Burger King’s new menu item will actually give you nightmares; here’s how

SALT LAKE CITY ? Burger King’s new menu item is spooky, and not just because of its name… or its green bun.

According to USA Today, the aptly named “Nightmare King” has been clinically proven to induce nightmares.

The Halloween-themed burger consists of a quarter pound beef patty, crispy chicken, cheese, thick cut bacon, mayonnaise, and onions. It comes on a green sesame seed bun and is said to increase nightmare occurrence by several times the normal rate.

The clinical study was performed by the restaurant chain in partnership with Paramount Trials, Florida Sleep & Neuro Diagnostic Services and Goldforest, 7 News and USA Today reported.

It lasted over 10 nights and involved 100 participants who ate the “Nightmare King” and were then monitored while sleeping.

“According to previous studies, 4 percent of the population experiences nightmares in any given night,” said Dr. Jose Gabriel Medina, the study’s lead doctor, per USA Today. “But, after eating the Nightmare King, the data obtained from the study indicated that the incidence of nightmares increased by 3.5 times.”

Medina did not say how much the burger would increase cholesterol levels.

According to Fox-8, the various proteins found in the burger allow it to induce nightmares.

The “Nightmare King” will be available from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1. Expected cost is $6.39.

Watch the video of the “Nightmare King” sleep study below.

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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News


Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Church Has Been Under Construction for 136 Years. That’s a Lot of Unpaid Permit Fees

Barcelona’s famously unfinished Sagrada Familia church has agreed to pay $41 million to city authorities after it was found to be lacking a building permit — despite breaking ground on construction well over a century ago.

The basilica will pay the city authorities back over a period of 10 years under new municipal registration, its first since construction began in 1882, the BBC reports. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau hailed the deal as a historic agreement.

Funds from the deal are to be allocated to municipal projects such as improving the metro system and surface transport, as well as maintenance and public services in the area, according to a news release.

The church was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, a modernist who also created several other eccentric edifices dotting Barcelona’s cityscape.

Despite the building’s impact on the community, it has been under construction for more than a century while holding no official status and without oversight of municipal authorities, according to Spain’s El Pais newspaper.

Read more: The Saga of Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia

Gaudí died in 1926, but his unfinished masterpiece was nonetheless recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and has become one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions. Today, it receives an estimated 20 million visitors a year, including 4.5 million who enter the sprawling chapel.

The church is slated for completion in 2026 — a century after its creator’s death.

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Source:: Time – World


Israel’s Supreme Court overturns deportation of US student

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an appeals court ruling that agreed with the government’s decision to bar an American graduate student from entering the country over her alleged involvement in the boycott movement against the Jewish state.

The court accepted Alqasem’s appeal, saying her desire to study in Israel undermines the premise of her alleged support for a boycott. It said that if her deportation was based on her political opinion, then the state’s order was “a radical and dangerous step” that could erode Israeli democracy.

Lara Alqasem’s lawyers said she was released from Ben Gurion International airport, where she had been held in detention since arriving in the country Oct. 2 with a valid student visa to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Alqasem said in a statement that she was “relieved at the court’s decision” and thankful for the support of her friends and family.

Alqasem, 22, a Florida native whose father is Palestinian, is a former president of the University of Florida chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The group is a branch of the BDS movement, named for its support of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry, which spearheads the government’s efforts against the boycott campaign, describes the group as an extremist organization and says BDS aims to delegitimize or even destroy the Jewish state.

Last year, Israel passed a controversial law banning entry for any foreigner who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel.” It has come under heavy criticism for its handling of Alqasem’s case.

Alqasem has fought her expulsion order for more than two weeks, the longest anyone has been held in a boycott-related case.

She turned to the high court Wednesday after a lower court rejected her appeal. She insists she no longer participates in boycott activities and promises not to engage in boycott activities in the future.

Her lawyers called the government’s attack on Alqasem “thought-policing” and said the state failed to present credible evidence against her.

Government lawyers argued that Alqasem’s deletion of her social media accounts aroused suspicion and that her past affiliation with the BDS movement still makes her a threat.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court said the state’s evidence was not enough to justify its use of the anti-boycott law.

Alqasem’s attorneys lauded the high court’s ruling as a victory for free speech, academic freedom and the rule of law.

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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News