Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Stories below the fold

You think the horsemeat in hamburger stories was a big thing? How about ostrich meat in Biltong (aka jerky)?

 From the NYTimes:
Using DNA analysis on biltong, researchers found horse meat labeled as springbok, the native gazelle; giraffe meat labeled as the African antelope, kudu; and in an inexplicable case, kangaroo labeled as ostrich. 
Actually, Ostrich meat is "the other red meat" of Kuya's friends here in the Philippines raises them for their eggs (used for handicrafts) and meat.

They also make good "watchdogs": Their kick packs quite a wallop.

Photo from the Ostrich fact vs fiction page here.


Mayor Bloomber's Gulper law overturned:
“It is arbitrary and capricious because it applies to some but not all food establishments in the city, it excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds, and the loopholes inherent in the rule, including but not limited to no limitations on refills, defeat and/or serve to gut the purpose of the rule,” Tingling wrote.


Weird animal of the day: The Gulper eel,
from UWiscLaCrosse website:

Physical Characteristics:
*  Very Bizarre Appearance
*  Huge mouth with Unhinged Jaw
*  2-6 feet Long
*  Long thin tail making up 3/4 of  its body
*  Flabby body
*  Patchy brown to black in color
*  Some have thin white lines that run the length of their bodies
Wikipedia notes they aren't really eels but fish: and some of them glow in the dark:
The Saccopharyngiformes are an order of unusual ray-finned fish, superficially similar to eels, but with many internal differences. Most of the fish in this order are deep-sea types known from only a handful of specimens, such as the pelican eel. Saccopharyngiformes are also bioluminescent in several species. Some, such as the "swallowers", can live as deep as 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in the ocean, well into the aphotic zone.
How to fold an origami gulper eel:


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