Monday, January 27, 2020

FDA Approves Sale Of Prescription Placebo


"For years, I battled with strange headaches that surfaced during times of stress," Kohler said. "Doctors repeatedly turned me away empty-handed, or suggested that I try an over-the-counter pain reliever—as if that would be strong enough. Finally, I heard about Sucrosa. They said, 'This will work,' and it worked. The headaches are gone."

https://www.theonion.com/fda-approves-sale-of-prescription-placebo-1819567087



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Monday, December 30, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

A Moscow University Has Erected a Monument to Peer Review - Atlas Obscura

The recently unveiled monument is a huge stone die, the brainchild of sociologist Igor Chirikov, with common outcomes of peer review etched (in English) onto the five visible sides: "Accept," "Minor Changes," "Major Changes," "Revise and Resubmit," and the dreaded "Reject." 


https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/peer-review-monument-moscow-cube



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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Thousands of 10-Inch 'Penis Fish' Washed Up on a California Beach


" The Penis Fish is neither a penis nor a fish. Discuss. "


Bob

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Calvin Trillin's Campaign to Make Spaghetti Carbonara the National Dish for Thanksgiving

 
 
—Calvin Trillin's Campaign to Make Spaghetti Carbonara the National Dish for Thanksgiving; the real story of the first Thanksgiving—

I have been campaigning to have the national Thanksgiving dish changed from turkey to spaghetti carbonara.

It does not take much historical research to uncover the fact that nobody knows if the Pilgrims really ate turkey at the first Thanksgiving dinner. The only thing we know for sure about what the Pilgrims ate is that it couldn't have tasted very good. Even today, well brought-up English girls are taught by their mothers to boil all veggies for at least a month and a half, just in case one of the dinner guests turns up without his teeth...

It would also not require much digging to discover that Christopher Columbus, the man who may have brought linguine with clam sauce to this continent, was from Genoa, and obviously would have sooner acknowledged that the world was shaped like an isosceles triangle than to have eaten the sort of things that the English Puritans ate. Righting an ancient wrong against Columbus, a great man who certainly did not come all this way only to have a city in Ohio named after him, would be a serious historical contribution. Also, I happen to love spaghetti carbonara.

[In our family]...Thanksgiving has often been celebrated away from home. It was at other people's Thanksgiving tables that I first began to articulate my spaghetti carbonara campaign--although, since we were usually served turkey, I naturally did not mention that the campaign had been inspired partly by my belief that turkey is basically something college dormitories use to punish students for hanging around on Sunday... I reminded everyone how refreshing it would be to hear sports announcers call some annual tussle the Spaghetti Carbonara Day Classic.

I even had a ready answer to the occasional turkey fancier at those meals who insist that spaghetti carbonara was almost certainly not what our forebears ate at the first Thanksgiving dinner. As it happens, one of the things I give thanks for every year is that those people in the Plymouth Colony were not my forebears. Who wants forebears who put people in the stocks for playing the harpsichord on the Sabbath or having an innocent little game of pinch and giggle?

Finally there came a year when nobody invited us to Thanksgiving dinner. Alice's theory was that the word had got around town that I always made a pest out of myself berating the hostess for serving turkey instead of spaghetti carbonara...

However it came about, I was delighted at the opportunity we had been given to practice what I had been preaching--to sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner of spaghetti carbonara.

Naturally, the entire family went over to Rafetto's pasta store on Houston Street to see the spaghetti cut . I got the cheese at Joe's dairy, on Sullivan, a place that would have made Columbus feel right at home--there are plenty of Genoese on Sullivan, no Pilgrims--and then headed for the pork store on Carmine Street for the bacon and ham. Alice made the spaghetti carbonara. It was perfection. I love spaghetti carbonara. Then I began to tell the children the story of the first Thanksgiving:

In England, along time ago, there were people called Pilgrims who were very strict about making everyone observe the Sabbath and cooked food without any flavor and that sort of thing, and they decided to go to America, where they could enjoy Freedom to Nag. The other people in England said, "Glad to see the back of them." In America, the Pilgrims tried farming, but they couldn't get much done because they were always putting their best farmers in the stocks for crimes like Suspicion of Cheerfulness. The Indians took pity on the Pilgrims and helped them with their farming, even though the Indians thought that the Pilgrims were about as much fun as teenage circumcision. The Pilgrims were so grateful that at the end of their first year in America they invited the Indians over for a Thanksgiving meal.

