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2021-06-25 2:15:44 AM  
We're conasseurs.
 
2021-06-25 2:31:03 AM  
And this is why I only get rim jobs from prostitutes named Erlenmeyer.
 
2021-06-25 2:52:15 AM  
I always thought ass tasted like salty pennies.

/never stick yer ween anywhere you won't stick your tongue
//cue Redd Foxx
 
2021-06-25 2:58:44 AM  
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2021-06-25 7:15:50 AM  
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2021-06-25 7:34:08 AM  
Looks like ass, too
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2021-06-25 7:41:00 AM  
How do you all know what ass tastes like?  I don't see why that's relevant, but yes, I have been single for quite some time.
 
2021-06-25 7:43:29 AM  
they excrete geosmin, a natural bacterial product that's also responsible for beet peels' musty taste and the smell soil emits after it rains.

Geosemen. That explains why I've always hated the taste of beets. They taste like earth-spunk.

/ TMYK
 
2021-06-25 7:43:48 AM  
The water in the town I grew up in smelled like straight shiat. You could smell it in the sprinklers.
 
2021-06-25 7:43:53 AM  
TFA: "Humans are super sensitive to the compound-we can detect even smaller amounts of it than lab equipment can. Officials said there's nothing they can do to improve the taste and smell, but suggest-perhaps helpfully, perhaps insultingly-that folks add lemon to their tap water or stick it in the fridge to help get rid of the nasty taste."

Not surprising that we're super sensitive to it, as subby suggests it's about the taste of stuff which could be bad for us, but take care when adding lemon to your water. Just a squeeze of lemon in a pitcher of water can cause the pH to fall quite measurably which is known to increase your risks of tooth decay.
 
2021-06-25 7:44:10 AM  
Not a problem for millennials.

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2021-06-25 7:45:41 AM  
Everyone loves a little hint of lemon in their ass water.
 
2021-06-25 7:45:46 AM  
Humans eat a lot more ass than lab equipment does.
 
2021-06-25 7:46:58 AM  
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2021-06-25 7:53:37 AM  

FleshFlapps: Everyone loves a little hint of lemon in their ass water.


it's the Perrier of love
 
2021-06-25 7:56:17 AM  
"can't get the geosmin out "


try harder

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/real hardcore would be doing electrolysis to get pure H2 and O2, then burning them together to get pure water
 
2021-06-25 7:57:41 AM  
Page had an ad for Crown Royal, so I guess that's what they should drink instead of tap water?
 
2021-06-25 8:01:16 AM  
our olfactory senses are quite good and there are plenty of compounds we can detect easier than lab equipment.

propane is practically odorless until they add the odorant, ethyl mercaptan, and we can easily detect that in amounts measured less than a single parts per billion.
 
2021-06-25 8:02:42 AM  

Marcos P: The water in the town I grew up in smelled like straight shiat. You could smell it in the sprinklers.


Sprinklers?
Are you sure your town wasnt using semi-filtered sewage for municipal irrigation?

As for the article, smell of soil after the rain is a nice thing. I don't think I'll want it in my drinking water, but tap water? A bit of chlorine should overpower the smell.
 
2021-06-25 8:07:30 AM  
John Kennedy really wanted to create a Manhattan Project that would search for drinkable water, either by cleaning sea water or searching for underground sources.  Instead we had a space race to stick it to the commies.

I bet some people are wishing we'd done the former.  Cause earthlings need it.

All these "running out of water" stories and no one is doing anything.
 
2021-06-25 8:07:44 AM  
When did Labradors develop tools and equipment

"Fark you, hooman.  I'm getting my own steak and cooking it!"

"I'm a Labrador Retriever!"
You are?
"Sure, show me a Labrador and I'll retrieve it!"
 
2021-06-25 8:10:15 AM  
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2021-06-25 8:20:29 AM  

bughunter: I always thought ass tasted like salty pennies.


https://robotcity.fandom.com/wiki/Rod​n​ey_Copperbottom
 
2021-06-25 8:21:43 AM  
Yep; I can detect a fraction of a microgram of cilantro that touched the pot my food was cooked in ten years ago.

