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Here’s a news arti­cle on the study.

As bar­be­cue sea­son approaches, researchers have dis­cov­ered an unlikely ingre­di­ent that could improve the safety of your meat — let­ting it swill in beer.

They say that let­ting meat marindade in pil­sner can help reduce the for­ma­tion of poten­tially harm­ful cancer-causing sub­stances in grilled meats.

They say pil­sner and black beer are most effec­tive, halv­ing the amount of Poly­cyclic aro­matic hydro­car­bons, which have been linked to col­orec­tal cancer.

The researchers are report­ing that the very same beer that many peo­ple enjoy at back­yard bar­be­ques could, when used as a mari­nade, help reduce the for­ma­tion of poten­tially harm­ful sub­stances in grilled meats.

The researchers grilled sam­ples of pork mar­i­nated for four hours in Pil­sner beer, non-alcoholic Pil­sner beer or a black beer ale, to well-done on a char­coal grill.

Black beer had the strongest effect, reduc­ing the lev­els of eight major PAHs by more than half com­pared with unmar­i­nated pork.

“Thus, the intake of beer mar­i­nated meat can be a suit­able mit­i­ga­tion strat­egy,” say the researchers.

The study appears in ACS’ Jour­nal of Agri­cul­tural and Food Chemistry.

My per­sonal favorite is to mari­nade with a Leinie’s Creamy Dark.  Add that to some McCormick’s ready-made sea­son­ing or mari­nade mix and it’s great.

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Conan O’Brien Decides to “Mess with Texas”

Hilar­i­ous, espe­cially “Florida high on bath salt” and the midget wrestler dressed as  Hawaii.

O’Brien’s show is in Dal­las this week as part of a cross-promotional cam­paign for the TNT series “Dal­las,” a reboot / sequel series of the orig­i­nal CBS series. “Conan” airs on TBS.

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Rosetta Stone to Release Klingon Edition


It’s about time.

(H/T “The Nerdist” Chan­nel on YouTube and April Fool’s everyone.)


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GM Halts All Sales on Most Popular Kind of Chevy Cruze">GM Halts All Sales on Most Popular Kind of Chevy Cruze

That igni­tion prob­lem is not going away for Gov­ern­ment Motors any­time soon.  Real ques­tion is going to be how long did they know about it, and was it passed along to the “Car Czar” dur­ing the period had the con­trol­ling inter­est over the car company.

Gen­eral Motors has halted the sale of about a third of the Chevro­let Cruzes now on dealer lots. The Cruze is GM’s best sell­ing car model in the United States, and is also widely dis­trib­uted internationally.

Spokesman Alan Adler con­firmed that the automaker has ordered a halt to sales of mod­els with the 1.4-liter turbo engine, the most pop­u­lar ver­sion of the com­pact car.

Adler did not know the rea­son for the halt, and said there has not been a recall issued on cars already sold. The order applies to about 20,000 Cruzes in total.

The news comes as GM con­tends with a dam­ag­ing recall of 1.6 mil­lion small cars world­wide due to an igni­tion switch flaw that has been linked to at least 12 deaths. This stop order is minor in com­par­i­son to that recall, but comes at a bad time, as Con­gress and fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors probe why GM did not recall the cars for a decade after it dis­cov­ered the prob­lem. GM CEO Mary Barra, who has apol­o­gized repeat­edly for the delays in the recall, is due to tes­tify before Con­gress on Tues­day and Wednes­day next week.

The Cruze has been in the Chevro­let fleet since about 2008 or so.  It replaced Chevy’s pre­vi­ous com­pact car, the Cobalt.

The model has sold nearly 2 mil­lion world­wide since it was introduced.

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Americans Drinking Far Less Coffee Than They Used to

I didn’t believe it until I looked at the data myself. (H/T AEI)

Despite what feels like a Star­bucks on every cor­ner of Amer­ica, the coun­try has actu­ally reduced its cof­fee intake con­sid­er­ably since the 1940s.  Here’s the graph from the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture to prove it.

coffee-600x400Fewer than 20 gal­lons a year today vs. over 45 gal­lons dur­ing the years post-World War II.  Fascinating.

