A collection of food-related stories from across the web.

• An Arvada Wendy’s gave a seven-year-old a racist note instead of a toy, prompting a public protest and the firing of two employees. [ABC News]

McDonald’s is paying an Iowa science teacher to hit the lecture circuit after he says he lost 60 pounds eating nothing but the restaurant. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch] Meanwhile, franchisees are calling move to all-day breakfast “a disaster — griping that it has slowed down service, lowered average bills and sparked chaos in the kitchens.” [New York Post]

• In shocking news, it turns out that viewing food porn has a “profound effect” on your sense of hunger. [ScienceDirect]

• Like with food-related startup apps, private equity is also pumping cash into new chain restaurants. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

Danny Meyer has ended tipping at his New York City restaurants. [USHG] “Where Meyer goes, many follow, and it seems entirely probable that within a decade or so there will be no tip-line left on any New York restaurant check.” [The New Yorker]

• “Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef.” [TIME]

• A woman suffering from a rare OCD disorder eats 20 soap-filled sponges a day. [AOL]

• “Hunger is more than a lack of food,”U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today to mark World Food Day. “It’s a terrible injustice.” [Business Insider]

• Fast-casual franchises can cash-in on healthy offerings. [Entrepreneur]

• The world is growing more food on less land through “higher yield varieties, better and heartier plants, and more technologically-adept farm equipment.” [Gizmodo]

• “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in Rosemont, Illinois, had until Oct. 31 before it needed to close its doors for good, according to the village’s mayor, but it appears the restaurant shut down early after management accused workers of stealing memorabilia and liquor from the venue.” [WMAQ]