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.
IntertubeUser: Orrin Hatch is one of the most despicable people in Washington, yet so few Americans realize it.
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.
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.
Lehk: Israel conspicuously absent from list...
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: #1. New Jersey Is the World's TastemakerHeh.Hahahaha!HAHAHAHAHA!BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA*wipes a tear away from his eye*No, seriously, what's the real #1 entry?
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