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Where I come from, we call this the start of Spring.

It hap­pens annually.


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What Should McDonald’s Do With Elderly Loiters?

I can empathize with both sides here.  The elderly cou­ple who appear to be both­er­ing no one could be your par­ents or grand­par­ents.  How­ever, the fran­chise owner / man­ager does have a right to be con­cerned that these folks are not there for busi­ness pur­poses, but just sim­ply tak­ing up space.

After an elderly cou­ple got the boot from their local McDonald’s for sit­ting too long, man­age­ment and the owner are not answer­ing the ques­tion if there really is a 30-minute sit­ting limit at the Culpeper, Va. fast food restaurant.

Carl Becker, 87, a World War II vet­eran, and his wife Bar­bara Becker, 81, say they both were at the Culpeper McDonald’s on Feb. 21 at about 2:30 p.m. when they were approached by the manager.

The loca­tion is a place the pair has fre­quented for years.

And he says ‘You two are going to have to leave.’ He said ‘Your half hour is up and we need to clean this floor,’” says Bar­bara Becker. The restau­rant was not crowded at the time, she says, and the two were stunned. This was the first time they had ever been asked to leave a McDonald’s.

We’ve never, ever, ever been kicked out of a McDonald’s,” she says, adding that they’ve have been patrons of the fast food chain for decades and since their own chil­dren were kids. The cou­ple has six chil­dren rang­ing in age from 43 to 61 and 14 grand­chil­dren with one on the way, due March 10.

Now our grand­chil­dren are McDonald’s lovers,” she says adding that they spend lots of time at McDonald’s because they are on a fixed income and it’s afford­able. Her hus­band loves get­ting the chicken sand­wich, she says and that it’s a treat for the both of them to just eat, talk and enjoy each other’s company.

The owner of the Culpeper McDonald’s fran­chise has since apol­o­gized to the cou­ple per­son­ally and is stag­ing an inter­nal inves­ti­ga­tion into what happened.

The Beck­ers have been back at McDonald’s since, just not this par­tic­u­lar one in Culpeper.

Like it or not, fast food restau­rants work on a high rate of turnover of tables, booths and cus­tomer orders (not just the drive-thrus).  If a new cus­tomer comes in and sees no seat­ing avail­able, they very well might leave and go some­where else.  Add in the like­li­hood of many folks who just sit there all day — appar­ently an issue in some New York City restaurants.

But then again, how is this any dif­fer­ent than some­one buy­ing a $4 cup of cof­fee at Star­bucks and hog­ging a table all day while they “work on their screen­play” or just use the WiFi? (Admit it, we’ve all been there.)  With many of these places used to high foot traf­fic, a cou­ple monop­o­liz­ing a table is an issue not just to other cus­tomers, but the bot­tom line.

That being said, I don’t see “time lim­its” at tables — espe­cially at places like mall food courts or urban fran­chises — as that out of the ordi­nary.  Just make sure they’re posted for all to see.

On per­sonal note, I’m fairly cer­tain I’ve eaten at this very McDonald’s once or twice.  My brother used to live in Culpeper, VA shortly after we lived together in Alexan­dria from 2008-09.  He ended up liv­ing in that rather nice lit­tle town for a num­ber of years until recently up and mov­ing to Camp LeJe­une at the USMC’s behest in 2013.

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75 Years of the House of Ideas

Batman’s not the only one cel­e­brat­ing a land­mark this year.  Mar­vel Comics — orig­i­nally as Timely Comics — launched in 1939 with the release of “Mar­vel Comics #1.”

The comic intro­duced two char­ac­ters still around today: Namor, the Sub-Mariner, and Jim Ham­mond, oth­er­wise known as “the Orig­i­nal Human Torch.” (Not to be con­fused with Johnny Storm, “the Human Torch” who’s been with the Fan­tas­tic Four for over 50 years.)

Mar­vel has a planned a huge cel­e­bra­tion for the year ahead, and Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso — there since Jan­u­ary 2011 — nar­rates a video mon­tage of Mar­vel at 75.



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