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While Rush Limbaugh mocks Barack Kardashian, the First Lady of the U.S. is staying out of the political fray and focusing on her new book about gardening.

Michelle Obama, who's been promoting her new book about the White House garden and healthy eating, appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman.

Here are her "Top Ten Fun Facts About Gardening" from Tuesday ...

  1. Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener.
  2. Plant avocados, tomatoes, onions and cilantro together and grow a guacamole tree.
  3. Eggplants were originally cultivated for use as doorstops.
  4. In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish.
  5. The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks.
  6. Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on "tomato" vs. "tomahto."
  7. If you have an actual green thumb, it might be scurvy.
  8. Lettuce is 96 percent water and 4 percent lettuce.
  9. The White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and Weed Whacker One.
  10. With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli.

Her campaign for home-grown diets and to fight obesity has already shown progress. Earlier this year, Michelle even got Jay Leno to eat vegetables. Not a small feat.

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Ryan Hart, a 14-year-old Michigan resident, treated himself to a yummy Arby's roast beef sandwich the other day, only to discover a human finger in it.

"I was like, 'that's got to be a finger,'" the teen said. "It was just nasty."

In related news, Arby's is still a chain? You learn something every day.

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Following the gruesome discovery, the boy was "traumatized," couldn't eat or sleep, and has been prescribed medication, Fox News reports.

Reportedly, an employee cut off her finger with a meat slicer while preparing the meal, went to the emergency room and didn't tell anybody.

Her co-workers, unaware of the injury, continued to complete the order.

John Gray, Arby's V.P. of communications, profusely apologized for the "isolated" incident and sought to reassure customers that this was, well, isolated.

That's little solace to the victim, or his incredulous family.

"A human being loses a finger and you just keep on sending food out the window," said the teen's mom, Jamie Vail. "I can't believe that."

Why no, Jamiet? Makes perfect sense to THG.

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This is worse than that Chris Brown superhero cartoon.

A Watkinsville, Ga., steakhouse is feeling serious heat after promoting its "black and bleu" ribeye sandwich as being inspired by Chris Brown's beatdown of Rihanna.

We kid not, they really promoted the thing that way.

Chops & Hops put up a notice last week on the eatery's Facebook and Twitter pages announcing the newly-created sandwich, available for one day only.

Burger Chris-Rih

A heavy dose of ribeye topped with blue cheese, sliced tomato, "silver Lamborghini" onions and shredded romaine. The restaurant's posting said:

"@chrisbrown, @rihanna and us teamed up for an award winning sandwich ... Chris won't beat you up for eating this unless your name starts with a R and ends with A."

Mmmyeah. Shockingly, some customers weren't fans.

Considering Rihanna was assaulted in a Lamborghini, to the point where she sustained felony-worthy black and blue bruises, probably not the best PR stunt.

Not that Richard Miley is apologizing. On the contrary!

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Apparently Alicia Silverstone chews food and regurgitates it into her 10-month-old son's mouth to nourish him. We know because she posted a video of this.

Alicia posted the video on her blog this weekend - well played once again, Internet - claiming it's her "favorite" way to feed her son Bear Blu (his real name).

"He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating," she says, without offering an explanation of why she engages in this behavior. Enjoy:

Is Alicia just trying to spare Bear Blu the arduous task of chewing? Does she believe there is some other health benefit to this? We may never know.

As for what they're eating, Alicia's a staunch vegan and is raising her son to be too, so we're guessing it's some delish soy tofu thing PETA hearts her for.

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Paula Deen says that the former general manager of her restaurant who's suing for sexual harassment tried to extort her by demanding a seven figure sum.

If she failed to put up, Deen says she was told she'd face "ruin."

Paula's responding to a lawsuit filed against her and her brother Bubba Heirs by Lisa Jackson, former G.M. of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.

Deen cited a letter from Lisa's lawyer, who wrote bluntly that Lisa would shut up and not file the lawsuit against Paula if she forked over $1.25 million.

Paula Deen and The Situation

Paula Deen with The Situation, who has nothing to do with this article.

Lisa's lawyer adds, "If we are unable to settle, the complaint will not be quietly filed. I am making arrangements for a press conference on the day of filing."

Paula is asking for a gag order in the case, prohibiting everyone in the case from blabbing to the media ... which clearly hasn't been the case up until now.

Paula's lawyer says Lisa's strategy is clear: "Pay or I will ruin you."

Lisa claims Bubba engaged in a campaign of terror, subjecting her to porn, kissing and spitting on her, making racist and sexist jokes, and on and on.

