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158873.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:34 am Reply with quote

I think it depends on who exactly commissioned the survey... Also, the sale of a lasagna is not quite the proof of its consumption...

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158876.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:42 am Reply with quote

In the USA, there exist a chain of "Country Buffet" restaurants. They differ from other chains in the fact that they charge you an entry fee ($6 five years ago) which allows you to stay inside for the whole day (you are not allowed to come out even for second or to carry out any food) and eat as much as you like - which many people (women in particular) do. They appear in the morning, have breakfast, then play cards, drink coffee or smth like that - until lunch-time, have a huge buffet lunch, then wait for dinner, etc. In the end of the day, they crawl out and go home only to return the next morning. What a life.. This partly explains why so many Americans are obese...

own observations

158878.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:43 am Reply with quote

I suppose you're right. That survey was commissioned by these guys:

Though I wasn't saying that the info was wrong, just adding extra info. The most popular meal and the most popular ready meal are not necessarily the same thing.

158880.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:47 am Reply with quote

An Indian man called Rapai died last year, he was the bane of All-you-can-eat restaurants in his homeland.


A Mr Rappai, a large man known as "Theetta" or "Big Eater" did just that, prompting one chain of restaurants in the state of Kerala, southern India, to put up notices across the state capital banning the 18.5st man from their establishment.

Rappai, who made a living at eating competitions, shot to fame after he challenged a Thrissur hotel that offered an all-you-can-eat buffet. He polished off three bucketfuls of rice, one bucket of fish curry and 10 kg cooked meat. At the end of it, he said `Enikku Visakkunnu.' Worried, the hotel staff called the police!

This was he:



158907.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:06 pm Reply with quote

Old Country Buffet restaurants are still only about $7 for lunch, $9 for dinner I think. There's one in the Maine Mall, and I have been known to have lunch there. It's... cheap.

158913.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:13 pm Reply with quote

Thanks, Jenny. Do they charge separately for lunch and dinner now? They used to have just one charge per day...

158940.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:54 pm Reply with quote

Dinner is a couple of dollars more expensive than lunch nowadays, but I do think that if you just went in early and stayed you might get away with it.

Molly Cule
160286.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:27 am Reply with quote

Why do supermodels smell of fasting monks?

Both supermodels who starve themselves and monks on a fast smell of acetone, which is nail polish remover. This is the substance a human body produces when it burns fat reserves rather than food.

We know about the breath of monks as twelve monks from Mount Athos were studied by researchers looking into the afternmath of earthquakes.

From a scientist's point of view, fasting monks are a reasonable substitute for "entrapped people under the ruins of a collapsed building after an earthquake".

For three days before Easter, the monks ingest neither food nor water. They preceded their fast with a Sunday evening meal of fish, salad and wine. They ended it with a hot fruit soup called housafi, consisting of plums, figs, grapes and oranges. But before slurping the soup, they did some heavy breathing into plastic collection bags.

Starved-monk breath is a treasure, so it was handled with care. The scientists pumped it from the collection bags into special tubes, then fed it into a gas chromatograph, which separated the breath into its constituent parts.

Here, in case you need to know, are the most frequent volatile substances in the breath of the Mount Athos monks after three days of starvation : Acetone; phenol; di-limonene; 2-pentanone; isoprene; acetaldehyde; n-octyl acetate; dichloromethane; octane; hexane…..The acetone dominated everything else.

Monks from the same monastery were also used to study a type of headache called a cluster headache which Kafka used to suffer from. Another case of monks being used to test things, just like with electricity.

160414.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:13 am Reply with quote

In India they don't really drink milk as such - it's generally turned into yogurt. Does that alter the lactose content, does anybody know?

Frederick The Monk
160430.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:15 am Reply with quote

Chelsea fans banned for salad tossing.

Chelsea have banned three of their fans after they were caught throwing celery during the team's FA Cup win at Tottenham Hotspur, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.

Two of them were arrested for throwing celery during the quarter-final replay on March 19, while a third was spotted throwing the vegetable and later identified to the club.

A fourth supporter was banned for a pitch incursion.

"All four people have been banned by the club and three will face court bans depending on the outcome of any criminal proceedings," the club said on its Web site

Chelsea had warned their fans three days before the replay against throwing celery during matches, saying it was a criminal offence and that anyone caught could be banned.

The unlikely warning had followed referee reports which mentioned celery-throwing at two previous Chelsea matches and which were being investigated by the Football Association.

Though celery has recently been landing on the pitch, Chelsea fans have been throwing it among themselves, and singing an unprintable song about the vegetable, for more than two decades.


162263.  Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:23 am Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:
Why do supermodels smell of fasting monks?

Link this to inhaling an elephant's sweet-smelling breath to cure headaches, at post 159917

162284.  Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:29 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
I wonder whether we ought to have a pop at the idea that foods can be categorised as either unequivocally 'good' or unequivocally 'bad'? Not sure I can see a good way to do it, mind.

A 14-year-old girl has been given detention at Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne, Kent, for eating crisps during the lunch break.

Only “healthy” food is allowed at the school; crisps are illegal, except on “full fat Fridays,” when students are allowed to actually enjoy what they eat.

S: Daily Telegraph 29 March 07.

(Am I really alone in thinking that this is an amazing example of a really quite frightening mixture of evil, madness, superstition and self-defeating moralising bollocks?)

162313.  Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:26 am Reply with quote

Mussels used to be on the government’s official list of foods which caused high cholesterol levels, thus causing death by heart attack. However, the British government has now removed them from the bad stuff list, following studies by scientists in the US. They are now being promoted in some quarters as a “wonder food,” and demand for them in this country is rocketing as a result.

S: Sunday Telegraph, 25 March 07:

Of course, the whole idea of cholesterol as a heart risk factor or mortality indicator is controversial; there have been a number of studies suggesting not only that high cholesterol is a weak predictor of heart disease, but also that (especially in the over-65s) the lower your cholesterol the higher your risk of all-cause mortality, the most famous being I think I’ve got the right one here):
Shepherd J, et al. Pravastatin in elderly individuals at risk of vascular disease (PROSPER): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet, Nov. 23, 2002; 360 (9346): 1623-30.


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