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  • 3, 2, 1 ... Bake Off! The Mission To Make Bread In Space

    They're partnered with the German Aerospace Center, which is basically Germany's NASA. Their goal is to make an oven that can successfully bake dough on the International Space Station by 2018. But there are a lot of obstacles that make baking in space difficult. First, the oven needs to function on about a tenth of the power an oven here on earth does. And it's pretty much impossible to preheat the oven, because if it gets hot and then the door is opened, a giant hot air bubble could leave the oven and float into the spacecraft. "It could just...
  • French Left Outraged Online Over Massacre of Camembert Cheese

    07/26/2017 9:54:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    French people are in uproar after a picture was posted online of a Camembert cheese that had clearly been cut in a flagrant violation of fromage etiquette. The post on on the French page of the site Reddit was titled "How my mother cuts Camembert..." (Le maničre dont ma mčre coupe le camembert), It was flooded with comments from French people, who reacted with a mixture of mockery and anger at the way the famous French cheese from Normandy had been cut. "We've guillotined people for less than that," wrote Raleur Francais. Another wrote "... well you just can't choose...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/25/2017 3:33:39 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 82 replies
    I’m posting this Tomato Soup recipe from last year again, because even though it’s a hot soup, which we may not want in Summer, and the recipe uses canned tomatoes, it’s a great use for fresh tomatoes if you have a ‘bumper crop’. It’s also a wonderful starter for any season: light and bright – not a heavy creamy soup; and you might like it as a lighter change for the soup course even at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The original recipe comes from 'The Chesapeake Bay Cookbook', by John Shields (highly recommended!) but I've goofed-around with it a bit. I...
  • We Tried McDonald's Nasi Lemak Burger And Here's What We Think

    07/24/2017 11:44:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    rOJAK dAILY ^ | Russell Kua
    Is it as good as advertised?In case you haven't already heard, McDonald's Singapore launched the Nasi Lemak Burger last week in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival 2017. When we at Rojak Daily heard about the Nasi Lemak Burger, our initial reaction was: And it wasn’t just us. Many social media users were shocked and at the same time, curious on how it would taste like. How can a Nasi Lemak Burger taste good without nasi dan yang berlemak? So being proud Malaysians, we went to one of the McDonald’s in Singapore over the weekend and did our best Gordon...
  • A Meal Deadlier Than Cyanide

    07/24/2017 10:59:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    In the old days, when fishermen caught pufferfish, chances are they would be thrown back into the sea. After all, pufferfish, from the order Tetraodontiformes, are known to be poisonous to humans as they contain tetrodotoxin, a substance toxic enough to kill a person in a few hours when ingested in amounts of as little as 25mg. In addition to this, there is no known antidote to this toxin, which is considered even deadlier to humans than cyanide. Those days are gone, as some enterprising fishermen have deci­ded that filleted pufferfish can be sold to the unwary. Filleted pufferfish is...
  • Orchard Argicultural Machines

    07/21/2017 5:06:41 AM PDT · by Trumpnation · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-21-17 | JR
    Not quite sure how I feel about these hydraulic tree shakers...
  • Instant Coffee Recalled For Containing Viagra-Like Ingredient

    07/20/2017 9:55:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Bestherbs Coffee LLC is voluntarily recalling its coffee after an FDA laboratory analysis confirmed the presence of desmethyl carbodenafil, which is “structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for erectile dysfunction (ED)”, according to regulators. ... While the product is marketed as a male enhancement drink, the FDA says the combo of sildenafil with other prescription drugs could pose health risks for those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease.
  • Man shoots mammoth 820 pound wild hog in his front yard

    07/19/2017 6:26:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 76 replies
    al.com ^ | 8/19/17 | Joe Songer
    Samson resident Wade Seago knew something was up outside of his home last week when the family's pet schnauzer, Cruiser, started barking constantly. The Seagos live on 100 acres in the rural south Alabama town. The property and surrounding area is teeming with wildlife so it's not unusual for their dog to bark at deer, raccoons or other wild visitors. But this was different. As he was about to get up and check on his dog, his daughter began screaming. "I jumped up to see what was going on," Wade explained. "I looked out the back window and saw nothing,...
  • Naked Burglar Consumes Whiskey and Muffins Before Falling Asleep

    07/18/2017 3:20:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    WQOW ^ | Jul 17, 2017
    An Appleton resident arrived home Saturday night to find a burglar in his birthday suit in her bed. According to WBAY, the Appleton Police Department searched the South Memorial Drive home and found the bare naked burglar hiding in a shower enclosure. Officers also discovered the man had consumed the woman's whiskey and had eaten some blueberry muffins. A bag of marijuana was found near the suspect's clothing. Police say the victim did not know the suspect, identified as Bradley T. Braxton of Oshkosh. Braxton broke a door on the main level of the home to get inside. A news...
  • Mac-n-cheese probably isn't more toxic than other foods

    07/18/2017 1:32:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Whether you prefer the classic stuff in the blue box or the organic brand famous for its pasta bunnies, you probably realize that mac-n-cheese isn’t healthy, exactly. But given the fast food alternatives, we tell ourselves, it’s isn’t that bad. And yet, because everything we love is secretly conspiring to kill us, a recent report suggests that each serving of America’s favorite processed cheese food also serves up a hefty dose of phthalates... But does this mean that you should give up eating that orange goo? ... Thanks to a 2008 bill, phthalates are now banned in the production of...
  • Tilapia . . . 'nuf said.

