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The 1950s’ Most Nauseating Jell-O Soaked Recipes

Postwar America in the late 1940s was ripe for "better living through chemistry" and new processed foods. The Jell-O company took advantage of this and developed recipes for the suburban housewife to show off her culinary skills and stretch the family food budget. How else could you explain the abominations known as the Jell-O salad and Jell-O entrees? But Ruth Clark of the site The Mid-Century Menu is willing to try those recipes out, for the sake of understanding history. Collectors Weekly spoke to her about the food, and especially the Jell-O recipes, of the 1950s.

I haven’t really heard a lot of food historians talk about this, but I’ve found that food mixed into Jell-O stays fresher much longer than if you have it by itself.

Collectors Weekly: Whoa, how long are you talking about, like weeks?

Clark: Like days. For example, Perfection Salad is basically coleslaw inside of lemon or lime Jell-O, so it’s got cabbage and carrots and all kinds of stuff. But the cabbage will stay fresh for over a week. If you take a bite of it, it’s still crunchy. My husband, Tom, tries all this. He’s a chemist, so he’ll keep tasting it long, long after I’m done with it. But if you make regular coleslaw and put dressing on it, the cabbage becomes soggy after three days. And after five days, you’re not going to eat it.

We’ve done a lot of different Jell-O stuff and noticed that freshness is basically extended when you encase things in Jell-O. We’ve done cakes covered with gelatin, and the cake would still be moist after a week and a half. We made sandwiches with gelatin, open-faced sandwiches with flavored gelatin poured over the top, which was supposed to be like mayo. I thought it was going to be disastrous. Tom wolfed them down. He’s like, “These are really good and the bread isn’t soggy.” I’m like, “Are you kidding me?” Two days later, they were still edible.

But she talks about a lot more than just Jell-O. Read about pork fat cake, chocolate tomato soup cake, liver and green bean paté, chicken mousse, and more. Link

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A Few Things You May Not Know About Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane made quite a splash as the host of the Academy Awards Show.  You'll soon know more about him, as Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.

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Seth MacFarlane is the highest-paid talent in the history of the animation industry. He started his professional animation career writing for the Cartoon Network's various shows, including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, and Dexter's Laboratory. But he really put his name ion the animation map with the creation of his series Family Guy, which made its debut in 1999. Cancelled twice, Family Guy survived both times, and is now rightly acknowledged as one of (if not "the") funniest cartoon shows in the history of television. Seth voices several characters on the show, switching back-and-forsth from one character to another, as if possessed.

He also created the shows American Dad (2005) and The Cleveland Show (2009). Seth made his feature film debut ion 2011 with the smash hit Ted, voicing the title role of a smart ass, wise-cracking teddy bear. Okay, let's take a look at a few things you may not have known about the multi-talented Seth MacFarlane.

* His full name is Seth Woodbury MacFarlane. The Woodbury comes from a beloved town drunk in Gardiner, Maine, where his mother's family was raised.

* He started his animation career at the ripe old age of two, drawing his first cartoon characters.

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Argo Home Alone

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IN this mashupo of the movies Argo and Home Alone, the Iranian revolutionaries are very, very concerned about Kevin. They are way ahead of both him and his parents!  -via Slate

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Make a Gummy of Yourself

FabCafe in Japan will be holding a two-part seminar at their Shibuya location in which men can put themselves to the mercies of a 3D scanner and make a replica of themselves -in gelatin! It's like making yourself a Gummi bear, only more personal. The cafe was successful with a project for women to make a replica of their faces in chocolate to present to their sweethearts on Valentines Day, and now the men are expected to reciprocate by giving a romantic gift to the ladies on White Day (March 14th). The gummy men will not be full-size, but they wiil be full-body. The seminar only has nine slots, however. Maybe next year they will expand it, or they might even begin offering the service year-round! Link -via Gizmodo

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Life Imitates Billboard

A car in Belgium crashed and flipped over right in front of a billboard featuring an image of a car in the exact same position. The billboard says (in French), "850 killed each year. And you? Not concerned?" No one was seriously injured in the crash. Leaving the car there to draw attention to the billboard seems like it might be a good idea. Link

