Afunny thing happened on the way to this column. To do my usual research, I turned to the usual suspects: chain menus, recent NRN stories, USDA statistics and Google. What I discovered from that last resource was truly eye-opening. There is a staggering level of Internet interest in bacon. Aficionados can join bacon-of-the-month clubs or shop for bacon air fresheners and bacon breath mints. They can stock their cupboards with bacon jam and bacon salt. There is even bacon-based couture, ...

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