Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

China, space potatoes, and the end of the world.

February 13, 2007

Hi Brit,

How many old science fiction movies have you seen that start with something mutating due to space radiation, then eating a good deal of the Earth?  Well, in this case the Chinese are eating the mutants, space potatoes that is!  Purple and sweet, these other worldly spuds come from seeds that were zapped by radiation aboard a Chinese rocket ship.  Now the question is, when will the tater monsters turn on their glutinous masters?  2012, of course, as demonstrated by the fact that potatoes originated in South America, where the Mayans lived!

the Grit

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The Vault reveals another sign…

February 9, 2007

Hi Brit,

I hate to start the day with doomsday news, but this story, ‘Doomsday vault’ to resist global warming effects, has to be explored.  Making the assumption that the Norwegians aren’t completely insane, this effort is obviously preparation for the exodus prior to the end of the world in 2012.  Of course, these seeds are probably going to be Mars bound.  If you need proof of the connection, then consider this, “The entry to the vault, which will shoot out of the mountainside, will be a narrow triangular portal made of cement and steel, illuminated with artwork that changes according to the Arctic light.”  Compare that to the back of the Great Seal of the United States, designed by Free Masons.  Then, consider that the Vault contains two chambers connected by sloping tunnels, much like the Great Pyramid at Giza, built by the people who started the Free Masons.

the Grit

Naked Sunday Christina

February 7, 2007

Hi Grit

Yet more stars are at the “naked” thing. This time it is the pop singer Christina Aguilera. In a recenchristina.jpgt interview she revealed that she and her husband make Sunday a special “naked” day. It is a move to keep the marriage alive and interesting.

Christina confirmed that they even cook in the buff, which seems like a brave move, especially if you are preparing a roast dinner. I guess if they are worshippers the local minister and his congregation must be quite understanding as well.

However, I don’t think I will follow this craze.

the Brit

No tailgating at Super Bowl? World to end soon!

January 27, 2007

Hi Brit,

Here is some American stuff that might interest you, Tailgating Banned at Dolphin Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday.  Now, to non-football fans this probably requires a lot of explaining.

Super Bowl:  football, the kind with the non-round ball, is big time sports in the US.  There are two different sets of teams, the NFC (National Football Conference) and the AFC (American Football Conference) that, together, comprise the NFL (National Football League.)  The NFC and AFC teams compete to be champions in their own conference.  Then, in a huge hyper-hyped spectacle the two winning teams meet to decide who gets the League title for the year.  This event is the biggest thing in US sports.  The winning team players get gem encrusted specially designed rings, billions of dollars exchange hands from wagers, parties are held in homes across the nation, millions of dollars are spent on the half time show, there are several hours of pre-game shows and more hours of post-game shows, and, best of all, various companies use it as a platform to roll out great new commercials.  If you happen to be in Miami and want to catch the game, bring a big wad of cash and a lucky charm.  Tickets at mid-field are going for a bit over $3,000.

Tailgating:  one of the great traditions of football is tailgating.  Originally, this was the practice, for those driving trucks, to use the lowered tailgate as a table for pre-game party food in the parking lot.  It has evolved far beyond its humble roots.  These days, some people don’t even enter the stadium, but continue elaborate tailgate parties while watching the game on large screen TVs.  They can run the big sets because they’ve rebuilt large motor homes into rolling party mobiles, complete with exterior beer taps, extra electricity generating capacity, and full swing out kitchens.  With these as centers of activity, hundreds of others set up less dramatic portable gear and the entire assembly can distribute enough food and drink to feed a small country. 

Vendors:  the food and drink distribution inside the stadium is a very lucrative business.  Bring your own food and drink is prohibited, so ticket holders are gouged as hard a possible, with the total take from concessions usually being more than is made from ticket sales.

Thus, it would seem, that this year, greed is going to win out over fun.

the Grit

Give me that old time religion!

January 27, 2007

Hi Brit,

It appears that, in some areas, church attendance is down.  This is causing various churches to try various ways of getting more cheeks on the pews.  Something tells me that this, Church hosts ‘porn and pancakes’ event, may be a winner.  Praise the Lord and pass the maple syrup.

the Grit

Diet and exercise

January 27, 2007

Hi Grit

What surprises me in this world is waste. Whilst glancing through the news last night I came across an article about diet and exercise. Nothing unusual about that you might think and on the surface that is true. However, this report is in respect of a scientific study conducted into the effects of diet and exercise, both in terms of weight loss and longevity. Their findings?

1) A controlled diet helps weight loss. 

2) Exercise helps weight loss and physically makes us healthier.

3) Diet and Exercise can have an equal impact upon weight loss.

4) Diet and exercise can improve human longevity.