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R³botsis the name of a series of robot sculptures made by Marco Fernandes. They are constructed of electronic parts from computers, TVs, and other devices. The sculpture shown here is called #R³bot zeropointtwo -its eyes light up! See more of them at Fernandes' Behance gallery. Link -via Laughing Squid

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Twenty Years Ago: World Trade Center Bombing

On February 26, 1993, a truck full of explosives detonated in the garage of the World Trade Center's North Tower garage. The explosion ripped through several floors of the building and killed six people, one of them ready to go on maternity leave. A thousand people were injured. Eventually, six terrorists were convicted of the attack, which was supposed to bring the towers down. Link

ABC News spoke to some of the people who were affected by the bombing. Link

The Denver Post has a collection of photographs from the aftermath of the bombing. Link  -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Joe Tabacca/AP)

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Timmy Muldoon and the Search for the Shadoweyes Bandit

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Thirteen-year-old Timmy Muldoon shows us his movie, starring himself as a cop who is haunted by his partner's unsolved murder. Take my word for it, it gets better as it goes along. After you watch it, here are some thoughts on the film's inspiration. Link  -via reddit

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Abandoned Seminary in Scotland

St Peter’s Seminary near Cardross, Scotland, was used as a college only from 1966 to 1980. It was repurposed as a drug rehab clinic, which closed in 1987. Since then, it's been left empty and abandoned.

Designed by Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, St Peter’s Seminary is an important example of modernist and brutalist architecture. Although buildings like this are often negatively associated with urban decay, the seminary’s geometric, functional concrete and polished wood design was probably intended to reflect the modernisation of the Catholic Church during the 1960s.

See plenty of pictures of the facility at Urban Ghosts. Link

(Image credit: Wikipedia user Mad4brutalism)

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Guitar Made of Trees

Pedro Martin Ureta was crushed by the death of his wife. She loved guitar music, so he constructed a kilometer-long memorial to her on his farmland in Argentina in the shape of a guitar. Cypress trees make up the outline, and eucalyptus provides the blue strings. This is just one entry in a list of eight examples of land art; see all of them at The World Geography. Link  -Thanks, Bosko!  

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Movie: The Movie: 2V

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When we posted Movie: The Movie, it seemed we would never need another movie, because it had it all. But wait, there's more! Now Jimmy Kimmel has a sequel to that masterpiece. Because every successful movie needs a sequel for more profit. This one, with super heroes, zombies, sexy vampires, pop singers, and inspirational teachers, is targeted a bit more toward the lucrative teen audience. -via Viral Viral Videos

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From Quacks To Quaaludes: Three Centuries Of Drug Advertising

Physicians and chemists who formulated drugs began writing of their wonders and publishing them in medical texts and newspapers in the late 1700s. From there, drug advertising took off as both doctors and the public were eager to try anything to alleviate pain and health problems. Over time, the drugs changed and so did the style of advertising, so now we can look back in horror at ads that urged giving babies morphine for teething, popping heroin tablets to quiet a cough, inhaling Benzedrine to get through the workday, and new and improved drugs for morning sickness so the pregnant housewife could get back to her duty of making the family's breakfast. Link  -via the Presurfer

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Biology of the Family Chiaceae (Chia Pets)

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

by Eric J. Weissberger, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Members of the family Chiaceae, popularly known as Chia pets (Figures 1 and 2), are common organisms, frequently found in the same habitat as humans. Although widespread, very little is known about the biology of Chias. The field of Chia research is wide open, and provides many opportunities for fascinating research.

Figures 1 and 2. Chia sheep (Figure 1) and chia frog (Figure 2) are two common members of the family Chiaceae. Each species is shown here in its both its animal phase (1a, 2a) and its plant phase (1b, 2b).

First, Chias are a missing link between plants and animals. Until this time, the only known motile, photosynthetic organisms were certain types of algae and protists. Chias are the first truly photosynthetic animals to be discovered.

Figure 3. Generalized Chia life cycle.     

