Reading While Eating for May 30: Pigging Out

From China's bacon deal to McDonald's pasta, here are the must-read links for your lunch break.

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Employees work inside a Shuanghui factory in Zhengzhou, Henan province March 15, 2013.

Bacon Delight: China may be gunning for America’s bacon, as its biggest meat processor Shuanghui International cut a $4.7 billion deal for Virginia’s Smithfield Foods, a major bacon and hot dog producer. (NPR)

Meat Feats: Speaking of pigs, would you rather eat a McRib or a plate of lettuce? If you’d choose the McRib, you’re not alone. Maybe that’s why salads only make up 2-3% of the fast food chain’s sales. (Bloomberg)

McPasta: But if you’d like a McDonald’s salad, and you live in Italy, look out for its new pasta salad. (

Yumblr: This “Phones Replaced with Sandwiches” Tumblr will make you recall the hamburger phone in Juno. (The Daily What)

Bite-Sized: Behold, photos of your favorite foods in miniature. (BuzzFeed)

Munchies: Let’s talk about your late-night snacking habits. Here’s why you can’t stop, according to science. (mental_floss)

Grab the Popcorn: If you’re going to snack, at least pop in a film. Well-known directors dish out their recommendations for solid, lesser-known films in this list. (Flavorwire)

Fruit Loops: Because you’ll play this video of a cat eating a piece of fruit on loop all day.