Have we not had thousands of researches and studies that confirm these findings in the past? What new information has this study produced that we did not already know? The report says that its findings may challenge the way that the diet and fitness industry view diet and exercise. With all respect I think that is rubbish. These findings have been known for years by people as individuals as well as the industry.

Of course, like all similar researches, there is an area where they cannot produce positive results and that is longevity. Apparently, although I am not sure how, they have proven that worms and dogs live longer on a controlled diet and exercise regime, but have yet to positively prove its longevity value to humans. My first point here is how the heck do you control the exercise and diet of a worm? In laboratory conditions you are taking it out of its environment and, of course, there is the added problem of getting a worm to co-operate by using dumb-bells, a running machine or to go out for regular ten minute walks. This is apart from the fact that they are not physically capable of engaging in such routines. Secondly, there is the issue of the value of comparing the habits and activity of a worm with a human being. My final point is this. Yes I accept that humans live longer as a result of improvements in medicine and other advances; yes it is known that a person who eats properly and exercises potentially lives longer than one who doesn’t; but where is the scientific study in that? Surely it is a simple case of common sense?

Which all brings me back to the core of my first sentence, waste! To me this is another example of government or business pouring hundreds of thousands of pounds (or dollars), into another fruitless exercise, the results of which adds no value to the subject matter whatsoever. The time energy and products used in the course of this research has all be wasted, not to mention the potential cruelty to animals by subjecting them to experiments that they neither asked for nor agreed to.

Surely there is a more constructive way of utilising the brains of these people?

the Brit

Another doughtnut, another sign.

January 26, 2007

Hi Brit,

Sorry that the end of the world keeps coming up, but, things are what they are.  This time we are presented with a most unusual portent, Scientist Develops Caffeinated Doughnuts.  While this is, not only a stupid idea, it’s also, obviously, a sign that the world will end all too soon.  Really, how much caffeine can the world withstand?  Of course, I thought cell phones were a bad investment…

I would, however, like to know if the ground breaking research behind this circle of energetic doom was funded by the Government. 

the Grit

Global Warming – science or religion? Part II

January 18, 2007

Hi Brit,

I’ve accepted my fate today, and realize that this topic just won’t die.  How could I possibly resist this: U.S. scientists, evangelicals join global warming fight?  The Universe obviously wants me to taunt these people, and who am I to argue?  This quote should be a good place to start.

“We agree not only that reckless human activity has imperiled the Earth — especially the unsustainable and short-sighted lifestyles and public policies or our own nation — but also that we share a profound moral obligation to work together to call our nation, and other nations, to the kind of dramatic change urgently required in our day,” the group said.

Well, God has spoken (or the voices in their heads are unusually loud today.)  The story doesn’t mention it, but I suspect the letters they sent to our politicians were chiseled on stone tablets.  That would be expensive if they sent them by FedEx.  Oh well, back to being hunter-gatherers, which is what this group of twits seem to be advocating.  Good thing I live in an area with a mild climate and plenty of wild food.  Of course, if I have to start chunking rocks at squirrels to get my dinner, the animal rights fanatics are going to get mighty upset.  That’ll be nothing compared to how the feminists will feel when these Righteous Ones insist on putting women back in their place, which I have no doubt is on their Devinne agenda.  Oh, and I suspect the scientists in question will be just a tiny bit sorry when the Faithful get the chance to go Medieval on them.  Remember Galileo?  You’ve got to love the Universe, for its sense of humor if nothing else.

the Grit

Spam from the past

January 18, 2007

Hey Grit

Spam as a food, died out in the UK a few decades ago. I have memories of it from my days spent walking across and camping on the mountains in Wales. As a food, it was one of those past memories that you hoped would never become reality again.

But, woe and behold, in the last six months, it has returned to the UK adverts. For those who want to know more about Spam, look here. You just have to click on all of the characters and here the conversations. Would you believe it, Spam even has its own museum! Now I have seen just about everything.

the Brit

Speaking of unwanted immigrants…

January 16, 2007

Sorry Brit,

Y’all should have guarded your boarders better, Starbucks to open new branch every fortnight for the next decade.  Now you’re doomed.  The Camel’s nose is in the tent.  You’ve given them an inch and they are taking a mile.  The real question is, of course, when did y’all switch from tea to coffee?  Also, shouldn’t the English version be “Starpounds?”  Finally, at this rate of growth, will Starbucks control the world coffee supply by 2012 and be the cause for the world ending?

the Grit

Pelosi dines at Big Business trough!

