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Follies of the Mad Men #113

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 30, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food, 1970's, Sex

Weird Animals - Och Aye The Roo!

The week saw the publication of the 2010 Eden Wildlife Report, which tracks the numbers of foreign species introduced to the UK over the past century. Compiled by Dr. Toni Bunnell and a team from the University of Hull, the report mentions wallabies thriving in Scotland, scorpions setting up home in Kent and aardvarks that have somehow emigrated from Brazil to Cumbria (Telegraph).

Of course, this won’t be news to one member of Britain’s thriving rod-fishing community, who this week caught a piranha in his local pond (Guardian).

Another place you might not expect to see exotic creatures is on your lunch menu, but that didn’t stop one restaurant owner in Mesa, AZ from putting “lion burgers” on the menu to celebrate soccer’s World Cup. Cameron Selogie of the Il Vinaio makes his “mane course” with genuine lion meat imported from South Africa, earning him the ire of local animal rights groups and several death threats, but not a reprimand from health officials. According to an FDA spokesman serving lion meat is perfectly legal, as long as it’s not roar (Scotsman).

Slightly luckier than the lions, one cat who has fallen on his feet is Oscar, a housecat from the Isle of Jersey in the UK, widely billed as the “bionic cat” after successfully receiving two artificial hind legs to replace the ones he lost in an altercation with a combine harvester (BBC News).

You might think pitting a rodent like mammal against a 12 tonne Triceratops makes for an equally one-sided match up, but evidence emerged recently that our primitive ancestors occasionally feasted upon dinosaurs. Seventy-five million year old “gnaw marks” of a kind characteristic of early mammals, and belonging to a creature not much bigger than a squirrel, have been found on the fossil bones both of Tricerotops and the crocodile-like predator Champsosaurus (LiveScience).

Sadly today the nearest we get to dinosaur flesh is turkey or chicken, but not all birds were prized solely for their meat. The huia bird of New Zealand for example, was once used to make the feathered head-dresses of Maori chiefs, until predation from accidentally introduced species drove it to extinction around 1907. But if the bird has gone its feathers have not, and one recently became the most expensive feather ever when it sold at auction for NZ$8000, i.e. $4000 American (Telegraph).

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Corn Dogs

Summer is almost here, the ultimate corn dog season. (But is there ever a wrong time for corn dogs?)

Stock up now on batter mix and a special deep fryer, from this vendor.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 19, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Addictions, Animals, Food, Kitsch and Collectibles, Regionalism

Hungry?  Mud Snacks Made Easy

Hungry? Not just a type font, I think this is called pica. But I hope never to be so hungry I eat mud treats.

Even if they are baked, they still don't sound appetizing. But then again, I've been talked into eating doggie treats because they smelled like vanilla. Dog ice-cream tasted just as bad.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Mon Jun 07, 2010 | Comments (11)
Category: Food

World Custard Pie Championship

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 22, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Destruction, Food, Europe

The Revenge of the Ojibwe


Every Christmas, a friend sends me a package of foodstuffs from the Native Harvest website, run by the Ojibwe tribe. It's all wonderful goodies, and today I broke out the Maple Butter for toast.

That's when I noticed the native name given for the product: "Anishinaabe Doodooshaaboo-bimide."

Yeah, right. You just know this is a joke the Native Americans are playing on us politically correct and guilty invaders, trying to get us to pronounce a bunch of doo-wop lyrics and sound like Frankie Valli.

But it does taste great!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat May 22, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, Languages, Native Americans

Poulet a la Baby Poop

"Yes, Mr. Dithers, we did happen to clean the chicken in the same sink where Junior had his bath. Why do you ask? What do you mean, Dagwood won't be getting that raise?!?"

Alternate interpretation: "Cannibals? Us?"

For the full story, visit here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 07, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Food, Magazines, Babies and Toddlers, 1950's

Roasted Camel Hump

Would you eat camel's hump? Well this woman would--and did. Visit the link for horrifying pictures.

For myself, I'd rather have a Camel Hump Cocktail.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 15, 2010 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Food, Regionalism, Middle East

Haggis-flavored Chocolates


Read about it here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 11, 2010 | Comments (8)
Category: Food, Candy, Regionalism, Europe

Follies of the Mad Men #95

I'm not certain that the ability to understand the language here would improve this weird ad.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 07, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Food
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