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(Slate)   Finally, an answer to the most baffling question facing mankind: why does some deli meat get a translucent sheen?   (slate.com) divider line 66
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2013-09-09 07:59:12 PM
"Light diffraction" is just a fancy pants way of saying "meat herpes."
 
2013-09-09 08:28:36 PM
Semen
 
2013-09-09 08:29:12 PM
It's the pus oozing out of the "meat" material.
 
2013-09-09 08:29:36 PM
American's can't into thing's taught in middleschool's?
 
2013-09-09 08:30:00 PM
Because the meat was bad before they started, no matter what they tell you!
 
2013-09-09 08:30:06 PM
Grease. Yummy, yummy grease.
 
2013-09-09 08:30:09 PM
The same reason Malk is?
 
2013-09-09 08:30:35 PM
subway pre-cut "meat" is still an abomination. hire adults so they can use a meat slicer, people!
 
2013-09-09 08:31:00 PM
Ask the Chinks. I'm sure it's all from China. Probably PCBs or radon or some other additive.
 
2013-09-09 08:31:58 PM
Here's a fun fact:

The English word "sheen" comes from the same word that German "schön" comes from (German "schön" is defined as "beautiful"). It is also related to English "shine".

/not subby
 
2013-09-09 08:32:14 PM
Mystery meat and horse c*ck were all euphemisms for deli meat back in the day.
 
2013-09-09 08:33:05 PM
Answer: meticulous aura sweeping.
i.imgur.com

/dnrtfa
 
2013-09-09 08:33:07 PM
The Sheen Family


l.yimg.com
www.biography.com
www.slate.com
 
2013-09-09 08:35:01 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-09 08:36:11 PM

cman: Here's a fun fact:

The English word "sheen" comes from the same word that German "schön" comes from (German "schön" is defined as "beautiful"). It is also related to English "shine".

/not subby


Well, then tell him from me that the word he was looking for was "iridescent" not "translucent".
 
2013-09-09 08:37:30 PM
So really, did they every actually figure the deli meat sheen thing out? It's kind of gross.
 
2013-09-09 08:42:55 PM
K mart rainbow ham?  -
missouri red neck favorite
 
2013-09-09 08:43:14 PM
Why do white paper towels get darker when they get wet?
 
2013-09-09 08:44:02 PM
cuz it's slimy, old
 
2013-09-09 08:45:11 PM
Great, now I'm hungry for a smoke meat sandwich but it's too late to go out. Maybe tomorrow for lunch.
 
2013-09-09 08:45:47 PM
Learned it from Alton Brown's "I'm Just Here For The Food".  An excellent book if you're into the science of what's going on when you cook.
 
2013-09-09 08:45:49 PM
smoked
 
2013-09-09 08:47:02 PM
It's My Little Pony meat.

cdn.theatlantic.com
 
2013-09-09 08:48:34 PM

Nick Nostril: Ask the Chinks. I'm sure it's all from China. Probably PCBs or radon or some other additive.


surprised 'chink' is not banned on fark...
 
2013-09-09 08:48:37 PM
fc00.deviantart.net
 
2013-09-09 08:48:58 PM
It's Not News it's Slate.com.
 
2013-09-09 08:50:09 PM
Because it means it won't be edible for another three weeks.
 
2013-09-09 08:50:50 PM
That was really interesting. I had always assumed that the sheen was due to thin-film interference from a layer of oil on the surface. If TFA is right then it is the ends of severed meat fibers making a diffraction grating, and if that is true then the iridescent meat would be more desirable--sliced across the grain and not smothered in fat.
 
2013-09-09 08:50:54 PM
Pretty sure refraction is the word th 'author' was looking for
 
2013-09-09 08:51:35 PM
Mmm rainbow ham
 
2013-09-09 08:51:41 PM
ts4.mm.bing.net
 
2013-09-09 08:53:44 PM
Rainbow ham is tainted ham. Eat tainted ham and you get a 16 foot tape worm in your brain.

/that's what I told myself yesterday when I threw out about a half-pound of what I just learned was probably good ham
 
2013-09-09 08:56:14 PM
Whooa oh. Tainted Ham...
 
2013-09-09 08:56:26 PM

super_grass: American's can't into thing's taught in middleschool's?


You mean like "how to properly use an apostrophe"?

/Or was that the joke?
 
2013-09-09 08:56:35 PM
I don't know about deli meat, but my meat definitely shines.
 
2013-09-09 08:56:59 PM
It is salmonella. It looks like fish scales so it is obviously true.
 
2013-09-09 08:58:26 PM
I wonder if I could get an NFS grant to study the optical properties of deli meats. Of course this study would have to be conducted in NYC.
 
2013-09-09 08:58:37 PM
A friend worked at a local market when we were in high school.  Back then there was no deli section - just pre-packaged lunch meat.  The stuff never really went bad from all the preservatives in it.  The packages would just develop a kinda golden, gelatinous sheen.  The owner would pull the outdated packages and place them in a box in the back of the walk-in cooler.  About once a month he would have the guys - usually on a Saturday - cut all the packages of lunch meat open and toss them in the meat grinder and then a big mixer into which he would add mayo, pickles, etc and viola - ham salad!  Customers would clamor for the stuff and be asking when more was coming when they ran out.  My bud says he still can't stand the thought of ham salad / ham spread to this day.
 
2013-09-09 08:58:52 PM

revrendjim: That was really interesting. I had always assumed that the sheen was due to thin-film interference from a layer of oil on the surface. If TFA is right then it is the ends of severed meat fibers making a diffraction grating, and if that is true then the iridescent meat would be more desirable--sliced across the grain and not smothered in fat.


I thought the same thing. That, or the mystical Jew powers that make beef taste like ham.
 
2013-09-09 09:06:52 PM

Rozinante: mystical Jew powers


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"Mmmm, mystical Jew powers..."
 
2013-09-09 09:07:15 PM
Fark: Beef rainbows: What do they mean? posted to Main » on 02 Mar 2013
 
2013-09-09 09:09:26 PM

aagrajag: cman: Here's a fun fact:

The English word "sheen" comes from the same word that German "schön" comes from (German "schön" is defined as "beautiful"). It is also related to English "shine".

/not subby

Well, then tell him from me that the word he was looking for was "iridescent" not "translucent".


Wilco
 
2013-09-09 09:09:36 PM
Taste the rainbow...

farm7.staticflickr.com
 
2013-09-09 09:14:11 PM
In America
Every puddleA gasoline rainbow
 
2013-09-09 09:16:44 PM
In America
Every puddle
A gasoline rainbow

/fixed for missing carraige return
 
2013-09-09 09:21:09 PM

wildcardjack: Why do white paper towels get darker when they get wet?


They scatter less light when wet because the refractive index difference between paper fiber and water is less than the index difference between the paper fiber and air.
 
2013-09-09 09:32:31 PM

wildcardjack: Why do white paper towels get darker when they get wet?


The water has a negative charge which absorbs light. The paper is initially dry and has a positive charge, so it reflects more light.
 
2013-09-09 09:40:54 PM

Sylvis: Answer: meticulous aura sweeping.
[i.imgur.com image 336x224]

/dnrtfa


Five bucks says she thinks that's a cat, too...
 
2013-09-09 09:51:28 PM
I got some cooked chicken like that at a Chinese restaurant once. Didn't touch it.

/at least I think it was chicken.
 
2013-09-09 09:58:41 PM

Zulu_as_Kono: In America
Every puddle
A gasoline rainbow

/fixed for missing carraige return


In America
A gasoline rainbow in
Every puddle

/Now it's in irrelevant haiku form
 
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