Omnivore - Monday food links: When bacon jumped the shark

Today's links are full of goodness like tipping tips, bacon guns, subliminal messages, lots of Pop-Tarts, gallons of sweet tea and some fun videos to brighten the day.

Be careful at Taco Bell: the CDC has confirmed a salmonella outbreak affecting at least 150 people in 21 states—including one person in Georgia so far.

As summer winds down and the kidlets go back to school, state fairs are snagging up that last summer euphoria and serving it with a side of hot beef sundaes...topped off with a cherry tomato!

Nation's Restaurant News has a list of the top 15 restaurant chains. At the top of the list is The Cheesecake Factory. IHOP, Applebee's, Red Lobster and Olive Garden are also there too.

Dangerously Delicious: The BA-K-47 is what you might've guessed it is: an AK-47 fashioned entirely from bacon. Okay, the bacon trend has officially jumped the shark. (The bacon shark.)

Huffington Post helps us out with a list of how much to tip people ranging from hibachi chefs (who split tips with the servers) to baristas (who make the federal minimum wage, so tipping is technically not required) and everyone in between. Tipping is not a city in China!