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Refrigerating rice (or any starchy carbs) for 24hrs after cooking and then reheating significantly lowers its glycemic index. Could make for an effective weight loss plan while also giving the middle finger to diabetes.
 

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Refrigerating rice (or any starchy carbs) for 24hrs after cooking and then reheating significantly lowers its glycemic index. Could make for an effective weight loss plan while also giving the middle finger to diabetes.
Sure, but it also makes the rice taste like shit (unless you're making fried rice).
 

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"Nickelodeon" originally meant a theatre that charged a nickel to enter.
Related to this, I googled Odeon and according to Wikipedia, Odeons were open air amphitheatres in Ancient Greece. Which makes sense when you think about it. Like the former Hammersmith Odeon is another example.
 

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Related to this, I googled Odeon and according to Wikipedia, Odeons were open air amphitheatres in Ancient Greece. Which makes sense when you think about it. Like the former Hammersmith Odeon is another example.
A quibble, but they were theatres, not amphitheatres. A theatre is a semi-circle, an amphitheatre is two of them put together to make a whole circle around the performance area, which is better for watching sports than a drama.
 

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1999. What a year. The matrix was out. FF7, System Shock 2, Planescape Torment was out. And 440 imported squirrels got shredded in Amsterdam cause of a bureaucracy fuck-up.


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Dutch airline in squirrel shredding row

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Rare red squirrel: Staying clear of Amsterdam

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has apologised for killing more than 400 squirrels in a shredder at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam.
The consignment of 440 ground squirrels did not have the necessary health and import papers for their trip from Beijing, China, to Athens, Greece.

Facing a growing storm of protest, a spokesman for the airline said: "Though on formal grounds the action taken was correct, KLM admits to having made a grave mistake on ethical grounds."

Despite the company's insistence that it "fully endorsed" criticism of its action, animal rights groups have expressed outrage and accused airlines of further abuses.

The animals were destroyed on Monday under orders from the Dutch Ministry of Nature Management in a machine normally used to slaughter poultry.

'On the run'

The employee responsible for the action has since been suspended, even though KLM said he was right to obey the order from the ministry.

The company said that he had "made an incorrect assessment of the solution".

About 20 squirrels are reported to have escaped and are now on the run.

The Netherlands' Organization for Pets also accused airlines of destroying an earlier batch of squirrels, in addition to water turtles and a selection of rare birds during the last few months.

'It makes me nauseous'

Spokesman Mattheus Beyenberg said: "We are going to do everything possible to try to have this type of machine banned."

KLM has already ceased shipments of live animals and is reconsidering its policy with respect to shipping all varieties of exotic wildlife.

But KLM spokesman Joessef Eddiei said the shredder was "the most humane way to destroy animals".

The De Meern Foundation for Squirrel Refuge - the only specialist squirrel rescue centre in the Netherlands - said it had not been approached before the consignment was slaughtered.

Founder Mieke Holtslag said: "Just the fact that they killed them makes me nauseous, let alone how they did it".

The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture has launched an inquiry into the killings with a view to taking legal action if necessary.


Airline fined for shredding squirrels
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Shredded at Schiphol: Final stop for the squirrels

A court has fined the Dutch airline KLM after it shredded 440 Chinese ground squirrels which lacked proper health papers.

The court accepted that staff at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport had no choice but to kill the animals, because of uncertainty about their condition.

But it criticised the airline for allowing the animals to start their journey from Beijing in the first place, and for keeping them in cramped cages without food or water before they were killed.

KLM was fined NLG35,000 ($14,300), with NLG15,000 of the fine to be paid to the National Association for Animal Protection.
Limbo

The squirrels were being flown from China to fur dealers in Greece in April 1999.

But when the animals reached Amsterdam, they were in limbo.

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KLM is repentant after fur flew

As they had incorrect European health and import documents, they could neither be flown on to Greece, nor back to China.

KLM admitted that international guidelines on packing animals had not been followed, and said they had changed their agent in Beijing since the incident.

The court said that the shredding of the squirrels, which caused an outcry at the time, was indeed shocking, but no more painful than any other method of killing the animals.

KLM says it has now improved its quarantine facilities, and in any case no longer transports Chinese ground squirrels.
"I share the fierce emotions which people had when they heard about it... it sent shivers down your spine," said KLM spokesman Hugo Bass.

"This is a dark chapter in our history and I hope it will never happen again," he added.
 
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Should play even without Facebook -



Never struggle with hanging picture frames again.
 

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Gotta wonder if this is really any better than when there was actual cocaine in it-

Pop is so bad for you. I used to drink nothing but pop as a kid. About 20 years ago, there was a doctor on the Daily Show being interviewed talking about sugar and I figured the least I could do health-wise was not drink my calories and that is probably one of the best decisions in my life when I think about how much health issues that has saved me.
 

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The KLF were integral music to me in my youth, not to mention being the progenitor of one of my favorite bands to this day, *The Orb. So I was much surprised to learn...


TL;DW?

The KLF were intentionally an overt satire of [then] popular dance music. The pair started off with little to no inclination for music, but after witnessing others create with ease using sampling, started in on it for themselves. They literally had a formula for making hit songs that the masses ate up for years. They eventually burnt out on the industry and its lack of self-awareness that these "frauds" hadn't been called out after topping charts for so long. They just up and quit, and literally burnt $1,000,000 of their "earnings" as their farewell "fuck you."

*Alex Paterson was a DJ that The KLF ruthlessly and surreptitiously sampled [from his DJ sets] earning themselves the ostensible title as the creators of Ambient House music. Alex Paterson went on to start his own band (The Orb) who have since garnered their own reputation as godfathers of Ambient/Ambient House music.