Daily Archives: October 3, 2008

Thursday Answers: Part Running Late

Okay, okay…  Phew!  Picture me wiping the sweat from my brow as I write this.  I’ll tell you why later…

Tuesday’s trivia was well-attended, with seriously good answers all around.  You guys continue to impress me every single week.  So without any further ado, the answers!

  1. Vodka!  Yes, it’s true.  Sadly, America’s pioneers didn’t have access to White Russians during their settling of our country.  And yet they still managed to persevere…
  2. Acorns.  …yeah.  I know.  Disgusting.  But still miles better than beet coffee (beware the questionable language in that link, FYI).
  3. Egypt.  Baklava.  Pyramids.  Stargates.  Mummies.  Baba ganoush.  Is there anything these people can’t do?
  4. Kirsch Bottling in Brooklyn, New York.  It was appropriately named No-Cal and was marketed for diabetics.  Shortly thereafter, that soda loved by rednecks the world over was born: Diet Rite.
  5. Pigs, which — as Mary pointed out — do not graze, and therefore do not produce milk that is suitable for human consumption.  Trust me, you do not want to drink pig milk.
  6. Sheep, ewes in particular.  Great Britain, of course, has retained at least some of this fondness for the ovine family and Richard continues to be confused to this day as to why we don’t serve mutton or lamb more routinely over here.

This week’s winner will receive one shiny new playlist filled with happy, sunny Friday songs.  So congratulations — once again — to amazing and magical Pooh and her six correct answers, who somehow manages to dazzle us week after week with her bizarre and limitless knowledge of food trivia.  Pooh, if there were a Food Jeopardy!, you would be its Ken Jennings (who, by the way, wrote an awesome book that every trivia nut should read: Brainiac).

Thanks to everyone who played, and I’ll see y’all back here next week for another round…  😀

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The Sound of Science

Trivia answers coming soon, folks.  Thursday ended up being a bit busier than expected.  For now, enjoy this article about the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize winners, in particular the winner in the Nutrition category who discovered that potato chips taste better when they sound crunchier:

Charles Spence’s award-winning work also has to do with the way the mind functions. Spence, a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University in England, found that potato chips — “crisps” to the British — that sound crunchier taste better.

His findings have already been put to work at the world-famous Fat Duck Restaurant in England, where diners who purchase one seafood dish also get an iPod that plays ocean sounds as they eat.

Well, of course.  On both counts.  Who wants a non-crunchy potato chip?  More importantly, who doesn’t need a gimmicky iPod to “enhance” their dining experience?  *sigh*

You can read more about the potato chip study (officially titled The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perceived Crispness and Staleness of Potato Chips — and, really, haven’t we all written a similarly-titled college thesis at some point in our lives?  they just happened to have excellent research to back theirs up, unlike my 2am-Thursday-before-it’s-due physics paper on the incendiary properties of Flaming Hot Cheetos, which was only slightly less well-received than my paper on Greek and Egyptian creation mythology from a Judeo-Christian perspective, entitled Greeks to the North of Me, Egyptians to the South, Here I Am Stuck in the Middle with Jews, which despite being geographically accurate earned me a C- from my very unamused anthropology professor) at The Guardian.

They recruited volunteers who were willing to chew, in a highly regulated way, on Pringles potato crisps. Pringles themselves are, as enthusiasts well know, highly regulated. Each crisp is of nearly identical shape, size and texture, having been carefully manufactured from reconstituted potato goo.

Mmm…potato goo.  Happy Friday!