Aug. 14th, 2008
1) bold those you have tried
2) strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.
2a) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.
2b) Asterisk any items you'd be interested in trying but have not yet.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
12. Pho - I don't even know what this is. Sounds Vietnamese. Had to look it up. I have had it, but I didn't know it was called 'Pho'...
13. PB&J sandwich - Ah, the grade school equivalent of an MRE
14. Aloo gobi* - I've never even heard of this!... I'd probably try it even tho it sounds like a bad gas attack waiting to happen - potato & cauliflower curry...
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle Had it, but I don't understand what the big deal is
18. Fruit wine
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries - Of course, now that I know about the fuchsbandwurm, and the fact it can be carried by coyotes, may deter me in the future
23. Foie gras - This beats truffles in my book any day
24. Rice and beans
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters - Ugh. They're like snotballs. Fried oysters are like fried snotballs
30. Bagna cauda* - I didn't know what this was til today, but I would definitely try it. It sounds delicious!
31. Wasabi peas - Give me wasabi, give me peas... Dried up peas flavored w/wasabi... er, no thanks
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - MMmmm... That's good soup
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float - just shared one w/Rob a coupla hours ago
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea - I put milk in my coffee, but my tea is always black
38. Vodka Jell-O Shooters
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects - Yes, I was a child once with an inquisitive palate. Ants aren't bad.
44. Goat’s milk - Fresh from the goat!
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (that's about $100 - $216 American at the moment)
46. Fugu* - Yes, yes I would
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts - OMG these are fucking disgusting
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
54. Paneer - Is it a bread? No, apparently it's another smelly cheese
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8%
60. Carob chips
63. Kaolin - Yes, I've tried clay. Honestly, if you crave this, go see a doctor. You have a nutritional disorder called pika. Seriously, get checked out. I don't care if you're pregnant, it's no excuse to have clay on your menu.
64. Currywurst* - Sounds intriguing... and spicy
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - OMG, want a funnel cake from the Puyallup Fair sooooo bad. Want! Now!
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - It's spelled 'chitlins', honey.
72. Caviar and blini - I don't know if it counts or not... I've had caviar and I've had blini, but not together.
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost - More mystery food.. ah, more smelly cheese. Why are all the cheeses on this list smelly?
75. Roadkill - Don't ask. I was hungry... It was not a good time for me mealwise.
76. Baijiu* - Now that I know what it is, I would most definitely try baijiu!
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - Go, Bobby Hill!
78. Snail - You mean escargot, right?
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict - Not a big egg fan. Poach 'em & pour some kind of white sauce on 'em & they remind me of oysters... Big runny snotballs
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta - I prefer grits
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake - Deep-fried rattlesnake to be exact
Your result for The Brain Damage Test...
60% Frontal, 50% Temporal, 30% Hippocampus and 30% Cerebellum!
Frontal lobe syndrome is known to accure as a result of damage to the prefrontal cortex, that is the very front part of the brain. The prefrontal cortex is involved in problem solving, inhibition, decision making, empathy, and other important aspects of our personality and character.
Symtoms of Frontal Lobe Syndrome: Boastfulness, impulsiveness, lack of inhibition, and a hard time planning and reasoning. Antisocial behaviour, depression, and apathy are also known to result. People with damage to the prefrontal cortex are also known to have difficulty understanding certain types of humor (see this Science Daily article for more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/
Most common cause: Because the prefrontal cortex is in a very vulnerable place at the front of the skull, head trauma is the most common cause of frontal lobe syndrome.
Case study: The best known historical case of frontal lobe syndrome was that of Phineas Gage, a rail worker whose frontal lobe suffered bilateral damage after an explosion drove a railroad spike throuh his skull. Although he survived, Gage underwent a drastic change in personality. He lost his sense of duty, responsibility, and work ethic. He became capricious, unreliable, and socially unchecked.
Resourses: To learn so much more about the frontal lobe I would highly recommend "Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain," a book by Dr. Antonio R. Damasio. For more on interesting case studies and neurological disorders please try Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by Dr. V.S. Ramachandran and the Center for Neuro Skills website
*For entertainment purposes only. You, yourself, most likely do not have brain damage
I did have a traumatic brain injury, followed by some unusual personality changes.
I'm calling in sick to work tomorrow. I think I need a mental health day.