The Indians, having had some experience with Pilgrim cuisine during the year, took the precaution of taking along one dish of their own. They brought a dish that their ancestors had learned from none other than Christopher Columbus, who was known to the Indians as "the big Italian fellow." The dish was spaghetti carbonara--made with pancetta bacon and fontina and the best imported prosciutto. The Pilgrims hated it. They said it was "heretically tasty" and "the work of the devil" and "the sort of thing foreigners eat." The Indians were so disgusted that on the way back to their village after dinner one of them made a remark about the Pilgrims that was repeated down through the years and unfortunately caused confusion among historians about the first Thanksgiving meal. He said, "What a bunch of turkeys!"


[excerpted from "Third Helpings," by Calvin Trillin.]

Bob

Black Friday TV show

I have an idea for a reality TV show to be aired the day after Thanksgiving.  

The scene opens in a box store. The aisles are crammed with merchandise ready to be sold at deep discount. The store is minutes away from opening its doors to an enormous crowd of agitated people pressed against the entrance.

Inside, there are bulls. 

Suddenly the doors fly open and a wave of humanity rushes into the store. The panicking bulls, trapped in narrow aisles, flee in terror. The slower ones are trampled by the crowd. Some brave bulls dash into the throngs of rampaging humans and manage to pull their mangled brethren to safety.

The climax comes when the crowd forces a bull into the dishware aisle, and we get to see an actual bull in a china shop.

It'll be a hit. Much better than the puppy bowl.

And a suitable warm-up to the following football games where humans trample other humans.

Bob

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fw:

 




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Thursday, October 17, 2019

“Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?”

Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" 

Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Full Episodes Jeeves and Wooster on YouTube

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie
Wot Wot !
 

Fwd: Yum



From: Shelly Skilton 
 
Go down beyond the chapter listing & read the book description

Monday, September 16, 2019

Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners | Ars Technica

The winners receive eternal Ig Nobel fame and a ten-trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe


Bob

Sunday, September 08, 2019

#ThingsYouDontTellYourSpouse


 

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

How a Banana-Chicken Casserole Defined Swedish Cuisine - Gastro Obscura


 
The original recipe calls for shredded, grilled chicken topped with sliced bananas and Italian salad spice to be submerged in a mixture of whipped cream and Heinz chili sauce. 

After baking, it's to be sprinkled with fried bacon chunks and peanuts—an unusual combination of ingredients that's been called "anti-epicurean," and "a truly horrifying mash-up of things."


Bob

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Today in History

Today in History Aug 27, 1928: 

The Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, was signed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, British India, the Irish Free State, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

...so how's that working out for ya?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Today in History

Today in History:

Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Rest easy Rutger Hauer.


 "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."


Easier than Jell-O

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Maze With Cheese In Center Enters Human Trials Following Decades Of Testing On Mice

"After thousands of rounds of animal testing going back to the early 1950s, I speak for everyone at Harvard when I say we are overjoyed to have finally reached our end-stage testing goal: placing full-sized adult humans in a labyrinth and forcing them to seek out cheese,"


Bob

Friday, May 31, 2019

Pop-Up Rat Bar Lets Patrons Pet Rats, Drink Cocktails in San Francisco - Eater SF

Monday, May 20, 2019

Peacock spiders’ superblack spots reflect just 0.5 percent of light | Science News

"It's like, how much more black could this be, and the answer is none. None more black."
 — Nigel

Friday, April 26, 2019

I ATE THREE EGGS EVERY SINGLE MORNING FOR A WEEK - HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED


This is not even REMOTELY close to being either a diet article, or clickbait. And I'm thinking it should be considered for next year's Hugos. Seriously, take just a couple of minutes and read it...



Bob

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

I ATE THREE EGGS EVERY SINGLE MORNING FOR A WEEK - HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED

This is not even REMOTELY close to being either a diet article, or clickbait. And I'm thinking it should be considered for next year's Hugos. Seriously, take just a couple of minutes and read it...



Bob

Friday, March 08, 2019

tgif

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A Humpback Whale Was Found Mysteriously In The Amazon

Friday, February 22, 2019

Israel's Beresheet Moon mission gets under way


 Jews... in... Spaaaaaace!

Israel's Beresheet Moon mission gets under way - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47313486


Just thinking of some on-board experiments you might find on a Jewish spacecraft,,,

  • Freeze-dried Chicken Soup: Still a potent cold remedy?
  • One and a half-second communication time delay from Moon to Earth: What impact does that have on not calling your Mother?
  • The Jewish Goodbye: Extending the time interval between *saying* you're leaving the Moon and actually leaving the Moon






 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Man With 15,000 Pieces of Chopstick-Wrapper Origami

WE'VE ALL FIDDLED WITH OUR chopstick wrappers when eating out at an Asian restaurant. Creating a chopstick stand is common; folding the paper wrapper into a crane is a bit more advanced. In Japan, the practice is particularly widespread. So much so that six years ago, Yuki Tatsumi began collecting the little origami sculptures left behind, and now has around 15,000.

