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(Cracked)   Some states have more influence on our country than others. Here are the states that secretly control America, because they determine what you eat   (cracked.com) divider line 21
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2013-01-20 01:54:15 PM
5 votes:

TV's Vinnie: Texas may decide what's in the textbooks, but the rest of the states don't go for that. In fact, I think I've heard of a few states that have passed laws that forbid "Texas approved textbooks" from being used in their state schools.


I say this as a born and raised Texan, good on them. Our state board of education is full of idiots.
2013-01-20 01:52:38 PM
4 votes:
Texas may decide what's in the textbooks, but the rest of the states don't go for that. In fact, I think I've heard of a few states that have passed laws that forbid "Texas approved textbooks" from being used in their state schools.
2013-01-20 02:27:41 PM
2 votes:

IntertubeUser: Orrin Hatch is one of the most despicable people in Washington, yet so few Americans realize it.


Oh, we know all right. His little daydream of allowing the RIAA to slip in malware to literally destroy the computers of suspected illegal downloaders shows the contempt he has for the American People.
2013-01-20 01:58:19 PM
2 votes:
North Carolina and Virginia share the distinction of providing all the legal cigarettes in the country.
2013-01-20 12:54:41 PM
2 votes:
#1. New Jersey Is the World's Tastemaker

Heh.

Hahahaha!

HAHAHAHAHA!

BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*wipes a tear away from his eye*

No, seriously, what's the real #1 entry?
2013-01-20 11:54:10 AM
2 votes:
I don't think it's fair to blame the entire state of California for what the people in Bakersfield do

/they ain't right down there
//I think it's from the oil fumes
2013-01-20 08:46:54 PM
1 votes:

spcMike: TV's Vinnie: Texas may decide what's in the textbooks, but the rest of the states don't go for that. In fact, I think I've heard of a few states that have passed laws that forbid "Texas approved textbooks" from being used in their state schools.

I say this as a born and raised Texan, good on them. Our state board of education is full of idiots.


Are there still fights going on down there about the Founding Fathers and including creationism in the texts? I forget all the other things that they wanted included....but it sounds like it is full of idiots.

/From Columbus, enjoys getting to try food some people never get
2013-01-20 06:14:21 PM
1 votes:
They aren't telling you the truth about Jersey. If you've ever been on the NJ Turnpike, you are familiar with the hell-scape that is NJ between exits 12 and 14. This:

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For decades those refineries and chemical plants produced millions of tons of useless toxic waste. Waste that killed everything it came into contact with. There was just no more room left to dump the stuff.  Then a suit at one of this mega-corporations had an epiphany. Tiny amounts of this poison will not kill the average person.....the average person's body can metabolize the waste and excrete harmless metabolites. If you put tiny amounts of the stuff in EVERYBODY'S food, you would have a huge coast to coast human powered waste processing machine in operation AND YOU COULD NOW CHARGE MONEY FOR THE TOXIC WASTE. Get rid your poisons and make money! Ain't capitalism great!
Open wide, human garbage cans.
2013-01-20 05:30:47 PM
1 votes:

KwameKilstrawberry: So I can now officially hate the State of New Jersey for destroying America's palate?

I know we've all heard our elders saying 'it just doesn't taste like it used to' and rolled our eyes. My mom would go on about real milk where the cream rose to the top and how 3 Musketeers actually had three flavors. I've heard chefs on the Food Network talk about how pork has been completely ruined, too.

But has anyone else noticed how awful our chocolate is now? Everything - from Snickers to Keeblers fudge covered cookies - tastes like wax. Apparently the cocao fat standards have been revised downwards. To wit: I used to love Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies. The chips had a good, melty semi-sweet thing going and the cookies had a nice browned flavor. Not bad for a box of dry, crunchy cookies if you couldn't talk Mom into making them fresh from the oven. Hadn't had any in years and bought some from a vending machine. The chips were brown morsels of sugar indistinguishable in flavor from the rest of the tasteless cookie part. They were no better than your average 99 cent storebrand variety that you had to buy when you were broke. In fact, it seems any packaged sweetstuff has lost it flavor and nuances. All I seem to taste these days is those abominations called margarine and corn syrup.

