Archive for March 20th, 2015

“Go away! Scram! Beat It!”

Friday, March 20th, 2015



“Mr. Electric” (1969) The Ed Sullivan Show

Friday, March 20th, 2015

“Poison Center? My Kid Just Ate Some MSG!”

Friday, March 20th, 2015


Do you think monosodium glutamate can kill you?  Well, it might if you ate about a bucket of it, then tripped over the bucket and smashed your head on the floor.  But any excessive amounts you could eat in a day over a lifetime, won’t do anything but make your food taste better.

Say what? MSG isn’t deadly? Nope, just a typical example of anecdotal health bullshit the media grabs and blows up to sell papers.  And you, of course, believed it (unless you’re an Italian who doesn’t believe anything).  Of course there are a very few scientists who put it in the same category as “deadly” salt, soda, and sugar.  Anything could be deadly if you consume massive quantities of it.  Even the US FDA says MSG is “generally considered safe” and they don’t believe anything is 100% safe. 

So why do Chinese restaurants advertise “No MSG Used”?  Well what would you do if masses of ignorant diners refused to have dinner at your humble eatery because they think they’ll be poisoned?

Have you ever noticed that unlike tobacco, alcohol, saccharine, and a zillion other things, there are no government warnings about MSG?  That’s because there’s never been a valid, scientific study by the government or the academic world to show that MSG is harmful – except to owners of Chinese restaurants.

MSG safety:

The Vampire And The Ballerina (1960) Trailer

Friday, March 20th, 2015

‘The Vampire And The Ballerina’

“Trashy? You’re Calling ME Trashy!?”

Friday, March 20th, 2015

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‘Hot Rod Lincoln’ (1971) Commander Cody

Friday, March 20th, 2015

History of ‘Hot Rod Lincoln’

Food? We’ve Got The French Creamed!

Friday, March 20th, 2015


Americans are fat.  Two out of three of us are considered “obese” – and getting fatter. If the world’s food supply were a buffet line, it would be a good idea to jump in ahead of the American food-vacuums. We’d smash the damn sneeze guards to get second and third helpings.

The French, supposedly the “world’s gourmands,” can’t even come close in pounds (or kilos.)  Only 7% of France is overweight despite the country drowning most entrees, side dishes, and desserts in butter, cream, and fat.  The average American is 30-pounds heavier than an average French person.

Why the heavy difference? A recent study suggested the French eat fewer calories overall and they eat less often.  They don’t eat driving, on the run, at their desks, talking on the phone, in bed, or watching television. And they eat their food s-l-o-w-l-y – even at “fast food” outlets.

One of the largest reasons for the weight difference is portions.  In the few times I’ve eaten at fancy French restaurants, I’ve mistaken the entrees for appetizers. Few French people have even heard of ‘doggie bags.’  And if you sold French portions at a Jewish deli, you’d be in court the rest of your life.

American obesity:

No Retakes

Friday, March 20th, 2015


In 1926, “The General,” starring Buster Keaton, featured a train wreck. At that time it was the most expensive scene ever filmed. It cost $42,000 – about $500,000 in today’s dollars.  Hundreds of local Oregon townspeople gathered to see the scene shot.  Some screamed thinking the dummy conductor was a live man.

“The General” flopped at the box office.  People wouldn’t pay a nickel to see a train wreck but it remains a groundbreaking American film comedy.

‘The General’