TSA Alert: US Bans Vegemite.
Is it because this yeast extract tastes
bad? Do the Marmite^
people have some sinister influence? Has Australia offended
our government somehow? How is it that a product that has been around for 80 years
suddenly becomes forbidden? Who would ban a product that can help prevent neural tube defects
(e.g., spina bifida)? Blame
the FDA, whose has ruled that folate (folic acid
) "should be kept under 1 mg per day ... because higher intake may complicate the diagnosis of pernicious anemia
, one form of vitamin B12 deficiency, which especially affects older people." Of course pernicious anemia is rare (less than 10-20 cases/100,000 people per year in the US), as is the Vegemite market. But when has logic ever dictated policy. The international fallout has
"I am never going to America", vows Xochiquetal, while a commenter at Geelong blogger Bernie Slattery’s site foresees US regulators going even further down the road to absurdity, "Americans don’t know what they’re missing … they’ll be banning Tim Tams next."
If the government wanted to ban something Australian, the least they could have done is started here
posted by scblackman
on Oct 23, 2006 -
This Must Be Designed By Idiots
is an online art exhibit of three Amsterdam-based mixed media artists, where one of the media is taxidermy, and the other is some disturbing combination of fashion design, jewelry, glassblowing & handicrafts. The end result is compellingly creepy
, and my personal favorite is this piece
, a mouse permanently at rest inside the glass belly of a glass cat.
posted by jonson
on Sep 28, 2006 -
"My name is David C and I am the biggest idiot on this planet! Every girl I've ever met has done nothing except want me for what I had to offer them, the amount of cash I could throw their way and not for the person I was. One day that all changed when I meet a lady called Quonah..." Should she call him?
posted by feelinglistless
on Sep 3, 2006 -
Fool's World Map:
"This is a project visualizing the world map which many fools in the world imagine. If you can see this map comfortably, you are definitely a fool." The creator updates and reformats
the malleable map based completely on capricious, erroneous geographical inconsistencies found within oblvious statements from his comment logs. Examples: (095. Upper right side of Germany became Australia due to a posting by another stupid American thinking "Australia is beside Germany.")
and (001. Due to a Texan who thinks "Japan is accessible from Texas by car", Japan and Texas is land-attached.").
He also has a page
of user-submitted maps, where he encourages you to create your own global eyesore and send it to him.
posted by naxosaxur
on Aug 3, 2004 -