Published January 28, 2011
At Your Leisure: 01.28.11
Your next meal could be EPIC.


“I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

Word of the Week

liquor n. — A liquid or fluid substance. Liquor is a word of general signification, extending to water, milk, blood, say, juice, etc.; but its most common application is to spirituous fluids, whether distilled or fermented, to decoctions, solutions, tinctures.

“By his 21st birthday, the young man had developed a taste for fine liquor”

Definition taken from the 1828 version of Webster’s American Dictionary.

Overseen and Overheard

“I’d rather have dick in my mouth than soap.” - Male student in Perkins apartment.

“Turns out she had a penis the entire time.” -Male student in the residence hall tunnels.

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“Epic Meal Time”

Are you looking to expand your culinary horizons beyond the frozen mac and cheese from the Corner Store? You could always start by watching the Food Network or looking up a few recipes on the interwebs. But there is a much more interesting and horrifying alternative. It goes by the name of “Epic Meal Time.”

The creation of a few meat-loving Canadians, “Epic Meal Time” is a series of YouTube videos whose goal is to make the most fantastic and often disgusting food creations possible. In each episode, the show’s hosts prepare gallons of meat in the most preposterous ways possible, and then eat it. Recent highlights include a nearly 10-pound egg roll and the TurBaconEpic a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a pig.


The person who buys it doesn’t need it.
The person who makes it doesn’t want it.
The person who uses it doesn’t know it.
What is it?

Stream of Facts

Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting PEANUT butter stuck to the top of your mouth.

A PEANUT is not in fact a nut. It is a member of the legume family, making it more closely related to a LENTIL or a bean than to a tree nut.

In Ancient Egypt, the LENTIL was used as an aphrodisiac. It was also believed to bring ENLIGHTENMENT to children, making them better students.

The idea of ENLIGHTENMENT exists both in Western science and math, and in Eastern religions such as BUDDHISM.

Different sects of BUDDHISM have fundamentally different views. Some groups are ultimately atheistic while others are POLYTHEISTIC.

Until a few hundred years ago, Europeans classified any and all POLYTHEISTIC religions as PAGAN, including Hinduism, Buddhism and the religions of the Native Americans that they conquered.

The earliest definitions of the word PAGAN meant “country dweller.” The word gradually took on its religious meaning as the main practitioners country-dwellers and farmers depended on the seasons to survive.

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