Gemmabeta t1_jc2u1qf wrote

So, the things they consider food additives include MSG, citric acid (i.e. lemon juice), Ethyl alcohol (i.e. regular drinking alcohol), corn oil, capsicum oil (i.e. hot sauce), sodium bicarbonate (i.e. baking soda), Carbon Dioxide and so forth.

This list is ludicrously over-padded with things that are completely harmless just to produce a hysterical scaremongering headline.

I am surprised they didn't declare water and table salt to be food additives as well just to bring up the number to a full 100%.


Gemmabeta t1_j58sydw wrote

There were so many Japanese Tourists running around the world back in their economic heyday, that one of the most done to death jokes in 1980s movies was "the Japanese Tour Group blundering into somewhere they shouldn't be."


Gemmabeta t1_j4qp3bn wrote


Gemmabeta t1_j2v8lcj wrote

This machine is basically a bunch of miniaturized urine test strips and a detector to read them.

Hospital labs have been using this sort of machines for decades.

And abnormal test results (blood, nitrites, sugar/ketones) is very important and can be an early indicator of oncoming issues. E.g. people go quite far into diabetes before they actually notice the symptoms.


Gemmabeta t1_j2drtpz wrote

There is a term for this:

Alice as much as there is supposed to be a "point" to the books, the main one seems to be riffing of the endless number of po-faced didactic moralistic poetry that Victorian children were force-fed as part of their education.

All of the poetry in the two books are nonsense parodies of those poems.


Gemmabeta t1_j1s8wei wrote

> Secobarbital (marketed by Eli Lilly and Company for the treatment of insomnia under the brand name Seconal) is a short-acting barbiturate derivative drug that was patented in 1934 in the United States. It is the most frequently used drug in physician-assisted suicide within the United States. Secobarbital is considered to be an obsolete sedative-hypnotic (sleeping pill), and as a result, it has largely been replaced by the benzodiazepine family. Seconal was widely abused, known on the street as "red devils" or "reds".


Gemmabeta t1_j1p4dks wrote

Many prisons ban or heavily restrict fruits and juices because of people making pruno on the sly, so inmates would make it using bread and potatoes.

End result was a massive botulism outbreak.