mayer purchasing the World's Largest Catsup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois. The landmark water tower is up for sale, including the warehouse property it sits on. We thought a Wienermobile pairing would be pretty much the best thing ever. But now PETA wants to "help" -- by painting an ad over the iconic bottle.

See also: Oscar Mayer Wants to Buy the World's Largest Catsup Bottle [UPDATED]

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Meet the Easy Chicken, a St. Louis Start-Up That Rents Backyard Chickens

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Look how easy! | The Easy Chicken

If you really want to be an urban hipster, you have to have chickens. But they're kind of a hassle -- how do you build a chicken coop? And keep them warm in the winter? And what exactly do chickens eat? The Easy Chicken can help you out.

See also: Chef Kris Janik vs. The Possum: Lessons Learned About Urban Chicken Raising

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The World's Largest Catsup Bottle is For Sale

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The World's Largest Catsup Bottle as seen from Route 66. | Google Street View

The world's largest catsup bottle is located in the St. Louis area -- well, Collinsville, Illinois, to be exact. It was built atop a water-tower stand in 1949 as a roadside advertisement for the G.S. Suppiger Catsup Bottling Plant. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

And now, it can be yours for just $500,000.

See also: Collinsville Catsup Bottle Celebration Named One of World's Ten Quirkiest Local Festivals

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Chubbies, Delmar Loop Burger Joint, Has Been Mysteriously Closed for Over a Week

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The "Double Cheddar Chubbie." | Jennifer Silverberg

Chubbies (6227 Delmar Boulevard; 314-725-5000), the burger, hot dog and frozen custard place in the Delmar Loop, just opened in February 2013 and seemed to fill an obvious need for American fast-casual fare in the Delmar Loop. But for well over a week now, the restaurant has been mysteriously closed. The windows are dark, and no one answers the phone.

See also: BBWU: Chubbies aims to live off the fat of the Loop's new infusion of Wash. U. kids

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In Honor of Fourth of July, We Blew Up the Riverfront Times Gingerbread House

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Way, wayyyy back in December, we bought a gingerbread house kit from La Patisserie Chouquette (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) and spent an absolutely grotesque amount of time turning it into the official Riverfront Times gingerbread house. And then, because we're a bunch of pseudo-adults, it just sat here in the office for six months.

Well, in honor of this Fourth of July, we humanely re-homed the cockroach family living inside, filled it full of fireworks and blew it to Kingdom Come. It was AWESOME.

See also: The 5 Best Restaurants to Celebrate the Fourth of July in St. Louis

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Katie's Pizza & Pasta Makes a Video Homage to...Itself?

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She probably just needed an excuse to wear that bustier. | Vimeo

Trailers for movies are expected, but now there are trailers for books, too, and video games. What about restaurants? We can probably all agree that restaurants do not need trailers or short films (not commercials) to promote themselves. Katie Lee and Ted Collier of Katie's Pizza & Pasta (9568 Manchester Road; 314-942-6555) didn't seem to get that memo. They've produced a baffling short called 11 1/2 (an homage to Fellini's 8 1/2) which sort of promotes the pizza at Katie's. But not really.

See also: Katie's Pizza & Pasta: From Kickstarter to reality

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Webster University Breaks World Record for Longest Taco Line

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It was longer than this. | Luca Nebuloni

Whenever we're having tacos -- which is often -- we think, "This taco line isn't long enough."

OK, no we don't. And we weren't even sure what a taco line was until this week (it's a line of tacos) when the serious academics over at Webster University made a world-record attempt.

See also: KDHX DJ Attempts to Break World Record in Pizza Roll-Eating

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Jellybean Milk Is Locally Based Prairie Farms' Curious New Seasonal Flavor

Jellybean milk is less Pepto than the label would have you believe. | Jessica Lussenhop

Gut Check did a double-take at the grocery store when we first spotted the pink label. "Jellybean Milk?" Behold, the latest seasonal flavored creation from the milk geniuses at Prairie Farms Dairy, based in Carlinville, Illinois (they also have a milk processing plant in Hazelwood). Naturally we had to get to the bottom of it. We bought a quart of "Jellybean Milk," as well as its sister flavors "Easter Egg Nog" and "Chocolate Marshmallow Milk," and headed back to headquarters for a taste test.

See also: A Blind Taste Test of 5 Doughnuts Including Strange, World's Fair and, Yes, Schnucks

"It hasn't appealed to everyone, but we knew that it wouldn't," says Rebecca Leinenbach, sales program director for Prairie Farms. "We're just trying to have something for everyone. It's been more popular with children."

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Green Means Grow: Gateway Garlic Turns Old Traffic Signals into Grow Lights

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       Let there be light! | Mark Brown

Urban farming requires some creative solutions. Groups like the North Side Regeneration Project, Earthdance Farms and Our City Farm are bringing greenery to our concrete landscape. Gateway Garlic Urban Farm is another crusader -- you may know it from the annual St. Louis Garlic Fest, but they also have several other community projects. The latest is a little unusual: gardening with the help of traffic lights.

See also: Our City Farm Brings Agriculture to Urban St. Louis [PHOTOS]

Gateway Garlic's Mark Brown found a traffic light that had apparently been the victim of a car collision near a friend's house. A new one had been installed, and the old one was just part of the discarded debris swept to the side of the road. Brown snagged it.

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