Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dogs and stuff….…

I have it on good authority that it costs about $15,000 to raise a medium-size dog to the age of 10. That's about $4 a day. If you have a medium-size dog, now you know, or maybe you already knew…..if you don't have one of those pooches, maybe now you know why…

The other thing I noticed was an historical reference to Coca-Cola.

Coke was invented in 1886 in Georgia, originally it was what 19th century Americans called a "patent medicine," meaning it wasn't really a medicine at all….the inventor, one John Pemberton, claimed Coke could cure morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and, oh yeah, impotence. I don't know what euphemism was used for "impotence" in 1886, but I'm guessing lots of older guys had headaches or something wherever Coke was sold….

Modern Coke in a 12-ounce can has 39 grams of carbohydrates, the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. That's the reason you should lay off the 32-ounce Big Gulps, think 27 teaspoons….

Mr. Pemberton called his carbonated elixir "Coca-Cola" because the original recipe included quite a few coca leaves (yup, that's right, cocaine) and the caffeine-rich kola nut.

The Coca-Cola company stopped adding the cocaine in 1903. I wonder what consumers thought about the "new Coke" in 1904?

Michael Pollan: "Eat food......"

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