The nut you can’t buy in a shell

“Anyway, while we eating them, we were asked if we knew why you can’t get cashews in the shell. We had no idea. Actually, we’d never thought about it. But, come to think of it, you can get almonds, walnuts, pistachios, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, chestnuts, pine nuts, pecans, and even macadamia nuts in a shell, but not cashews. Why? It turns out that the cashew shell is toxic.Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

Cashews

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Dark side of the other white meat

“Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year. That’s a number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin, Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Louisville, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, Oklahoma City and Tucson.” Jeff Tietz, Rolling Stone

A dietary staple

“…I think universities should conduct a 3 minute silence in memory of him. Just think about how many students would fail to finish their assignments or research papers, if instant noodle wasn’t invented?” Scott Yang, on the passing of 96-year-old Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodle

Minty fresh

“Forget toothpaste. Now it’s time to put some flavor in your life with Breath Palette. At $161 for a kit of all 31 flavors, who could resist? Looks like an all-natural idea for packaging toothpaste and then selling it for hundreds of times more than was spent to manufacture it… When you face brushing your teeth with flavors such as a Monkey Banana, Sweet Salt, and Darjeeling Tea, you may want to just skip the brushing and have a snack instead.” Gizmodo

Toothpaste

Robin Hood restaurants

“Deciding between the spicy peanut stew and the pesto chicken, or the squash soup and the avocado, chicken, lime soup, are not the only decisions tempting patrons at the One World Café in Salt Lake City and the SAME So All Might Eat Café in Denver. They must also decide what the meal is worth. These pay-as-you-can cafes have missions that are unapologetically altruistic—call it serving up fare Robin Hood style… Customers who have no money are encouraged to exchange an hour of service — sweep, wash the dishes, weed the organic garden — for a meal. Likewise, guests who have money are encouraged to leave a little extra to offset the meals of those who have less to give.” Peta Owens-Liston, Time.com

Don’t over do it

“Eight glasses is way too much. We, as a society, are suffering from water abuse. In fact, there are many cases of people who have developed water intoxication, leading to confusion, coma and even death… The body needs on average two liters of water daily. This was misinterpreted to mean eight glasses a day. We get water from many sources, however, include the food we eat. Food provides half and sometimes more of our requirements, leaving only one litre to be made up in liquids.” Suzanne Carere, George Brown College Professor of Nutrition

Soy frustrating

“It may no rank up there with milk, eggs and peanuts, but in terms of being a problem, it’s unsurpassed… Soy is used as filler in meats and sauces, commercially baked products, chewing gum, snack foods, milk substitutes and even cosmetics… One other problem is labelling. It’s one thing to read in a label that a product has soy, but another to try to decipher such ingredients as edamame, miso, mono-diglyceride or vegetable proteins.” Toronto Star’s Peter Krivel, on the problems associated with soy allergy

Human comforts

“Let me tell you something about hew-mans, nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time… And those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people, will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don’t believe me? Look at those faces, look at their eyes…” Quark to his nephew Nog, Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Quark and Nog

Aphrodisiac

“The first bite into the yolk isn’t so bad. But then I see it. The little head with the little eyes, closed as if in prayer, the barely shaped wings crossed angelically across its chest. There is little left to do but bite off its face.” Globe and Mail reporter Deirdre Kelly, on the Filipino delicacy balut, a nearly developed duck embryo served as a boiled egg

Balut

Epsicles

“Frank Epperson… mixed himself a drink of soda water powder and water - a popular drink back in 1905. For some reason he never got round to drinking it and left it on the back porch overnight with the stirring stick still in it. Of course, when the temperature dropped overnight, the mixture froze and Frank had a stick of frozen soda water to show his friends at school. Eighteen years later, Frank remembered the incident and started producing what he called ‘Epsicles’ in seven fruit flavors. The name never took off, but today over three million ‘Popsicles’ are sold every year.” Top Ten Accidental Discoveries, EXN.ca

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