Experimental Cutlery That Makes Eating An Adventure

When we sit down to enjoy a meal we use cutlery and dishware to help us eat more efficiently, which is why the stuff we eat with and off of hasn't changed much over the centuries.

But what if our cutlery could transform dining into an unique experience every time we eat?

The experimental cutlery and dishware sold by Jouw is designed to be functional yet artsy, really odd looking and equally fun(ky) to eat with, and sure to engage your mind every time you eat.

However, when you see the price of these pretty (strange) pieces of cutlery you may want to leave it on the shelf...and get it insured.

They're functional, engaging, and sure to spark lots of conversations, but boy are they expensive!

For instance, this Binocular Spoon Fork by Sergey Jivetin will look great on your table, but it will also set you back $1600 so don't go using it to eat Franks and Beans.

-Via Bored Panda

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Vietnamese Water Puppets

We are familiar with puppets that are controlled by a hand inside, hidden by a high stage, or marionettes controlled by puppeteers hidden above. In Vietnam, puppets move about by controllers hidden by the water they're standing in! Mike Powell and Jürgen Horn attended a performance of Vietnamese water puppets.

The concept of water puppetry is simple to grasp: hidden behind a backdrop, a team of puppeteers use long bamboo sticks and strings to control the puppets, who glide about a pool of water.

But although I understand the basic idea, what I have trouble comprehending is its execution. We saw scenes with at least eight puppets zipping about, often in perfect synchronization. How do the puppeteers, each apparently maneuvering a stick through the water, manage to do it so quickly and exactly? Are they jumping over each other? Passing the sticks down a line? As entertaining as the show was, I think I would have preferred to go backstage, to see them work.

Read more, and see a video of the water puppet performance at For 91 Days.


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Woman with Down Syndrome Realized Lifelong Dream of Becoming a Weather Forecaster


Image: France 2

A lot of people want to be on television, but for Melanie Segard, a young French woman with Down syndrome, her lifelong dream of being a weather forecaster seems impossible to realize.

But thanks to a Facebook campaign called #MelaniePeutLaFaire or "Melanie Can Do It," she became France's first ever weather forecaster with Down syndrome.

Jennifer Earl of CBS News has the story:

Within hours after posting her request on February 26, her page went viral with more than 100,000 likes. Over the past few weeks, Segard’s page has grown to nearly 250,000 followers, and she proudly announced last week that she would be France’s first-ever weather presenter with Down syndrome.

"I'm different, but I want to show everyone I can do a lot of things," she wrote on her Facebook page. On Tuesday, Segard did just that. "This is it. I did it. I'm finally a weather girl," Segard said after making her debut on France 2.

View the video clip below (Melanie made her appearance at 1:40):

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Escalator Etiquette

This escalator spells out the rules for you. If you are going to stand still, stay on the right. If you are walking, keep to the left. The discussion at reddit is split between people who assumed everyone knew this, and people who did not know this. It's most important in cities, especially subways and airports, where some people are in a real hurry. Some things I learned from the comments:

People in Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore are very good at following this rule.

In Australia, you stand on the left and walk on the right. Unless those guys are pulling our legs.

Some people in rural areas have never heard this rule, because they only see escalators in department stores and malls, where no one is in that much of a hurry. And escalators in rural areas are often too narrow for passing. Some people from cities think that's because rural people are fat and lazy.   

In the District of Columbia, people on the escalator will scold you for breaking the rule. That makes sense, as they have a lot of tourists who get in the way of commuters.  

Several commenter told stories of getting angry over people standing in their way, and then finding that the offender was blind, deaf, or missing a limb. Lesson learned.  

While studies have shown that standing is more efficient overall, the etiquette remains. So even if you're from Wyoming, stand on the right, walk on the left, and do watch your step on an escalator. And remember, if the escalator stops, you can use them as stairs. Also, there's no need to make fun of people who don't know things.  


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This Map Shows How Much Your State Loves Weed

Does your state love marijuana or think it's the devil's weed? Estately compiled a number of stats to figure out which states love the ganja the most. They took into account how many marijuana smokers there are per capita, how much interest the people express in marijuana, how often the locals search for information about weed on Google, and more. Unsurprisingly, Colorado came in first, followed by Washington and Oregon, but you might be surprised to know where the rest of the states rank -especially which states are at the bottom.

You can read more about how the data was compiled over at Estately.

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Frolic ‘n Mae

Mae is an imaginative young girl who does artwork with a magical touch. But her friends at the slumber party have a different idea of fun, and it's no fun for her. Then things get a little out of hand.   

