Monday, October 26, 2009

The Low-Down on Coca-Cola

You know when people tell you to steer clear of something cause they're bad for you. Take Coke for example, they say that its bad for your bones, has high caffeine content and like any sodas it bulges the belly. But why does it have to taste good. It makes it all the more tempting to drink.
Well at long last, I found a GREAT EXCUSE to be drinking Coke,
whenever I want.
How can all the Post-Victorian ladies be wrong. Coke is a headache reliever, relieves Mental and Physical Exhaustion. So that's why after a hard-days work, when you grab a Coke to drink, all is suddenly right with the world.
You want more proof?

Coke Ad Circa 1905
It relieves Fatigue and is Indispensable
for the favorite drink for Ladies
when Thirsty, Weary and Despondent

Coke "The most Refreshing drink in the World"


Stop me before I gulp another glass full of Coke.
But the real question is

What Happens To Your Body If You Drink A Coke Right Now? 

  • In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
  • 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
  • >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
  • >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
  • >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.) But, hey, have another Coke, it’ll make you feel better.

A lot has changed in our present generation compared
to these ads dating 100 years ago.
They are no longer using Sucrose like they did before to cut costs,
it's High Fructose Corn syrup which some believe to be
from genetically modified Corn.

Until 1905, the soft drink, marketed as a tonic, contained extracts of cocaine as well as the caffeine-rich kola nut.

After the turn of the century, when federal and state authorities began writing regulations to ban the sale of coca products because of their supposed contamination with the drug cocaine, Coca-Cola lawyers argued strenuously that their syrup contained only a minuscule flavor extract of the coca leaf.

Coca-Cola attorneys also were called to battle against competitors who called the product name a misrepresentation if, as argued, its principal ingredients were neither the coca leaf nor the kola nut--a source of caffeine that made the early beverage useful in healing headaches.

Hey now, don't make me feel guiltier than I already am.
I still have to combat an extreme addiction to Coke.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Oh-So Delicious Spaghetti and Meatballs!

Whenever I browse for recipes online there's only one main source I go to. It's the Pioneer Woman Cooks
 Ree Drummond has been my main source of inspiration and her site is my cookbook. 

This is her signature style, presenting the ingredients as the "Cast of Characters" 
Check out her main blog for the blow by blow instructions of this super duper yummy recipe!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

When I was an Agent

Call Center Agent No-No's!

I can't do this right now, can you call me back?

Why do you guys keep calling me?

I'm sorry, you dialed the wrong number.

City Morgue, how may I help you?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Alpacas - Cuteness Overload

This may be one of the cutest shots of animals I have seen lately. Nope they are not Llamas, although they are under the same family of Camelids and are generally smaller.
Like most Llamas, Alpacas also do tend to spit on you if they feel threatened or if food is taken away from them. I did a little researching over these Huggable Creatures. Since they have the most fluffy coats, they are being bred primarily for their fleece. It is similar to sheep's wool but is much warmer and is said to be hypoallergenic and fire resistant.
They don't like to be grabbed, especially in the legs or stomach. It takes a while before they can allow their owner to touch their neck, they can sense if you are confident around them or not. Good thing it is now illegal to slaughter these cute alpacas for their meat.

Now for the photos of our main guys that I've scoured over the net.

They are like teddy bears, all warm and fuzzy.


Did you notice how Alpacas tend to stare straight at you like a person.
Look at how they would crowd around in front of the camera
and just look straight as if they know they're having their photos taken.
It's so cute, in a creepy Twilight Zone kind of sense.

Can I just bring one home with me.
This one is oh-so-cute and fluffy (I think its a toy!) I am in love.

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Most Amazing French Art

I am so loving French artwork now.
But I have been in love with French way back.
I am still a struggling learner with their language.

Je m'appelle Rose (My Name is Rose)
Sil vous plait (Please)
Merci (Thank You)
Oui (Yes)
Je n'aime pas faire le menage (I don't like doing the housework)
Je veux une glace! (I want an ice cream!)

These are the key phrases I need to master! :p
Now back to French artwork.
I really adore Marie Desbon's art, you can see that her works are very book worthy.
Her drawings depict so much of what I like about French, smooth and classy.
I think she released books and postcards already with her brilliant illustrations.
Feel free to check out her blog.

If you want to look for more French inspiration, check out the Lamarelle site!
It's got loads of French and Non-French Artists amazing creations.  

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