Category Archives: Perspectives
I just read that the Guinness World Record for “largest mass facial” was broken in Jinan, China today.
I should clarify and say that the record for the most people getting facial treatments was broken today.
Sadly, that wasn’t the first thing that came to mind when I glanced at the headline.
“Hello, gutter. Meet my mind.”
With droughts and water shortages in California and all around the world, it is becoming increasingly important for us to find ways to reuse and recycle water. And one wastewater treatment company in Portland, Oregon has an idea of how to increase awareness of water-filtration issues: ask craft beer makers to use treated sewer water in their brews.
Enter the upcoming Pure Water Brew Challenge.
Clean Water Services, a company that runs four water treatment plants in Portland, will release more than 300 gallons of purified sewer water to home brewers in early June, who will then create craft beers using it as their base. Kegs of the winning brews will then be taken to and showcased at an international water conference in Chicago.
It’s a great idea, of course, but I have one piece of advice for anyone who attends the conference: you may want to steer clear of the Brown Ale!
According to a new Stanford University School of Medicine study—recently published in the journal Cell—thinking can help “fuel the growth” of high-grade gliomas (i.e. deadly tumors that begin in the brain or spinal cord).
These gliomas represent approximately 80% of all malignant brain tumors. And sadly, there are few treatment options available to those who develop them. Fortunately, though, there is also good news.
Most of us have nothing to worry about…
I’ve always taken great pride in having a strong stomach. Very little grosses me out and I always try new things regardless of how nasty they seem at the time.
Take blood sausage, for instance. On my one and only trip to Germany—many, many years ago—someone handed me a sandwich and, being the food daredevil, I immediately started eating it. Moments later, I was told that the meat inside was blood sausage, a revelation that made everyone around me cringe. Of course, it tasted good to me and since I was already eating it, I continued to do so. Hell, I even ate more blood sausage as my week-long vacation progressed.
Honestly, even the thought of disgusting food doesn’t shake me—at least it didn’t until recently, when I heard about some foods that even make me cringe with disgust.
The first isn’t so much a food as a preservative found in commercial breads. The amino acid L-cysteine is used to extend the shelf life of factory-made breads, which most of us likely consume on a weekly—if not daily—basis. However, did you know this amino acid is most commonly synthesized using human hair? Sure, cow horns, pig bristles and duck feathers can also be used, but human hair is at the top of the list. And oddly enough, most of the hair comes from the floors of hair salons and barber shops in China. No wonder Americans love Chinese food so much—sometimes we consume it without even knowing it!
Our second entry comes from Ireland where scientists at Trinity College are making cheese from… wait for it… human bacteria. Using samples from human toes, belly buttons, mouths and even armpits, these culinary cuckoos produce cheeses that supposedly smell like the body odors of their respective donors. No word yet on whether fumunda cheese will be next (i.e. cheese from under a man’s balls, for those unfamiliar with the term). I imagine it’s only a matter of time, though.
Entry number three comes to us from Japan, the home of some of the most unique—and nasty—foods in the world. Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from Okayama Laboratory in Tokyo, just found a way to extract protein from sewage (a.k.a. human feces), mix it with some other ingredients and produce artificial steak. To make matters worse, some people have even tested the “meat” and claim it tastes just like beef. Of course, I’ll never know since I limit my shit-eating to American fast food.
Taken separately, these three “foods” may not seem all that gross, but consider this: putting them together could make the most disgusting—and cannibalistic—cheeseburger in history.
Toe cheese shit-burger deluxe, anyone?
It’s no secret that Republicans blame President Obama and his administration for all the ills of the world. They’ve been doing it for almost a decade, so why stop now?
The latest accusation comes from the former Republican congresswoman from Minnesota—and all-around whack-a-doodle—Michele Bachmann. In a radio interview with End Times last week, Bachmann re-emerged from the political shadows just long enough to remind us all of how completely insane she is. How, you ask?
By blaming Obama for the rapture, which she claims is coming even faster thanks to his policies on marriage equality and Iran’s nuclear program.
“We in our lifetimes potentially could see Jesus Christ returning to earth and the rapture of the church,” she said. “Any nation that accepts God and his principles is blessed, and those who push away are cursed. That’s what we’re seeing happen to the United States. We will suffer the consequences as a result.”
From Bachmann’s perspective, the United States is being punished by God for “embracing a pagan view” about gay marriage and abortion. She even believes that Obama’s goal in Iran is to ensure they develop nuclear weapons, thus increasing the odds of Armageddon coming sooner rather than later.
“If you look at the president’s rhetoric, and if you look at his actions, everything he has done has been to cut the legs out of Israel and lift up the agenda of radical Islam,” Bachmann continued. “We are literally watching, month by month, the speed move up to a level we’ve never seen before with these events.”
Of course, this comes from the same GOP wacko who claimed that carbon dioxide was harmless and believed abolishing the minimum wage would create jobs.
I wonder why she isn’t planning to run for president?
Normally when I read a political article online, I cringe in disgust and would never even consider commenting on it within my blog. Unfortunately, though, this particular one was too hilarious to ignore.
By now, you’ve heard that nearly 20 Republicans are considering a run at their party’s presidential nomination. And the list of potential candidates includes the “usual suspects” (Jeb Bush, Rick Perry) as well as some not-so-new faces (Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz). Why are there so many, you ask?
More on that in a minute.
The article linked at the top of this page is hilarious to me because its bullshit is so obvious. It focuses on GOP presidential candidates’ efforts to connect with the middle class, who they will need if they hope to secure the White House next year. As they hone their possible campaign messages, one thing is abundantly clear, though: it’s Republicans who have been trying to destroy the middle class! And now they expect us to vote them into office?
Why are there so many potential GOP presidential candidates then? That’s easy: because they know only the lesser of 18+ evils has the slightest chance of representing them well… and potentially fooling the rest of us into thinking our country will be a better place with them in office.
I’m not saying Hillary is the obvious choice for president, mind you. I’m just saying that when it comes to GOP claims about helping middle-class Americans, don’t forget about the steps they’ve taken to stick it to us in the past.
And do we really expect that to change with a Republican president in office? I think not.