Archive for May 2009

Food Words from the National Spelling Bee: Geusioleptic, Simnel, Palatschinken

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We love the Scripps National Spelling Bee because they always use obscure and hard-to-spell food words, and the finals, which were nationally televised, didn't disappoint. Thirteen-year old Kavya Shivashankar, who won the whole thing, is herself a budding gastronome — in her bio segment she said, "I think the word that best [...]

Cookies as Interrogation Tool

How did the FBI get Abu Jandal, the former chief bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, to spill the beans? Jandal is diabetic, and all it took was some sugar-free cookies:
[I]n tomorrow's TIME magazine, reporter Bobby Ghosh writes, “The most successful interrogation of an al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or [...]

Season Two of Heston Blumenthal's Feasts Announced

Good news out of the UK: Channel 4 ordered a second season of six episodes of Heston's Feasts. In season one, which ran four episodes long, Heston Blumenthal researched different historical periods — the Roman, Medieval, Tudor and Victorian eras — to design and serve fantastic and decadent feasts.
In case you missed them, we posted [...]

Heidi Klum Says 'Auf Wiedersehen' To Hunger

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Heidi Klum at a promotional event for McDonald's new upscale Snack Deluxe hamburgers on May 25, 2009 in Munich, Germany.

Andy Milonakis in a Zombie Auto-Tune Dance-Hall Music Video

Here's the music video for "Zumbie" by Major Lazer featuring Andy Milonakis doing vocals for a pretty exceptional Auto-tune dance-hall track about zombies.
Sample lyric: "Mi a Zumbie from Ken-tucky / If ya muthaf#@kaz wan get stucky... I'm a black rasta and I eat your spleen"
Andy Milonakis's sense of humor tends towards the adolescent, even [...]

Coca-Cola to the Rescue!

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And now for some good news: Coca-Cola has teamed with an organization called ColaLife to distribute medicine and "health messages" throughout rural Africa, reports The Guardian. While working in Katine, Zambia, ColaLife's founder Simon Berry noticed that although even the most remote villages in Africa had commercial soft drinks readily available, medicine was [...]

Book Alert: The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama

A press release informed us of the newly-released book The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama published by TasteTV (buy at Amazon). Looking like some sort of epic cut-and-paste blog post, the book compiles menus, photos, quotes, and recipes for dishes that Obama might have eaten:
The campaign's famous fundraising and "person-to-person" dinners took place in [...]

The 2009 Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake [video]

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The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is an annual event held near Gloucester, England — this year's was Monday, May 25th. Following long-running tradition, an eight pound (3.5 kg) round of Double Gloucester Cheese is given a one second head start, and competitors race down the hill to ostensibly catch the cheese [...]

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