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(Scientific American)   Food is tastier as part of a ritual, say scientists diligently working through their tea and coffee breaks in hopes of winning an IgNobel Prize   (scientificamerican.com) divider line 21
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2013-08-24 01:30:38 PM  
Now there's a tasty headline that ought to get a few bites, if only from Ray Romero. Are you taking notes Mr. Romero? If not, pass the choco biscuits.
 
2013-08-24 01:32:19 PM  
Scientists love to research dunking biscuits. God only knows why. Probably because its the only thing you can research during your coffee or tea break without buying anything in the way of materials or computer time.
 
2013-08-24 02:39:35 PM  
Might explain why I hate tea under most circumstances... but high tea? Oh hells yes. Lets break out the fancy and put those pinkies up and I will be THERE.
 
2013-08-24 04:44:23 PM  
That's a lot of coffee breaks, subby.

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2013-08-24 04:49:02 PM  
The Totino's Pizza Roll Communion is a testament to this finding.
 
2013-08-24 04:53:13 PM  
They really should get on why idiots insist on the god-awful smelling, microwave popcorn need, in the break room.
 
2013-08-24 05:06:32 PM  
Food is tastier as part of a ritual, say scientists

Obviously not Roman Catholic scientists.  Communion wafers have to be about the most bland food-like object ever created.  They are like eating foam, without the useful insulating properties.

 
2013-08-24 05:20:44 PM  
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2013-08-24 05:56:56 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: They really should get on why idiots insist on the god-awful smelling, microwave popcorn need, in the break room.


You can't keep butter in a common refrigerator.

When I was a student in Switzerland, the Italians would steal my butter. Who else is making pasta at 12:00 a.m.?

I make popcorn using paper sandwich bags, the right size for one serving. You have to watch it carefully or it will burn but it makes good popcorn. You can melt a cubic inch of butter in a small cup and pour it into the paper bag, adding salt or dillweed or cheese powder--whatever flavour you like.

Takes about three minutes. Wait until the popping subsidest to about one pop a every couple of seconds. Lots of kernels, but raw popcorn is cheap, cheap, cheap.

The Tightwad Gazette would be proud of me. You can buy two pounds of popcorn for the price of one bag of chemically treated soybean oil popcorn. With butter and spices and a packet of sandwich bags, still cheap.

Just watch that baby like a hawk. You don't want to set off the sprinklers at work, or you're out of there. Also, if your microwave has hot spots, this a great way to learn that.
 
2013-08-24 05:58:23 PM  
Hmmm, so Downton Abbey was onto something...

/schedules White Tie Dinner
 
2013-08-24 06:01:58 PM  
Communion wafers taste like ice-cream cones--the papery kind, not the waffle cones. We used to eat them like candy as kids (ice cream cones) that is. We loved their crunchy blandness. In Quebec, as I have noted before, they sell the grids of toasted bread that's cut out between the wafers as a snack food. One bit of bread becomes snack food, the next bit becomes the body of Christ. You can't explain that, Mr. O'Reilly! The tides, on the other hand, I can explain. It's just gravity.

There are two tides a day. One on the near side of the Earth, below the Moon, and one on the opposite side. This is the one which puzzles many people, but scientists explain that it is the result of the Moon's gravity pulling on the Earth slightly stronger than on the Ocean on the far side of the Earth--the different is a slightly higher water level, but not as high as the tide on the Lunar side of the Earth. Neat, eh? Who knew? They often don't teach that detail in school.
 
2013-08-24 06:07:44 PM  
And Roman Catholics believe that this body of Christ and blood of Christ stuff is not symbolism. Which is why they don't usually drink Welch's grape juice at Communion, unlike my parent's politically correct liberal church which sometimes uses non-alcoholic communion wine so as to cause no harm or offense to alcoholics. Aren't they a nice church? They're right up there with Quakers and Unitarians and the Mormons for believing they can save your soul right up to judgment day, even if you die before they can baptize you.

