i don't know about "manipulate" but the info is interesting.
When a confectioner leaves a gooey chocolate masterpiece out to dry and harden, its flavor is left unchanged. But chomping down on the hardened sweet manifests in a different experience than chewing the softer variety. And as scientists come to better understand the underlying causes of these distinctive experiences, they’re discovering that the differences can fool our minds into underestimating our calorie intake.
There’s more to our mouths than just taste buds. Our tongues and palates are moist hotspots for oro-sensory stimulation—feelings known as oral haptics, or mouthfeel, that can profoundly shape the eating experience. (The sight of food can also affect this experience, as can the feel of it in our hands—though in the West, we tend to shovel straight into our mouths using cutlery.)
Scientists recently set out to determine how mouthfeel can affect the perceived number of calories in a sweet. In a paper published last month in Journal of Consumer Research, they say they were driven to investigate this phenomenon because of “the role of mindless eating in contributing to the obesity epidemic” and misguided “calorie estimations and perceived healthfulness” of certain snacks.
The researchers fed a bunch of undergraduates candy to test how the hardness, smoothness, and chewiness of chocolates affected perceptions of caloric content.
When the students sampled chocolates that were produced by the same manufacturer and differed only in hardness, they wrongly concluded that the softer sweets contained more calories. When they were told to focus on the chewing process for the sweet, the perceptions of higher caloric content of soft chocolates were amplified. And after trying otherwise identical chocolates with smooth and rough textures, the students concluded that rougher textured alternatives were more healthful.
The findings aren’t just applicable to esoteric tongue science. These misperceptions can actually make us fatter.
For the researchers’ final experiment, students were told they were taking part in trials for a marketing company—a firm that had gratefully provided them with unlimited brownie bits to eat while they watched advertisements. Students were given Styrofoam cups full of brownie bits, some of which were soft and gooey while others had been hardened by drying. Some students were told to estimate the caloric content of the brownies; others received no such direction.
The researchers found that the students tended to eat more of the soft brownies. Unless, that is, they were asked to estimate the number of calories in the snacks, in which case they were more likely to eat the harder ones.
Dipayan Biswas, a University of South Florida marketing professor and a study author, said food companies appear to understand this phenomena, “which is why we see so many food products in the marketplace that vary on haptic dimensions”—such as smooth and crinkle-cut fries.
The real danger foods? The scientists warn that granola bars, trail mixes, and cereals can all seem in our mouths to be more healthful than they really are.
i'll take 5
One of the great things about working from home is that I don’t have to put up with crap from coworkers who try to assert authority in the saddest and smallest way possible by policing refrigerator real estate, eat loud and/or smelly food at their desks, or come in spreading the plague everywhere after one of their goddamn kids comes home and infects their entire household.
However, as a pet owner who works from home, one of the truths of my daily existence is that at some point during the day, a cat’s butthole will come in direct contact with my laptop — most likely the keyboard part of the laptop.
Well, to solve this problem, an innovative Hong Kong design company called LYCS Architecture has created the CATable, an interactive piece of furniture which can be enjoyed by both humans and their feline companions — designed by Ruan Hao, and exhibited in the University of Milan at Milan Design Week. From the LYCS Architecture website:
[People] who lives with cat always has those kind of experiences:
1. Putting away the cat from your lap top was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell.
2. A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole.
The design of CATable was a fusion of those experiences, as well a locus where the interaction occurs. It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats.
The only downside? While daily occurrences of laptop butt-planting might decreased, I have a feeling that “lunch burglaring” might skyrocket. ESPECIALLY on tuna sandwich days.
(All images used with permission of LYCS Architecture)
Morgue, man with floral tattoo, 1945
Back in 2001, photographer Merrick Morton—who also happens to be a reserve LAPD officer—came upon a massive archive of Los Angeles Police Department crime scene and evidence photos which had been hidden for decades in a huge storage facility in downtown LA. The photos...
Yesterday, the New York Police Department did a very dumb thing. Using the hashtag #myNYPD, the department asked New Yorkers to share their photos of New York’s finest on Twitter. What happened next was utterly predictable.
Activists seized upon the moment to show the NYPD for the violent, megalomaniacal, often racist organization it is, tweeting scenes of Occupy Wall Street brutality, racially motivated arrests, and screenshots from Onion parody videos. The failed hashtag was, as the Daily News cover screamed this morning, a “brutal fiasco.”
Now, NYPD’s hashtag disaster — like a single drop of piss in a vast, untainted reservoir — is ruining Twitter for police departments across the country. The Los Angeles Police Department has seen the worst of the aftershock — a search for #myLAPD brings up countless images and stories of police violence — but residents of cities as far-flung as Boston, Oakland, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and Tucson have taken up their own versions of the hashtag.