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Frolic ‘n Mae is an action-adventure short that combines live-action with hand-drawn animation by Ornana Films (previously at Neatorama). You can see a behind-the-scenes video here-Thanks, Benjamin!


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Obsolete Scientific Theories Make For Perfect Heavy Metal Band Names

Tom Gauld (previously on Neatorama) has a suggestion for what to do with obsolete scientific theories: turn them into heavy metal band names! I call dibs on phlogiston theory. What's your favorite obsolete scientific theory?


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Na and the Missing Library Books

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

by Joyce Flynn
Harvard University

One June, about 25 years ago, I was doing a one-month work-study gig describing records and tapes in Celtic languages for Harvard’s audio-visual collection and language lab, which was tucked away in the basement of Boylston Hall. I came across goofy mistakes in some main entries in Scottish Gaelic and in Modern Irish. Titles and artists that were plural nouns had been catalogued with Na (the equivalent of English ”The”) as the first word of the titles or of the performing group’s name. Because no one but staff was allowed in the stacks (the area where the records and tapes themselves were kept), this meant no library user would be able to find them by cruising the shelves.

In Search of Whodunnit
I tried to track how the same mistake could have happened so frequently. A staff member referred me to a one-page set of instructions about cataloguing Celtic materials. The guideline had been drawn up in Widener Library -- the university’s main library -- for cataloguing books.

The Widener instructions correctly gave the singular definite article An as a word to be disregarded in cataloguing (i.e., go to the next word in the title for purposes of alphabetizing). But the instructions didn’t mention the plural article Na.

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It turned out that a staff cutback had eliminated the Widener cataloguer familiar with the languages.  The library had assigned cataloguing in Celtic to someone else. As a result, book titles beginning with Na, for something like Na Fir (The Men), had been catalogued under Na (”The”) as the first word in the title. Many items catalogued under ”N” belonged elsewhere.

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The Freakiest Countries in the World

Have you ever wondered which countries are the most sexually active? Or which people are the most likely to put out on a first date? If you have even the slightest curiosity, you won't want to miss this Thrillist article featuring statistics to determine which countries are the freakiest in all number of ways -including kinks, cheating and more.


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You Can "Count" On Me - You Plus Me Equals Fun


You can "count" on me by Adrian Serghie

It's good to be surrounded by people you can count on in life, people who add to your personal experiences instead of subtracting from your fun and forming a division between you and your friends. And if you want to show people you're the type of person who adds to the fun instead of multiplying their problems and being a big minus then you need to advertise- by wearing your calculator-esque reliability on your chest!

When you wear this You Can "Count" On Me t-shirt by Adrian Serghie life will add up to more fun, because people will want to add their numbers to your circle wherever you go!

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The Soul Of A Baker

The Grim Reaper has many amazing abilities he/she/it uses to help travel across the globe and gather souls, but those powers don't make their life any less monotonous and exhausting.

And what good are a bunch of amazing powers if they're all for taking and not making?

Plus, as this Lunarbaboon comic shows, Death longs to bake and taste baked goods again, so if you aren't ready to go when Death shows up on your doorstep just get them to help you make some muffins!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Thirty Years of Steel Magnolias

On the advice of a playwright friend, actor Robert Harling sat down and wrote a play about the pain his family went through when his sister Susan died of complications from diabetes. He wrote about the strong Southern women who surrounded his mother during her grief. The experience was cathartic, yet he was afraid to tell his parents about it. But the play was produced in 1987, moved to Broadway, and then to the silver screen. In a fascinating oral history, the people that were involved in Steel Magnolias tell the story from Susan's death to the filming of the movie in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

ROBERT HARLING  Julia was so eager to have the stamp of approval from Mama and Daddy to play their daughter. She’d come over, and Daddy would cook hamburgers and they’d talk, and she’d write poetry and she’d read us the poetry, and Dolly would come over and sit on the sofa and play her guitar. It was just beyond surreal. Dolly wrote a song called “Eagle When She Flies.” It was written for the movie, and Herbert was going to play it over the credits, but he changed his mind. There’s a line about the “sweet magnolia” that originally had been “steel magnolia,” and she played it for my parents as she was writing it.

SHIRLEY MACLAINE It was really hot. There was Dolly with a waist cincher no more than sixteen inches around and heels about two feet high and a wig that must have weighed twenty-three pounds. And she’s the only one who didn’t sweat. She never complained about anything. Never. The rest of us were always complaining.