 Tipping isn't a common practice in Japan, but Tatsumi came to consider the tiny works of art as a symbol of appreciation from diners. "What I once considered trash had now become a treasure, a tip from the customer!" he says, adding that many Japanese people are taught origami as children.

 Keeping an eye out for the little sculptures made his job more enjoyable, and his collection grew to the point that he decided to go all-in. He called the project Japanese Tip, and traveled around Japan collecting chopstick-wrapper origami from restaurants.




This Scientist Explains Complex Concepts With Sushi

 

BY DAY, JANELLE LETZEN IS a postdoctoral research fellow in clinical psychology at Johns Hopkins University. There, she researches the sobering subject of chronic pain.

 But in January of this year, Letzen decided to combine science with her hobby: sushi art. Using brightly colored tuna, avocado, and "krab" meat, her Instagram account the_sushi_scientist visually explains topics ranging from neuroscience to geology.


This Scientist Explains Complex Concepts With Sushi


BY DAY, JANELLE LETZEN IS a postdoctoral research fellow in clinical psychology at Johns Hopkins University. There, she researches the sobering subject of chronic pain.

 But in January of this year, Letzen decided to combine science with her hobby: sushi art. Using brightly colored tuna, avocado, and "krab" meat, her Instagram account the_sushi_scientist visually explains topics ranging from neuroscience to geology.


NY Post headline FTW



 
A classic headline from The New York Post on Friday about Jeff Bezos' accusations that David Pecker, publisher of The National Enquirer, sought to blackmail him

This made me giggle

Another scam email, and his relative wants my help to access his money.

This email included a link to the Ivory Coast militia leader who died, and she assumes the man's first name is "Warlord" because that's what he's called in the news article
<grin>

________________________________________
From: Janet Coulibaly <janetwarlord329@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2019 11:46 AM
Subject: Dearest

Dearest,

I know this mail will come to you as a surprise since we haven't known or come across each other before considering the fact that I sourced your email contact through the Internet in search of trusted person who can assist me.

I am Miss Janet Warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly 24 years old female from the Republic of Ivory Coast,West Africa ,am the Daughter of Late Chief Sgt.Warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly (a.k.a General IB ). My late father was a well known Ivory Coast militia leader . He died on Thursday 28 April 2011 following a fight with the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast(FRCI). You can red more about me father in the link below :  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/28/ivory-coast-renegade-warlord-ibrahim-coulibaly


I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which I am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father. Meanwhile I wanted to travel to Europe, but she hide away my international passport and other valuable documents. Luckily she did not discover where I kept my father's File which contained important documents. Now I am presently staying in the Mission in Burkina Faso.

I am seeking for long term relationship and investment assistance. My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$ 27.5 Million in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I had contacted the Bank to clear the deposit but the Branch Manager told me that being a refugee, my status according to the local law does not authorize me to carry out the operation. However, he advised me to provide a trustee who will stand on my behalf. I had wanted to inform my stepmother about this deposit but I am afraid that she will not offer me anything after the release of the money.

Therefore, I decide to seek for your help in transferring the money into your bank account while I will relocate to your country and settle down with you. As you indicated your interest to help me I will give you the account number and the contact of the bank where my late beloved father deposited the money with my name as the next of kin. It is my intention to compensate you with 40% of the total money for your assistance and the balance shall be my investment in any profitable venture which you will recommend to me as have no any idea about foreign investment. Please all communications should be through this email address for confidential purposes (janetwarlord736@gmail.com) .

Thanking you a lot in anticipation of your quick response. I will give you details in my next mail after receiving your acceptance mail to help me ,

Yours sincerely
Miss Janet Warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly
(janetwarlord736@gmail.com)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Odds of 2 people having same birthday

If just 23 people are in a room, there's a better-than-even chance at least two of them have the same birthday.


If two people are in a room together, then there's a 364/365 chance they do not have the same birthday (if we ignore leap years and assume that all birthdays are equally likely), since there are 364 days that are different from the first person's birthday that can then be the second person's birthday.


If there are three people in the room, then the probability that they all have different birthdays is 364/365 x 363/365: As above, once we know the first person's birthday, there are 364 choices of a different birthday for the second person, and this leaves 363 choices for the third person's birthday that are different from those two.


Continuing in this fashion, once you hit 23 people, the probability that all 23 have different birthdays drops below 50%, and so the probability that at least two have the same birthday is better than even.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Darwin Day

Happy Darwin Day to my fellow scientists. 
And may you never earn one of his awards.


Monday, February 11, 2019

“Negative...”

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Mayhem in 5... 4... 3...

Thursday, January 31, 2019

It’s been a problem for ages

Prune burgers


 Serve these at your fast food joint, and you'll have regular customers.
 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Ireland weather status: yellow snow