I hope everyone has a fine day today. And just to show that Turkey Day is a holiday for everyone, even the big cats of Big Cat Rescue get their helping of bird:
Somehow, I don’t think there will be many leftovers tomorrow. 🙂
Jeez, what a way to go. You think you’re fixing a nice dinner of Indochinese Spitting Cobra for your customers, and then all of a sudden the snake decides he’s taking you with him:
A Chinese chef cooking a dish with cobra flesh was killed by the snake he had planned to eat — when the creature’s severed head chomped down on him first.
Peng Fan set the Indochinese spitting cobra’s head aside while chopping its body for a soup, the Mirror newspaper reported.
But when he tried to toss the reptile’s head in the trash 20 minutes later, it bit him, injecting him with its fast-acting venom.
Apparently a snake’s head can live for up to an hour separated from its body. I call that an “important safety tip.”
Best line goes to one of the customer’s, though, after hearing the chef’s screams:
After we heard that, we did not continue with our meal.
PS: Yep, this poor neglected blog. Must pay more attention to it.
Vegetarianism is bad for you…
Population-based studies have consistently shown that our diet has an influence on health – a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is recommended.
But some people go overboard and just eat meat. Or just eat vegetables. Evidence for health benefits of exclusive diets is scant. Vegetarians are considered healthier, they are wealthier, they are more liberal, they drink less alcohol and they smoke less – but those are a lot of variables in health that don’t necessarily result from being a vegetarian.
A cross-sectional study taken from the Austrian Health Interview Survey AT-HIS 2006/07 found that vegetarians are actually less healthy than normal eaters. Subjects were matched according to their age, sex, and socioeconomic status leaving 1320 people – 330 vegetarians, 330 that ate meat but still a lot of fruits and vegetables, 300 normal eaters but that ate less meat, and 330 on a more carnivorous diet.
After controlling for variables, they found that vegetarians did have lower BMI and alcohol consumption but had poorer overall health. Vegetarians had higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders, a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life.
As a result, vegetarians take more medications than non-vegetarians.
Now, as the article points out, this is just one study and, if anything is certain in life and science, there will be other studies showing just the opposite.
Still, this is one of those moments that gives me way too much satisfaction. There is an annoying subset of vegetarians (1) who take their dietary choice as a sign of their moral superiority. Not all, of course; some are vegetarian for religious or health reasons. But, there is that smug faction, and shoving a grapefruit in their face is a temptation I cannot resist.
Yes, I am weak.
And I take my steak on the rare side of medium-rare. Don’t want to get cancer and go insane, after all.
(1) And bicyclists. No, you do not in fact own the road and the sidewalk.