The NYPD responded to the hijacking in a statement this morning: “The N.Y.P.D. is creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community. Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city.”
Couldn’t agree more! Carry on.
Occasionally I hit some bumps trying to navigate the SS Panties through the waters of the business world, and I hit a doozy last Christmas. I discovered a company that scores sites based on content, and that score can have a severe impact on ad revenue. I’ve documented my adventure in this article: https://medium.com/p/3f559a96e166
While we’ve come out the other end OK, this is a problem that can still be affecting other artists out there that use banner ads to generate revenue.
My intent isn’t to bring out the pitchforks against these guys, but to bring attention to their practices in the hopes of increasing the transparency of their organization (e.g. having a better appeal process).
So take a look, and share the article! Hopefully it’ll help someone out there.
P.S. You guys rock.
Anyone with any familiarity with Kurt Vonnegut’s literary output probably knows that the man liked to doodle. His whimsical self-portrait, the one that emphasized his mustache, is very familiar, making an appearance in his 1973 masterpiece
Drivers on Staten Island’s Hylan Boulevard this week have been greeted by a towering portrait of Ronald Reagan, musclebound like a non-bald Mr. Clean and wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Dear God, Let Me Go Back For Just A Day.”
The artist is Scott LoBaido — previously noted for terrible subway safety ideas and anti-Muslim protests at the “Ground Zero Mosque” — who explains the work thusly: “[Vladimir] Putin and Kim Jong-un would be wearing diapers if Reagan were here for just a day. Reagan, like all presidents, had some baggage, but he ended the Cold War without firing a single shot, and we were feared and respected.”
After its stay in Staten Island, LoBaido plans to move the artwork to other locations around the city, starting in Queens. He says his piece is an homage to the heyday of trickle-down economics and the crack epidemic. “Reagan created the patriotic beast in me over 20 years ago,” he told DNAinfo. “I want the viewer to remember the days when we were all proud and felt strong and free with little fear, knowing that our leader was there to lead.”
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There are very few things in the world that have the power to make me roll my eyes as hard as Burning Man. I’m a lefty, but I’m also a curmudgeon with precious little patience for whimsy, specifically like, white-people-with-dreads-and-furry-boots-doing-fire-dancing whimsy. Particularly if it involves techno. It’s fine for other people, but not if they want to talk to me about it, as I find there is a lot of crossover between Burning Man types and people who will tell you the same story over and over again in the same conversation.
However, I have to give my full-throated support to Sean Shealy, a dude who is in some way associated with Burning Man, and his glorious plan to hold a month-long music fest on the Federal Ground across the way from Cliven Bundy’s ranch, where his cows have been illegally grazing for decades. That is hilarious and awesome and I hope it happens.
Come celebrate TOTAL FREEDOM at BUNDYFEST, just across the road from the Cliven Bundy Ranch, in Bunkerville, Nevada! 240 bands, 24 hours a day, for a SOLID ROCKIN’ MONTH!!!!
*NO PERMITS REQUIRED
*CAMP ABSOLUTELY ANYWHERE
*FULL NUDITY NOT A PROBLEM
*PENIS ERECTION CONTEST: Erect the largest penis in the open desert, win valuable prize! (tbd)
BACKGROUND: For years, we paid permitting fees to hold Burning Man on the beautiful Playa in Northern Nevada. But now, Cliven Bundy has shown us a NEW WAY! ABSOLUTE FREEDOM! Bundy has declared the entire area surrounding Bundy Ranch as a TOTALLY RULES-FREE ZONE! ANYTHING GOES! WOO-HOO!!!
Why should Burning Man end on September 1st? Swing down to Vegas for a few days for some R&R, a few good buffets, and then HEAD ON UP TO BUNDYFEST! All 50,000+ Burning Man participants are invited to attend — and as many more as can make the trip from anywhere in the world! 100,000? 250,000? THE SKY IS THE LIMIT AT BUNDYFEST! The desert surrounding Bundy’s ranch is LIMITLESS!
Personally, I really hope they go through with it. It would really be the perfect way for Cliven Bundy to show that he means what he says about people being legally able to do whatever the hell they want on federal land. The downside, of course, is the possibility that it could also attract all his whackadoodle sovereign citizen militia friends who could, you know, kill the people going.
h/t Crooks and Liars
Daniel Quist is the other “sapeur” of Accra. Today, he’s toned it down because it’s a Sunday. Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah @africashowboy (Copyright: 2014). #africashowboy #ghana #accra #portrait #sunday
As Jim Romenesko indicated on his blog, the Tampa Bay Times ran an obituary on Wednesday for a David W. Cummings, known to friends and family as “Pervert Dave,” who died on Sunday at the age of 65. The upstate New York native, who relocated to the quiet Citrus County town of Crystal River, was a Leo as well as veteran of the United States Air Force.
