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Only in America: Bribing students to buy healthy lunches

A Colorado school district is bribing students to buy new "healthy" lunches — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A Colorado school district is offering students a chance to win bicycles, iPods, and other prizes if they buy a federally mandated "healthy" lunch. The new nutrition rules backed by Michelle Obama caused a big drop in cafeteria purchases, so officials set up a raffle to reward students who give the new food a try. "It really tastes good," said lunch facilitator Lori Burris. "It's just a bit different."

(This article originally appeared in The Week magazine. Try 4 risk-free issues.)