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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Founder and Animal Butcher

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg, the 27-year-old founder and CEO of Facebook, has taken on a new hobby, according to Fortune, which reported that Zuckerberg updated his status on his personal Facebook page: "I just killed a pig and a goat."

Zuckerberg chooses a new challenge each year that helps him get away from all things Facebook.

In an email to Fortune, Zuckerberg said he chooses a "personal challenge -- something to learn about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline." This year Zuckerberg decided he would appreciate his food more if he learned the process of killing the animal and cooking it.

"I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have," Zuckerberg said.

He also wrote that he would only eat animals that he has killed himself, which would mean he'd be a vegetarian when eating out at restaurants.

"So far, this has been a good experience. I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals," Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg said he first started on the idea when he held a pig roast at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was surprised by his guests' comments about eating the pig.

"A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me," Zuckerberg said. "I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from."

To assist him with his new hobby was chef and neighbor Jesse Cool, who owns Flea Street Cafe, a restaurant that uses only sustainable goods and organic, locally grown food. Cool introduced Zuckerberg to slaughtering the livestock and then taking it to a local butcher for processing.

A representative from Facebook said they would not comment beyond what had already appeared in Fortune.

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Facebook Shutting Down Shop, Abandoning Users?

Photo Courtesy - NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rumors that Facebook will be shutting down on March 15 have gone viral across the web, causing users to question what will happen to their photos and other content that they have shared on the world's largest social networking site.

The flurry of online chatter that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company would shut down its servers comes just days after it had been valued at $50 billion after a $500 million infusion of cash by investment bank Goldman-Sachs.

The story seems to have been perpetuated by supermarket tabloid the Weekly World News, which Saturday published an article headlined "Facebook Will End March 15th!"

The Weekly World News, which is known for stories on alien abductions and the infamous "bat boy," also reported that Facebook indicated that users should remove all of their personal information and content from the site by March 15. According to the article, after that all photos, notes, links, and videos would be removed.

Facebook has yet to officially respond to the article. 

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