ROBERT HARLING  We were shooting part of the Christmas scene, and this was in the dead of August, and we were sitting out on the porch of Truvy’s beauty shop. We were waiting, and there was a lot of stop and start. The women were dressed for Christmas, and Dolly was sitting on the swing. She had on that white cashmere sweater with the marabou around the neck, and she was just swinging, cool as a cucumber. Julia said, “Dolly, we’re dying and you never say a word. Why don’t you let loose?” Dolly very serenely smiled and said, “When I was young and had nothing, I wanted to be rich and famous, and now I am. So I’m not going to complain about anything.”   

Read the entire article chronicling the story of Steel Magnolias at Garden & Gun. -via Metafilter


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Teacher Changed Her Hairstyle to Help Bullied Student


Photo: Ana Barbara Ferreira/Facebook

When Ana Barbara Ferreira, a teacher from Sao Paulo, Brazil, found out that one of her student was saddened after being ridiculed by a boy for having "ugly hair," she decided to user her head to solve the problem. Make that, use her hair.

"Yesterday, my student came to tell me that a boy said that her hair was ugly. She was pretty sad ... at that time, the only thing I could think to tell her was that she was beautiful and that he didn't know what she was talking about," Ferreira posted on Facebook, "Today, I woke up and remembered what happened and I decided to do the same hairstyle that she usually has."

When the student saw her, she came running to hug her, saying "Today, I am beautiful just like you."

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The Long Egg-Speriment- How To Make A Long Egg At Home

A while back one of those "As Seen On TV" companies started selling a product that helps people cook eggs in a long rod shape, which seemed like a mighty strange shape for an egg.

I soon discovered the long egg is an integral part of the British fave raised pork and egg pie, aka Gala Pie, which is baked in a loaf pan with a long egg in the middle.

However, as delicious as the Gala Pie looks, it hardly seems like a dish you'll make often enough to justify buying a new kitchen gadget, but how can we make long eggs without one?

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This video by KeefCooks shows what a long, hard process it is to make a long egg without a device, and nearly a year later Keef returned with the definitive video on making totally tubular eggs.

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-Via Qoll

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How America's Obsession With Hula Girls Almost Wrecked Hawai'i

When Captain James Cook and his crew landed in Hawaii (which they called the Sandwich Islands) in 1778, the meeting set off a culture clash that has repercussions to this day. The islanders had beliefs, customs, and rituals that sailors misread through the lens of their own culture. And once their reports were published, it was almost impossible to change the impressions of those outside Hawaii. The hula was a ritual performed by both men and women that included dance, poetry, and music for both religious and secular reasons, but what stood out to the sailors was that the women were topless.    

In his journal, Captain Cook described the Hawaiians’ hula: “Their dances are prefaced with a slow, solemn song, in which all the party join, moving their legs, and gently striking their breasts in a manner and with attitudes that are perfectly easy and graceful.”

In The Natives Are Restless, Hale explains, “To be sexually adept and sensually alive—and to have the ability to experience unrestrained desire—was as important to ancient Hawaiians as having sex to produce offspring. The vital energy caused by desire and passion was itself worshiped and idolized.”

Cook and his men—and the merchants, whalers, artists, and writers who followed—mistook the hula’s sexually charged fertility rituals as a signal the Hawaiians’ youngest and loveliest women were both promiscuous and sexually available to anyone who set foot on their beaches. In her 2012 book Aloha America: Hula Circuits Through the U.S. Empire, historian Adria L. Imada explains how natural hospitality of “aloha” culture—the word used as a greeting that also means “love”—made Hawaiians vulnerable to outside exploitation. To Westerners, the fantasy of a hula girl willingly submitting to the sexual desires of a white man represented the convenient narrative of a people so generous they’d willing give up their land without a fight.

Contrary to this fantasy, the people populating the eight islands of the Hawaiian archipelago weren’t so submissive.

When word about Hawaii got out, everyone wanted to go -including missionaries who went to convert the islanders and instill a proper sense of shame about women's bodies. Read how Westerners made the hula into a permanent and profitable stereotype at Collectors Weekly. The article contains some vintage nudity.


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Bringing a Clydesdale to a Nursing Home is "Pet Therapy on Steroids"


Image: Village of East Harbor Senior Living

A horse in a nursing home sounds like the beginning of a joke, but bringing an actual Clydesdale horse into the Village of East Harbor Senior Living Community in Michigan turns out to be great therapy.

As many seniors living in the center have trouble with mobility that prevent them from going outside, Maggie Provenzano brought her Clydesdale Neigh-Neigh inside the home.

