Tuesday, February 09, 2016

McDonald's kale salad has more calories than a Double Big Mac

In a quest to reinvent its image, McDonald's is on a health kick. But some of its nutrient-enhanced meals are actually comparable to junk food, say some health experts.

One of new kale salads has more calories, fat and sodium than a Double Big Mac.

Kale, a leafy green vegetable chock-full of vitamins, has become a trendy superfood. In Canada, the global fast food chain recently tossed the green into a breakfast wrap and a line of salads.

McDonald's boasts on its site that the "Keep Calm, Caesar On" chicken salad contains "real parmesan petals" and "a nutrient-rich lettuce blend with baby kale."

But once you plop the accompanying Asiago Caesar dressing on the "crispy chicken" version, the salad's nutritional profile doesn't look so good. According to McDonald's own numbers, the salad tops up at 730 calories, 53 grams of fat, and 1,400 milligrams of salt. [Continue]
That kale salad is closer to a deconstructed McChicken than salad.

Making Portable Soup

I would have gone with calling it 'soup jerky.'

Monday, February 08, 2016

Will Ferrell, Exotic Animal Expert

I am going to refer to guinea pigs as Mongolian bush tigers from now on.

What 74 Years of Crossword History Says About the Language We Use

EDUCATED Americans consider themselves a cosmopolitan bunch. We follow the conflict in Ukraine between Donetsk and Kiev, and can probably point to them on a map. We enjoy bibimbap and paella, which we try to pronounce with an appropriate accent. Some of us can identify the work of Igor Stravinsky, Youssou N’Dour and Ai Weiwei. The rest of us are going to go look them up on Wikipedia now.

But we are more parochial than our grandparents’ generation, according to one indicator: the New York Times crossword puzzle.

With the permission of Will Shortz, the Times’s crossword puzzle editor, I recently downloaded all of the newspaper’s crosswords from February 1942, when the puzzle began, through the end of 2015. I created an algorithm to search all 2,092,375 pairs of clues and answers for foreign language words and place names outside the United States.

The results are imperfect, since the puzzles can be tricky and there is a lot of overlap between English and foreign words. But the broad trend is clear. The puzzle today uses one-third fewer non-English clues and answers than it did at its peak in 1966, and makes two-thirds fewer international references than its peak in 1943. [Continue]
All the Spanish I know I learned from doing crosswords puzzles.

Runner dies at Krispy Kreme donut challenge in U.S.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge announced today that a 58-year-old man participating in the event was rushed to hospital after experiencing chest pains within the first 1.5 kilometres of the race. He died shortly after arriving at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

Participants begin the race at North Carolina State University and run 4 kilometres to a nearby Krispy Kreme donut shop, consume a dozen donuts, and make the return trip.

“On behalf of the entire N.C. State community, our deepest sympathies go out to the runner’s family members and loved ones,” Brad Bohlander, a spokesman for N.C. State, said in a statement.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge was held for the 12th year on Saturday afternoon in Raleigh.

A tragedy but it's not the nature of the event to blame for this considering that he never made it to the donut shop.