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Chicken McNuggets apparently contain lighter fluid

I "banned" McDonald's food years ago, after living in Atlanta, Georgia and realizing that the food standards there were significantly below those in Canada. Today I read an article describing the 38 ingredients found in Chicken McNuggets. Surprising facts:

They're mostly made of corn (56%)
They have trace amounts of several suspected carcinogens
They contain trace amounts of a type of butane (lighter fluid!)

Yummy!

UPDATE: Apparently there is some controversy about whether TBHQ (the ingredient in question) is actually a form a butane.  Chemists seem to think not.   Nonetheless, eating one gram of TBHQ will cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse."   So it's clearly not great stuff to be ingesting.

Common mistakes made by startups

I just read an article that summed up some common mistakes when starting a business that rung true to me. They mentioned the following (which I've put in the order I think is most important):

Not focusing on the user
Not having enough infrastructure (money + time)
Forgetting about branding, marketing and sales
Trying to do everything (similar to #2)
Staying in "Stealth Mode" too long

Have a look at the original article here:
http://startupspark.com/the-5-most-common-mistakes-made-by-startups/

Comparison of three major web development platforms

I've created a web development summary chart comparing the major web application development platforms out there today. I've tried to make the comparison as unbiased as possible, and stick to mostly to business and technical reasons for choosing each one.

As you can see, there is no one perfect platform. They are all very capable, and which one you go with depends a lot on your business priorities.