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Food

Muskrat allowed

Submitted by Jenny Beatty, from USA Today, April 17, 2019.

Luckily for the Catholics in Detroit, we here at WU have their muskrat-cooking needs covered, having previously posted the recipe for Cream of Muskrat Casserole, as well as how to find the full cookbook Recipes for cooking muskrat meat.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 20, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, Religion

Grocery Store with Moving Shelves



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 17, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Retailing, Chindogu, 1930s

Lodi Grape Festival Queen

Here is the first holder of the honor.



Read article here.

The festival continues to this day, but I find no reference to a queen.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 12, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Food, Regionalism, 1930s, Alcohol

More unicorn food

Unicorns continue to take over the food industry. (See previous post: Unicorn food phenomenon). Some recent examples:

Unicorn farts glitter beer from Duclaw brewing.



Unicorn-shaped macaroni & cheese.



Unicorn Swirl ice cream



But a criminal element may be infiltrating the world of unicorns. Last month, a man dressed in a pink-and-white uniform costume robbed a Maryland convenience store.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 02, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Myths and Fairytales

Decomposition Cupcake

The “Five Stages” cupcake by artist Claire Ratcliffe. It was part of the Edible Body Farm exhibit held in England back in 2016, which used culinary creations to explore the topic of bodily decomposition.



Stages of decay cupcakes by Claire Ratcliffe

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 25, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Death, Food

Jelly-Strength Tester

Invented in 1932 by C.R. Fellers and J.A. Clague of Massachusetts State College. It's technical name is the Fellers-Clague Penetrometer.

As is explained in The Complete Book on Gums and Stabilizers for Food Industry, there are two ways of testing the strength of jelly: 1) "tests in which the elastic limits (breaking strength) of the jellies are exceeded and the jelly is ruptured", or 2) "tests measuring deformation (sag) of jellies without exceeding the elastic limit."

The Fellers-Clague Penetrometer is of the first type.

Latrobe Bulletin - July 13, 1932




Source: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Analytical Edition

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 02, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Food, Inventions, 1930s

Toast as a unit of power

Odd units of measurement: Back in 1975, Allan Clemow of Tufts University figured out how to translate power consumption into pieces of toast. By his estimate, one kilowatt hour was equivalent to toasting 60 slices of bread. Therefore:

  • Ironing for an hour = 68 slices of toast
  • Watching TV for 4 hours = 100 slices of toast
  • Blow-drying your hair for 10 minutes = 4 slices of toast
  • Drying a large load of clothes = 270 slices of toast

These estimates may all now have changed thanks to more energy-efficient appliances.

Casper Star Tribune - Nov 20, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 22, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, 1970s, Power Generation

The Burnt Food Museum

It was founded in the late 1980's by harpist Deborah Henson-Conant. She writes:

Deborah put on a small pot of Hot Apple Cider to heat, then received an unexpected . . . fascinating . . . and very long phone call. By the time Deborah returned to the kitchen, the Cider had become a "Cinder" and thus the first, and perhaps still the most impressive, exhibit: "Free Standing Hot Apple Cider" was born.

The museum still seems to be going strong, though its website specifies that it's a private museum, which means that you need to arrange personal tours in advance to see it. A price of $3500 is quoted. For that amount, I'm sure Paul and I could arrange something if you wanted a behind-the-scenes tour of WU.





Boston Globe - May 13, 2001

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 18, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, Strange Websites

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