alternatives to “it was all just a dream”
- it was all just a story the narrator heard somebody else tell on the bus
- it was all just somebody rambling after getting their wisdom teeth out
- it was all just a feature length puppet show
- it was all just a set of cave paintings
- it was all just a frighteningly elaborate set of instructions on the back of a microwaveable meal
**Warning… the following blog post gets super geeky with food science and biology**
Now THIS is fascinating (in my eyes). It’s far too easy to forget how incredible and complex the human body actually is…
For example, I’m off on my hols in a month’s time (which yes, does probably mean I won’t stop banging on about the delicious delicacies I discover there) but the reason I mention this is that last week I went to get my vaccinations. It’s impressive to think that for a while my body was fighting off 5 diseases that it thought I had by producing specific antibodies to fight the bad stuff… all in preparation for if I fall victim to the real thing whilst away. Super clever and intelligent biology!
Similarly, but on a far lesser scale (not convinced the food examples that follow will ever result in life or death) our bodies do react to certain foods differently… and not just from food to food, but from person to person.
How many of you have really smelly wee after eating asparagus? It can be almost instantaneous. After eating a few spears of asparagus the aroma given off from your pee is really quite potent. It certainly affects me… but incredibly it doesn’t have the same impact on everybody.
The odour is down to an acid given off when asparagus is digested. It’s called asparagusic acid and, well the clue is in the name, but it’s pretty exclusive to asparagus… one of the only foods that contain the acid. As your body attacks the food stuff to get the good bits out it also leaves behind some pretty nasty smelling sulphurs which get into your pee pretty damn quick… sometimes as quickly as 15 minutes after eating the veg.
It’s been known for centuries, in fact a guy in the 1700’s said that asparagus transformed his ‘chamber-pot into a flask of perfume’. But only recently have we discovered why the smell is caused and, more importantly, why about 30% of people don’t seem to be affected. In reality…. their urine smells just the same but that 30% or so of people have a genetic mutation which results in a difference on the coding of the olfactory receptors. Again this sounds very technical but it basically alters your sense of taste and smell. So at the end of the day, it smells the same, they just don’t have the ability to smell it… lucky them!
Coriander leaf / Cilantro
You either love it or hate it! And apparently, according to research undertaken by a consumer genetics company, it’s only 10% of humans who have a severe distaste for it. For some people it can be as extreme as to revoke a nasty reaction and bout of illness. It turns out that the reason for this is that some of us suffer a ‘genetic variant buried inside a cluster of smell-influencing genes’. In a nutshell, this variant can seriously enhance the smell of it to become something unbearable.
For the most part (90% of the population), people can’t get their heads around what’s so bad about the beautifully fragrant herb that adds value to curries, tacos, burritos, guac, pho or stir-frys. It’s the blindness to this that angers those who suffer… so much so… they have set up their own Facebook group!
So there we go… do you fall in the coriander haters and smelly urinators or not?
Food, cooking and taste is all so subjective and personal. Our experience of it differs from person to person… but that’s not to say you can’t share your experiences with others for them to make up their mind. That’s all we encourage… dish out your food ideas, interactions and opinions and see what others make of it!
You know what grinds my gears? This:
And what makes me even more indignant is the fact that I see this every day, and almost in every 7-Eleven stores I go to. Now, why does this grind my gear? Simply because 7-Eleven is not a restaurant; it is a convenience store.
I want to raise three points here: common courtesy, sensitivity, and responsibility, and I want to address these to everyone who reads my blog.
When you’re really busy at work and your crush approaches you to consult your expertise about something and you’re like, “Oh, no, I’m not busy. So when’s our wedding?”
two japanese men walk into a bar. the first japanese man says “i am japanese!” the second japanese man says “i am also japanese!” the bartender then says “well, hey. i’m japanese too”.
the bar was in japan.
must be why everyone is speaking in english
this is a dubbed text post
the manga was better
I grew up having more cats than sisters, to be honest. I have five sisters, but we have had at least seven cats at the same time in our house. However, we needed to give the kittens away as soon as they wean, otherwise my sisters will bury them alive (think of it as an inside joke of the family, yes, keep thinking that). But as I grew older, our cats started disappearing, and when I turned fourteen, we no longer have any cats at all. After I moved out for college, I never had a cat, although I wanted to have one. Things just weren’t on my side to have a cat, not until recently.
