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Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by forzainter, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Mike Bulgakov

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    Sweden and Finland both have great hockey traditions, but Finland has the better beer.
     
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    The Bayer AG company motto is "Science for a better life."
     
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    I thought I saw @Poisoned Slice [or Tom Welling's doppelgänger] posing as a woman running around the table...eventually was asked by Ronnie to pot the black ball!:D:oops:
     
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    Most of the steaks are fake anyway at least in the states, as in they're glued from meat pieces from god knows how many cows, who are raised in terrible conditions and have to take a lot of antibiotics and other drugs. :(
     
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    I'm wanting this mug, badly.

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    It would be my TTW mug. :D
     
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    And to go on with my cold water shower/bath challenge, especially in winter. :D
     
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    Healthier bottoms...lines not Uranus.:eek:
     
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    In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs;" therefore, painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence, the expression, "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."
     
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    I'm awfully desirous of some German expensive, but delicious chocolate. [​IMG]
     
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    That is a great post, I love that!
     
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    I almost never eat candy, but this is the last I have had:
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    Like having sex with a girl you met in college at a party, it is best to use protection when handling a habanero pepper. I decided to make homemade salsa this afternoon, was dicing a habanero, then rubbed my left eye. There is serious pain, and I am typing this with my left eye closed. I should have worn gloves.
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    I'm in the mood for onion rings.
     
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    Sweden and Finland are too stuck up trying to outdo one another when it comes to hockey and as a result, the beer is suffering.

    The Danes, famously known for having a queen who eats cigarettes have no hockey accomplishments at all, which allow them to brew the excellent Carl's Special.

    I'm going to cross the sea to get a six-pack of those on Wednesday, even though they're stupidly expensive. And oh, maybe a few packs of Benson&Hedges Gold as they've stopped selling them here.
     
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    Love To Hate Cilantro? It's In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head

    MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF

    The very sight of this lacy, green herb can cause some people to scream. The great cilantro debate heats up as scientists start pinpointing cilantrophobe genes.

    There's no question that cilantro is a polarizing herb. Some of us heap it onto salsas and soups with gusto while others avoid cilantro because it smells like soap and tastes like crushed bugs.

    Some people despise the lacy green herb so much that there's even an I Hate Cilantro website. There, cilantrophobes post haikus expressing their passionate anger and disgust at the leafy green: "Such acrid debris! This passes as seasoning? Socrates' hemlock!" writes user Dubhloaich.

    But what separates the cilantro lovers from the haters? Is it hard-wired in our genes, as Harold McGee suggested a few years ago in the New York Times, or can we learn to enjoy cilantro if we associate its flavor with fresh fish tacos or bowls of spicy pho? It's probably not so simple.

    Two studies published this week link the aversion for cilantro with specific genes involved in taste and smell. But, just like the flavors of the herb itself, the findings are nuanced: The genes appear to influence our opinion of cilantro but probably not as much as we initially thought.

    Geneticists at 23andMe in California asked about 25,000 people whether they like cilantro or think it smells soapy. When they searched the people's DNA for regions that correlate with a distaste for the herb, a single spot jumped out. And, it sits right next to a cluster of odor-detecting genes, including one that is known to specifically recognize the soapy aromas in cilantro's bouquet. (They'll analyze your genome, too, for $299.)

    The authors propose that this odor gene contributes to a person's dislike for cilantro because it increases the herb's soapy smell.

    But, "it didn't make a huge a difference in cilantro preference from person to person," Nicholas Eriksson, the lead author on the study, tells The Salt. In fact, their results suggest that a hatred for cilantro has only a small underlying genetic component. He and his team just published their findings on the arXiv.org.

    The second study, which was published in the journal Chemical Senses, takes a similar approach. Geneticists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center asked 527 twins whether they thought fresh, chopped cilantro tastes pleasant and smells good.

    The scientists pinpointed three more genes that influence our perception of cilantro: Two of the genes are involved with tasting bitter foods and one gene detects pungent compounds, like those in wasabi.

