Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stories below the fold

Forget Paleo: The Victorian diet is the way to go

Stone-ground wholemeal bread made with lots of yeast, which is beneficial to the immune systemVegetables including watercress onions, cabbages, Jerusalem artichokes, beetroot Fruits including apples, cherries and plumsCheap joints of meat, cooked on the bonesFish such as herring, mackerel and herring and cod roesPotatoes and large cuts of meat were more expensive and so were consumed less commonlySugar was a luxury eaten by the wealthy classesWorking class Victorians did not smoke or drink alcohol other than weak, yeast-rich beer 

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The UKMail also has an article on the surrogate mothers in Mexico.  

the flip side of abortion/contraception, and is forbidden by the Catholic church since it separates sex from babies and makes babies a commodity (and in this case, exploiting desperately poor women).
 Luckily most of these kids are loved by their parents


DavidReneke has two articles on Einstein.

One about his opinion on God, another about spooky actions at a distance in quantum theory.


from Presurfer: Five meals that changed history

a bit of an exaggeration, but interesting


one of the uncovered stories of the last 20 years: CDC story: Measles eradication saving lives.

New measles vaccination coverage and case data for all countries during 2000–2014 led to a new series of mortality estimates. During this period, estimated measles deaths decreased 79%, from 546,800 to 114,900, and all regions had substantial reductions in estimated measles mortality (Tables 1 and 2). Compared with no measles vaccination, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 17.1 million deaths during 2000–2014


Vacation suggestion for Thor lovers comes from Atlas Obscura: the Festival of exploding hammers.

actually it celebrates a local saint, a priest who fought the rich landowners to help the poor...
 the weapon of choice for revelers is still explosive hammers, thrown about by live human beings. Breaking down this tradition further, it looks more like legitimately homemade firecrackers are strapped to the end of a sledgehammer, whereupon a young male will slam their slapdash thunder-stick onto a sheet of metal, detonating the package to the delight of everyone (while sometimes sending the brave young lad flying like a rag doll). Man after man steps up to throw down for the Bomb Hammer Party from late morning until suppertime… or until something truly catastrophic happens to the crowd.
This hiccup is what has designated the Feast of San Juan de la Vega among the most dangerous festivals in the world

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