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Fries and Ketchup

February 9, 2016: Texas State University student Monika Rostvold lay on an outdoor table, wearing only a bra and underwear, then covered herself in Chick-fil-A fries and ketchup. She did this, she explained, to draw attention to the negative effects of dating and hooking up.

She elaborated that the culture of hooking up is "very satisfying, but is it healthy? Is it really what we want? That’s what I’m asking the audience. I know fast food and the body is hard to connect, but to me it just made sense."

I'd like to know why she chose Chick-fil-A fries.

More info: USA Today College

Source: Twitter

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 11, 2016 | Comments (15)
Category: Food, Performance Art

Training Table Bread


Original ad here.



Original ad here.

It seems that circa 1962, pro football and the bread companies decided to engage in some mutual branding, offering loaves of bread of the same kind ostensibly enjoyed by the players. It seems likely that all these loaves emerged from the same factory and got a different team name slapped on them depending on their destination. Not much difference between brands of sliced whited bread to begin with, after all.

I am surprised the current-day NFL has not picked up on this, especially with the Superbowl coming up.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 28, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Food, Sports, 1960's

June’s Creation

A month ago I posted about the rice recipe that caused a woman to have a nervous breakdown.

Summary: In 1989, Bobbie June Griggs submitted her rice recipe to South Carolina Electric & Gas's annual rice cookoff. She didn't win, but they published her recipe in their cookbook anyway. So she sued them, claiming its publication had caused her to have a nervous breakdown. For good measure, her husband sued also claiming "loss of consortium." The case almost made it to the Supreme Court, but they decided not to hear it, thereby letting the previous decisions stand. Those decisions were that: a) you can't copyright a single recipe, and b) "copyright law does not cover infliction of emotional distress." So Bobbie June Griggs was out of luck.

A few of you asked, what was the recipe? Thanks to the magic of interlibrary loan, I finally managed to obtain a copy of it, courtesy of the Charleston County Library, which sent me a photocopy of it free of charge. So here it is — the rice recipe that caused a woman to have a nervous breakdown.

I haven't made it yet, but I plan to try it out sometime in the near future. If any of you make it, let us know how it is, and post a picture of it.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 24, 2016 | Comments (11)
Category: Food, Lawsuits, 1990's


The horror that is haggis has been rendered , if you can believe it, even more horrifying. A Scottish Chef, consulting with a Peruvian Chef, has doubled down on how gross haggis is already by making it using guinea pigs.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jan 22, 2016 | Comments (11)
Category: Food

The Safety Pea Knife

Invented in the 1920s. For those who prefer to eat their peas with a knife rather than a spoon.

The Iola Register - Mar 20, 1929

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 17, 2016 | Comments (10)
Category: Food, Inventions, 1920's

Follies of the Madmen #272



Please spend half a minute to contemplate the subtext of this imagery. A pagan housewife (prefiguring BEWITCHED?) performs black magic to seduce and beguile a priest, with hubby nowhere in sight. Happens in 1950s suburbia every Sunday.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 17, 2016 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Food, Mass Transit, Religion, 1950's

Bread Face Blog

How to turn your offbeat fetish into Internet fame: an anonymous blogger is gaining a huge following by posting videos in which she smashes her face into bread products. She's even been profiled by the NY Times.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 09, 2016 | Comments (12)
Category: Food

A Day in the Life of a Kitchen

"Little space capsules of ice cream and cookies!"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 08, 2016 | Comments (12)
Category: Domestic, Appliances, Family, Wives, Food, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1960's

Free Hot Lunch

Did someone say free food?

The Milwaukee Journal — Jun 17, 1990

You can purchase some Free Hot Lunch for only $9.49 at Amazon:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 07, 2016 | Comments (2)
Category: Food, Music, 1990's

Kosher Cannabis

Vireo Health, a company in New York that supplies medical marijuana, is now having their product certified Kosher. Apparently this would not normally be necessary except that some of the cannabis will be used in baked goods. So, because some of it will be eaten it must be certified Kosher for those who keep Kosher. Pot, its becoming more mainstream everyday.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jan 06, 2016 | Comments (3)
Category: Drugs, Food, Religion
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