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  • Attn. Chattanooga Freepers! Advice Requested...

    08/21/2018 9:28:06 AM PDT · by Redplum · 37 replies
    8/21/18 | Redplum
    The RedPlumette and I are planning a relaxing vacation to the beautiful town of Chattanooga in the early fall. I'm reaching out for any local gouge that our Freepers in the area can supply. Any advice on hotels, great dining experiences, and local "best kept secrets" would be most appreciated! We plan to see all the tourist-y stuff since it's all new to the Plumette but will have time to explore, too. Also any tips concerning areas to avoid would be great to have, too. Many thanks!!
  • PETA pressures to have Barnum's Animals Crackers go uncaged

    08/21/2018 8:51:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 40 replies
    Spectrum News ^ | 8/21/2018
    After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. PETA says wanted to show the animal crackers free Animal rights group has been protesting circuses for years Mondelez agreed and started working on a redesign. In the meantime, the crackers’ namesake circus — Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey — folded for good. The 146-year-old circus, which had removed elephants from its shows in 2016 because of pressure from PETA and others, closed down in May 2017 due to slow ticket sales. The redesign of the boxes, now on U.S. store shelves,...
  • Animal Crackers Uncaged In New Box Design

    08/21/2018 4:12:50 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 51 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | Aug. 21, 2018 | staff reporter
    BOSTON (CBS) – Animal crackers are being released from their cages after 116 years. You may not recognize the packaging of Nabisco’s classic treat Barnum’s Animals crackers the next time you’re in the grocery store. The exotic animals – a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla – pictured on the box are no longer behind bars, but featured roaming around grass and trees. The package redesign comes after pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The group called for a change saying the outdated boxes showed the exploitation and cruelty animals are subjected to in the circus....
  • Taiwan Shop Sculpts Realistic “Puppies” Out Of Ice Cream

    08/20/2018 10:04:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 08/20/2018
    The Shar-Pei pups at J.C. Co Art Kitchen in Kaohsiung look almost too real to eat. They’re molded out of chocolate, milk tea or peanut-flavored ice cream, and it takes about five hours to make just one. The ice cream is first scooped into a mold and left in a freezer to harden at -22°F, using a special recipe that allows “furry” ice crystals to form on the puppy’s “body.” Then artists hand-paint details on the tiny pups, including their big, inky black eyes, using chocolate sauce.
  • Man, 88, accused of setting raccoon on fire for eating his mangos

    08/20/2018 7:05:14 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 75 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | August 17, 2018 | James Sparvero
    PALM BAY, Fla. - An 88-year-old man posted a $2,000 bond and walked out of the Brevard County Jail on Friday, after being accused of burning a raccoon he had trapped. His first time in jail, Ezra James said he feared the raccoon would bite him and give him rabies. He said he also planned to kill the raccoon for eating mangos in his yard. "I throw some gasoline on him and I light a match," James said. Moments later, as the raccoon burned alive, a neighbor called 911, James said. James called that neighbor a "wicked woman." "My business...
  • World’s Oldest Solid Cheese Found in 3,200-Year-Old Jar in Egypt

    08/19/2018 3:48:36 PM PDT · by ETL · 38 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Aug 16, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    Ptahmes was Mayor of Memphis and high-ranking official under the Pharaohs Sethi I and Ramses II (1290-1213 BC) of the XIX dynasty. His tomb is located in the south of the Causeway of the Pharaoh Unas which yields a number of tombs dated to the New Kingdom. It was rediscovered in 2010 after a part of it was revealed in 1885 and lost under the sands at the end of the 19th century. During the 2013/2014 excavation season, Cairo University archeologists found broken jars at the site. One jar contained a solidified whitish mass, as well as canvas fabric that...
  • Meat-heavy low-carb diets can 'shorten lifespan': study

    08/18/2018 11:03:44 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 177 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 16, 2018 | AFP
    Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday. The findings, published in The Lancet medical journal, challenge a trend in Europe and North America toward so-called Paleo diets that shun carbohydrates in favour of animal protein and fat. Proponents of these "Stone Age" diets argue that the rapid shift 10,000 years ago -- with the advent of agriculture -- to grains, dairy and legumes has not allowed the human body enough time to adapt to these high-carb foods. For the study, receiving...
  • California's 20-pound invasive nutria problem could be worse than previously imagined