Second, the Chia life cycle (Figure 3) is complex. The Chia's mating call is usually heard in early November, a melodic ch-ch-ch-chia (whence this group gets its name). This call is usually broadcast over television airwaves. How Chias have adapted so quickly to use human produced electromagnetic radiation remains a mystery. After being born, juvenile Chias begin life in a purely animal phase, inside a plain cardboard cocoon. These cocoons are usually found in large aggregations in stores such as K-Mart and Target around late November. The cardboard cocoon is then transported via a human host to a location underneath a coniferous tree. The cocoon at this point usually becomes decorated with bright papers and ribbons, not unlike a decorator crab's shell. In an amazing display of synchrony, all Chias hatch on the morning of December 25, and migrate to windowsills, where the plant phase begins to grow. How the Chias return to K-Mart to complete the life cycle is open to debate.

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A Gallery of Pavlov's Dogs

What kind of dogs did Ivan Pavlov use in his classical conditioning experiments? The dogs that learned to salivate to the sound of a bell weren't all purebreds -it turns out that Pavlov wasn't all that picky about his subjects. Smithsonian has a pictures of 35 of the dogs Pavlov used to develop his theories about conditioned reflexes in 1901. Link -via Everlasting Blort

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Butter Candle

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"Most people probably wouldn't think of butter as a flammable substance." This sentence could only be said by someone who hasn't done much cooking outside of a microwave. Believe me, melted butter spilled on a hot stove is quite flammable! But that is really beside the point, as this project explains how to make an emergency candle out of a stick of butter and a tiny piece of toilet paper. And if you are without electricity in the dark long enough for all your battery-powered lights to run down, knowing how to improvise another candle is well worth your time. Or maybe you just want your home to smell like delicious butter. Link  -via Daily of the Day

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One Times Square Under Construction

The building that would house the New York Times and give Times Square its name was under construction when this photograph was taken in 1903. Before the Times building went up, the area was known as Longacre Square. You can enlarge this photo at Shorpy and see the amazing details from 110 years ago. Link -via reddit

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Jewel of the Universe

Jewel of the Universe is the name of this world map made of glass and precious gemstones, lit by 6912 LEDs. Artist Chris Chamberlain spent 27 months putting it together. Read more about it and see a series of pictures at the Neatorama Spotlight Blog.
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Double Oscars for Best Actor

So maybe you watched the Academy Awards last night, and you consider yourself a true movie buff. If you did, then no doubt you're aware that Daniel Day-Lewis became the first man to win three Oscar for Best Actor. That's quite a mantlepiece display! But there are eight other actors who've taken the prize home twice. Mental_floss challenges you to name all eight in two minutes. Good luck! Link 

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Oscar-nominated Cakes

Jen at Cake Wrecks posted an homage to all the films nominated for Best Picture from the 2013 Academy Awards. Some of the interpretations are a bit tenuous, as she admitted she hasn't actually seen the films, but they are wonderfully funny cakes. This one is, of course, in reference to The Life of Pi, because it has a tiger on it. At least that's what the label says, in case you couldn't tell. See the whole collection at Cake Wrecks. Link

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Refueling Stop

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This reminds me a little of the guy with the homemade flying machine in the movie The Road Warrior, although he had helicopter blades. A "commuter" of sorts was spotted refueling at a gas station in Russia. Too bad he had to wait at the runway highway so he could merge into traffic for takeoff! -via I Have Seen the Whole of the Internet

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The Reality of Google Glasses

The Joy of Tech guys know what will happen when Google Glasses go on the market. They want you to think the product will magically open up the wall between the real world and the virtual world. Not so fast! Link  -via Tastefully Offensive

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Stained Glass Metroid

Evan Daniels, who brought us Iron Man in stained glass last year, has outdone himself with his latest work: Metroid in stained glass! This project contains 299 pieces of glass in authentic colors. There's only one, and it's for sale at his Etsy shop, MartianGlassWorks. Link -Thanks, Rick Daniels!