    07/16/2017 3:45:17 PM PDT · by Macoozie · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 09, 2014 | Sky McCarthy
    A 2009 study conducted by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited some alarming facts about Chinese farm-raised seafood.
  • Order Tea or Tea Order (The Milk Debate)

    07/14/2017 5:17:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Varsity (U.K.) ^ | Wednesday June 21 2017 | Aditya Guha
    Aditya Guha puts his taste buds to test to check if we can distinguish whether you put milk first in your teaWith a slew of formals and May Balls being organised by societies to mark the end of the academic year, you couldn’t possibly be more nervous about being judged on tea etiquette. Gowns can be rented for a special day. A white (or black) bowtie could be borrowed from that dependable friend. But what if you strike up a conversation with a Cambridge don (with possibly an OBE to boot!) at one of these events and don’t know...
  • Iowa farmers receive major boost after soybean deal

    07/14/2017 10:50:21 AM PDT · by jjotto · 29 replies
    KCCI Television ^ | Jul 13, 2017 | Cynthia Foder
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa farmers received a major boost Thursday after a Chinese delegation in Des Moines signed commitments to purchase nearly all of Iowa’s soybeans. The $4.5 billion deal to buy 460 million bushels of soybeans comes a week before Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to lead an agricultural trade mission to China and brings tremendous value to the Iowa economy. Advertisement “As an Iowa farmer, this is huge,” said April Hemmes, a farmer who owns a 1,000-acre farm near Hampton in rural Franklin County. “They basically bought the entire production that we have in the state of...
  • Fukushima’s tritiated water to be dumped into sea, Tepco chief says

    07/14/2017 8:29:36 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 27 replies
    Japantimes ^ | 7/14/17 | Kyodo
    Despite the objections of local fishermen, the tritium-tainted water stored at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be dumped into the sea, a top official at Tokyo Electric says. “The decision has already been made,” Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., said in a recent interview with the media. Tritium typically poses little risk to human health unless ingested in high amounts, and ocean discharges of diluted volumes of tritium-tainted water are a routine part of nuclear power plant operations. This is because it is a byproduct of nuclear operations but cannot be filtered out...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/12/2017 4:42:25 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 124 replies
    I’m a little late to this bandwagon, but I recently learned about ‘Crack Pie’ - a pie that has become very popular since it was introduced in Momofuku’s Milk Bar bakery. I haven’t made it, but it looks wonderful, and very party-worthy. Has anyone made or eaten it? (The following link goes to all of their recipes, and you have to scroll to find 'Crack Pie': http://milkbarstore.com/main/menu/recipes-and-how-tosWe’ve done beets before, but I was impressed by this beet salad from P. Allen Smith, which showed up in one of my gardening newsletters this week. I will be away next week, but...
  • DC Distiller Names Whiskey After Hillary Clinton

    07/12/2017 4:54:59 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 62 replies
    Washingtonian ^ | March 22, 2017 | Jessica Sidman
    Leading up to the election, Republic Restoratives owners Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner wanted to create a product that would celebrate who they thought would be the first female president. Plus, it seemed fitting: Hillary Clinton has been known to throw back the occasional whiskey. So, they came up with the idea for Rodham Rye, which would launch around the inauguration. No need to tell you what happened next. Carusone, who previously worked for congresswoman Gabby Giffords, was in Arizona campaigning for Clinton right up to election night. The next day, she and Gardner agreed to put the rye...
  • Coffee drinkers live longer and have lower risk of disease, studies find

    07/11/2017 2:05:01 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 39 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 10, 2017 | Bradley J. Fikes
    Coffee drinkers live longer, according to two large-scale studies released Monday that add to extensive research indicating coffee consumption is associated with better health. The studies examined the health histories of hundreds of thousands of people who were tracked over many years. They found that coffee-drinking reduced the risk of various diseases among people from several ethnicities, and this effect was seen in drinkers of regular or decaffeinated coffee. And the more coffee consumed, the greater the benefit. These are observational studies, not controlled clinical trials. So while they demonstrate an association, they don’t prove cause and effect. And it’s...
  • Scientists Create Genetically Modified ‘Super Banana’ That Could Save Thousands of Children’s Lives

    07/10/2017 3:11:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 7/10 | Liz Connor
    Vitamin A deficiency is one of the leading causes of children's deaths in Uganda - but scientists hope that a new superfruit could significantly lower the statistics It is also the leading cause of preventable blindness - and can significantly increase the risk of disease from severe infections. Now scientists in Australia have developed a revolutionary ‘super’ banana, rich in pro-vitamin A, which could save the lives of the hundreds of thousands of children who die from this deficiency every year. The golden-fleshed fruit was created by researchers from Queensland University of Technology, who have been growing the biofortified bananas...
  • Mom wants apology after son covered in human waste at McDonald's

    07/09/2017 8:25:39 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 48 replies
    WPXI ^ | 7/9/17 | Jacqui Heinrich
    [snip] Justina Whitmore said that when she let her son play, she knew he may be covered in germs, but she never imagined her 5-year-old would emerge from the yellow slide covered in another child’s waste. Gabriel said he was playing tag with another child, who apparently had a soiled diaper. “It was because he went down the slide first,” he said. “And then I couldn’t help it, and it went all over me.” But it’s what happened after the incident that the mother finds even more outrageous. She said there was no soap in the bathroom, and when she...
  • Rooney Mara Never Tried Pie Until Last Year (31 Years Old)

    07/07/2017 4:35:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 7, 2017 | Lisa Ryan
    We all know Rooney Mara is many things: an actress, “aloof” (her word), a romantic colonic-haver. But we had no idea that she was also a person who never tried pie before the age of 31, at which point she finally ate the dessert for an extremely long pie-related scene in a movie. During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the star of A Ghost Story was asked about the scene, in which Mara’s character emotionally eats an entire chocolate-cream pie in silence while grieving the death of her partner. “It was such a unique way of showing grief,...