    08/17/2018 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 105 replies
    www.sfgate.com ^ | Updated 4:00 am PDT, Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Eric Ting
    For the small six-person team tasked with combating California's nutria infestation, a typical day consists of working in 100-degree weather, wading through marshes and avoiding traps built to catch 20-pound rodents, targeting about 2 million acres. Nutria, a destructive rat-like mammal, is currently burrowing into central California's wetlands. In the spring, the Department of Fish and Wildlife began to warn the public about the dangers of the animal, which devastate agricultural infrastructure by burrowing into levees, roadbeds and canal beds. But in the past few months, only 200 nutria have been exterminated, 100 of which were found in a pond...
  • Milk Or Water: California Bill Aims To Curb Kids’ Soda Drinking At Restaurants

    08/17/2018 11:55:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | August 16, 2018 | Adrienne Moore
    A new state bill would give kids two options with their meals at restaurants—water or milk. Senate Bill 1192 would make water or milk the default drink for kids meals in a push to reduce obesity and access to sugary drinks for children.
  • MIT scientists crack the case of breaking spaghetti in two

    08/15/2018 4:19:17 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 65 replies
    cnet ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | JENNIFER OUELLETTE -
    How not to shatter spaghetti into half a dozen little pieces. ...It wasn't until 2006 that a pair of French physicists successfully explained the dynamics at work and solved the mystery. They found that, counterintuitively, a spaghetti strand produces a "kick back" traveling wave as it breaks. This wave temporarily increases the curvature in other sections, leading to many more breaks. (You can see slow motion videos of shattering spaghetti here if that's your jam.) Basile Audoly and Sébastien Neukirch won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize for their insight. ...One caveat: the technique only works on cylindrical-rod shaped pasta like...
  • This Beer Is from 500 BC, and Now Scientists Are Trying to Brew It

    08/15/2018 11:32:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 15, 2018 | Sarah Rense
    Archaeologists have found traces of beer in Iraq that are super old, dating back 2,500 years to ancient Mesopotamia and the Babylonian Empire. While texts from those forgotten days speak of fermented drinks, this is the "oldest direct evidence" of beer discovered, Smithsonian reports. And now the archaeologists who discovered the traces are trying to replicate the recipe for us to enjoy in the modern era. Eons pass and civilizations fall, but beer is always good. Elsa Perruchini, the lead author on the study announcing the discovery, used a process called gas chromatography, which has never before been used to...
  • Harlem Restaurant Sued For Trans Discrimination: Reports

    08/13/2018 6:35:26 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 33 replies
    Patch ^ | August 13, 2018 | Brendan Krisel
    A restaurant chain is facing a lawsuit regarding a Harlem restaurant staff's refusal to serve a group of transgender woman and a gender nonconforming person. Deja Smith, Daniele Marino, Jonovia Chase, Jahmila Adderley and Valerie Spencer claim they were told the Texas Burgers & Chicken on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 116th Street was out of chicken when they attempted to order there on May 28, but a customer directly behind them had his order taken, according to multiple reports. A video of the discriminatory behavior went viral in May after it was posted to Instagram by "Orange is the...
  • Cows help rehabilitate prisoners in Sweden

    08/13/2018 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | 13 Aug 2018 | Staff
    It's barely 6:00 am and Alfred is already busy milking cows. But when his chores on the farm are done, he won't be going home -- he'll be returning to his prison cell. In Sweden, which prioritises rehabilitation over long prison sentences, Alfred is one of 60 inmates preparing to reintegrate into society at a minimum security "open prison" functioning as a farm in the town of Mariestad, about 300 kilometres (185 miles) southwest of Stockholm. Imprisoned since April for illegally possessing a gun, Alfred, a grandfather in his 50s who is due to be released in November, can't hide...
  • Cookie Controversy: Hydrox Accuses Oreo of Retail Sabotage

