Thursday, October 02, 2003

From Yahoo News

Why Does the Cookie Crumble?
Thu Oct 2, 9:44 AM ET Add Oddly Enough - Reuters to My Yahoo!

LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists say they may have worked out why the cookie crumbles.

Every year, biscuit-makers throw away thousands of biscuits because they emerge from the oven cracked or broken. Thousands more reach the supermarket shelves but then crumble in the hands of their would-be eaters. It is widely assumed that biscuits crumble because they are roughly handled before they reach the consumer.

But researchers at Loughborough University in central England say the problem may be due to cooking techniques and humidity. "When you take (a biscuit) out of the oven it likes to absorb moisture from the atmosphere," Loughborough University's Ricky Wildman told BBC Radio Thursday. "If the humidity of the atmosphere is set incorrectly, some parts of the biscuit are trying to dry out while some parts of the biscuit are trying to suck moisture in.

"Certain parts are contracting, others are expanding. This sets up internal forces within the biscuit and it effectively self-destructs." He described the process as like "an earthquake (news - web sites) running through the biscuit." "It's very exciting," he added.

Wildman's research team says biscuit-makers should monitor the humidity in their factories more closely and bake their biscuits for longer at lower temperatures. He said the research has serious implications for an industry worth $2.5 billion a year in Britain. "The economic costs to manufacturing are quite considerable," he said.

So this is it? This is how the cookie crumbles... man and I thought it was something completely different.... see what I know?!? I guess that is why I am not a scientist and I spend all my day with toys.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

4 Things

Name 4 things you have done today:

- Took a shower
- Bought some clothes
- Drove my car
- Made some toys

Name 4 things you are thinking about right now:

- What is tomorrow?
- Why is there nothing on tv?
- What are the odds of navagating an asteroid field?
- Did I tie my shoes?

Name 4 scents you love:

- Chocolate
- Vanilla
- Peach
- Strawberry

Name 4 things you'd never wear:

- Rubber underwear
- Hand cuffs
- Ear to Nose piercing
- Florecent green spandex thong

Name the last 4 things you have bought:

- Ring
- Jeans
- Sweater
- T-shirt

Name 4 things drinks you regularly drink:

- Water
- Soda
- Juice
- Ameretto Sours

Name 4 bands/groups most people don't know you like:

- Stroke 9
- Linkin Park
- Frank Sinatra

Name 4 bad habits you have:

- Pop knuckles
- Pop bubble rap
- Pop gum
- Pop rocks

Name 4 things you wish you had:

- BWM z3 roadster
- a washer and dryer in my apt
- a boyfriend
- tons of diamonds

Name 4 people who know you best:

- Luke
- Leia
- Obi-Wan
- Han

This survey was taken at!
the tease that sat
tests the set
the cat that
has a hat
ate that hat
eat the tea
set the test
see the sea
tease the cats
hate the cats

from here

So I found this interesting article on E! online

October 1, 2003
eonline - ask marilyn

Dear Marilyn: Was Mister Rogers a U.S. Navy Seal?
Amanda Handshue, Seville, Ohio

Dear Amanda: The urban myth casting gentle Fred Rogers of children's
television fame as a military superhero dates back at least 10 years.
In some versions, he was a great sniper in 'Nam. The Navy Seal story
is a newer version of the myth, which claims he always wore sweaters
to cover an array of macho tattoos on his arms.

Fact is, Rambo Rogers is as much a fantasy person as the King Friday
XIII puppet in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

However, the beloved late performer did have another life--he became
an ordained minister in 1963. He started his career in broadcasting
as he was earning a bachelor of divinity degree.

So it would seem that our beloved MR. ROGERS (or as my dad used to call him Mr. Ogers) was no Navy Seal, just a friendly neighbor and ordained minister.

Monday, September 29, 2003

From Unconscious Mutterings
I say … and you think … ?

  1. Herpes:: Nasty
  2. Freddy:: Kruger
  3. October:: Fest
  4. Hunting:: Rifle
  5. MSN:: My sexy navel
  6. 36:: Bottles of beer on the wall
  7. Hotel:: Bed
  8. Travesty:: shame
  9. Health:: Nut
  10. Conditions::Rules

Pediophobia - Fear  of dolls. Throughout your childhood, you were the weird kid who always avoid playdates and beheaded poor, innocent Ken. Some may think you're crazy, but these little p
PEDIOPHOBIA- Fear of dolls. Throughout your
childhood, you were always the weird kid who
avoided playdates and beheaded poor, innocent
Ken. Some may think you're crazy, but these
little pieces of molded plastic really are out
to get you!

What's your strange phobia?
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Well even though in my childhood those little plastic things were out to get me, I think I got the last laugh! HA HA HA There is a reason why my current job is product development for toys...