Wake up and smell the bacon ... with a bacon app
Want to wake up to the sound of bacon sizzling on the stove with its aroma drawing you out of bed?
There’s an app for that.
Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the Madison-based company’s Institute for the Advancement of Bacon.
The company says that to emit a small puff reminiscent of bacon, the user needs an external device that plugs into the headphone jack. The app itself produces the sound of bacon sizzling in a pan.
Oscar Mayer says the aroma-producing device won’t be sold in stores and that quantities are limited. The company began giving away 4,700 devices Thursday.
Oscar Meyer is part of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., based in Glenview, Ill.
NY Times prints Northup correction 161 years later
The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie “12 Years a Slave.”
In a Jan. 20, 1853, article, the Times misspelled Solomon Northup’s surname as Northrop and as Northrup.
The Times corrected Northup’s name Tuesday, after the errors were pointed out by someone looking at its archives.
The correction said the article about Northup had “misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup.”
Northup was born in New York and was kidnapped and sold as a slave in 1841. He spent the next dozen years in Louisiana before regaining his freedom.
“12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup and Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey, another slave. Nyong’o won the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role.
Iraq stops landing because of official’s son, airline says
Iraqi authorities on Thursday denied permission to a plane belonging to Lebanon’s national carrier to land in Baghdad after a son of an Iraqi minister missed the flight, Middle East Airline said in a statement.
In Baghdad, Ali Musawi, the adviser to Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said the premier ordered those behind the decision to force the MEA plane to turn back to Beirut fired. He also formed a committee to investigate and ordered the passengers involved to be flown to Iraq aboard an Iraqi Airways flight for free.
An MEA plane scheduled to leave Beirut on Thursday at 12:46 p.m. was delayed for six minutes because of a missing passenger. The Beirut-based airline identified the missing passenger as a son of Iraq’s Transport Minister Hadi Ameri.