An unappetizing ingredient with an equally unappetizing nickname, “pink slime” has put ABC News in hot water this week as a South Dakota judge has ordered the network to head to trial over a hefty libel suit that could potentially cost the broadcaster nearly $6 billion. The meaty drama began in 2012, when the network ran a multi-part exposé on what it called “pink slime,” which, at the time, could allegedly be found in 70 percent of supermarket ground beef. As ABC reported, the controversial ingredient is a cheap filler known as “lean finely textured beef” in the industry, and is comprised of beef waste trimmings that have been sprayed with ammonia to kill off bacteria. Beef producers were not[…]

YouTube user Steve1989 holds the beat-up can, turning it for the camera, tenderly running his thumb along its rusty surfaces. “Definitely has a nice patina to it, a little bit of rust,” he says, his excitement restrained but palpable. “Let’s check this out.” The can and its contents are British, and more than 70 years old. Steve—assuming his real name is Steve, as he hasn’t returned my requests for an interview—gingerly opens the can and lays out its contents: a fruit bar (“I’ve always wanted to try a World War Two-era fruit bar,” he says), some biscuits, and chewing gum on an old tin army tray. Then, he digs in, unwrapping each little morsel and popping them into his mouth.[…]