Archive for July 31st, 2007

31
Jul
07

Maters

Let’s face it… store bought tomatoes pretty much suck. I can count the number of truly good ones that I have purchased at a grocery store in the past 20 years on one hand (maybe). What passes for tomatoes in grocery stores (at least in the US) is flavorless, watery and very unsatisfying. That’s why there are always several “flights” of tomatoes planted in my backyard garden. I plant twice as much as I need in each flight because the birds are gonna get theirs! The first flight is about ready for picking and I’m going to the cheese shop for some fresh mozzarella. I’ll combine the maters with the cheese and some fresh basil (also from the garden) and drizzle it with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Yum.

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31
Jul
07

A Bottle In Front of Me

The Freeman-Watts Standard Procedure was used for the first time in September 1936. Also known as “the precision method”, this involved inserting a blunt spatula through holes in both sides of the skull; the instrument was moved up and down to sever the thalamo-cortical fibers (above). However, Freeman was unhappy with the new procedure. He considered it to be both time-consuming and messy, and so developed a quicker method, the so-called “ice-pick”lobotomy, which he performed for the first time on January 17th, 1945.

During the middle of the last century (that’s arounf the 1940’s, folks), there were over 40,000 lobotomies performed in just the US. Ah, the progression of medical science…

31
Jul
07

What’s In Your Toothpaste?

It was only a matter of time. People seem to like Oriental characters on their skin (even if it winds up really saying “stupid whitey) and the Chinese seem to like putting diethylene glycol in products for consumption. So it was only a matter of time until somebody rigged up the Chinese characters for DEG on a shirt for sale. It is noted with irony that the shirt is made in the USA>

31
Jul
07

Vegan Sex

A New Zealand report claims that growing number of vegans are shunning sex with their meat eating counterparts. They claim it’s because they don’t want their bodies to come into contact with the bodies of those who are composed of dead animals… or maybe it’s just self-preservation?