Can an Olympic Cyclist Cycle Hard enough to Toast Bread?

He’s a track cyclist, rather than a roadie.  They’re typically not lean and gangly, like a roadie is.  But there are exceptions to every rule.

It’s cool how they give a comparison for other activities to grasp how much power is used at the end.

See What Companies Are Really Behind Your Favorite Organic Food Brands

Consumers may not know that these 92 organic food brands are owned by some of the nation’s largest food processors. Michigan State researcher Phil Howard has tracked organic brand acquisitions or alliances by major food companies since 1984. This list shows organic brands that were acquired by one of 2013’s largest 100 food processors.

Source: Who is behind organic brands

It’s a huge list of brands you mouse over to see the tile flip to display the parent company.  Related: Your favourite organic brand is owned by a multinational food company.  Keep in mind that it’s possible the brands have already been exchanged/sold with competing major food companies…

From a business perspective, it’s about diversity.  Some will avoid major food brands due to understandable mistrust over various things like farming/production practices, ingredients, etc.  So to get around perception, the customer facing brand does the work.  It’s no different than other goods – the majority of brands we know are just rebranded OEM goods.

Peek into the Life of South Korea’s Food Porn Superstars

Thousands of South Koreans tune in daily to Muk-bang/mokbang (literally “eating broadcasts”): Online live-stream channels where people eats large amounts of food on camera. Those people, called Broadcast Jockeys (BJ’s), became real celebrities that could earn up to $9,000 a month just by sharing meals with their lonely audience.  Close to a quarter of South Koreans now live alone in a country where meals, enjoyed together, are important to family life.  One of the stars says he’s gained more than 60 pounds in his 19 months on video.

I have trained for this job my entire life!  …but I’m not a tiny, cute South Korean lady.  I wonder if I can still put in an application…

How to Dine Out like a Respectable Person

…We often get asked how to ensure that eating out is a good experience. And here’s the thing most people don’t realize – the key to a good restaurant experience often starts with you, the diner.

What do we mean by that? Well, there are a lot of factors that you can’t control when you go out to dinner. Maybe the waiter is in a funk, or maybe the kitchen is in the weeds that night. Most restaurants have off days every once in a while, and sometimes you happen to be there for one. But there are some things you can do to give yourself the best possible chances at achieving dinner satisfaction. And that’s why we’re here today. Call it strategy, call it planning, or call it restaurant hacks (actually, don’t call it that), but whatever you call it, use the tips below and you’ll find yourself having more good meals more often.

And just remember, if a meal ever does go awry for whatever reason, you can always just order a glass of bourbon – we prefer — with your meal for guaranteed satisfaction. Let’s just call that an emergency short cut. Use when necessary.

Source: How to Dine Out like a Respectable Person

Which Glass to Use for Which Drink and Why

You’re going to have some friends over for a cocktail housewarming party. No problem, you think to yourself, I’ll just pick up some glassware at Crate & Barrel. You get there, and panic sets in. It’s an absurd, transparent cornucopia of tumblers and flutes and who knows what else, in every conceivable shape and size. You weren’t prepared. Pay attention now, and you will be.

Source: Which Glass to Use for Which Drink and Why

What about a mason jar?

That Plastic Thing Inside Your Pizza Box Was Invented 30 Years Ago

If you’re one of the 7 billion humans on this planet who enjoys getting pizza delivered to your door, you have a piece of plastic to thank. A piece of plastic? Yes, that circular plastic thing that goes in the middle of a pie to prevent the pizza from sticking to the top of the pizza box. It’s called a pizza saver. And it was invented 30 years ago on February 10, 1983 when Carmela Vitale got her patent issued for that piece of plastic.

Source: That Plastic Thing Inside Your Pizza Box Was Invented 30 Years Ago

I remember them, but haven’t seen them in years.

Cooking: Doesn’t ‘Burn Off’ The Alcohol In Food

If you’re worried about getting boozy in front of your fiancée’s parents over the holidays, it’s not just the eggnog you should be watching.

As it turns out, many popular foods prepared with wine or liquor never have the alcohol completely cooked out. New Scientist deputy editor Graham Lawton tried it out for himself by eating several dishes sautéed, flambéed, or baked with booze. After each plate he consumed (an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert), Lawton measured his blood alcohol content.

Source: Cooking Doesn’t Actually ‘Burn Off’ The Alcohol In Food

There’s a handy chart in the article to compare how much alcohol content is retained in certain foods using various cooking times and methods.  A previous post covers non-alcoholic substitutions.

Seesaw Table: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Want to see just how unbalanced your relationship is?

The table is the (only slightly crazy) brainchild of Dutch designer Marleen Jansen. Rather than being a product you can actually buy (although, for the record, I would Kickstart the shit out of this), it was part of her dissertation. Called the Courtesy Table, it’s designed to ‘voluntarily force’ good manners on the subjects — if you get up halfway through dinner, the seesaw dumps your partner on the floor, rather than just being mildly offensive.

Source: A Seesaw Table Means You’ll Never Eat Alone

How do you navigate bathroom breaks?  And passing cutlery and food might be more problematic…

It’s perfect for dating – who got dumped?  If you are alone, you can get some mileage out of the sex doll if you fill it with sand.

Study: Does Mug Colour Influence the Taste of the Coffee?

We investigated whether consumers’ perception of a café latte beverage would be influenced by the colour (transparent, white or blue) of the mug from which it was drunk.

Source: Does the colour of the mug influence the taste of the coffee?

Next time you want to up the intensity of your homemade cup – forego the clear cups, regardless of how cool they look.  Just don’t drink from the blue cup…