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How They Get the Little Papers Into Fortune Cookies [WATCH]

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When the bill arrived at my family’s favorite Chinese restaurant, there would be a tiny pile of wrapped fortune cookies on top. My brothers and I would snatch them up, crack them open, then compare fortunes while we munched on the cookies. Often, we’d ponder how the makers of these crunchy treats managed to fit the tiny papers inside. We’d float around theories of origami trickery or conclude that they slip the papers through the folds after they’ve baked. Like many things in life, the answer to this mystery turned out to be much simpler.

The video below breaks down the life of a humble fortune cookie, revealing the secret to getting those cheeky paper fortunes inside the cookie. Enjoy the abundance of bad puns and awful/great elevator music:

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This is Why Beef Jerky is So Expensive

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You know the dilemma: You walk into a gas station and suddenly, you’re eye-fucking the beef jerky next to the sour gummy worms. Unfortunately, that $6.99 price tag for a 3 oz bag isn’t something you’re going to take lightly. 70 percent of the time, you end up walking away, grumbling and wondering why they charge so much for a tiny bag of dried up, mouth-watering meat.

Answer:

Jerky requires very lean cuts of meat (which is more expensive than pork or chicken), as fat causes the jerky to spoil faster. For example, a 30 g (approx. 1 oz) portion of meat contains 7 g of protein. When the meat is dehydrated, 15 g of water gets removed from the meat and the protein ratio doubles to 14 g of protein for every 30 g portion. This means that you can get a 1 lb slab of steak reduced to a few ounces. This high protein-per-serving ration, plus the labor, time, and (mostly) quality ingredients it takes to make a single bag of jerky leads to the high cost you see at the store.

Solution: Make your own beef jerky at home and experiment with spices tailored to your personal taste. That, or wait until it gets marked down at CVS.

H/T Wiki + Picthx Dried and True

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Lobster Used to Be ‘The Cockroach of the Sea’ and Only Fed to Servants and Cats

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When someone says “lobster” some words that might come to mind are delicacy, fancy, luxurious and most dismally, market price. However, it wasn’t always this way. Formerly regarded as “the cockroach of the sea” and fed to servants, migrants and even people’s cats, lobster was the laughing stock of seafood. Regarded as a dish fit only for the poor, even having lobster shells in your house was looked upon as a sign of poverty. Yet today lobster is seen as the poshest of the posh, the cousin of caviar. So, how the hell did this happen?

It starts with industrialization. When the railways began to expand across America, transportation managers realized that if no one apart from people who lived on the coast knew what lobster was, trains could serve it to inland passengers as if it were a rare, exotic item. This plan seemed to work as people started demanding lobsters beyond the railways and it didn’t hurt that around this same time in the late 1800s, chefs discovered lobsters tasted much better when cooked live. Restaurants, too, got the memo. Then during World War II, lobsters weren’t rationed like other foods, and so people of all classes began to eat it and “discover” its deliciousness. By the 1950s, lobster established itself as a bona fide luxury food item.

So what have we learned here? Lobster itself never changed over time, but rather the perceptions and attitudes of people towards lobster that drove the change in consumer behavior. Nowadays, lobster holds a place as one of the most expensive items at a restaurant or reserved for special occasions only. That being said, we bet it’s only a few more years ’til spam becomes the filet mignon of red meat.

H/T PSMag + Picthx kriscip

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It’s Official: Orange the Color Was Named After Orange the Fruit

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Here’s today’s just under-useful fun fact, courtesy of those indefatigable trivia-seeking peons over at Reddit. We may never know the order of gallus-ovum or ovum-gallus, but at least we can say with certainty that orange the color was in fact named after orange the fruit.

Before oranges (pomme d’orenge in old French, or naranga in sanskrit) became popularized in Europe, the English word for the color orange used to be geoluhread, or “yellow-red”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it wasn’t until 1512 that the word orange was used by someone in his will to describe that ruddy shade between red and yellow. He supposedly spelled it “orenge.”

In related news: “orang utan” means “forest person” in Malay, and not giant fruit-colored monkey; baby worms should be called “squigglets”; and A Clockwork Geoluhread doesn’t sound nearly as cool.

