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Mountain Dew Mouth

I've got "Mountain Dew" on my Google Alerts because i'm interested in seeing if there is any follow-up on the brominated vegetable oil issue (so far, there is none, but i'll note that their ridiculous new breakfast drink doesn't seem to contain it).

But thanks to that, i've been alerted to this condition that is apparently localized to the Central Appalachia region.

I think of Mountain Dew primarily as a drink for people who play lots of video games or go on all-day comic book review binges. I didn't know about the Appalachia connection. But i guess the original logo, revived with the Throwback product, should have been a hint.

He looks like he probably still has all his teeth, though.

Maybe i'll stick with my lime & seltzer concoctions even after (if?) the BVO is removed. And green tea for caffeine.


By fnord12 | February 22, 2013, 12:47 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Sounds Like the Plot to a CSI Episode

I didn't think real murderers hid their victims' bodies in things like water towers.

The body of a missing Canadian woman has been discovered in a cistern that was being used to provide drinking water to guests in a Los Angeles hotel.

The remains of Elisa Lam, 21, were found by a maintenance worker at the 600-room, $65-a-night Cecil Hotel after guests complained about low water pressure. Detectives were working to determine if her death was the result of foul play or an accident.

British tourist Michael Baugh, 27, and his wife, who had complained about the poor water flow after days of showering, brushing their teeth and drinking some of the tap water, were shocked at the discovery. "We feel a bit sick to the stomach, quite literally, especially having drank the water. We're not well mentally," he said.

Officials are trying to reassure people by saying that since there was so much water in the cistern, the water was perfectly fine. Nothing to worry about. I don't think they're going to get much traction with that line of logic, though.

And i appreciate how they're being circumspect, saying they're not sure yet if it was foul play or an accident. Not quite sure how you end up in a cistern on the roof of a hotel by accident.

To get to the tanks, which are on a platform at least 10 ft above the roof, someone would have to go to the top floor then climb a staircase and enter a locked door and turn off an emergency alarm that prevents roof access. Another ladder would have to be taken to the platform and a person would have to climb the side of the tank.

That would be some accident. Everybody with water towers needs to implement a policy of checking those things everyday now cause i do not want to find out one day that i've been showering in corpse water.


By min | February 21, 2013, 11:20 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Then i could move to Adirondack

Proposal to redraw all the state borders so they'd have equal populations.


By fnord12 | February 15, 2013, 8:26 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



Super Bowl Monday should be a paid holiday

I spent my Sunday reading Thor comics but i still agree with Yglesias here:

Today should be a national holiday. Specifically, rather than observing President's Day two weeks from today, we should observe it today.

Even if you're not a football fan, there's absolutely no downside to this, and the upside is considerable. The typical American does not, I think, adequately reflect on how convenient it is to have holiday schedules aligned with real-world social practices because they generally get their way automatically. If you're Jewish, you know that it kind of sucks to have a major family observance (Passover) on a random spring day when it's not convenient for people to be traveling, while the goyim "conveniently" discover that schools and workplaces are all giving people time off right around Dec. 25. Mainstream Americans benefit from this arrangement, but it seems so "natural" that they don't necessarily appreciate it. But it makes perfect sense. For any given quantity of national holidays, it's hugely beneficial to align the holidays with real routines in people's lives. Christmas is a big deal, so aligning the December holiday with it is a big win. The Super Bowl is not as big a deal as Christmas, but in terms of people's lives, it's a much bigger deal than George Washington's birthday. There's nothing in American social life specifically tied to mid-February that would be disrupted by shifting the day a bit earlier.

To be sure, i'm more in favor have having today off AND President's Day AND Chinese New Year AND i should have actually had off for Martin Luther King's Day AND let's add a few more as well. We don't have enough public holidays. But at the very least i'm more than willing to accommodate football fans and move President's Day right after the Super Bowl.


By fnord12 | February 4, 2013, 1:33 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



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