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The dish known as chili, or chilli, or chile, is a land of contrasts. Let's just get that out of the way up front.

The origins of chili are not fully clear, but it seems to have come primarily from San Antonio Texas in the 1800's, where a hash or stew of beef, chili peppers, and other spices called "chili con carne" was popular. It is apparently not of Mexican origin but rather a "Tex-Mex" recipe of primarily US origin.

Anyway, on to the recipes!
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:36 PM Feb 28 2024 - 89 comments [54 favorites]

"Before I get into the whys of it, let me say that having my first four colonoscopies all happen within one twelve-month period allowed me to rapidly refine my prep techniques. 'Prep', here, being the common nickname for the nasty stuff you must swallow to thoroughly clean out your guts for a proper examination. I learned that prep takes many forms, today." Jason McIntosh shares "How not to screw it up" and a preparatory technique that includes "Eight coins or other tiny objects you can use as tokens." He further recommends "the delightful 'Welcome to Colonoscopy Land' by Anne Helen Petersen" (previously) which aims to break taboos and discuss "pooping your guts, the best fake sleep of your life, and having no memory of getting a camera pushed up your butt."
posted by brainwane at 9:58 AM Feb 29 2024 - 115 comments [44 favorites]

Omelet you finish, but whipped egg dishes are popular around the world. Some that Western audiences might not be familiar with: Uganda's Rolex, Malaysia's Ramly burger, South Asia's Anda Bhurji and Akuri, Japan's chawan mushi and Turkey's Menemen, the world is ova-flowing with possibilities.
posted by zamboni at 9:01 AM Feb 29 2024 - 31 comments [38 favorites]

From Erin Reed's newsletter: In a legal filing Thursday, PFLAG National sought to block a new demand from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that would require the organization to identify its Texas transgender members, doctors who work with them, and contingency plans for anti-transgender legislation in the state. The civil investigative demand, issued on Feb. 5, calls for extensive identifying information and records from the LGBTQ+ rights organization. PFLAG, in its filing to block the demands, describes them as "retaliation" for its opposition to anti-transgender laws in the state and alleges that they violate the freedom of speech and association protections afforded by the United States and Texas constitutions.
posted by Bella Donna at 12:34 PM Feb 29 2024 - 24 comments [27 favorites]

From Britain's to Japan's, in between there is no single dish or word "curry" in its county-of-origin, India. Yet this family of dishes comprises one of world's favorite foods. It can describe anything from “a sauce or gravy—it can be with or without spices" (Raghavan Iyer, 660 Curries) to "shorthand glossing over an entire subcontinent’s worth of food. It’s the type of concept that takes what it wants from the original, and mixes in whatever else is ready-to-hand" (MyAnnoyingOpinions). Historians believe that inerudite British colonizers anglicized the Tamil கறி kaṟi, meaning "sauce," and exported it as a blanket term for any spiced dish from South Asia. Thai and Malaysian curries have their own origin. Yet, curries still have a history older than colonialism (previously). From bunny chow to monty python, what's your favorite curry?
posted by rubatan at 7:54 AM Feb 29 2024 - 29 comments [18 favorites]

ANU academic and songwriter wins global Dance Your PhD competition for kangaroo socialisation music video. Australian National University academic Weliton Menário Costa's elaborately choreographed video Kangaroo Time (Club Edit) explaining his study of social behaviour in kangaroos wins the worldwide Dance Your PhD competition.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 6:17 PM Feb 28 2024 - 14 comments [23 favorites]

The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet was the subject of a short little discussion on the BBC's Today programme this morning (1:47:10). Since it was posted to MetaFilter back in 2019 a lot has been unearthed about the track, but while a number of its fellow lostwave songs have been identified, it stubbornly refuses to give up its secrets. A week ago, Mike of All Things Lost made a video essay with a thorough recap of the evidence, theories, drama and characters and for the latest speculation and news you can dive into the subreddit r/TheMysteriousSong.
posted by Kattullus at 12:28 PM Feb 29 2024 - 10 comments [17 favorites]

Good News! Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is now free on YouTube in countries where no one owns the streaming rights, with plans to upload the entire archive. This includes all of Latin America, a lot of Asia (except China, India and most Arab countries), all of Eastern Europe, plus France, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. If you want to check for sure, you can do so on this map, or you can just try watching the latest episode. And then you can join in on Fanfare discussions of the show.
posted by Kattullus at 11:49 PM Feb 28 2024 - 8 comments [15 favorites]

Though Bateson was never truly on board with Lilly’s project of teaching dolphins how to speak, he spoke vaguely but fervently of the institute’s work as somehow connected to his larger goal of healing a sick society through interdisciplinary science. “I hope from the dolphins we may learn a new analysis of the sorts of information which we need — and all mammals need — if we are to retain our sanity,” Bateson pronounced grandly to reporters at a fund-raising gala for the institute. Anyone observing his daily work at the lab might have been surprised by such claims. from Tripping on LSD at the Dolphin Research Lab [Chronicle of Higher Education; ungated]
posted by chavenet at 3:08 AM Feb 29 2024 - 21 comments [11 favorites]

