Chuckles of the Day

 


Old Couples

One night, an 87-year-old woman came home from Bingo to find her 92-year-old husband in bed with another woman. She became violent and ended up pushing him off the balcony of their 20th floor apartment, killing him instantly. Brought before the court, on the charge of murder, she was asked if she had anything to say in her own defense.

‘Your Honor,’ she began coolly, ‘I figured that at 92, if he could screw, he could fly.’

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Fishing versus Having Sex

  • No matter how much whiskey you’ve had, you can still Fish.
  • You don’t have to hide your Fishing magazines.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to pay a professional to Fish with you once in a while.
  • The Ten Commandments don’t say anything against Fishing.
  • If your partner takes pictures or videotapes of you Fishing, you don’t have to worry about them showing up on the Internet if you become famous.
  • Your Fishing partner doesn’t get upset about people you fished with long ago.
  • It’s perfectly respectable to Fish with a total stranger.
  • When you see a really good Fishing person, you don’t have to feel guilty about imagining the two of you Fishing together.
  • If your regular Fishing partner isn’t available, he/she won’t object if you Fish with someone else.
  • Nobody will ever tell you that you will go blind if you Fish by yourself.
  • When dealing with a Fishing pro, you never have to wonder if they are really an undercover cop.
  • You don’t have to go to a sleazy shop in a seedy neighborhood to buy Fishing stuff.
  • You can have a Fishing calendar on your wall at the office, tell Fishing jokes, and invite coworkers to Fish with you without getting sued for Fishing harassment.
  • There are no Fishing-transmitted diseases.
  • If you want to watch Fishing on television, you don’t have to subscribe to the Playboy channel.
  • Nobody expects you to Fish with the same partner for the rest of your life.
  • Nobody expects you to give up Fishing if your partner loses interest in it.
  • You don’t have to be a newlywed to plan a vacation primarily to enjoy your favorite activity.
  • Your Fishing partner will never say, “Not again? We just Fished last week! Is Fishing all you ever think about?”

Griddled Wild Boar with Apple Compote

Ingredients

1 loin of wild boar or 1 sirloin steak
olive oil
Jamaican chili pepper
ground pepper
salt

Apple Compote

1 apple
2 tbsp water or apple juice (with no added sugar)

Method

  1. Start making the compote by heating the water or apple juice over medium heat. Peel the apple, cut it into 4, remove the seeds, and chop it into 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. Once the water has boiled, add the apple, stir until the water starts to boil again, then lower the heat and cook the apple for 20 minutes, covered. Stir from time to time. You will see that the apple gets softer and starts to break up, before becoming transparent. Continue stirring with a spoon or fork until you achieve the desired texture (a smooth puree, or still with some pieces of apple). Remove from the heat and put aside.
  3. Cut the meat into thin strips, no more than 1/2-inch thick, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drizzle a little oil on a griddle, add the strips of meat, and cook them on both sides.
  5. Transfer to a serving plate. Add the apple compote and a few Jamaican peppers.

Makes 1 serving.

Source: Paleo

New “Summer Holiday” Petit Cakes from Cozy Corner in Ginza, Japan

The price of a box set of “Summer Holiday” cakes is 2400 yen(plus tax). The cakes will be available until the end of August.

Meat of the Future: KFC Explores the Use of Bioprinter to Produce Chicken Nuggets

KFC is taking the next step in its innovative concept of creating a “restaurant of the future” by launching the development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the 3D Bioprinting Solutions research laboratory. The idea of ​​crafting the “meat of the future” arose among partners in response to the growing popularity of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, the annual increase in demand for alternatives to traditional meat and the need to develop more environmentally friendly methods of food production. The project aims to create the world’s first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. They will be as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original KFC product, while being more environmentally friendly to produce than ordinary meat. Receiving a final product for testing is already planned for the fall of 2020 in Moscow.

3D Bioprinting Solutions is developing additive bioprinting technology using chicken cells and plant material, allowing it to reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat almost without involving animals in the process. KFC will provide its partner with all of the necessary ingredients, such as breading and spices, to achieve the signature KFC taste. At the moment, there are no other methods available on the market that could allow the creation of such complex products from animal cells.