    Overall, Eriksson says these studies demonstrate that DNA does shape our opinion of cilantro, but probably not enough that we can't overcome it. "It isn't like your height, that you're stuck with. People can change it," he says.

    So is there hope for the extreme cilantrophobes? Maybe.

    As Nature reports, McGee offers a strategy for building up an appreciation for the herb: Try a cilantro pesto. Crushing the leaves, he says, releases enzymes that convert the soapy, stinky compounds into more mild aromas. The recipe for the pesto is on the website.

    But Julia Child, an avowed cilantro hater, said she would just pick it out and throw it on the floor, Nature reports.
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    I use to really enjoy taking the boat from Helsingør to Helsingborg and back.
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    I love being on a boat in the sea.
     
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    Having just seen a category of "Mythology" on Jeopardy, I am wishing I knew more about Roman and Greek mythology and what the main differences are.
     
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    Lol. I hadn't read read this article but watched a (similar) video version of it not long ago.

    I love cilantro. One of my nephews hates it and always complains when I cook it (not for him of course :D). Matches very well with cheese, eggs and beef imo. Really, try a simple soup cooked with beef, potato, carrot, a lot of ginger, cilantro in winter and you'll see. :)
     
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    I once saw someone using a pendulum to pick a fruit in the fruits section of a grocery store. I wish I had a video of that.
     
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    There used to be a lot of these around my house (my parents' house) and my sister's house but no one liked them a bit. (They were "fashionable gifts" I guess.) In the end it's always me who had to deal with them. Either I ate some (didn't like most of the flavours) then gave the rest away or just gave them all away to my male friends lol. Funny memory.
     
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    How? Can't imagine that tbh.

    Me, each time someone mentions pendulum though: :p
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    He was just holding the pendulum, swinging it on top of the fruits. Should've asked him to pick my watermelon.

    After a quick googling, apparently the pendulums can be used for: picking out a pet, finding car keys, predicting the gender of unborn baby, and the list goes on.

    It didn't say that you can use it to pick who's the real GOAT, though. :D Just hold it on top of the players of your choice and see which one generates the largest circular movements.
     
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    I'm dead tired from overwork and undersleep and was nodding off on the bus depot bench. A guy sat next to me and I wound up talking with him for 20 minutes of wait and another 15 minutes of the ride. I was wide awake! Then I started drifting off after he reached his stop.

    Why did that chatting remove my fatigue??? I'm yawning as I type, even though I really like your company.
     
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    I learned that incredibly irritating lesson from chopping garlic. The acidic juice is like a glue, so it takes forever till your eye feels normal. I keep a little "mister" next to my sink filled with rubbing alcohol for tough to remove "hand pollution". My water takes along time to heat up, but wash the alcohol off, too. Guess how I leaned that...
     
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    Really, the only diff between those 2 mythologies are the names of gods (though, some stayed the same). Zeus in Greek, was Jupiter in Latin. Venus in Rome was Aphrodite in Greece. Artemus in Greece was Diana in Rome. These 2 countries are practically side-by-side. Here's THE best book on Greek mythology...

    https://www.amazon.com/DAulaires-Gr...r=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=d'alries+greek+mythology

    It's what turned me on to mythology as a kid. As an adult, when I'd read it to my kids, it never sounded "dumbed down" to me. And the illustrations are simple and beautiful. They fit the stories perfectly.
     
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    Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what was considered important to the people. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs and bars who were told to "go sip some ale" and listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. "You go sip here" and "You go sip there." The two words "go sip" were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and thus, we have the term "gossip."
     
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    @MLRoy I just may have to get that book! It sounds perfect for me, it really does. And thank you for the info about the gods, too!
     
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    My husband and I played tennis this morning, and the couple beside us asked if we would like to play doubles with them some time at the same place. We were a little flattered since we aren't too great (to put it mildly). But! We have never played doubles in our lives! It does seem so popular, perhaps more popular than singles. Anyway, there is my useless information for today!
     
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    I tried this later on. Ronnie said it felt like he was being serenaded by a hooting owl.
     

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