A southern California fish kill that authorities identified as "millions" of sardines is not the result of any environmental foul play but rather is the product of natural forces, officials said Tuesday.
Floating fish were so pervasive in King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, California, that some moored boats seemed surrounded not by water but by the lifeless aquatic animals a foot deep.
"All evidence points to oxygen deprivation as cause of death," California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan told CNN.
"There is no oil sheen, nor is there a chemical sheen," Hughan said.
Move over, Mickey D's, and bring Ronald McDonald with you - there's a new fast food king in town.
Subway has surpassed McDonald's to become the world's largest restaurant chain in terms of units, the sandwich company confirmed Monday.
Subway had 33,749 restaurants around the globe at the end of 2010, said company spokesman Les Winograd. McDonald's had 32,737 at year end, according to a February regulatory filing from the burger giant.
"Last year was actually pretty average for us, growth-wise," Winograd said. "We aim to open between 1,000 and 2,000 locations globally each year."
As of Monday, Subway has 34,218 locations globally - all of which are owned by franchisees.
Talk about your Fat Tuesday!
We've sunk our teeth pretty deeply into Mardi Gras already today, but New Orleans isn't the only float in the food parade.
Across the UK, royals (and royals-to be, like Kate Middleton, pictured above) and hoi polloi alike flip pancakes in celebration of Shrove Tuesday. The Pennsylvania Dutch fry up fastnachts and folks of Polish descent (and/or, apparently, residents of Michigan) polish off plenty of paczki - a jelly-filled doughnut - with great, greasy abandon.
Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe:
We spend all our days just dreaming of fresh, hot beignets. Well, those and muffulettas, brandy milk punch, fried oyster po' boys, butter-drenched shrimp etouffee, glorious gumbo, Gulf oysters and the sort of red beans and rice that could turn a bunch of strangers into life-long friends.
It's been two weeks since Eatocracy left New Orleans. We came to throw a Secret Supper, and it seems we left a big chunk of our soul there. Watch after it 'til we get back there, okay?
In the meantime, take a stroll through the fare we shared in the gallery above (yup - we ate all of that) and our features below - and please catch us a throw if some pretty beads float by. We promise we'll return the favor.
Talking with our mouths full
Mardi Gras: Milk that packs a brandy punch - a recipe from New Orleans bar chef Lu Brow
Beyond Bourbon Street - the real fun is on Frenchman St.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.
March 8 is National Peanut Cluster Day.
Chocolate (or butterscotch) chips melted over peanuts: straightforward and oh, so satisfying. Wanna get all schmancy? Add almond bark, Chinese noodles, toffee chips, corn flakes, pretzels - who's gonna stop you?
Sweet, salty, crunchy - sounds like a nutty good time, huh?
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The Prez – not so much a fan of the salty yeast extract that's a staple on sandwiches down under. In fact, he called the Australian spread "horrible." We'd tsk his diplomatic dealings here if we didn't so wholeheartedly agree.
White House Producer Shawna Shepherd weighs in at The 1600 Report