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Strawberry Daiquiris are Good For You… No Really.

Strawberry Daiquiri Time!

Just read an article this morning that explains how adding ethanol (the alcohol in vodka, rum, etc.) boosts the antioxidant levels in berries, like strawberries.

Here is the article:

Fruity Cocktails count as health food, study finds

Thu Apr 19, 7:41 PM ET

A fruity cocktail may not only be fun to drink but may count as health food, U.S. and Thai researchers said on Thursday.

Adding ethanol — the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits — boosted the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries, the researchers found.

Any colored fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

Dr. Korakot Chanjirakul and colleagues at Kasetsart University in Thailand and scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture stumbled upon their finding unexpectedly.

They were exploring ways to help keep strawberries fresh during storage. Treating the berries with alcohol increased in antioxidant capacity and free radical scavenging activity, they found.

Any colored fruit or vegetable is rich in antioxidants, which are chemicals that can cancel out the cell-damaging effects of compounds called free radicals.

Berries, for instance, contain compounds known as polyphenols and anthocyanins. People who eat more of these fruits and vegetables have a documented lower risk of cancer, heart disease and some neurological diseases.

The study did not address whether adding a little cocktail umbrella enhanced the effects.

Thanks to Yahoo! News

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TMNT the movie

Saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the movie) recently and I’m giving it a C+.  Not very impressive, starts off really slow and doesn’t get interesting until halfway through.  The 3d-animation isn’t too impressive either.  The second half of the movie is fun to watch though.


Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

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Celebrating 200,000

Late last night I hit 200,000 hits since I moved to the new URL and server (Late July 2006).

This is a great new milestone for me.

So just patting myself on the back for 200,000 hits.

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Which way is the bus traveling – Preschool test that you won’t pass

“In which direction is the bus pictured below traveling?”
Bus for Preschool Test
Look carefully at the picture.
Do you know the answer?
(The only possible answers are “left” or “right.”)
Think about it
Still don’t know?
Okay, I’ll tell you.
The pre-schoolers all answered “left.”
When asked, “Why do you think the bus is traveling in the left direction?”
they answered:
“Because you can’t see the door.”
How do you feel now ???
I know, me too.
How we feel after taking the test
Have a Great Day



European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the otherpossibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”.

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.

The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”.  This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w”with       “v”.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.

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