🍫 Food drama + 🚀 Avoiding Armageddon + 🔋 Battery hack

🍫 Food drama + 🚀 Avoiding Armageddon + 🔋 Battery hack

“Out of sight, out of mind” is a great way to forget your ex, but a terrible shortcoming for nutrition labels. At least Joe Biden thinks so...
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September 30, 2022
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Have you given a toast lately? I was asked to give a toast last night and it got me thinking about toasts in general...

Most toasts are bad. They center on milquetoast (pun intended) anecdotes that are mildly endearing at best. The crowd chuckles occasionally out of politeness. The solution isn't to go controversial either, though, as that upsets people. Or even *gasp* ruins the night.

Thus, the best toasts appear to center on anecdotes that take you on a non-controversial rollercoaster. Tricky balance to strike!

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Front-of-pack nutrition labels?!

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“Out of sight, out of mind” is a great way to forget your ex, but a terrible shortcoming for nutrition labels. At least Joe Biden thinks so...

Joey B.'s administration is now pushing to add a nutrition label to the front of food packages, where it’s more likely to be seen and considered. The front-of-pack labels would display in an easy-to-understand way (like a star rating or traffic light image), with the goal of helping consumers make healthier food choices.

This idea is part of a 44-page strategy report that aims to reduce diet-related diseases and end hunger in America by 2030. The plan was presented at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health this past Wednesday - the first gathering of this kind since 1969 (a similar conference in the ‘60s led to programs like food stamps).

Some other recommendations in the proposed strategy include:

  • Providing free meals to students during the school year and over the summer.
  • Granting those formerly incarcerated or in college access to food stamps.
  • Providing medically-tailored meals and nutrition counseling to people on Medicare.
  • Encouraging private health insurance companies to cover more nutrition services.

Don't hold your breath though - these changes require Congressional support and would take years to implement. Regardless, General Mills must be quaking in their boots at the thought of putting Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 1 on the front of Trix boxes...


Asteroid impact, supertrees, STD surge...

image: livescience
Planetary Defense

For the first time ever, NASA intentionally slammed a spacecraft into a near-Earth (but non-threatening) asteroid to test a planetary-defense method that could one day save us.


A new study provides first-of-its-kind evidence that fetuses can smell and taste food their moms eat. This may offer insight into how a mom’s diet influences a child’s eating habits.

Climate Change

A new study of U.S. forests suggests trees are feasting on carbon dioxide emissions and growing faster and larger than ever. This could put a major dent in climate change.

Mental Health

New research found that feeling depressed or lonely speeds up aging more than smoking and certain diseases, reinforcing the importance of mental health and relationships.


STD rates are soaring in the U.S. (especially syphilis, which is up 26%). Experts say this could be due to a lack of routine access to STD testing and under-testing during COVID.


No AA battery? No problem!

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We've all experienced the I-don't-have-the-right-type-of-battery dilemma. One of the most common manifestations is needing a AA, but only having AAAs on hand. It's brutal.

But don't chuck your TI-84 calculator against the wall in rage just yet (side note: it's weird you still use a TI-84)...

Try this instead:

  1. Roll up a small ball of foil and place it where the battery's negative terminal connects.
  2. Place the AAA battery on top of the tin foil so that it connects with the positive terminal. If the battery doesn’t reach the positive terminal, make your foil ball bigger.

Voila! You're back to playing Snake on your calc. This video demonstrates the hack well.

  1. Having one bar of Wi-Fi is worse than having no Wi-Fi at all.
  2. Google autofill is a reminder of how unoriginal all of our problems are.
  3. Your face is a combo of thousands of years’ worth of other people’s faces.
  4. You are probably closer to being a millionaire than Bill Gates.
  5. As we move ever closer to a cashless society, being homeless becomes far harder.

William Arthur Ward: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

Today I learned that flowers exposed to the sound of a bee produce sweeter nectar within three minutes, with sugar concentration averaging 20% higher. (more here)

resplendent [ ruh-splen-dnt ] - adjective
attractive and impressive through being richly colorful
The woman looked resplendent in her floral dress.

Q: What's the fastest muscle in the human body?
A: (see below next section)

image: twitter

TRIVIA ANSWER: Orbicularis oculi (eye muscle).

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