Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Squirrel's Nut Cache - 6/24/2010

The Nut Cache - a collection of recent things I found interesting, or amusing, or nutworthy.

The vuvuzela. Magic horn of the World Cup. Bane of television sound techs. Now it seems that the Archbishop of Westminster, the chief Roman Catholic official in England and Wales, wants good English Romanists to please not subject the Pope to vuvzelas when he visits the UK in September. "I have had enough of them already," says the Archbishop. "I hope they stay in South Africa. Personally, I think the football would be more enjoyable without this constant cacophony." On this, the Archbishop and I agree.

Alcohol doesn't mix with a lot of things. It's a safety issue. People should not drive automobiles, fly aircraft, nor operate heavy equipment while under the influence of alcohol. Nor should they really engage in scientific experimentation. Specifically, drunk people should not conceive of, nor participate in, experiments involving the use of projectile weaponry for the purpose of determining just how much getting shot hurts. It hurts, just leave it at that.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, otherwise known as "The Food Police," consist of 5 or 6 people with a fax machine who constantly send out news bulletins telling us how unhealthy movie theater popcorn is for us. They are behind the push to ban certain foods, like the trans-fat ban in New York City. They, of course, do all of this "for our own good." (Of course, nobody ever tries to get laws passed in order to stop themselves from doing something? They always want to stop other people from doing something that they don't like.) Well, The Center for Science in the Public Interest now wants to sue McDonald's for including toys in their "Happy Meals." See, parents are not able to decide what their kids are allowed to eat, nor what toys they can play with, it seems. Bunch of busybodies...

When I was a young boy, an army survival instructor told me, "Anything that walks, crawls, or flies is edible." That has been reinforced by my study of the Bible, where we read, "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you..." (Genesis 9:3) Rush Limbaugh has long said that, if you want to save some endangered species, put it on the menu, since nobody ever worries about shortages of cows or chickens. Some, it seems, are not so enlightened. A restaurant in Arizona has "received a bomb threat and more than 250 angry e-mails from animal rights groups," for putting a lion burger on the menu. I don't know if The Center for Science in the Public Interest has issued any opinions as to the healthiness of lion meat...

And the Nuttiness goes on and on...

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Herding Grasshoppers said...

What is up with the vuvuzela? I remember having these things back in the 70's. Why so popular now? ACK!

Rolling my eyes with you at the Food Nazis. Good grief. Don't they have better things to do?

Although, honestly, I'd pass on the lion burger. Other than fish, I prefer to avoid eating carnivores. Herbivores are much more tasty ;D

The Squirrel said...

Don't worry, Julie! You're not going to be seeing Lion Burgers on any future The Squirrel Can Cook!


Herding Grasshoppers said...

Yeah... I guess finding a source would be a bit tricky. I don't remember seeing a "Feline" section at my local grocery store!


Craig and Heather said...

maybe they're "lion" about where the meat comes from.


(we eat lions up here, they taste like chicken)