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“Count your blessings, but count your calories too”*…


We’re skating into that time year…  the onslaught of celebratory meals and Holiday parties that promise to test our waistbands.  But help– or at least a nagging caution– is at hand.  The app Calorific uses simple, pastel images to reveal how much of virtually any food adds up to 200 calories.

From God’s condiment…

…to rabbit food…

More at “What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like.”

* Erma Bombeck


As we go down for the count, we might send well-digested birthday greetings to William Beaumont; he was born on this date in 1785.  An American army surgeon, Beaumont was the first person to observe and study human digestion as it occurs in the stomach.  As a young medic stationed on Mackinac Island in Michigan, Beaumont was asked to treat a shotgun wound “more than the size of the palm of a man’s hand” (as Beaumont wrote).  The patient, Alexis St. Martin, survived, but was left with a permanent opening into his stomach from the outside.  Over the next few years, Dr. Beaumont used this crude fistula to sample gastric secretions.  He identified hydrochloric acid as the principal agent in gastric juice and recognized its digestive and bacteriostatic functions.  Many of his conclusions about the regulation of secretion and motility remain valid to this day.



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November 21, 2014 at 1:01 am

But after all that tryptophan, who feels up to the treadmill?…

From Smooth Fitness, a timely infographic:

to enlarge, click the image above, or here

As we prepare to loosen our belts, we might recall that it was on this date in 1975 that KC and the Sunshine Band hit #1 the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “That’s The Way (I Like It),” the follow-up to their breakthrough single “Get Down Tonight” (also a chart-topper), thus the second of the five times they would reach that peak.

This is the way– uh-huh, uh-huh (source)

Alimentary, My Dear Watson…

The culinary curators at This is Why You’re Fat (“Where dreams become heart attacks”) have collected scores of calorie-laden, fat-laced dishes for the reader’s edification… if not, indeed, delectation.  Consider, for example:

The Meatlog

A quarter pound hot dog with cheddar cheese and bacon wrapped in a mixture of beef and sausage.

The Elvis Donut

Peanut butter glazed donut topped with bananas and bacon.

More such delicacies– indeed, enough calories to nourish a small city in Burkina Faso for a couple of months– here.

As we loosen our belts and wonder at too much of a good thing, we might recall that on this date in 1979 the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry began when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania failed to close.

President Carter leaving Three Mile Island (April 1, 1979)

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March 28, 2009 at 1:01 am

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