Five weirdest food deaths of 2012: Killed by bugs, beans and empanada makers

We must eat to live -- but sometimes what we eat and drink also kills us. The oddest things can cook our goose. This past year saw many food-assisted expirations and accidents that were peculiar, creepy -- and very, very unappetizing.

Here's our list of the five weirdest food deaths of 2012.

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Blue Bear Farm moves plants indoors for the winter with "Adopt-a-Pot"

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Moving the plants indoors for the winter.
When the Colorado Convention Center created an urban farm on the piece of land between the complex and Speer Boulevard, it forgot about one minor detail -- the winter. But when cold weather descended, the fragile plants at Blue Bear Farm had to be relocated -- or die. Enter "Adopt-a-Pot," a program through which local businesses have been adopting the plants and giving them a warm home for the winter.

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- Colorado Convention Center digs in by starting Blue Bear Farm
- The Table grows a community through urban farming and good works
- City Fruit delivers fresh produce through downtown Denver

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Peyton Manning wants a slice of the pie -- Papa John's, that is

Jerome Bettis, John Schnatter and Peyton Manning celebrate their love of commercial food.
Peyton Manning is now officially a Papa. After making his first appearance in a Papa John's ad for Superbowl XLV in 2011, he inked a deal today to become the owner of 21 Papa John's franchise stores in Denver. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

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Freeosks give out free Rice Krispies Treats -- no human interaction required

J. Wohletz
The Freeosk at Sam's Club.
I thought the Freestyle Coke machines and touch-screen, meal-ordering systems that keep popping up in restaurants were going to be all the unmanned, automated, de-humanizing product-offering and/or dispensing machines out there for a while.

Nope. After finding a "Freeosk" that dispensed Rice Krispies treats at the local Sam's Club, I am now convinced that human-free kiosk machines are what we will rely on to feed, clothe, entertain and possibly bathe us in the future.

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Taco Bell unveils new design in Commerce City: Way to glow!

J. Wohletz
The new glowing Taco Bell in Commerce City.
I woke up yesterday and immediately thought to myself that what Taco Bell needs most right now are Cool Ranch Doritos Locos tacos, as well as new store designs that include glowing, purple LED lighting on the outside paneling.

The much-anticipated taco upgrade is still in the works, but that new Taco Bell design is a working reality, with a test store at 15450 East 104th Avenue in Commerce City lighting up the evening sky like a giant, gordita-peddling nightlight.

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Terrell Davis, Mark Schlereth and Ed McCaffrey flex condiment power at Mile High

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You've heard them pitching their products on the radio and you've seen them on VT: former Denver Broncos and their branded sauces and condiments. Now the company that runs the concession stands at Sports Authority Field at Mile High has brought them all together at Legends Grill, a brilliant new stadium restaurant that officially opens on Sunday when the Broncos take on the Houston Texans.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop refuses to bake a wedding cake for gay couple

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Masterpiece Cakeshop will not bake this cake.
Yesterday afternoon, 28-year-old Dave Mullins and 31-year-old Charlie Craig stopped by Lakewood's Masterpiece Cakeshop to order their wedding reception cake -- what they hoped would be a rainbow-layered masterpiece decked out in teal and red frosting (their ceremony colors). Although they'll be reciting their vows in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in September, the couple plans to celebrate with a reception for friends and family in Denver in October. But after bakery owner Jack Phillips listened to their request, they say, he refused it. His business doesn't create cakes for gay weddings.

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What's for lunch? A cockroach, if you're eating at Da Lat

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What's for lunch? A cockroach if you're eating at Da Lat.
I had just finished eating mole at a brilliant Oaxacan restaurant in Santa Ana, California when my phone beeped. And there it upside down cockroach dead on its ass on a plate. The offending restaurant? Da Lat, a Vietnamese joint on Federal Boulevard that just last month made my 100 Favorite Dish list for its seafood hot pot -- the exact same dish that Heather Miller ordered on April 20. The same dish that harbored one of the most loathsome insects in our habitat: a cockroach.

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Brief Jerky: Edible underwear we can really sink our teeth into

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Gluttons we might be, but we're not exactly turned on by the notion of picking candy -- or, worse yet, melted fruit roll-up goo -- out of our private parts, so we've never been partial to edible underwear. But now we've learned that some creative genius has invented a type of consumable lingerie that we can really sink our teeth into.

We're talking about unmentionables made of meat, which come in several varieties:

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Heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill and five ironic food-related deaths

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The good news for the guy who suffered a heart attack while eating a Triple Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas is that the restaurant's gimmick -- besides the insanely mega-calorie menu offerings -- is requiring its customers to wear hospital gowns while dining, so he was good to go. The bad news is, you know, the heart attack. (No word on whether the Triple Bypass led to a triple bypass.) But at least he survived, and that fact alone will save him from permanent canonization in the annals of ironic food-related deaths. The following five people were not so lucky.

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