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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

FDA/CFSAN - Color Additives Fact Sheet:
"One incident in the 1950s, in which scores of children contracted diarrhea from Halloween candy and popcorn colored with large amounts of FD&C Orange No. 1, led FDA to retest food colors."

I wonder if the worry about poisoned Halloween candy was either increased or caused by this incident.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Just Kick the Salt Habit - Negative effects of Sea Salt, Iodized Salt.:

"Would you use sodium, a caustic alkali, to season your food? Or chlorine, a poisonous gas? 'Ridiculous questions,' you say. 'Nobody would be foolhardy enough to do that.' Of course not. But the shocking truth is that most people do so... because they don't know that these powerful chemicals constitute the inorganic crystaline
compound -- salt."

Loaded with bullshit.


USATODAY.com - Tech titans wish we wouldn't quote them on this baloney:

"Matthew Szulik, CEO of open-source software company Red Hat, wants to show me his company's new video.

"It rolls through evangelical sequences about how the underdog open-source movement is going to prove wrong its doubters. To bolster this point, the video flashes quotes by people through history who had experienced some sort of brain flatulence when assessing a technology newcomer.

"Among the quotes is this widely circulated comment attributed to Thomas Watson, builder of IBM, in 1943: "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

"Except it's doubtful Watson ever said such a thing."


Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The East Carolinian - Drugs, death depicted in urban legend:
"On prom night, Carol Simpson and boyfriend decide to enjoy the night tripping on acid. Driving home, they approach the five-way intersection on Wiggins Mill Road. With the boyfriend driving at high speeds, the car turns the tricky corner, spins off the road and hits a nearby tree. The daughter dies instantly, but somehow the boyfriend survives and tells the father what happened and what he saw. Windmills now encompass the site of the accident, and were built for Carol Simpson posthumously. While Vollis Simpson's true inspiration of his creation is debated, the legend has it that Mr. Simpson created Acid Park, a collage of unique and unusual windmills and whirligigs, from the description of the boyfriend in his high state of mind. The park is filled with tiny little reflectors that give off an eerie glow when passed by car at night. Also, the car that was crashed that night still remains lodged in its place where it took a turn for the worst. "

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Langmuir's talk on Pathological Science:
"A recent book, Voodoo Science by Robert Parks (Oxford, 2000) led us to the realization that the most seminal exposition on the topic, a talk on Pathological Science by Irving Langmuir is not available on the web and we set out to rectify this omission."

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Web hoax fools news services %2F S.F. man fakes beheading%2C proves need for verification:
"The faked beheading story broadcast on two Arab language television stations and sent out on international news services early Saturday was based on a grainy video that was made by three Bay Area residents as an experiment to find out how quickly erroneous information could be spread by the Internet. "

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Computer Stupidities: Power:
"It seemed the security server had been down for twelve hours before anyone noticed that a janitor had unplugged the power strip to allow his vacuum to run in the next room. "

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Bird Abuse:
"*In Madison, Wi, the football Coach's son microwaved a Quaker parrot to death at his fraternity. The United States Secretary of HHS (a close friend of the coach) actually wrote a letter to the judge to ask for leniency "


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