The bioprinting method has several advantages. Biomeat has exactly the same microelements as the original product, while excluding various additives that are used in traditional farming and animal husbandry, creating a cleaner final product. Cell-based meat products are also more ethical – the production process does not cause any harm to animals. Along with that, KFC remains committed to continuous improvement in animal welfare from the farm and through all aspects of our supply chain, including raising, handling, transportation and processing.

Also, according to a study by the American Environmental Science & Technology Journal, the technology of growing meat from cells has minimal negative impact on the environment, allowing energy consumption to be cut by more than half, greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced 25 fold and 100 times less land to be used than traditional farm-based meat production.

“At KFC, we are closely monitoring all of the latest trends and innovations and doing our best to keep up with the times by introducing advanced technologies to our restaurant networks. Crafted meat products are the next step in the development of our “restaurant of the future” concept. Our experiment in testing 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global problems. We are glad to contribute to its development and are working to make it available to thousands of people in Russia and, if possible, around the world”, said Raisa Polyakova, General Manager of KFC Russia & CIS.

“3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognized in medicine, are nowadays gaining popularity in producing foods such as meat. In the future, the rapid development of such technologies will allow us to make 3D-printed meat products more accessible and we are hoping that the technology created as a result of our cooperation with KFC will help accelerate the launch of cell-based meat products on the market”, said Yusef Khesuani, co-founder and Managing Partner of 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

Scientists all over the world are working hard on solutions that would allow stable food provision for the growing global population while reducing the negative impact on the environment. The use of technologies based on 3D bioprinting may become a promising field in this area.

Source : KFC

What is Pooled Testing for COVID-19 and How Can It Help Fight the Virus?

Michael Erman wrote . . . . . . . . .

U.S. health officials including Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, have called for so-called pooled testing to diagnose COVID-19 in order to test more people faster and cut down on mounting turnaround times for getting results.

Quest Diagnostics (DGX.N) on Saturday received the first emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use pooled testing to help reduce its backlog of COVID-19 tests. The following is a description of how it works and the advantages and disadvantages of pooled testing.

How does pooled testing work?

In pooled testing, laboratories combine samples taken from several people and test the multiple specimens together for the presence of genetic material from the novel coronavirus. If a batch tests negative for COVID-19, all those patients are cleared. If a batch tests positive, the specimens must be retested individually or in smaller groups.

Such tests could be used to quickly clear groups of people who are not likely carriers, such as students returning to school, or individuals in areas with relatively low active COVID-19 infection levels.

“This type of testing works really well when you have an asymptomatic patient population or you’re doing some contact tracing where the likelihood of the prevalence of someone having the SARS-CoV virus is rather low, because you could test multiple groups and get tons of negatives,” said Carmen Wiley, president of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).

What are the benefits of pooled testing?

U.S. independent labs and hospitals are struggling to meet surging demand for tests as infection rates climb in many parts of the country. Waits of more than a week for results, which has become common, defeats the purpose of trying slow the virus’ spread by identifying who may be contagious before they can infect others. Pooled testing could alleviate some of that problem.

If a laboratory were to test a batch of 12 specimens, one of which was positive, it could then test smaller batches of four samples each. The smaller group with the positive sample would then be tested individually to identify the infected person. That process requiring seven tests is still a 42% reduction versus 12 individual tests.

Fewer tests not only means quicker results, but frees up testing materials that have been in short supply, like chemical reagents.

What are the drawbacks?

If the disease is prevalent in a community – more than around 10 percent, according to the AACC – pooled testing stops being useful because so many follow-up tests are likely to be required.

Pooled tests may also result in an increase in false negatives because combined samples are diluted, making it more difficult to pick up the virus material, according to the FDA. Quest, however, says that in clinical data it presented to regulators for its method of pooled testing, it would not have found a false negative in more than 3,000 total specimens.

Source : Reuters


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