"It was pet therapy on steroids," administrator Carolyn Martin said to TODAY, "Neigh-neigh brought everyone out of their rooms, even those who rarely go to activities or come out to socialize."

Take a look at more touching photos over at TODAY (warning: auto-play video)

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The Avengers React to the Justice League Trailer

After 15 years or so of Marvel movies raking in billions of dollars by using teams of superheroes in The Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, DC is finally ready to jump in with Justice League this November. The first full trailer debuted this weekend. The Avengers saw it, too.  

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Dr. Machakil edited this fan film that gives us a hint that the Avengers will be plotting a one-up soon. -via Metafilter 


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Blue Haze of Pluto


Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Smog getting you down? Consider this: even Pluto has got that!

Scientists stitched together images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it was about 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto. The resulting image of Pluto's receding crescent shows a spectacular blue "haze" in the dwarf planet's atmosphere:

Scientists believe the haze is a photochemical smog resulting from the action of sunlight on methane and other molecules in Pluto's atmosphere, producing a complex mixture of hydrocarbons such as acetylene and ethylene. These hydrocarbons accumulate into small haze particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, which preferentially scatter blue sunlight – the same process that can make haze appear bluish on Earth.

As they settle down through the atmosphere, the haze particles form numerous intricate, horizontal layers, some extending for hundreds of miles around large portions of the limb of Pluto. The haze layers extend to altitudes of over 120 miles (200 kilometers). Pluto's circumference is 4,667 miles (7,466 kilometers).

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Amazing and Surreal Pictures Taken by a Drone

Photographer Aydın Büyüktaş traveled the Western states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California. He then used two drones to take pictures and compiled multiple images to create a 3D creation with drafting software.

The artist doesn't say how many images it takes to create each final rendering in Photoshop, but one thing's for sure -the end result is amazing.

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The Sofas of L.A.

Photographer Andrew Ward became fascinated with the phenomena of abandoned couches on city streets. He is a native of Dublin, but moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. Abandoned furniture on the street is rare in Ireland, so he began photographing the couches. Ward's photographs of sofas grew into a series, and now fill the Tumblr blog The Sofas of L.A. Ward says,

"So you have this community of people that are somewhat what I consider temporary residents here," Ward says. "They're coming here because they thought it would bring them something greater in the short term, or perhaps migrant families that are being evicted and you have to bring all of your possessions with you, so there's that element."

And then there's the other element. The couches are an ugly symbol of how we're becoming, more and more, a disposable society.

"We buy something one day that then next thing is no longer in vogue and gets thrown out on the sidewalk as trash."

But they're more than just trash, Ward says. Each couch tells a story, and is as culturally relevant as a statue.

So far, Ward has photographed 600 or so couches, and after each shot, he reports their location for the city to pick up. Read about the artist, and see a lot of couches at The Sofas of L.A. -via Metafilter


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Pink Puff In Outer Space - Kirby Is A Star


Pink Puff in Outer Space by nextodie

Do you ever wonder what you're looking at when you see a colorful streak soar across the night sky? I like to imagine the streak is created by an alien spacecraft, one which doesn't dare come to Earth for fear of being destroyed by the ignorant masses, and inside that spacecraft is a cute little alien pilot hungry for adventure. His name is Kirby, which is a perfectly appropriate name for both humans and aliens, and he's one of the toughest warriors in the universe despite the fact that he looks like a piece of bubble gum. Kirby wants to come see us, and knows he'll probably meet a few friends on Earth, but he knows humanity isn't ready to receive him yet so he stays high in the sky until that fateful day.

Add a streak of geeky color to your wardrobe with this Pink Puff in Outer Space t-shirt by Nextodie, it's the adorable way to get people looking for their favorite video game puffball among the stars!

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Guy Recreates Cocktails From The Simpsons

The Simpsons has contributed so much to pop culture, and society in general, that it's no wonder the show is still going strong nearly 30 years later.

And yet the colorful cocktails made by characters on the show, such as the Flaming Homer or the Skittlebrau, have yet to make the leap into real life.

So Nick Fisher of Cocktail Chemistry made these two drinks, along with "a single plum floating in perfume served in a man's hat" for comedic effect, then he came up with new and improved versions you can actually drink. Except for that perfume in a hat one, of course, that one's way too ahead of its time.

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Man Found Hanging Upside Down, Pantsed by Own Baggy Pants


Photo by Jesse Sensibar/Facebook

Add this to the looong list of why wearing baggy pants while trying to commit a crime is not a good idea: they're terrible for running away.

A man was spotted trying to break into a classroom at Miles Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. When he realized that he was discovered, the man decided to escape and attempted to jump over the school's spiked fence. That's when his choice in trousers did him in.

