A Californian Chardonnay branded by Trader Joe’s as Two-Buck Chuck wins wine competition.

Richard Peterson, veteran winemaker and a State Fair judge for 20 years, said in the release, “We have the most open judging I know. There is nothing to bias judging. We get numbered glasses. We don’t know the region, brand or price. We evaluate the judges frequently to make sure they’re tops in the field. Charles Shaw won because it is a fresh, fruity, well-balanced Chardonnay that people and wine judges —- though maybe not wine critics —- will like.”

In my Vitamin D: Sunshine and Skin Cancer post I mentioned the Greenland Inuit and that they would have acquired all the Vitamin D they need from food. Whenever I hear about an important vitamin/nutrient/macronutrient for health, I ask myself what source contains it for each of the following three well known healthy cultures: Read the rest of this entry »

A German giant rabbit breeder suspects that top officials in North Korea ate his bunnies.

Szmolinsky, who has been breeding rabbits for 47 years, has won prizes for his bunnies. Robert, a 10.5 kilo “German gray giant” that won a prize at a rabbit show last year, was among the consignment of four males and eight females dispatched to North Korea. Robert’s son, Robert II, is still safe in his hutch in the eastern German town of Eberswalde.

Szmolinsky said he suspected Robert I and his fellow bunnies had been eaten by top officials and that that was the real reason why he wasn’t getting a visa. “That’s an assumption, not an assertion,” he added. “But they’re not getting any more.”

Kim Jong Il was heard yelling “Cook!!! Where’s my Hasenpfeffer?”


As Tom Slee discusses in his post The Long Tail 0.2 – Introduction, Chris Anderson sees a long tail in flour.

People often ask me to name some product category that does not lend itself to Long Tail economics. My usual answer is that it would be in some undifferentiated commodity, where variety is not only absent but unwanted. Like, for instance, flour, which I remembered being sold in the supermarket in a big bag labeled “Flour.” Then I happened to step inside our local Whole Foods grocery and realized how wrong I was: Today the grocery carries more than twenty different types of flour, ranging from such basics as whole wheat and organic varieties to exotics such as amaranth and blue cornmeal. There is, amazingly enough, already a Long Tail in flour.

The man responsible for the diversity in flour, spaghetti sauce, and mustard is the food scientist Howard Moskowitz. I learned about Dr. Moskowitz through the wonderful story teller Malcolm Gladwell. According to Malcolm Gladwell in his article The Ketchup Conundrum, Dr. Moskowitz had the following revelation:

They had been asking the wrong question. There was no such thing as the perfect Diet Pepsi. They should have been looking for the perfect Diet Pepsis.

Watch this video [18 min] and remember Howard Moskowitz the next time you bite into a zesty pickle.