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Coincidence? You Decide

Written By: cahwyguy - Tue Sep 16, 2008 @ 5:25 pm PDT

You know, the realization of something hit me on the way home. Large Hadron Collider. Gigantic sucking sounds on Wall Street. After all, they did predict black holes would be created when they turned the thing on.

Coincidence? You decide.

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Odd Pet News

Written By: cahwyguy - Wed Aug 13, 2008 @ 6:22 pm PDT

A few interesting articles, all related to pets, in the news:

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A Word To The Wise…

Written By: cahwyguy - Wed Jul 02, 2008 @ 5:37 pm PDT

Don’t drive in California when you’re using a cellphone… especially if you are driving a stolen van!:

A man pulled over by Beverly Hills police this afternoon for violating the new “hands-free” cellphone law led authorities on a wild chase in a stolen van, striking cars along Wilshire Boulevard before driving the wrong way onto the 405 Freeway.

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Now That’s Marketing!

Written By: cahwyguy - Mon Jun 16, 2008 @ 6:13 pm PDT

I’ve gotta have this cable. Just read the reviews.

Tip o’the hat to terpsichoros for letting me know about this steal!

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Just Where Are Our Courts Going?

Written By: cahwyguy - Mon Jun 09, 2008 @ 5:38 pm PDT

Do jury service. See hours of hard-core fetish pornography. I can just imagine the voir doir for that panel.

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Protected: One of those Days

Written By: cahwyguy - Fri May 30, 2008 @ 10:52 am PDT

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Taking the Bitter With The Sweet

Written By: cahwyguy - Wed May 28, 2008 @ 11:32 am PDT

The New York Times today has a very interesting article on a little berry called the Miracle Fruit. This is a berry, synsepalum dulcificum, native to West Africa, that creates an interesting reaction on the tongue: it contains a protein called miraculin that binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids. In short: it makes anything taste sweet. You pop it in your mouth and scrape the pulp off the seed, swirl it around and hold it in your mouth for about a minute. You then eat various non-sweet foods for the different tastes. According those those that have tried it, it makes Tabasco sauce taste like donut glaze, lemon sorbet like a chocolate shake, limes were candied, vinegar resembled apple juice, goat cheese tasted like cheesecake on the tongue and goat cheese on the throat. Bananas were just bananas.

The berry is highly perishable and expensive (about $2 each). A freezer pack of 30 berries costs $90. Evidently, a party experience is being developed where people pay $15 a head to try the berry and all sorts of different fruits, sharing their experiences.

I guess you could try to grow your own, although it takes multiple years to come to maturity.

It actually sounds fascinating, and I’d love to see the effect of the fruit. My favorite exchange in the article was the following, however:

One woman wanted to see Mr. Aliquo [the party’s host] eat a berry before she tried one. “What, you don’t trust me?” he said.

She replied, “Well, I just met you.”

Another guest said, “But you met him on the Internet, so it’s safe.”

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Hint to the Wise

Written By: cahwyguy - Tue May 27, 2008 @ 6:10 pm PDT

If you’re a tagger… don’t post your videos on YouTube.

I sure hope this will be on “Wait, Wait” next week.

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