Passerby Jesse Sensibar noted that the man's baggy pants got caught on the fence and pantsed him. Sensibar posted the photo on Facebook, which has now gone viral, with a note:

One more reason not to jump fences in baggy pants. I saw this homie hanging around at the Miles School this morning when I was rolling eastbound on Broadway Avenue.

I was going to help him off the fence but by the time I got back around the block the cops were rolling up two cars deep. I don't know what his story was but it must not have been good enough, fifteen minutes later when I went back by the other direction going home he was cuffed up in the backseat. He smiled for the camera.


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6 Key Differences Between the Power Rangers Film and the Original Series

There have  been many incarnations of the Power Rangers, which evolved from the Super Sentai series that originated in the 1970s. However, the internet generation is most familiar with the 1993-1996 series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The new Power Rangers film that opened this past weekend with middling reviews is supposedly based on that 1993 series -but it's not the same. Check out a list of six key differences between what you know and what the new movie has at TVOM. It is full of spoilers if you haven't seen the film.  


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Why Do Cats Act So Weird?

We love cats because they're cute, cuddly and act like they're from another planet, and we know how smart they are so we assume their strange behavior is a sign of boredom and restlessness.

But, as this animated TED-Ed lesson by Tony Buffington shows, cat behaviors such as pouncing on stuff, exploring and squeezing into tight spaces, clawing and climbing up as high as they can go are all instinctual.

(YouTube Link)

Tony answered many cat questions in this video, but I still don't know why my cat is scared of his own reflection and his own shadow...maybe cats are instinctual and weird?

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World Map of Literature

Redditor Backforward24 created this neat "Literature of the World" - a map composed of books from/about each nation of the world.

The selection of what book should represent each country is subjective, of course - it's impossible to boil down the literary history of a country to a single book, but nonetheless the work is quite impressive. See if you agree with the book/country pairings:

The Americas

Canada - Anne of Green Gables
U.S.A - To Kill a MockingBird

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Battle of the Century

Nature abhors a vacuum, so these cats are just acting natural. Redditor camrymonster says this is his first comic. He must already be an artist. He was inspired by his own cats.

Striped one is Thor. Grey one is Walter. Thors the favorite so he got the killshot. Stop peeing on the bathroom mat Walter

Let's hope camrymonster continues to illustrate Thor and Walter's adventures.  -via reddit


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Snake Eats Snake


Image: David Penning/Missouri Southern State University

It's a snake-eat-snake world out there.

Predators usually chase after smaller (and thus easier) prey, but king snakes "just don't seem to be abiding by that rule," said biologist David Penning of Missouri Southern State University to National Geographic. "When we pair a small king snake with a larger rat snake, they don't avoid it. They actively and directly will attack a larger individual.... "

Marcus Woo of National Geographic has the explanation of how the king snake is truly deserving of its name.

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Cold Comfort: How to Best Use Your Freezer

The following article is from the new book Uncle John’s Uncanny Bathroom Reader.

Did you know that you can keep eggs in your freezer? (There’s a trick to it.) Here are some tips on how to freeze foods you probably thought couldn’t be frozen, and how to better freeze the stuff you’re already freezing, preventing waste and saving money in the process.

(Image credit: Flickr user Beverly Vealach)

FRESH VEGETABLES

• Before freezing, chop raw vegetables to the size you are likely to use when cooking. Thawed vegetables are more difficult to chop.

• Vegetables tend to lose color, favor, texture, and even vitamins when they’re frozen, thanks to the activity of enzymes in the veggies. Blanching the vegetables (immersing them in boiling water for a short period of time) before freezing interrupts the activity of the enzymes, and will keep the frozen vegetables fresher longer.

• Blanching times vary from 11⁄2 minutes for peas and 11 minutes for large ears of corn; consult a cookbook for the correct amount of time for the vegetable you want to freeze.

• After blanching, quickly immerse the vegetables in cool water to prevent them from overcooking.

• Leafy greens, tomatoes, and watery vegetables like zucchini and squash can be frozen without blanching. If you plan on making zucchini bread, grate the zucchini before you freeze it.

GROUND MEAT

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Teacher Made a Flow Chart on How to Find Him

Finding a teacher in this school can be quite complicated - so complicated that one teacher named Mr. Heiss decided to make a handy flowchart to help his students locate his whereabouts.

Sometimes finding Mr. Heiss is pretty straightforward ...

Sometimes, it's very complicated ...

Sometimes, you can't find the man at all!

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