"Archaeologists in Northern Ireland have uncovered well-preserved remains of a teenage boy dating back up to 2,500 years - including bones, skin and possibly a kidney - in a rare find that may shed new light on the region's ancient history." Did you know that Wikipedia has a page entitled "List of bog bodies"? Now you do. The Finns have bog bodies, and peat bogs have a special role in Finland [PDF]. Finally, van Beek, Quik, Bergerbrant, Huisman, and Kama have conducted an exciting large-scale overview study [PDF] "of well-dated human remains from northern European mires, based on a database of 266 sites and more than 1000 bog mummies, bog skeletons and disarticulated/partial skeletal remains."
posted by cupcakeninja at 4:08 AM Feb 29 2024 - 11 comments [11 favorites]

A surprisingly interesting case study on what the left hand does, when the other is the invisible hand of the market: How Boeing broke down: Inside the series of leadership failures that hobbled the airline giant. "It was that managerial decisions, made over a period that spanned more than 20 years and four CEOs, gradually weakened a once vaunted system of quality control and troubleshooting on the factory floor, leaving gaps that have allowed sundry defects to slip through" (non-paywall), changing Boeing from an engineering product company to the McDonnell Douglas finance machine. Previously (1) (2) (3).
posted by rubatan at 12:44 PM Feb 28 2024 - 39 comments [30 favorites]

Writing for the New Yorker, Manvir Singh asks whether the removal of Arabic elements from the language of the Fremen by David Peterson (the creator of Dothraki and other constructed languages) has more to do with making the language "realistic" or with Hollywood's inability to portray Arabs—especially desert-dwelling Arab freedom fighters—as good guys, rather than as terrorists.
posted by TheProfessor at 9:22 AM Feb 28 2024 - 95 comments [30 favorites]

Sheriff Robert Norris is speaking into his body camera. “Today’s date is April 20, approximately 7 a.m. Just want to document my visit to the Hayden Library. My attorney and I are just curious and would like to document this visit to see what kind of materials are on display here.” Norris, the sheriff of Kootenai County, Idaho, meets up outside the library with Marianna Cochran, the founder of CleanBooks4Kids, a “grassroots group of North Idaho citizens alarmed at the abundance of books sexualizing, grooming, and indoctrinating kids in our local libraries at taxpayer expense,” to search for the book Identical, which Norris says he had “seen an image [of] floating on social media.” [...]

They walk into the library, and for the next 45 minutes search for “obscene” books in the Young Adult section while Norris’s camera is rolling in one of the most bizarre police body camera videos I’ve ever seen.
404media: Police Bodycam Shows Sheriff Hunting for 'Obscene' Books at Library
posted by Rhaomi at 11:43 AM Feb 28 2024 - 53 comments [25 favorites]

As we have seen before with other image models like DALLE-3, the AI is taking your request and then modifying it to create a prompt. Image models have a bias towards too often producing the most common versions of things and lacking diversity (of all kinds) and representation, so systems often try to fix this by randomly appending modifiers to the prompt. The problem is that Gemini’s version does a crazy amount of this and does it in ways and places where doing so is crazy. from The Gemini Incident by Zvi Mowshowitz [Part I, Part II]
posted by chavenet at 1:46 PM Feb 28 2024 - 46 comments [18 favorites]

New satellite-based research reveals how land along the coast is slumping into the ocean, compounding the danger from global sea level rise. An interactive map with analysis (previously)
posted by bq at 8:28 AM Feb 29 2024 - 53 comments [9 favorites]

The Godzilla Meditation Series, lightly animated stills from kaiju movies with ambient music. From Kaijutopia.
posted by Shepherd at 2:57 AM Feb 28 2024 - 7 comments [24 favorites]

'After not one but two positive reviews a day apart in The New York Times – “a warm, intimate book, a volume of apple-cheeked popular intellectual history” – and an excerpt in The New Yorker, the book vaulted into the NYT bestseller list. It went on to reel in a Pulitzer and a National Book Award. While The Swerve picked up these laurels in the non-fiction category, [...] Greenblatt, in essence, took a small truth and made of it a big falsehood; one that many people, given The Swerve’s critical and commercial success, are inclined to believe.' In a 2023 essay 'The Italian Job', Luke Slattery attempts to set the swerved record straight.
posted by mittens at 3:29 PM Feb 28 2024 - 11 comments [13 favorites]

The Story Behind 30 Rock’s Magnificently Silly Leap Day Episode Real life is for March, and nothing that happens on February 29 counts.
posted by Servo5678 at 7:26 AM Feb 29 2024 - 5 comments [7 favorites]

From the far future of the year 1983: The Weekender or Octopus is “a single $75 device that contained a 110 camera, AM/FM radio with a telescoping antenna, flashlight, stopwatch, and clock with an alarm.” A more detailed review with sample photos.
posted by oulipian at 9:57 AM Feb 29 2024 - 16 comments [7 favorites]

"...it’s hard to imagine anyone being particularly precious about the character."
posted by Kitteh at 12:21 PM Feb 29 2024 - 29 comments [7 favorites]