Last month, I decided that I am getting a cat, no matter what. After asking my friends whether or not they have a kitten I could adopt, I ended up adopting a four-month-old kitten from a local rescue organization. This kitten, a gray tabby, was so appropriately named Grey by the rescue members. However, I feel like his name was so generic, so I renamed him Gizmo—I call him Admiral Gizmo sometimes.
Lately, we have seen a lot of people doing the ice bucket challenge. There have been videos of people, celebrities or not, dumping themselves with cold water and “nominating” other people to do the same challenge within twenty-four hours. But what is this challenge really? For what cause? For what purpose?
The Ice Bucket Challenge
Ice Bucket Challenge refers to a dare game in which the participant must pour a bucket of ice water over his or her head and nominate any three individuals to perform the same challenge within the next twenty-four hours. If a nominee fails to complete the challenge within time, he or she is expected to donate money to a charitable organization, most notably for research and treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The origin of the challenge is quite unknown and has been attributed to different people and even organization.
The Shift to ALS
Despite being a rather old “game,” the ice bucket challenge gained mainstream fame recently as it has been used in a campaign to raise awareness on ALS. I have been made aware about the condition back in 2006 when I read about the life story of Jason Stuart in Awake! However, most people are not aware of this condition, thus, the campaign to raise awareness using the ice bucket challenge. I will not discuss the ALS here, but should you want to know about it, you can read about it here.
The shift to ALS of the ice bucket challenge is to let people experience how having ALS is like. According to some people, pouring cold water on your body allows you to momentarily experience what ALS victims experience—numbing of muscles and chills—however, this is not confirmed as ALS victims suffer more than just that. What is clear, though, is the fact that this challenge was designed to let people know of the disease and call an action to help those who suffer it by urging people to donate to any ALS foundation/organization. Quite a heartwarming intention. But the challenge has become something else.
What Is Has Become
The number of people doing this challenge is overwhelming. However, I cannot help myself from feeling indignant to some people who did the challenge. I might seem hypocritical and exaggerating here, but really, how many of those people who did the challenge actually know what this is about? Most of them, most likely, did the challenge because it the current social media trend. How many of them even know what ALS is? How many of these people actually did the challenge because of the original cause/campaign? And how many of these people actually did the challenge because they just wanted to join the bandwagon?
I have seen several videos online of people—celebrities and not—dumping cold water over their heads. It’s actually disheartening that majority of these people did not even take time to mention anything about ALS nor urging other people to donate to any ALS organization/foundation. Most people—local ones who did the challenge—simply poured cold water on themselves and nominated their friends (this is also true to some celebrities). They seem to have forgotten that this current “trend” is to, at least, raise awareness about ALS and, most especially, call an action to help those who suffer the condition.
Sadly, at least for me, this campaign has been hijacked by selfish individuals who wanted to market themselves in some ways. Let’s be real here. How many of you who did the challenge actually thought “Hey, let’s do this to let people know of ALS and urge people to donate,” rather than “Hey, this is going to be cool on my social media and gain likes”? And how many of those of you who did the challenge actually became aware of ALS before doing it? Do you even know what ALS is? Do you even know why this campaign was launched? How many of you there has the intention to donate and/or help ALS victims? I have even come across some videos who mentions “ASL ice bucket challenge”—simple slip of the tongue? I think not. It simply shows how little they care about the cause.
If you are going to do the challenge, at least mention the cause in your video or call an action to help those suffer the condition by urging people to donate, linking an ALS organization to your video, mentioning what ALS is, or whatever you can do to help raise awareness about ALS. Do not just join the bandwagon just because it is the trend. So if you are going to do the ice bucket challenge because it’s the current social media trend and not because you want to raise awareness about ALS or to call an action to help those ALS victims, please don’t.