/Yes; I think I have that mutation
 
2021-06-25 8:22:49 AM  
I think I have a partial solution to the Southwest water problems.
Connect the Salton Sea & Laguna Salada (both below sea level) to the Gulf of California.
The evaporation rates are ~5ft /year X 400k acres of saltwater = the sun would evaporate 2.4M acre feet of water.  The same mountain ranges that create the rain shadow would trap that moisture in the Southwest.  If water costs $50/acre foot, $50 X 2.4M acre ft = $120M of value / year by cutting a canal to the Salton Sea (of course, existing farmland must not be flooded by doing that)
 
2021-06-25 8:23:15 AM  

stuhayes2010: John Kennedy really wanted to create a Manhattan Project that would search for drinkable water, either by cleaning sea water or searching for underground sources.  Instead we had a space race to stick it to the commies.

I bet some people are wishing we'd done the former.  Cause earthlings need it.

All these "running out of water" stories and no one is doing anything.


There's actually thousands of projects doing this. Here's 10 big ones. There are dozens of universities, hundreds of companies and non-profits working on this.

I know you wanted a moonshot level project... but worldwide, we are spending probably 100x what it cost to get us to he moon on this already. So... try not to belittle the hundreds of billions going into this already.
 
2021-06-25 8:24:18 AM  

Nick Nostril: they excrete geosmin, a natural bacterial product that's also responsible for beet peels' musty taste and the smell soil emits after it rains.

Geosemen. That explains why I've always hated the taste of beets. They taste like earth-spunk.

/ TMYK


Better than tree-spunk.

If these bloody oak trees ejaculate in my face any more, I might as well just start an OnlyFans and retire next month.
 
2021-06-25 8:36:59 AM  

aagrajag: Nick Nostril: they excrete geosmin, a natural bacterial product that's also responsible for beet peels' musty taste and the smell soil emits after it rains.

Geosemen. That explains why I've always hated the taste of beets. They taste like earth-spunk.

/ TMYK

Better than tree-spunk.

If these bloody oak trees ejaculate in my face any more, I might as well just start an OnlyFans and retire next month.


Be glad you don't have cottonwoods around. Don't know how many of them damn splooge poofs have gone in my mouth or up my nose.
 
2021-06-25 8:41:22 AM  
Props to the Gizmodo editor for allowing the headline. The informative and important article deserves something catchy, even if there is an editorial argument that crude phrases should be avoided (and those upset can suck on a glass of Sacramento's drinking water).
 
2021-06-25 8:42:02 AM  

menschenfresser: Yep; I can detect a fraction of a microgram of cilantro that touched the pot my food was cooked in ten years ago.

/Yes; I think I have that mutation


Taste like soap? Same here. Just went to dinner with my half sister last month, and she had never heard about that generic trait before.
I like Mexican food, but damn do they like cilantro on stuff.
 
2021-06-25 8:42:02 AM  

wild9: aagrajag: Nick Nostril: they excrete geosmin, a natural bacterial product that's also responsible for beet peels' musty taste and the smell soil emits after it rains.

Geosemen. That explains why I've always hated the taste of beets. They taste like earth-spunk.

/ TMYK

Better than tree-spunk.

If these bloody oak trees ejaculate in my face any more, I might as well just start an OnlyFans and retire next month.

Be glad you don't have cottonwoods around. Don't know how many of them damn splooge poofs have gone in my mouth or up my nose.

...splooge poofs...


I don't know what those are, but I do know I don't need them in my life, and also, I can't eat macaroons ever again.
 
2021-06-25 8:43:25 AM  

stuhayes2010: John Kennedy really wanted to create a Manhattan Project that would search for drinkable water, either by cleaning sea water or searching for underground sources.  Instead we had a space race to stick it to the commies.

I bet some people are wishing we'd done the former.  Cause earthlings need it.

All these "running out of water" stories and no one is doing anything.


Not so, the advances in reverse osmosis i the last 25 years has been amazing.  The RO unit I have today is 1/4 the size of the one I had in Las Vegas back in the '90s, has triple the output of pure water.  It also has a bypass ratio of 2:1 vs 5:1 of my old unit and the membranes last 10 times as long.
 
2021-06-25 8:44:11 AM  
When Napa tap water begins to taste like the earth it was piped from, you know the terroir-ists have won.
 
2021-06-25 8:45:58 AM  
Well, yeah, all scientists know you never go ass-to-machine...
 
2021-06-25 8:46:54 AM  

J_Kushner: I think I have a partial solution to the Southwest water problems.
Connect the Salton Sea & Laguna Salada (both below sea level) to the Gulf of California.
The evaporation rates are ~5ft /year X 400k acres of saltwater = the sun would evaporate 2.4M acre feet of water.  The same mountain ranges that create the rain shadow would trap that moisture in the Southwest.  If water costs $50/acre foot, $50 X 2.4M acre ft = $120M of value / year by cutting a canal to the Salton Sea (of course, existing farmland must not be flooded by doing that)


This would be just like the canal that connected the Atlantic Ocean with SeaWorld in Jaws III, right?

