SATURDAY LIGHT FARE
Posted October 5, 2013on:
Good Saturday to you Widdershins. I hope the day is turning out well for you. Today will be another full day of SEC football so Fredster (and I”ll bet Chatblu also) will probably be away at times during the day. LSU doesn’t play until this evening so after 6 p.m. central time I will be otherwise occupied. 😉 So moving along, let’s take a look at some of the odd or interesting things that have recently caught my eye. No heavy lifting required today.
So you thought the movie “Airplane” was bad
Bad as in planes being out of control, pilots being disabled and the like. Meh, not so much compared to real life. Apparently last month there was a British airlplane flying to who knows where both pilots fell asleep at the same time with the plane being on autopilot. The plane was an Airbus A330 widebody jet which can carry up to 350 passengers. It was reported that the pilots fessed up themselves to the British Civil Aviation Authority.
The pilots said they had received little sleep over two nights due to busy flight schedules and planned to rotate taking 20-minute naps, but they discovered they had both fallen asleep at the same time.
A pilot reported “both members of flight crew had only 5 hrs sleep in two nights due to longer duty period with insufficient opportunity to sleep,” according to a report by the CAA.
What is worse is that depending upon how you looked at it with their flying hours, there’s no telling how many hours these two did fly.
“Essentially, we do not know how long these ‘two nights’ lasted. Due to time differences these two nights might have actually been spread over only 36 hours. The pilots could have flown out of the U.K. during the night, arrived at their destination in the afternoon local time, rested for the second night … and then flown back to the U.K. the following morning, all within legal limits,” said spokesman Richard Taylor.
So the next time you fly, don’t complain so much about the legroom. Instead ask if the pilot had a good night’s rest the previous night.
It seems some scientists were snooping around an ancient burial ground in Turkey and discovered that the brains in 4 skeletons had been preserved somehow. It appears that an earthquake had leveled a town in Turkey and appeared to have been burned. They found four burned skeletons and wooden objects but amazingly the brains in the skulls of the four skeletons had been preserved for four thousand years.
…it’s believed that an earthquake leveled the settlement, burying its inhabitants before a fire spread through the rubble. The fire would then have essentially boiled the brains in their own moisture, which eventually would have dried things out and largely removed the presence of oxygen. This combination of the boiling off of the brain fluid and the lack of oxygen helped prevent the expected brain tissue breakdown.
Further, scientists said the composition of the soil played an important part also, being that the soil was made up of potassium, magnesium, and aluminum. “These components combined with the fatty acids in the human tissue to create something called “corpse wax” (or the more scientific name adipocere), which helped to preserve the shape of the brain.” Frank Rühli a scientist at the University of Zurich said:
“The level of preservation in combination with the age is remarkable,” he said. As for what we can learn from these findings, Rühli believes that these preserved brains could be studied for pathological conditions like tumors, hemorrhaging, or degenerative diseases. “If we want to learn more about the history of neurological disorders,” Rühil says, “we need to have tissue like this.”
Yeah, well don’t look at me Frank, okay?
So how did you want those chicken nuggets?
Okay again with the scientists or researchers. This time it’s two researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson MS who decided to take apart some chicken nuggets to see what was inside. They went out and bought chicken nuggets at two different fast food stores in Jackson and proceeded to take them apart to see what was inside. Well, it wasn’t pretty as they say.
The nuggets came from two national fast food chains in Jackson. The three researchers selected one nugget from each box, preserved, dissected and stained the nuggets, then looked at them under a microscope.
The first nugget was about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the bird, the authors write in the American Journal of Medicine.
The second nugget was only 40 percent muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.
That sort of reminds you of the pink slime that was in some hamburger meat doesn’t it?
Dr. Richard D. deShazo of the U. of M. Med Center had this to say:
“We all know white chicken meat to be one of the best sources of lean protein available and encourage our patients to eat it,” lead author Dr. Richard D. deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said.
“What has happened is that some companies have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it and still call it chicken,” deShazo told Reuters Health.
“It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a very unhealthy choice. Even worse, it tastes great and kids love it and it is marketed to them.”
Now Ashley Peterson a spokesperson for the National Chicken Council (sigh, yes this does exist) did not have kind things to say about the dissection of only two nuggets.
“Chicken nuggets are an excellent source of protein, especially for kids who might be picky eaters,” said Ashley Peterson, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the National Chicken Council (NCC), a non-profit trade group representing the U.S. chicken industry.
“This study evaluates only two chicken nugget samples out of the billions of chicken nuggets that are made every year,” Peterson said. A sample size of two nuggets is simply too small to generalize to an entire category of food, she told Reuters Health.
Dr. deShazo agreed that the sample size was small and even agreed that some restaurants are making their nuggets out of primarily white meat. It’s just that they don’t at the two restaurants his team went to. And by the way, he won’t name the two companies. Grrrr.
The brief chicken nugget exploration was not meant to be an exposé of the chicken industry or fast food generally, but to remind consumers that “not everything that tastes good is good for you,” deShazo said.
Yeah we already know that doc, but we still want to know about those two fast-food joints your team went to.
And finally I saw this cute video of a cat and a vacuum cleaner. I don’t know if it was shot in Russia or what. There is a Cyrillic text there but the cat sure loves this vacuum. Maybe if DYB drops by he can splain it to us. Wonder if any catnip got in there? I had a cousin who was like that with her bong. Just would not let that damned thing alone. 😆
Okay Widdershins, let me know below how your day is going or how it went. I’ll be back and forth in here until the LSU game comes on
Allons les Tigres!
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