As is my tradition, here’s some lunch time news chum… this time about food! After that, a couple of headlines I found odd to read.
- The Red Stuff. It appears that just as the French have exerted control over their language, France is restricting use of ketchup in the country. Specifically, the French government has banned school and college cafeterias nationwide from offering the iconic American tomato-based condiment with any food but — of all things — French fries. Moreover, French fries can be offered only once a week, usually with “steak haché,” or burger. (Of course, this is fine with me, as I cannot stand ketchup).
- Exiled Beasties. When Cuba nationalized rum production ages ago, Bacardi was smart. They got their yeast out of the country, and destroyed any that was in Cuba. It’s actually a fascinating read, especially if you want to know how rum is made.
- Breaking the Mold. An interesting article on affinage, the fine art of making ripened cheese. Much as I love cheese, I fear this is moving into the realm of the wine experts who pontificate over changes no one else can taste (I have similar thoughts about sound quality snobs).
And now, some headlines seen in the papers:
Effects of DES Exposure Follow Women for Decades. I know the algorithm is broken, but why does it just affect women and last so long. I know I generally feel safer if I can use AES.
Brown rejects bill allowing unions of home child-care providers. I know they are delaying fighting Prop 8, so we won’t have same sex unions, but Brown’s action seems ridiculous. I mean, if both parents work from home, this means they can’t be married.
ETA: Jackson death investigator grilled by defense. I wonder if this made him palatable for the ex-model who cooked and ate her husband’s body parts?
See, not only can I bring it to three headlines, I can bring it back to food!
Some headlines seen during a quick lunchtime skim:
I’d say that if you have a good headline, you should send it to Jay Leno, but….
Headline in the LA Times: “Do Camrys dream of electric Leafs?“. Interesting pun on a well-known story.
Well, as the LA Times site is acting up (you get empty pages when you click on stories), here are some observations from a lunchtime review of some other papers:
- From the “Mel, Oh, Mel” Department: Headline in the SF Chronicle: “Rockridge Shaken By Holdup“. Hmmm, I wonder if Hedley Lamar is behind it.
- From the “Nickel and Dime Me” Department: United Airlines is dropping free snacks in coach, raising the price of buy on board meals, and getting rid of meals in Domestic Business Class. All in the name of “cost reduction and revenue-generating opportunities”. Somehow, I suspect the latter more. As my business travel tends to be on United, I guess this means buying or bringing more food. I don’t think they are charging for soft drinks yet, but as Useless Airlines is doing that, I suspect Untied will soon follow suit. Here’s an interesting thought for the legacy carriers: perhaps people might be willing to pay higher fares if there was an equal level of customer service. If you keep cutting services, you’ll have even more resistance to higher fares.
- From the “On the Road Again” Department: The Ventura County Star has an interesting article on road improvement projects on US 101 in Santa Barbara. This is of particular interest to me, not only due to my highway pages, but because I periodically commute to VAFB.
Today brings another edition of “Headlines in the News”: specifically, those headlines that are written in such a way that you misinterpret them:
- St. Louis Post Dispach: Mizzou’s Temple won’t play vs. OU. Now, I’m Jewish. I saw this as a congregation in Columbia MO refusing to do business with the largest Kosher organization, the Orthodox Union (OU). But, nooooo. It’s about a running back being injured and not playing against Oklahoma. Not what I was expecting.
- Los Angeles Daily News: Church prefers bondage to strip club. Now, you and I might think this was about a kinky church that has a different way of penalizing sinners. But noooooo. It is actually about a strip club attempting to move into a former (ahem) meat market next to a bondage club, and a nearby church prefering the bondage club as a neighbor to the strip club.
So what’s your favorite misleading headline from today’s news?
Two other tidbits from today’s news:
- Burger Continental Toasts. There was a fire at Burger Continental in Pasadena :-(. It is unclear when it will reopen.
- Cosplay. Interesting article on cosplay in today’s Chicago Tribune.
#1: CNN: Bush spokesman Snow has growth in abdomen
- … Subsequent analysis has shown that illegal aliens are slowly taking over the administration.
- … Snow later admits, “I’m carrying George’s love child, and I don’t care who knows.”
#2: CNN: Man arrested in delivery of dog’s head to neighbor
- … Sources say he erred by not using UPS.
- … That’s what you get for not using a lifetime stamp.
#3: NYTIMES: Brain Injury Said to Affect Moral Choices
- … Scientists say finding explains the Moral Majority.
- … Conservatives claim this as proof Homosexuality is curable.
#4: LATIMES: Giuliani, Wife Each Married Three Times:
- … Rudy is quoted as saying, “Take that, Mitt”
- … Gives a new meaning to “Sex in the City”, doesn’t it?
#5: CNN: Cosmetic surgery rates up; breasts most popular
- … Surveys indicate it is easier for boobs to get elected.
- … In related news, balloon manufacturers indicate their business is swelling…
#6: NYTIMES: The Year Without Toilet Paper
- … Participants indicate it is a pretty crappy existance.
- … Observers thought those who wanted to do it were full of shit.
Of course, feel free to add your own. I’m here all week. Try the haddock sandwich… it’s delicious… early in the week.
Washington Post: Well-Paid Benefit From Economy
No shit! What do you expect: “Economy booms. Poor do great. Businessmen lose their shirts.”
The Futon Critic: George Stroumboulopoulos named Host of ABC’s ‘The One’
You know, I remember the days when actors would shorten their professional names.
New York Times: N.Y. Building Collapse Is Blamed on Gas Explosion
Two words. Mongo. Beans.
CNN: Congress having trouble passing anything
Two words. Mongo. Beans.
Alternate responses: (1) One word. Metamucil; (2) Gee, I always knew Congress was full of…
Los Angeles Times: Senate to Hear Detainee Issue After Recess
And the teacher said they could play dodgeball too!
SJ Mercury News: Newlyweds registering for dollars, not presents
But I can never seem to get that $100 with the serial number I want.