January 6, 2012
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We now have an explanation for why green ketchup failed. Apparently, the color of your food actually has an effect on your perception of the taste of that food. Or drink, which is how Coke discovered that people thought Coke in white cans tasted different than the Coke in regular red ones. Crazy, right? If they blindfolded you, you couldn’t tell the difference, but just looking at something that’s not what you expect changes how you think it should taste. It’s all mind over matter people, it really is.
I suppose that’s why people want to hide vegetables in other food for their kids, so they don’t notice and turn their noses up at them. Would you participate in this experiment? I dare you to try it at your house one day. Actually, that would be a pretty neat science project for a 7th grader. Color the same food in different ways and ask people if they can taste the difference. Boom! Now you have an idea for your science fair (as long as it’s not tomorrow, in which case, bring your cup of dirt).
January 4, 2012
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Or any other food that travels well. You see, sometimes you have to go places where you don’t if you’ll be able to eat what they have. As my mother always says, “If you’re going to someone’s house, eat at home first.” Frankly, you never know. Sure, your close friends probably know not to serve you deep fried Twinkies, but your spouse’s coworker’s family that kindly invited you to their summer BBQ probably does not. Moreover, it’s very rude to show up to someone’s party, exclaim you can’t possibly eat anything, and sit in a corner fuming that everyone else gets to chow down.
So, bring a granola bar. Or eat at home. That way, if you go to someone’s house, you’re not so hungry that you eat everything in sight and then have a stomachache, but you can almost always find a little something to eat to be polite, even if it’s just grazing on salad (before it’s smothered in Ranch dressing).