I also recently made some of the old timey fudge from the recipe that used to be on the Hershey Cocoa box. It's notoriously tricky to get it right, and I did. I also used real butter and vanilla and whole milk, measured everything exactly. While the texture was perfect, the fudge had a hot chocolate mix flavor to it, instead of the rich, slightly bitter chocolate goodness.

I'm not all that heartbroken about the sad state of chocolate in this country (the Brits say American chocolate tastes like vomit and I tend to agree these days). I've lost my taste for it almost entirely and rarely binge on anything sweet anymore.


It's called "mockolate" by us bitter chocolate connoisseurs. The tragic result of a 2007 petition to the FDA by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, basically singlehandedly destroying all mass-manufactured chocolate in America.

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2013-01-20 04:46:00 PM
1 votes:
So I can now officially hate the State of New Jersey for destroying America's palate?

I know we've all heard our elders saying 'it just doesn't taste like it used to' and rolled our eyes. My mom would go on about real milk where the cream rose to the top and how 3 Musketeers actually had three flavors. I've heard chefs on the Food Network talk about how pork has been completely ruined, too.

But has anyone else noticed how awful our chocolate is now? Everything - from Snickers to Keeblers fudge covered cookies - tastes like wax. Apparently the cocao fat standards have been revised downwards. To wit: I used to love Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies. The chips had a good, melty semi-sweet thing going and the cookies had a nice browned flavor. Not bad for a box of dry, crunchy cookies if you couldn't talk Mom into making them fresh from the oven. Hadn't had any in years and bought some from a vending machine. The chips were brown morsels of sugar indistinguishable in flavor from the rest of the tasteless cookie part. They were no better than your average 99 cent storebrand variety that you had to buy when you were broke. In fact, it seems any packaged sweetstuff has lost it flavor and nuances. All I seem to taste these days is those abominations called margarine and corn syrup.

I also recently made some of the old timey fudge from the recipe that used to be on the Hershey Cocoa box. It's notoriously tricky to get it right, and I did. I also used real butter and vanilla and whole milk, measured everything exactly. While the texture was perfect, the fudge had a hot chocolate mix flavor to it, instead of the rich, slightly bitter chocolate goodness.

I'm not all that heartbroken about the sad state of chocolate in this country (the Brits say American chocolate tastes like vomit and I tend to agree these days). I've lost my taste for it almost entirely and rarely binge on anything sweet anymore.
2013-01-20 04:41:27 PM
1 votes:
The Columbus (OH) "test market" thing was well known locally even in the 1970s. I think of it as indeed sorta Northern/Southern/Eastern/Midwestern urban/rural (plus there's the big TOSU population). The racial/ethnic balance must mirror the US as a whole, I suppose.

I think of Indianapolis as its (most) obvious twin in that regard--or is Indy fundamentally more "Southern" and less "Northern" than Col's?

/Cue the IHOP-Waffle House graphic
2013-01-20 04:28:54 PM
1 votes:

Lehk: Israel conspicuously absent from list...


+1 would LOL again. It's what I was thinking too.
2013-01-20 04:11:29 PM
1 votes:

Lehk: Israel conspicuously absent from list...


Ok, I laughed
2013-01-20 03:47:12 PM
1 votes:
Israel conspicuously absent from list...
das
2013-01-20 03:28:03 PM
1 votes:
I lived in Columbus from 84-89. I had McRibs AND Shamrock Shakes before you.
2013-01-20 03:03:35 PM
1 votes:
Fast Food Nation had a great chapter on New Jersey and the artificial flavor industry.
2013-01-20 02:44:13 PM
1 votes:
Iowa's primaries, anybody?

/maybe not so secret
2013-01-20 02:12:35 PM
1 votes:
They missed one
2013-01-20 01:59:49 PM
1 votes:
Orrin Hatch is one of the most despicable people in Washington, yet so few Americans realize it.
2013-01-20 01:50:41 PM
1 votes:
oh a cracked.com article. my day is complete.
2013-01-20 01:28:03 PM
1 votes:

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: #1. New Jersey Is the World's Tastemaker

Heh.

Hahahaha!

HAHAHAHAHA!

BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*wipes a tear away from his eye*

No, seriously, what's the real #1 entry?


No, they admit that they only make the flavors there, they know NJ has no sense so they send them to other places (the mentioned CA and OH) to figure out if they are good or not.
 
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