Some of them are real Church Ladies, of course, but that's just them. It should not reflect poorly on God, although it does for a lot of my atheist brethren and sistren. (Sistren. Ha! Ha! you did not know that, unless, of course, you did.)
 
2013-08-24 06:12:42 PM  
The Japanese Tea Ceremony brought a little democracy to a highly formal and heirarchic society. You could perform the tea ceremony with your social unequals.

Coffee has been fingered for several centuries as a source of revolutionary, liberal and radical thought and action. The coffee houses of the UK and France, among other countries, fomented literary and newspapers, debate and intellectual activity, not to mention formiing semi-democratic meeting places for all trades, professions, classes, sciences and arts.

No wonder it s so closely associated with intellectual workers.
 
2013-08-24 06:13:51 PM  

brantgoose: Communion wafers taste like ice-cream cones--the papery kind, not the waffle cones. We used to eat them like candy as kids (ice cream cones) that is. We loved their crunchy blandness. In Quebec, as I have noted before, they sell the grids of toasted bread that's cut out between the wafers as a snack food. One bit of bread becomes snack food, the next bit becomes the body of Christ. You can't explain that, Mr. O'Reilly! The tides, on the other hand, I can explain. It's just gravity.

There are two tides a day. One on the near side of the Earth, below the Moon, and one on the opposite side. This is the one which puzzles many people, but scientists explain that it is the result of the Moon's gravity pulling on the Earth slightly stronger than on the Ocean on the far side of the Earth--the different is a slightly higher water level, but not as high as the tide on the Lunar side of the Earth. Neat, eh? Who knew? They often don't teach that detail in school.




Spin a water ballon to demonstrate.
 
2013-08-24 06:53:07 PM  
Hence the Japanese tea ceremony.

That elaborate charade probably makes that swill passable.
 
2013-08-24 06:57:12 PM  
Anticipation is the greatest spice.
 
2013-08-24 07:59:43 PM  

Honest Bender: Anticipation is the greatest spice.


Sheesh...Farkers be slipping...it took 16 posts to get to the double-facepalm-obvious truth.
 
2013-08-24 09:30:31 PM  

dittybopper: Food is tastier as part of a ritual, say scientists

Obviously not Roman Catholic scientists.  Communion wafers have to be about the most bland food-like object ever created.  They are like eating foam, without the useful insulating properties.


Ask for the chipotle ones tomorrow.  Way better.
 
2013-08-24 09:41:33 PM  

Nuclear Monk: dittybopper: Food is tastier as part of a ritual, say scientists

Obviously not Roman Catholic scientists.  Communion wafers have to be about the most bland food-like object ever created.  They are like eating foam, without the useful insulating properties.

Ask for the chipotle ones tomorrow.  Way better.


I don't do the whole religion thing anymore.  Only time you see me in a church is weddings and funerals.
 
2013-08-24 09:58:23 PM  

brantgoose: You can't keep butter in a common refrigerator.

The problem with butter getting a funny smell is the wrapper the parchment paper wrapper the butter comes in as it allows the butter to absorb the odors in the refrigerator.  European style butter wrapped in foil does a much better job of keeping the butter from absorbing odors.  However, they have Land O' Lakes butter that comes in a specially treated paper wrapper that behaves like a foil wrapper.  The best way to keep butter fresh tasting is to store it in the freezer and only take it out when you are going to use it.
 
2013-08-25 03:00:35 PM  

eyeq360: brantgoose: You can't keep butter in a common refrigerator.
The problem with butter getting a funny smell is the wrapper the parchment paper wrapper the butter comes in as it allows the butter to absorb the odors in the refrigerator.  European style butter wrapped in foil does a much better job of keeping the butter from absorbing odors.  However, they have Land O' Lakes butter that comes in a specially treated paper wrapper that behaves like a foil wrapper.  The best way to keep butter fresh tasting is to store it in the freezer and only take it out when you are going to use it.


And you can also re-purpose the Land O' Lakes butter box for those times when the internet access goes out.

/If you're into that sort of thing
//NTTAWWT
 
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