Skip to content

The Kentucky Derby, the Daytona 500, the Tour de France; surely none of them are as delicious as the annual Bar Harbor Fourth of July Lobster Races.

The Kentucky Derby, the Daytona 500, the Tour de France; surely none of them are as delicious as the annual Bar Harbor Fourth of July Lobster Races. You can read about them but it's not the same as being there and seeing it in person.

...or you can just eat. Happy Fourth.

 

“I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” he said.

 

The Atlantic interviewed John Sylvan about inventing the K-Cup and then underestimating what a terrible idea this was for trash. Or how ridiculously cheap he was selling out for.

Mother Jones counted all 8 billion discarded ones and concluded the damn things would wrap around the Earth more than 10 times.

“I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” he said.

The Atlantic, March 2, 2015

A study indicates that chimpanzees like cooked food, and might even prefer it. What's more surprising (actually that first part isn't surprising at all, but this is) is that chimpanzees "could" cook, if they wanted to. That's right: if they wanted to.
lunch
More study is needed.

A study indicates that chimpanzees like cooked food, and might even prefer it. What's more surprising (actually that first part isn't surprising at all, but this is) is that chimpanzees "could" cook, if they wanted to. That's right: if they wanted to.

The experiment used a fake pot with a false bottom (literally a magic oven) to let the chimps swap uncooked potatoes for cooked ones. The conclusion drawn by many news organizations was that the only thing holding these furry relatives back from careers at McDonalds or Buddokan was laziness or a reluctance to work for tips. This is not entirely supported by the study, though it does not rule it out. It also does not delve into the chimp attitude to sandwiches, ice cream in cones vs. bowls, or toasting raisin bread.

It is a small stretch to go from saying they prefer cooked potatoes to declaring they could totally cook if we gave them a fire or a microwave. (It is not necessarily a huge stretch. A huge stretch would be suggesting they like lobster bibs.) I know many humans who love french fries and will drive twenty minutes to a McDonalds but would not dream of cooking their own fries even if they could do it without setting their furry arms on fire. I know a smaller number of humans who would starve rather than get up from the couch for more ketchup to make their fries edible. For all we know the chimps might really like ketchup and not so much the hot potato. More study is needed.

This, of course, ties in neatly with another new study that finds chimpanzees will get drunk if they drink alcohol.  From which we can leap to the conclusion that a new study will find that chimps like Wing Night at Applebee's.