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Senese Challenge From the BBC
July 31, 2009 11:06 AM   Subscribe

Challenge Your Senses
posted by blue_beetle (24 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
"Well Done. Pineapple and soy sauce is a tasty food combination."

Wait, what? Those were all pretty sucky if you ask me.
posted by Demogorgon at 11:12 AM on July 31, 2009


It was cool until it became a quiz.
posted by reductiondesign at 11:17 AM on July 31, 2009


The timer really fucks with you. I hate shit like that; as far as I'm concerned it's an artificial increase in the difficulty of the challenge thing.
posted by Caduceus at 11:19 AM on July 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


Same with the bacon and white chocolate question. Bacon tastes good with just about anything.
The musical notes question was pretty cool though.
posted by Demogorgon at 11:19 AM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


And then, yeah, it became a quiz. How the fuck is knowing why supertasters are supertasters a challenge to my senses?
posted by Caduceus at 11:20 AM on July 31, 2009


And then, yeah, it became a quiz. How the fuck is knowing why supertasters are supertasters a challenge to my senses?

It's testing your visual sensory perception.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:22 AM on July 31, 2009


That was neat, until it sucked.
posted by brain_drain at 11:23 AM on July 31, 2009


Double
posted by bjrn at 11:23 AM on July 31, 2009


Totally disagree on the taste questions!

For one thing, I dislike soy sauce. And clearly, they never ate my grandmother's standard dinner salad, a pineapple ring atop iceberg lettuce with a dollop of mayo and some carrot shavings on top.

And white chocolate and caviar tastier than white chocolate and bacon? Ridiculous!

Also a "mixture of notes" is not the same thing as "a note." So I don't believe that asking if the "blue note" was higher or lower sets up a fair question.
posted by Miko at 11:25 AM on July 31, 2009


I can't pinpoint why, but that pissed me off.
posted by cmoj at 11:33 AM on July 31, 2009


Man, I'm glad I'm not the only one who got pissed off that "white chocolate and bacon" was considered a wrong answer!
posted by muddgirl at 11:36 AM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


I have been mislead. This has nothing to to with Gary Senese.
posted by scalefree at 11:41 AM on July 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


Some of that was pretty neat, although some of those questions weren't "testing your senses" so much as a general knowledge quiz and a few judgment calls.
posted by neewom at 11:45 AM on July 31, 2009


I'm also on the white chocolate and bacon bandwagon. Particularly because caviar is disgusting.
posted by Caduceus at 11:47 AM on July 31, 2009


You call this a challenge of my sinuses? Dude, I've been snorting that Tabasco-wasabi combo since, like, fifth grade.
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:06 PM on July 31, 2009


Deep-fried Mars Bars is a speciality in my home town - Glasgow. When Scots want to clog their arteries, they don't prat about.
posted by MajorDundee at 12:16 PM on July 31, 2009


It's nice to have my life-long contention that parmesan smells like barf validated by SCIENCE! (Or at least, by the Beeb.)

This was fun, thanks!
posted by arachnid at 12:39 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's nice to have my life-long contention that parmesan smells like barf validated by SCIENCE!

I take it your friends have never had to distinguish the harry-potter-themed jellybeans labeled as "spaghetti" and "vomit." Believe me, it's a difficult task.
posted by neewom at 1:00 PM on July 31, 2009


I only got the butyric acid one right because of this AskMe. Thanks Metafilter!

Also, because of this quiz, I am eating some bacon with white chocolate right now and it is DELICIOUS. Caviar can suck it.
posted by maqsarian at 1:02 PM on July 31, 2009


Black caviar and white chocolate are an excellent flavor pairing because they both contain 2-butanone, 2-methylbutanal, 3-methylbutanal and pentanal. The methylbutanals in particular contribute to the overlapping aroma of roe and white chocolate. DUH.
posted by signalnine at 1:15 PM on July 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


I can't believe supertasters are actually real.

I always thought that was just the word my wussy friends made up to re-brand themselves as winners instead of losers because they couldn't handle spicy food.
posted by lunit at 1:22 PM on July 31, 2009


In what sense do I give a shit?
posted by Eideteker at 7:23 AM on August 1, 2009


Miko: that wasn't a mixture of notes, it was just a note with carefully selected harmonics. It is the same trick used to make the risset / shephard effect, which you can hear here.
posted by idiopath at 10:35 AM on August 1, 2009


Oops, missed out on the even cooler continuous risset version. It may be hard to tell with that short sequence, but you can listen to it for hours and it never stops seeming to descend in pitch.
posted by idiopath at 10:37 AM on August 1, 2009


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