    08/13/2018 11:54:32 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 74 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | August 13, 2018 | Jake Rossen
    Like Coke and Pepsi, Oreo and Hydrox have been engaged in a century-long retail product feud. Released in 1908, four years before the first Oreo rolled off the factory lines, Hydrox has long had to contend with the perception they’re the knock-off. Oreo became the preferred chocolate-and-cream cookie snack, with most citing Nabisco (and now Mondelēz) as having the marketing muscle to smother their smaller competitor. But according to a new Federal Trade Commission complaint filed by Hydrox, Oreo’s success isn’t strictly the result of deeper corporate pockets. Leaf Brands, the current owners of Hydrox, are alleging that Mondelēz is...
  • Stinking Bishop: The story of a masterpiece

    08/12/2018 5:29:25 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 3 replies
    What can be said about Stinking Bishop that hasn’t been said a million times before? We’ve wanted to include a feature on this legendary cheese for a while now but it’s become so famous that most cheese lovers are fully aware of the story: Charles Martell first produced his perry-washed rind cheese in 1972 on Laurel Farm, in Dymock, Gloucestershire by chance: he didn’t set out to make cheese, it came about as a sideline while conserving the rapidly diminishing breed of Gloucestershire cows. When it appeared in the Wallace and Gromit film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit in which...
  • What did King Louis XIV of France eat and How did the Sun King dine?

    08/12/2018 5:03:55 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 35 replies
    Zippy Facts ^ | Karen Hill
    From the moment the Sun King arose from his sumptuous gold bed, aligned with the rising sun at the centerpiece of his beloved Versailles, the château was alive with activity. The life of every courtier, minister, lovely lady, doctor, and cook was finely tuned to the rituals of the King, his dressing, shaving, dining, meetings, and evening comedie, dancing or appartement when the halls were flooded with light and the courtiers played billiards, gambled, and ate sweets. Living under a pretense of usefulness to Louis XIV and the government of France, the courtiers were largely a source of amusement...
  • Reclining and Dining (and Drinking) in Ancient Rome

    08/12/2018 4:49:25 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 33 replies
    The Iris ^ | Shelby Brown
    The ancient Greeks had a recumbent approach to their (male-only) dinner parties, as I discussed in a previous post: elite men reclined, propped on pillows, to drink, converse, and—sometimes—overindulge. The practice of reclining and dining continued into ancient Rome, but with a few additions—for one, respectable women were invited to join the party, and for another, drinking was not a separate, post-dinner event, but became part of the dining experience. An association of dining with luxury led to 19th-century depictions, like the one above, of Roman diners leading the soft life (here, without reclining). The Greeks used single couches onto...
  • Eating Habits in Ancient Greece

    08/12/2018 4:32:50 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 37 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Philip Chrysopoulos
    The eating habits of ancient Greeks were developed after a deep and detailed study of the needs of the body and the spirit. Their diet, which was an important part of their philosophical vision, was based on rules that combined enjoyment with well-being. Unlike what many modern nutritionists believe about the benefits of a hearty breakfast, the ancient Greeks, and especially the Athenians, used to start their day with a very frugal meal that included “akratisma“, a little barley bread dipped in wine. Sometimes they were adding olives and figs. More often, however, their breakfast was limited to a boiled...
  • The Surprising Ingredient Grandma Used For Unbeatable Coffee

    08/11/2018 2:57:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    MSN Lifestyle ^ | August 11, 2018 | Lauren Cahn
    If your family's from the Midwest (especially Wisconsin or Minnesota, both of which have a significant Scandinavian-rooted population), you might remember your grandma boiling up big, big batches of what she called Scandinavian coffee (or perhaps Norwegian or Swedish coffee, if she wanted to get specific). If she was making it for a church get-together, she might have called it church basement coffee and brought along one of these heavenly potluck dishes. But what was that secret-ingredient coffee that Gran made? If you peeked in the percolator, you might have seen it. The secret ingredient in Scandinavian coffee Eggs! They...
  • This 1955 ‘Good House Wife’s Guide’ Explains How Wives Should Treat Their Husbands

    08/11/2018 12:27:31 PM PDT · by Architect of Avalon · 166 replies
    LTDC ^ | 8/11/2018 | Angel Chang
    9.) Be happy to see him. Free him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. Listen to him. 10.) You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first — remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours. 11.) Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to...