Our thoughts are with Dave and his loved ones.
I discovered Hannah Kunkle's strange series of religious-themed graphic collages of Kim Kardashian on Instagram. They perplexed and excited me, so I asked her to create a slew of exclusive new ones in time for this season's cluttered religious celebrations. This month, Jews stuff their faces at Passover dinners, Christians stuff their faces at Easter brunches, and Bahá'ís do... I don't know, but they have, like, two holidays in April according to the University of Washington. Anyway, I'm not so into religion, but a faith based on the cutie with the booty is something I could definitely get behind. Here is what Hannah had to say about these awesome graphic lamentations on the power of celebrity, the cult of personality, and the fervor of fandom:
“Kim Kardashian is God. She’s crazy bodacious and has the nose job of an angel. I don’t know if she’s omniscient, but no one can deny she’s not omnipresent. Kim floats above us all, even the deniers and the haters. We have accepted her into our lives via television screens, memes, and Instagram feeds. If Jay Z is the father and Yeezus is the son, then she is the ever-present holy ghost of pop culture.”
Hannah Kunkle is a graphic designer, artist, and Pratt grad living in Brooklyn.
Drifting ~ Odd Nerdrum
"World War II affected our college life as most of the male student body joined one of the services. Women assumed some of their roles by taking jobs in armament industries. During the summer, I worked from early morning to evening in a public school caring for infants whose mothers were working in aircraft factories or other related industries."
"But now, before starting our careers, we decided that the coming summer after graduation would be the ideal time to have our adventure. We had a limited period of time to accomplish this. I had signed a contract to begin teaching first grade in Middleport, New York, on the Erie Canal on September 4, 1944. And so - with the leanest of equipment - we made our preparations and were ready to leave on June 22, 1944."They camped outside, slept in barns, hitched rides on riverboats, went to church on Sundays, and worked at a Walgreens serving Cokes when their money ran low. They wrote letters to their families, and nearly every day Thelma wrote in her diary. The entire diary was transcribed and can be read here.
Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban horse-and-carriage rides in NYC has hit some setbacks, but the mayor says he remains committed to getting the despondent animals off the street. Today at the New York Auto Show, the anti-carriage organization NYCLASS unveiled the electric, vintage-style car it has long touted as an alternative.
“My distinct honor and challenge has been to design a vehicle that celebrates the nostalgia and romance of the early 1900s, while eliminating a lot of the not-so-great realities of that time,” said Jason Wenig of The Creative Workshop, the firm that manufactured the car.
It’s much bigger than we expected. Wenig compared the car’s dimensions to those of a contemporary full-size SUV, which feels about right. NYCLASS claims eight-passenger capacity, but six might fit more comfortably. Two bench-style seats face each other in the car’s rear, atop large, exposed wheels and a host of vintagey brass accoutrements, chief of which is the goofy manual Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-style horn. But it won’t exactly be flying around Central Park: the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive electric car packs 84 horsepower and tops out at about 30 miles per hour.
Also on hand at the unveiling was Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who supports the horse-and-carriage ban. After thanking Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivierto for their leadership, he announced passing the legislature and introducing the cars as a replacement was only a “matter of time.”
“I believe New York City is about being progressive. And being progressive also means to protect our animal rights,” he added. “That’s why I’m standing here and saying having dozens of horses going through accidents in the streets of New York City is unacceptable.”
Your move, Liam Neeson.
(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)
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Canadian singer Christo Graham has turned the water of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most beloved musicals into the wine of glorious, everlasting parody, recasting Webber’s musical life of Christ with an all-felt cast with Muppet Christ Superstar. Casting Kermit as the Messiah, Gonzo as Judas Iscariot, and Miss Piggy as Mary Magdalene, Graham has re-recorded all the musical numbers from Jesus Christ Superstar. He also does fairly good impressions of all the various Muppets, including backup vocals from the Electric Mayhem, Beaker, and Gonzo’s chickens.
Apart from the fact that they’re sung as Muppets, the songs are more or less faithful—and also apart from a few lyrical changes. For example, Piggy sings, “He’s a frog… he’s just a frog…” in “I Don’t Know How To Love Him,” while Gonzo asks what happens “If you strip away the myth from the frog ...