Wherein I read things, laugh, and pass them on to you…
Dark chocolate and cocoa has more anti-oxidants than fruit juices: Dark chocolate and cocoa have more anti-oxidant capacity than fruit juice, according to a study released Sunday in the Chemistry Central Journal. Chocolate products also have more heart-healthy flavanols and polyphenol, the study found. The good news doesn’t apply to hot cocoa mix, which is processed, New York Daily News reports. Researchers from the Hershey Centre for Health & Nutrition compared single servings of dark chocolate, cocoa, and hot chocolate mix with fruit juices including acai berries, cranberries and pomegranates, according to a Hershey statement. The research showed that both dark chocolate and cocoa had more antioxidant activity and more flavonols than fruit. Debra Millar, who led the study, said chocolate should be labelled a “superfruit”, according to Times of India.[Pravda.Ru 7 feb 2011]
And back to Vancouver!: Meanwhile, for all those wondering – which I assume is A LOT of you – the Stargate situation remains fluid, and the tidbits of information I’ve received continue to sound very promising for a conclusion to the SGU story (in addition to a few more goodies). It’s slow but positive progress. Hopefully, I’ll know more this Tuesday when I go in to watch the Day 1 mix of Blockade and Day 2 mix of Common Descent. [Joseph Mallozzi, 5 Feb 2011]
What I learned working in a porn store: I don’t judge my customers for watching adult movies. I judge them for the shifty, strange ways they shop. Whatever their way of announcing themselves in this Philadelphia sex shop, two things are certain:
1. They are too stupid, or too old-fashioned, to download their porn.
2. Their behavior is far more telling, and disturbing, than their purchases. [salon 4 feb 2011]
Horrifying: New GOP-Backed Bill Will Let Doctors Refuse to Save the Lives of Pregnant Women: Sometimes there really aren’t words for what passes as “pro-life” in the United States. The “Protect Life Act” overrides the requirement that ER doctors treat every patient and do what’s necessary to save the patient’s life, regardless of the patient’s identity or ability to pay — the Act allows doctors to refuse necessary care to a pregnant woman if that care will kill the fetus. In other words, it gives doctors the green light to let pregnant women die if they have a life-threatening condition and need an emergency abortion.[alternet 4 feb 2011]
The New Starbucks Trenta Cup Holds an Entire Bottle of Wine [laughingsquid]
5 Ridiculous Fast Food Creations That Should Never Have Been Invented: Kitchens have sadly been replaced with scientific laboratories and it’s starting to seem that the American public is one big test animal.
1. Breakfast of Losers: Friendly’s Caramel Cinnamon Swirl French Toast. “This meal consists of a cinnamon roll split and stuffed with cream cheese and ice cream and topped off with whipped cream and hot caramel,” writes Men’s Health. The total calorie count comes in at 2,090, more than a day’s worth of calories, with 57 grams of fat (28 saturated) and 214 grams of sugar. [alternet]