Friday, November 19, 2004

Yesterday was a good day all things considering. I had what I and all others I talked to considered an unfair test in economics and a lecture that continued afterwards, which is never fun after a bad test. So, a friend and I found ways to make it interesting/bearable which include adding things to what the teacher says/writes on the blackboard (which is ironically green). An example of this would be:

Teacher: The money rate of a country is kept at a stable rate.
Me: By Oompa Loompas.

You can see how much amusement things like this can provide in a less than interesting class. The other way we made things interesting is that we did was to draw/scribble/write amusing things on a paper between us. If I explain what was written/drawn/scribbled on the paper it might ilicit the same response another of my friends had in regards to us after seeing it which was that we were crazy, mostly me, something which was reiterated by another later in the day. This does not distress me as it would some for various reasons I don't care to get into at the moment. Anyways, below is a bit of something I found on the net here, that I found quite amusing and so will post it here, illegal (I don't think so) or not:

Wasabi Peas and Relevant Mathematical Concerns

Submitted by Michael Liska

There are a few dozen reliable reported cases of "feral children," such as the Jalpaiguri Bear-Girl or the Sheep-Boy of Ireland, throughout human history. If you are not one of these, then at some point in your development it was emphasized to you that there is a significant distinction between "food" and "snacks." The complicated mathematics involved in determining if an edible is indeed a "food" or a "snack," through repetition and enforcement, have become second nature. Nutritious plus legume equals, obviously, "food," as does bread plus cold cuts plus cheeses, or meat plus potatoes. Caramel plus nougat, icing plus cake, and others of this variety, all equal "snack." It is clear that any equation composed entirely of "food" elements will end up being "food," and any equation that contains any "snack" element (consider: raisins plus chocolate; hamburgers plus chocolate; well, anything plus chocolate) will be relegated instead to the "snack" category.

What, then, is the explanation for Wasabi Peas? Two ingredients: peas (food) and wasabi (condiment). And food plus condiment, as we know, still equals food. (Condiments never change the value of an equation, unless, of course, they are "snack" condiments such as hot melted butterscotch, which wasabi is not. I wouldn't put wasabi on ice cream. Maybe someone has. Maybe the Japanese do, I don't know.) But how then do we reconcile this with the decidedly "snack"-like characteristics they exhibit? They are small, crunchy, and delicious, and are capable of being eaten out of a bag, by the handful, late at night in one's underpants. They leave a slightly sticky film on your hands that must be wiped on your pants (or leg). It seems that Wasabi Peas are the very thing marketing companies have been fraudulently claiming their products to be for years—something with the nutritional value of a "food" and the aesthetic qualities of a "snack." They're great.

Note: The health-food store where I discovered them also sells something called "Wasabi Party Mix," which is really just a whole bunch of regular party mix with a few Wasabi Peas thrown in. I do not extend my recommendation to this product, as it causes a Cracker Jack effect, and you will find yourself fruitlessly digging through the inexpensive stuff, like pretzels and little sesame crackers, for the precious few Wasabi Peas, which will be your only source of pleasure.

Songs of the select time period: Cranes by Warsaw Village Band (The music video can be found/downloaded/watched in the gallery section) and My Number by Teagan and Sarah and.

Summary in seven words: But seven words is just so limiting!

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