we dare you to eat it
March 29, 2014

With Major League Baseball's Opening Day just around the corner (we're not counting those Australia games, and neither should you), promises of big hits, cold beer, and hot dogs await.

In Arizona, though, the Diamondbacks' ballpark kitchen is taking its fare to a whole new level — and it can be yours for just $25.

The team's new offering debuted last week, but NPR caught up with the man behind the "D-Bat," as he's christened the corn dog, Michael Snoke. The Diamondback's executive chef developed the 18-inch stick of meat, which is covered in cornbread, stuffed with bacon, cheddar cheese, and jalapeños, after the Texas Rangers debuted their own behemoth of a ballpark snack last season: The Boomstick is a two-foot hot dog that sells for $26.

Why does Snoke think his version is better?

"Well, it's a corn dog, man," he told NPR. "Everyone loves a corn dog."

The team can put that theory to the test when the Diamondbacks take on the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix on Monday.

Coming Soon
3:18 p.m. ET

Already finished with House of Cards season 3? Never fear — Netflix has plenty of new shows on the horizon. Today, the streaming service announced the premiere dates for three new shows (and one returning favorite):

Between (May), a sci-fi drama about a small town beset by a mysterious disease that kills everyone over the age of 21

Sense8 (June 5), a sci-fi drama about eight strangers who suddenly develop an inexplicable mental link

Orange is the New Black (June 12), the third season of the acclaimed dramedy about a women's prison

Wet Hot American Summer (July 17), a sitcom prequel to the cultishly beloved movie of the same name

The new shows will join a roster of already announced 2015 programs that includes Bloodline (March 20), Daredevil (April 10), and Grace & Frankie (May 8). Set your binge-watching calendars accordingly.

3:06 p.m. ET

It's time to step up your fruit game, and we don't mean honing those Fruit Ninja skills. According to Time, the healthiest foods to eat are fruits. Specifically bananas, which top the list with their potassium goodness and mood-lifting properties. They're also one of the few foods that boast all six major vitamin groups, including vitamin B6, which scientists say makes you smarter. 

Unsurprisingly, the rest of the list of 50 largely consists of vegetables and proteins. But never fear, a healthy life isn't an entirely ascetic life: Red wine clocks at No. 50. Read the full list at Time.

This is incredible
3:05 p.m. ET

A skydiving instructor successfully rescued a man who suffered a midair seizure while skydiving, rendering him unconscious.

Christopher Jones, who suffered the attack, posted the video to YouTube on Sunday, describing it as the "scariest moment" of his life. Jones underwent the seizure while skydiving from 12,000 feet in Australia, and he was unconscious and free falling for 30 seconds.

Sheldon McFarlane, Jones' instructor, pulled Jones' ripcord around 4,000 feet, according to the video's description. At 3,000 feet, Jones regained consciousness and safely landed on the ground.

"Part of our training is to look after students," McFarlane told The Guardian. He added that if he hadn't been able to reach Jones, his parachute would have automatically deployed. Check out Jones' video below. —Meghan DeMaria

Coming Soon
2:54 p.m. ET

Have you managed to avoid joining Orphan Black's sizable cult of viewers? Then you're likely to be baffled by the first trailer for the sci-fi drama's third season, which doubles down on the thorny, conspiratorial narrative with a brand-new new set of male clones:

Orphan Black's third season will premiere on BBC America on April 18.

Oh, Canada
2:02 p.m. ET

At last, police have identified two men who built a 30-foot tunnel in Toronto that was discovered in January.

Toronto police spokesman Victor Kwong told Toronto's CP24 that the space was created as a "man cave." "It is simply two guys who just wanted to dig a cave," Kwong told CBC News. "That really is what our investigation has led to... They just wanted to dig a cave to hang out."

During the investigation of the tunnel, police found a gas-powered generator, food and drink containers, and a sump pump. Police said the tunnel was not built with criminal intent and is not a threat to Toronto residents. No charges were filed, and police told CBC News the men, who are in their 20s, were "very apologetic" for building it.

1:24 p.m. ET

In a Cavuto on Business segment, Fox News host Dagen McDowell lamented college students' choice to "study poetry" — even though McDowell herself has a college degree in art history.

McDowell's statement came during a discussion of the "Corinthian 15," a group of students who declared a debt strike against their for-profit school, Everest College, a part of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. The students are refusing to pay their federal loans, claiming that their degrees led to low-paying jobs or unemployment, thanks to a lack of government oversight and "bogus job-placement statistics," Newsweek reports.

McDowell didn't agree with the debt forgiveness proposal, suggesting the students should have known what their loans entailed. "Why does anybody think it's a good idea to take out $200,000 in debt and then go study poetry?" McDowell said during the show. But as Because Finance is Boring has discovered, McDowell's art history degree from Wake Forest University would cost roughly $188,480 today. Check out the Cavuto on Business segment, including McDowell's remark, in the video below. —Meghan DeMaria

This just in
12:47 p.m. ET

For the first time ever, Hollywood is lagging behind China in monthly film revenue.

In February, Chinese theaters made $650 million in box office sales, while the U.S. only made $640 million, according to research firm Entgroup. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Lunar New Year movie sales helped China beat the U.S., along with the rest of the world.

In China, February's top-grossing film was The Man From Macau II, followed by Dragon Blade. Before February, China's biggest box-office month was July 2014, with $580 million in box-office sales, due in large part to the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The boy who cried nukes
12:35 p.m. ET
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The Israeli Prime Minister is going to give an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, where he will argue that the U.S. should cease its negotiations with Iran, because it is very close to developing a nuclear weapon, which would pose an unacceptable risk to Israel. Here are previous occasions in which Netanyahu has given similar warnings, compiled by Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept.

1) In 1992, then-member of parliament Netanyahu warned that Iran was 3-5 years from assembling a nuclear weapon, a threat that must be " uprooted by an international front headed by the U.S. "

2) In his 1995 book Fighting Terrorism, Netanyahu warned that Iran was "five to seven years at most" from assembling a nuclear weapon.

3) In an address to a joint session of Congress in 1996, Netanyahu warned that the "nuclearization" of Iran was "getting extremely close," and only the U.S. could stop it.

4) In 2009, Netanyahu warned a Congressional delegation visiting Israel that, according to "our experts," Iran was 1-2 years from assembling a nuclear weapon.

5) In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, Netanyahu warned that Iran was likely less than a year from assembling a nuclear weapon. (Recently Al Jazeera reported that Israel's intelligence service sharply disagreed with this assessment at the time.)

12:25 p.m. ET

Via The Washington Post and Reddit comes a handy little graphic that succinctly visualizes how gerrymandering — when political districts are unfairly mapped to manipulate elections — can have such a significant impact:

(Washington Post)

Of course, in real life, gerrymandered districts often look far more convoluted than the simplified ones in option three. For a look at some of the most ridiculous districts in the country — "crimes against geography" — click here.

conflict of interest
12:10 p.m. ET
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Billionaire investor and CEO Warren Buffett, who is supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016, suggested today that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) should tone down her crusade against Wall Street:

I think that she would do better if she was less angry and demonizing.... I think the whole nature of governing — particularly when you've got a divided government like we have now — is that you end up with bills that each side doesn't like but they like it better than doing nothing. I mean, that's the way that government has to function. And it does not help when you demonize... the people you're talking to. [Business Insider]

Research on media and professional descriptions of women in politics and the business world suggest that women more likely than men to be criticized for confident, ambitious behavior.

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