/Asked the Sea World tour guide about it for fun once
 
2021-06-25 9:12:56 AM  

menschenfresser: Yep; I can detect a fraction of a microgram of cilantro that touched the pot my food was cooked in ten years ago.

/Yes; I think I have that mutation


I do. Coffee tastes like hot dirt too.
 
2021-06-25 9:21:46 AM  
If it tastes like ass, flip it over.
 
2021-06-25 9:32:38 AM  
All it takes is a slip of the tongue.
 
2021-06-25 10:04:35 AM  

Aussie_As: TFA: "Humans are super sensitive to the compound-we can detect even smaller amounts of it than lab equipment can. Officials said there's nothing they can do to improve the taste and smell, but suggest-perhaps helpfully, perhaps insultingly-that folks add lemon to their tap water or stick it in the fridge to help get rid of the nasty taste."

Not surprising that we're super sensitive to it, as subby suggests it's about the taste of stuff which could be bad for us, but take care when adding lemon to your water. Just a squeeze of lemon in a pitcher of water can cause the pH to fall quite measurably which is known to increase your risks of tooth decay.


I believe the acidity is the point.  From Wikipedia:

Geosmin is responsible for the muddy smell in many commercially important freshwater fish such as carp and catfish. Geosmin combines with 2-methylisoborneol, which concentrates in the fatty skin and dark muscle tissues. It breaks down in acid conditions; hence, vinegar and other acidic ingredients are used in fish recipes to reduce the muddy flavor.
 
2021-06-25 10:06:09 AM  

MythDragon: menschenfresser: Yep; I can detect a fraction of a microgram of cilantro that touched the pot my food was cooked in ten years ago.

/Yes; I think I have that mutation

Taste like soap? Same here. Just went to dinner with my half sister last month, and she had never heard about that generic trait before.
I like Mexican food, but damn do they like cilantro on stuff.


Right! And it's not even like a nice, fragrant soap. Just the tiniest bit tastes like one of those old medicinal soaps (lifebuoy?) and absolutely ruins any food it's been into contact with. Some salsas at Mexican restaurants taste like a broth of lye soap; just unbearable!
 
2021-06-25 10:11:02 AM  

Telephone Sanitizer Second Class: And this is why I only get rim jobs from prostitutes named Erlenmeyer.


Do the Brown Nose
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2021-06-25 10:15:29 AM  
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2021-06-25 10:27:41 AM  

J_Kushner: I think I have a partial solution to the Southwest water problems.
Connect the Salton Sea & Laguna Salada (both below sea level) to the Gulf of California.
The evaporation rates are ~5ft /year X 400k acres of saltwater = the sun would evaporate 2.4M acre feet of water.  The same mountain ranges that create the rain shadow would trap that moisture in the Southwest.  If water costs $50/acre foot, $50 X 2.4M acre ft = $120M of value / year by cutting a canal to the Salton Sea (of course, existing farmland must not be flooded by doing that)


If anyone here understood math or volume or whatever that might be something.  Then again, maybe not.
 
2021-06-25 10:28:53 AM  

Quantumbunny: stuhayes2010: John Kennedy really wanted to create a Manhattan Project that would search for drinkable water, either by cleaning sea water or searching for underground sources.  Instead we had a space race to stick it to the commies.

I bet some people are wishing we'd done the former.  Cause earthlings need it.

All these "running out of water" stories and no one is doing anything.

There's actually thousands of projects doing this. Here's 10 big ones. There are dozens of universities, hundreds of companies and non-profits working on this.

I know you wanted a moonshot level project... but worldwide, we are spending probably 100x what it cost to get us to he moon on this already. So... try not to belittle the hundreds of billions going into this already.


Yeah, well, your "research" never came round and gave stuhaze a blowjob, now didn't it.
 
2021-06-25 11:28:09 AM  

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F'n cops enforcing anti-sodomy laws.
 
2021-06-25 11:33:02 AM  
Total Blackout - Eddie
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2021-06-25 11:45:03 AM  
And they still vote Republican...
 
2021-06-25 11:51:44 AM  
I guess Covid is really over now.
 
2021-06-25 12:56:16 PM  
Purposefully tuning the taste to Zoomer preferences? I hear they like eating ass.
 
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