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12 Wonderfully Geeky Ice Cube Trays

Ice Scream - "The Scream" Ice Cube Tray from the NeatoShop

Ice "cubes" are so boring, and easy to make into something interesting. Now look- these "ice cubes" in the shape of Edvard Munch's The Scream are handy for horror movie occasions, Halloween parties, or artsy-fartsy events to impress your cultured friends. But that's not your only choice! Jill Harness rounded up the weirdest, geekiest ice trays available in a list at Oddee. Link

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Star Wars Baby Mobile

Andrea Burnett makes Star Wars-themed crib mobiles and sells them through her Etsy store Sheep Creek Needlecraft. They are each custom-made, with your choice of elements like different spaceships from the films, a Death Star, and planets. This is perfect for getting your geek baby off to a stellar start! Link -via Geeks Are Sexy

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Risa Hirai's Edible Art

This is a cookie. Yes, it's also a work of art. Risa Hirai is an artist who uses cookies as her medium. She is a senior at Tama Art University in Japan. Hirai's cookies will be on exhibit in March in Tokyo, but you can see a few of them at Spoon & Tamago. Link  -via Nag on the Lake  

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Australia in 1872

Bernhardt Otto Holtermann hired photographers to document Australia during its gold rush days. That photographic collection has been digitized by the New South Wales State Library, where you can browse them. A selection of these photographs have been paired with the same places as they appear now, which you can see and compare at the Herald Sun. Link -via Metafilter

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National Newspaper Seeking Stories

A Daily Mail reporter went to a British parenting forum to dig up dirt for a story. Instead, she got schooled. The question:  

I am writing a feature for The Daily Mail about the increase in the number of children being sent to A&E. Figures released earlier this week show an increasing number of youngsters are sent direct to hospital, because GPs are reluctant to treat children. Babies in particular. This means long waits, and inappropriate care. Has your child been sent to A&E with a common infection or minor injury by your GP or NHS Direct? Have you an opinion on this subject, as a parent?

I gathered from reading this that A&E means a hospital. Anyway, the parents at Mumsnet who responded not only advocated sending children to a hospital if there are any doubts about a diagnosis, they also had plenty to say about the Daily Mail in general. Here's a sampling:

Sorry but even the way you have asked your question is skewed to make us think negatively of the NHS. How many lives have GPs saved by sending babies to A&E because they aren’t sure what to do? Happy to wait 6 hours if a little life is saved.

I'd much rather be sent with dd and it turns out to be nothing than a gp think its nothing and it turns out to be something bad. It isn't inappropriate care and no parent would begrudge a long wait to be seen and ensure their childs health.

How does sending a baby to a&e result in 'inappropriate care'???

All these stories of GPs sending babies to A&E and saving their lives. Is that what you are looking for Zoe?

Do your parents know you work for the Daily Mail?

Have you an opinion on this subject, as a parent?
Yes. Please stop bashing the NHS.

Those were only in the first couple of hours. The thread was passed around on Twitter and eventually blew up to over 300 comments. Link -via Not Exactly Rocket Science

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Two Body Interactions: A Longitudinal Study

Physicist A presents a research paper to physicist B. The paper had not been peer-reviewed nor had it been published (at that time), and the results have not yet been replicated, but you can be sure that will happen sooner or later. If you can't read the entire page above, you can enlarge it at the link. But you can see that physicist B (identity redacted) checked the "yes" box, meaning she accepted his proposal. We wish both physicists many years of happiness. Link -via reddit

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Doomed: a Biological Cartoon

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An increasingly frustrated narrator leads us through a nature documentary about useless animal species such as the cube fish and the inverted hedgehog that have no chance to survive or flourish because their evolutionary adaptations are just plain senseless. -via Daily of the Day

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Razzie Award Winners

The 33rd annual Golden Raspberry Awards (affectionately known as the Razzies) were bestowed last night, to honor the worst Hollywood films and actors of the previous year. The Razzie ceremony is traditionally the night before the Oscars. The big winner this year was Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. It was nominated for 11 razzes (in ten categories) and took home seven.

The finale to the blockbuster supernatural romance dominated the Razzies with seven awards, including worst actress for Kristen Stewart, supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, director for Bill Condon and worst screen couple for Lautner and child co-star Mackenzie Foy.

Adam Sandler was named worst actor for the raunchy comedy “That’s My Boy,” his second-straight win after 2011’s “Jack and Jill,” which swept all 10 Razzie categories a year ago. Pop singer Rihanna won worst supporting actress for the action dud “Battleship.”

Razzies founder John Wilson has a theory that instead of 40 million people seeing the Twilight movies, it's 8 million girls each watching them five times. Link

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