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May 16, 2012



And i thought it was trans-fats.....or was it corn syrup? Trans-fats mixed with corn syrup?


Haven't had a Gary Taubes inspired thread in ages.

Tom Maguire

It only seems like ages during the time you're reading it.

Captain Hate

I initially read this as "Now Lugar Eats Your Brain". I've gotta start paying less attention to politics.


Am I the only person who pronounces it FRUK-tose instead of FROOK-tose?


One of the first Lloyd Dobbins (?) reports on the news magazine show Weekend that I remember was about Scots' (specifically Scots - not Brits) sugar consumption. Don't remember the numbers. I do remember him reporting that a complete set of dentures was a common 21st birthday gift.

(The only other story I recall offhand was some annual gourmet meal thing that involved a bunch of old snobby guys sitting around a table with big cloths over their heads to 'catch the aromas' while they sucked the meat off the bones of some 3oz songbird. Gosh, I miss that show - news you can use, indeed.)

the first gay president

the Tollybon and Pok-ee-stonis pronounce it

Danube of Thought

I hope dublindave comes to this thread and puts down roots.


John Lovitz looks awkward...Megyn looks great!

John is obviously nervous, ha!...He's still a lib and realizing that he's sitting in the belly of the Conservative beast. (He doesn't realize yet that he has crossed the Rubicon---shhhh-he'll figure it out on his own:). He's explaining why he himself worked super hard to come up from nothing to where he is, and explaining why he said what he said about Obama lying and over taxation, etc.

Megyn ask, what do your lib friends think of what you said?

Lovitz says they are coming up to me and saying thanks for saying that.

Megyn sez the Left would say, 'the structure provided by the government gave you that opportunity to achieve what you've achieved so now you must give back for what was given to you.'

Lovitz say negative, nobody gave him anything.

Lovitz says he won't tell anyone who to vote for. He says backlash wise he has received about 10,000 messages on Twitter since the dust up and he has been called a Nazi, a Racist, etc.

Megyn finishes with a big smile on her face and sez "Thank you for for being here and thank you for not swearing", and suddenly Lovitz gets a huge smile on his face and starts laughing.

Nice segment. Excellent job Megyn. Welcome aboard John.


Tangential thought.

Whenever I read things that rely on consumption trends, I wonder whether the numbers are adjusted to account for 'wealth factors'. It seems to me, consumption numbers are mostly based on purchases. When one is poor, one is sure to consume 100% of what one purchases.

With increased wealth, not only can one justify buying a consumable more OFTEN, but a certain amount of product waste becomes acceptable, throwing out leftovers, etc, as convenience overtakes a need for tight budgeting.


Americans eat too much sugar, which contributes to obesity, diabetes, Alzheimers, and other mental deterioration.

I'd still guess alcohol in the case of dudu, but this could help explain the utterances of the identity teenager.


Ignatz, 1.45. Re pronunciation. I'd never heard frook-tose until recently. Always before I'd heard and used fruk-tose --still do :).

Wish they'd quit finding so many things that are bad for us.


My mom has a sweet tooth. At 93 she's still mentally much much sharper than about 5 people posting on the Zimmerman threads.


In Soviet Russia, sugar eat you!


At 93 she's still mentally much much sharper than about 5 people posting on the Zimmerman threads.

That's very funny.

abad man

The study just fed the rats sugar water, so all their calories came from fructose. What about a control using glucose? Is it possible the mice became hypoglycemic between meals, a common occurrence on high sugar diets. Put anyone or anything on a diet where 100% of the calories come from one nutrient and I would hypothesize performane problems will manifest.


Yeah but Clarice my Bison Friese is also mentally sharper than those 5! Not bragging rights for your MOM, cuz if those 5 combined brain power were gunpowder, the firecracker would never go off!

Rob Crawford

"Bison Friese"? I have this image of a REALLY hyper buffalo, and it's terrifying.


Its French Rob. Pronounced BEEE SHON and 9 pounds of white fur thunder!

Rob Crawford

Oh, that's better.


My m-i-l has alzheimers. And lived with a coke in her hand for years and years. Might be something to it. And then again, it might be something else entirely. Who knows...

I just heard the RFK Jr's estranged wife was found dead. I think it said she was 52. What is it with Kennedys and death?


Were the fructose eating rats watching TV? Was it MSNBC or CNN what done them in?


Next let's put rats on a 100% spinach and wheat bran diet and see what it does to their brains---that is if you can get them out of the john to give them IQ tests..


For Janet.

Sometime when I was in the 3rd grade or so, I came across a Weekly Reader article about a scientific study "proving" the dangers cancer from smoking. I wouldn't remember the details, except that when I showed it to my mom (who smokes), she felt compelled to reassure me, promising that she would never ever ever boil 4 cartons of cigarettes into a quarter cup of sticky tar and then paint it on open wound behinds her ears twice a day for 4 months.



Thanks, AliceH.
The secondhand smoke PSA's are on every night now. I wonder if scented candles or those scented oil plug-ins could kill the kid in the next apartment? Have we studied that? How bout frying a lot of greasy food? Does the oil go through the vent system & kill the neighbor's Bison Friese?


Ted Kennedy was a RAT, look what SCOTCH did to him!!


I miss the ability to just be considerate about (not) smoking when non-smokers are around in the same area. Now, though I exhibit exactly the same behavior, it's not my choice. I don't buy the SHS health hazard, but I do understand objections to the smell of cig smoke.

I did try once to use that argument to also ban microwave popcorn and hairspray/perfume/cologne from the office. You can guess the result.


Well, AliceH...just light up some medical marijuana & it's all good.


I love the smell of fresh smoke. I don't like the stale smell, but no one does I suspect.

Mark Folkestad

Bichon Frise, guys and gals. Sorry, but French was my main foreign language.


no, the Bichon Frise is more endangered by Barack Obama's White House chef.


"Am I the only person who pronounces it FRUK-tose instead of FROOK-tose?"

No, Joan also says it that way. :)

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