Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
OK it's time for another one of my mini math rants! So most of you have probably seen this somewhere already this year (personally I've seen it/heard it several times now, which is the reason for this post):
This year we will experience 4 unusual dates - 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11.
NOW go figure this out: Take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it will equal to 111.
Yeah - and last year it totaled 110. And the year before it totaled 109... and so on. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you take the current year (2011) and subtract from it the year you were born (1971, in my case), that viola! What do you get? YOUR AGE! Duh! It's the same freakin' thing!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
There's a lot of talk right now about what really hides inside Taco Bell's beef — better known as "Taco Meat Filling" — and so naturally the fast food restaurant was bound to chime in with some rather angry words:
TACO BELL STATEMENT REGARDING CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
"At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket, like Tyson Foods. We start with 100
percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture. We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our website. Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later — and got their 'facts' absolutely wrong. We plan to take legal action for the false statements being made about our food." -- Greg Creed, President and Chief Concept Officer, Taco Bell Corp.
Taco Bell "beef" pseudo-Mexican delicacies are really made of a gross mixture called "Taco Meat Filling" as shown on their big container's labels, like the one pictured here, which customers can't see. The list of ingredients is gruesome:
Beef, water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin (a polysaccharide that is absorbed as glucose), soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate.
It looks gruesome but passable... until you learn that, according to the Alabama law firm suing Taco Bell—only 36% of that is beef. Thirty-six percent. The other 64% is mostly tasteless fibers—which are there to increase volume while keeping the cost down—additives and some flavoring and coloring. Everything is processed into a mass that actually looks like beef, and packed into
big containers labeled as "taco meat filling." These containers get shipped to Taco Bell's outlets and cooked into something that, again, looks like beef, is called beef and is advertised as beef.
But can you call beef something that looks ground beef but it's 64% lots-of-other-stuff? Taco Bell thinks they can.
That's the reason why an Alabama law firm is presenting a class action lawsuit for false advertising, claiming that what Taco Bell claims is "beef" in their commercials is just the aforementioned processed clustermass of disgust. It appears that they have a very good point.
According to the USDA, Taco Bell can't call this mixture "beef" at all. Beef is officially defined as "flesh of cattle", and ground beef is defined as:
Chopped fresh and/or frozen beef with or without seasoning and without the addition of beef fat as such, shall not contain more than 30 percent fat, and shall not contain added water, phosphates, binders, or extenders.
That is certainly nothing like the mix that Taco Bell is using in their products.
The law firm argues that the taco.. Click here to continue to the rest of the article..
Sources: 1 & 2
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
In 2008, BBC cameras filmed two Swedish sisters, Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, throwing themselves into traffic on the M6. When it was shown on BBC One, nearly 7 million viewers were glued to their screens, and millions more watched it later on YouTube.
The footage was shocking. One previewer wrote "On no account miss this documentary. It opens with what is perhaps the most extraordinary footage I've seen on TV".
But this amazing footage was only part of an even more incredible story, one which could not be told at the time for legal reasons.
Now, two years later, this documentary reveals the full story of the hours just before the cameras captured that motorway footage, and the even more chilling story of what happened over next 72 hours:
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