It’s true, I might like one or two of those.
A group at MIT developed a coating for ketchup bottles to have the ketchup easily slide out of the bottle. This sounds cool but trivial until you think about how much food gets wasted at the bottom of the bottle, etc. Naturally the formula is a secret, and patented, but you’d assume it would be somewhat related to teflon; some sort of superhydrophobic material.
Each morning, blurry-eyed physicists try to solve a frustratingly complex mechanical problem: how to walk with a full cup of coffee, without letting it slosh over the sides. Writing in Physical Review E, Hans Mayer and Rouslan Krechetnikov at the University of California, Santa Barbara, report their study of the biomechanics of walking with coffee and the factors that lead to spills.
The sloshing of liquid in a cylindrical container, like a mug, is similar to the motion of a pendulum: the natural frequencies of oscillation depend on the liquid’s height and diameter (and, of course, gravity). In a typical mug, 7 cm in diameter and 10 cm tall, the lowest frequency oscillation of the coffee rocking back and forth in the cup is easily excited by walking at a normal pace.
This gives an intuitive explanation of why coffee spills, but Mayer and Krechetnikov have found that noise—potentially caused by uneven steps or small jerks of the cup — plays an important role in amplifying the natural oscillations of coffee into a full-blown spill. They set up an image analysis program to track coffee levels in cups carried by human subjects, who were asked to either focus on keeping the coffee from spilling, or to walk without paying attention.
Starting with the recipe for Sweet & Sour Chicken Lo Mein/Ramen, I made a few lot of substitutions based on what I had available.
It was good, but next time I would only use 1 flavor packet instead of two, and I would scrap the key lime juice; definitely made it sour, but the taste was a little off.
Mmm… I love you meat
Better than Meatless Monday
Ramen’s always good
Starting next week, share all of your Meaty Monday exploits. Ideally they’ll be gluttonous feats like we see on ThisIsWhyYoureFat.com, but any meat-friendly dish is welcome.
I don’t have any pictures, as the fried chicken pictured here isn’t the exact stuff I had last night, but expect to see my own pictures in the future.
One animal at a time
I’ve definitely eaten weird combinations than this, but that’s all I can think of offhand. Yes, I realize most of those are just ‘thing + chocolate’, but that’s what chocolate clam chowder reminded me of.
Anyone have any good ones?
[Photo: Surviving the World]
Yay weird food combos
Nutella improves all things
Corn water soup? Gross