There is no food which can’t be improved by deep-frying

A recent study at the University of Granada in Spain has found that frying vegetables in extra virgin olive oil changes them for the better, adding phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties. Boiling and other methods of cooking veggies have no such benefit.

Phenolic compounds are substances produced by plants, and as such are present in many of the foods we eat. In plants, they can serve as a sort of protection against insects or other pests, and they also add color or flavor to the plants. And when we humans eat plants, we reap the benefits of the phenos’ antioxidant properties, which have been associated with reducing the risks of certain diseases.

Via Popular Science.


Goodbye to Fish

Apparently it is real this time.

Abe Vigoda, who played Sal Tessio in “The Godfather”, and Detective Phil Fish on “Barney Miller”, passed away yesterday. He was 94.

Vigoda’s premature notices of death began in 1982, when People magazine referred to him as the “late” Abe Vigoda. David Letterman used the meme on his show, and there were internet sites dedicated to the running joke.


Today in history

January 27, 1973–The Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William Nolde falls, becoming the conflict’s last recorded American combat casualty. “Peace” comes after North Vietnam invades and subdues South Vietnam, overrunning Saigon in April of 1975. A million Vietnamese died after we “gave peace a chance”.


Today in history

On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics take off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled as well as 12 other events involving a total of six sports. The “International Winter Sports Week,” as it was known, was a great success, and in 1928 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially designated the Winter Games, staged in St. Moritz, Switzerland, as the second Winter Olympics.

Winter sports, some of them weird and interesting, that we only pay attention to every four years.