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This Noodle Shop Has a Michelin Star but Its Most Expensive Dish is Just $5.40

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Michelin stars are awarded to the crème de la crème, top tier restaurants of the world. More often than not, this translates to expensive establishments. However, the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant is a dim sum joint named Tim Ho Wan.

Located in Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan defies Michelin stereotypes. It’s a hole-in-the-wall experience that offers most dishes for $1.50 and under without sacrificing taste, from crispy pork buns to steamed rice noodle rolls. As for the restaurant’s most expensive dish, diners will have to shell out a cool $5.40 for noodles that (we can only assume) are superb.

Even though the joint has been much busier ever since their star was awarded, they don’t plan on racking up prices anytime soon. Sure the decor might be lacking, but that’s not what Tim Ho Wan is about. The restaurant’s focus on simply excellent dim sum speaks for itself.

H/T Reddit + Picthx Tim Ho Wan

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JUST IN: Strawberries Are Not Berries, Yet Avocados and Watermelon Are

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Ready to have your mind blown, your childish innocence shattered, your ideas of everything right in the world torn asunder? Strawberries are not really berries, but watermelon, pumpkins, bananas, and avocados are. It’s okay. Take a few deep breaths. We’re right here with you.

While we’ve tended to define berries as any small edible fruit, the official definition of a berry is “a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary.”  By this definition, oranges, kumquats, blueberries, and even tomatoes can be considered part of the berry family.

Strawberries, on the other hand, are known as “accessory fruits,” which makes it sound like they did something wrong.  They’re just trying to exist, man! In these fruits, the surrounding flesh around the seed isn’t derived from the fruit’s ovaries but from the receptacle in which the ovaries are found.  When fully developed, these aggregates have merged together into one single fruit.  Hows that for fruitception?

Mind blown. Drops mic.

H/T Reddit

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We’ve Found the 8th Wonder of the World: Germany Has A Beer Pipeline

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Apparently, Germany knows what’s up.

While most of us associate pipelines with oil and gas, Germany is doing it right and turning them into beer pipelines. In Gelsenkirchen, Germany, bars in the Veltines-Arena are interconnected by a 5 kilometer beer pipeline. Underneath the enormous stadium are four cooling centers that store 52,000 liters while the pipeline transports up to 14 liters of beer per minute to thirsty patrons.

The pipeline connects to over one hundred bars and restaurants located inside the stadium, with fluctuations in the flow of booze determined by how well their team, FC Shalke 04, is performing.

Apparently, there also used to be one in Randers, Denmark called the Thor Pipeline. The copper pipes originally ran through the Thor Brewery when it was still located downtown and was able to supply beer to the local breweries. However, sometime in the 90s, the brewery relocated out of the city. While the pipeline still exits, whether it’s still in use is questionable, with some claiming it’s kaput and others claiming it still supplies booze to happy drunks. Hopefully it’s the latter, as one would like to think that they wouldn’t let such a wonder go to waste.

PicThx Wiki

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Today I Learned: Pineapples Were Actually Named After Pine Cones

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Go ahead and file this under “useless information that will probably come in handy for waiting in line at the DMV.” Sure, it isn’t likely your queue-mates will have any deep-seeded fascinations with etymology or horticulture, but say it with enough enthusiasm and they should at least feel sorry enough for you to fake it.

In case you’ve ever wondered – either in a particularly mind-expanding hot box session, or during Spanish class while staring at the word “ananá” – why pineapples are called pineapples when they don’t grow on pine trees OR look anything like apples, it’s time we finally put your frustrations to rest. Our story actually begins with good ol’ Chris Columbus himself, who first brought the pineapple back to Spain in 1493. According to a report by a Dr. T. Ombrello of Union County College, “the Spanish saw the fruit’s resemblance to a pine cone, and first called it ‘Pine of the Indies.’” The English then added an “apple” for its taste.

Of course, because both pine cones and apples are notoriously dull, I personally vote we all just call them “ananás” from now on, which means “excellent fruit.” I mean, seriously, how cool would that be? I can’t be the only one who cares about this, right? Hello?

H/T Askville, Reddit