Paula denies all of Lisa's allegations, and says that just before she quit, Lisa praised Bubba and told Paula how he helped her become independent.

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Attorneys for Paula Deen said that the former worker suing for sexual harassment and being subjected to a hostile work environment is making false allegations.

Deen's camp says Lisa Jackson only made the claims after rebuffing attempts to resolve the matter amicably, and after the chef refused to pay her to keep quiet.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court," said a statement from the firm representing Deen.

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The law firm said the suit was filed in a local court after the Southern cooking star and Type 2 diabetic refused to pay the woman to "address false claims."

Attorneys for Jackson, a former general manager at the restaurant, didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment regarding Deen's rebuttal.

Jackson said her doctor encouraged her to quit managing Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Ga., due to panic attacks and other stress.

The restaurant is owned by Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers.

Jackson, who is white, said in the lawsuit that Hiers routinely made inappropriate sexual remarks and that she heard Heirs and Deen using racial slurs.

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A racial slur against President Barack Obama is just one of the many explosive allegations in a bombshell lawsuit against Paula Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Georgia on behalf of Lisa Jackson, a past employee of Paula Deen Enterprises. Among the stunning allegations in the lawsuit:

"In the presence of Ms. Jackson and a vendor, Bubba Hiers stated they should dispatch President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so he could n***er-rig it."

The lawsuit also claims that Deen herself used the word in front of employees:

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  • The President of the United States

According to the court documents, Jackson was appointed by Deen to handle catering for Bubba's wedding in 2007, and asked Deen what servers should wear.

Paula's alleged response?

"Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days."

"They used to tap dance around. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that."

The documents state that Jackson became GM of Bubba’s Oyster and Seafood House in Savannah, Ga., which is co-owned by Deen and Bubba, after the previous GM (a male) apparently got fired for having sexual relations with the servers.

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Already embroiled in controversy over her recent disclosure of diabetes, Paula Deen is now accused of sexual harassment in the termination of an employee.

The queen of Southern fried cooking nixed allegedly philandering general manager of one of her restaurants because, as she put it, "If you think I have worked this hard to lose everything because of a piece of p**sy, you better think again."

Paula replaced the G.M. with a woman, and now she's suing Paula and her brother for ... sexual harassment. That qualifies as irony right there.

Poor Paula

Lisa Jackson worked as G.M. for Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Ga., from 2005-2010. Paula's brother, Bubba Hiers, is part owner with Paula.

Lisa claims Bubba brought "inescapable pornography" to the workplace all the time, often visiting XXX websites on the kitchen computer and failing to log off. Smart.

According to the suit, Bubba allegedly asked Lisa to bring pics of herself to work, photos of her when she was younger, telling her, "You have nice legs."

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This ad for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's new Southwest Patty Melt is mouth-watering. Or maybe that's just Kate Upton, SI swimsuit cover model and It Girl of the moment.

The burger features a charbroiled beef patty, with sliced jalapenos, grilled onions, pepper-Jack cheese and spicy Santa Fe sauce, all on grilled sourdough bread.

The ad, which barely falls short of showing Kate Upton nude, features her going to town on that thing at a drive-in theater. This takes the term PDA to a new level.

Seriously, we can't decide if this is hot or not:

Kate Upton's Carl's Jr. ad is ...

 

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The lingering feud between celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Paula Deen took another turn on Sunday at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Florida.

With both chefs on hand for separate cooking demonstrations, Bourdain, 55, wasted no time bashing Deen, 65, yet again for endorsing diabetes medication.

After years of shilling massively high-calorie, decadent foods, Deen recently admitted she has Type 2 diabetes ... which she concealed for a matter of years.

Bourdain, a vocal critic of Deen, was asked by chef Eddie Huang: "Aren't you a hypocrite – smoking on your show and making fun of this nice old lady with diabetes?"

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Bourdain replied: "You're right. I did smoke cigarettes for a lot of years on my show. But I wasn't selling [expletive] cigarettes ... And when I found a spot on my [expletive] lung, I didn't wait three years so I could get a deal selling the patch."

Ouch. But nicely played. It's not like he put spots on anyone else's lungs, even if you make the argument that smoking on his show wasn't setting a good example.

Either way, the two chefs' contrasting styles were further accentuated when each was asked at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival for their best hangover cure.

Deen answered, "I don't drink, so I don't get hangovers!"

But Bourdain, drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon at that very moment, said his cure was "aspirin, a cold Coca-Cola, a big joint and leftover Kung Pao Chicken."

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