January 12, 2007

Hi Brit,

It’s amusing to watch the players change, while the the game stays the same.  Instead of following up on her promise to run an honest and open Congress, Nanny Pelosi is dishing out the political favors for Big Business in her home district of San Francisco.  This time, she’s directed the party of the people, that would be Democrats, in a scheme to get credit for raising the minimum wage, while helping her home town cronies by screwing the workers in American Samoa:

GOP hits Pelosi’s ‘hypocrisy’ on wage bill

The only way I can figure this one out is that our Speaker Lady doesn’t consider Samoans to be people.  Well, she could just be on the take from the tuna companies.  Someone who out in SF should keep an eye on her house to see if any tuna shaped packages are delivered.

the Grit

Cloning

January 11, 2007

Hi Grit

The stcalf.JPGory of the cloned calf reached us yesterday. It also transpired that this is a regular occurence in the UK and that we are already eating cloned animals, the embryos for which are kindly supplied by your country. However, what might be disturbing is that there is no record kept regarding these animals. Therefore, we have no idea how many are being bred, slaughtered or served on our Sunday plate. In itself this may not be a problem, but it does raise the question – how do we know that the human equivalent is not underway? Personally, I would hate to walk down the street and find myself coming towards me from the opposite direction.

Of course, the other problem is how we know that by eating these animals, that we are not going to become a clone breeding ground. I do of course study my stomach each morning, just to make sure that the slight excess is due to liquid refreshment and not something more sinister out of “the alien.”

the Brit

Polonium-210, not a condiment!

January 7, 2007

Hi Brit,

I saw this story, Polonium-210 found in restaurant, and thought I’d drop you a note to make sure you know Polonium-210 is not a condiment.  So, if you notice a bottle of it in with the ketchup, mustard, and salsa leave it alone.  It’s not some new kind of hot sauce, at least not in the traditional sense.

the Grit

Fire up the grill

January 6, 2007

Hi Brit,

Politicians from all around, feeling the irresistible pull of pork, are heading to Fayetteville, Georgia: Georgia hunter boasts he shot and killed 1,100-pound wild hog in Atlanta suburb.  That bad boy must have snuck up from Texas. 

the Grit

England cuts the cheese

January 3, 2007

Hi Brit,

I thought our junk food Nazis were bad until I saw this, TV ban on adverts for cheese, the latest ‘junk food’.  At least ours haven’t wormed their way into the Government, yet.  For the moment they still have to settle for using our legal system to swamp McDonalds with junk lawsuits in an attempt to drive them out of business.

the Grit

Luck for the new year

January 2, 2007

Hi Grit

I have to tell you that black-eyed peas and cornbread does not translate to an English new year tradition. For us a dark stranger bearing black coal works, which is not difficult to find.

What is unlucky for us, so I was told when looking for some socks, is washing clothes on New Year’s day. Apparently that is a definite no-no.

the brit

Giant squid, not Britney Spears

December 22, 2006

Hi Brit,

Just for a change of pace, here’s an interesting news item: Giant squid caught on video by Japanese scientists  

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This thing is 11 feet 6 inches long (3.5 meters) and weighs 110 pounds (50 kg.)  I’m still contemplating whether this is a sign of the end of the world, as it well could be.  However, I am sure that it is Nature’s way of playing a little joke.  Consider, if you will, the fondness the Japanese have for eating calamari, which is squid or octopus.  Now, there are squid that, potentially, could eat the Japanese.

the Grit

Coke Zero

December 4, 2006

Hi Brit,

Never fear, even our hated giants of business wouldn’t sell you an empty can.  It will at, the very least, have air in it.  However, my suspicion is that, since my understanding of the packaging laws indicates that water doesn’t have to be listed, you’re getting a can of pure water.  Of course, considering what EU countries charge us for the same thing, you’re getting a deal.

the Grit

What’s Big Food up to now?

November 30, 2006

Hi Brit,

My usually unreliable source is in a talkative mood this week.  He/she/it just tipped me off to a plot by Big Food to force genetically modified food on all of us. 

“There is an unholy alliance between Big Agriculture and Big Grocery Stores to develop raw vegetables that are genetically modified to grow with a bar code naturally incorporated on their surface.  The financial advantages to this are so overwhelming that, once perfected, no computer dependent nation on the planet will be able to resist.  The only thing holding up initial distribution of these products is a lack of bar code scanners that can read the tiny markings on beans, berries, and other small items.  The second phase of this plot will be to do the same with fish and birds.  After that, chicken eggs will come out pre-coded.”

As is often the case, I find this difficult to believe.  However, Big Business has done strange things in the past; remember New Coke?

the Grit

Single malt

November 26, 2006

Hi Brit,

My wife got me a $90 bottle of single malt one year, which was quite good enough for me.  Although that is an interesting thought.  What does that come to, around $500 per shot?

Which leads to the question, can I ferment and distill kudzu?  I think I’ll try that next year. 

the Grit