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August 28, 2016 - Greek Mosaics

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"Imagine the thrill of unearthing three ancient greek mosaics dating back 2,220 years ago. Back in 2014, Professor Kutalmış Görkay of Ankara University and his team of archeologists discovered three ancient greek mosaics in the Turkish city of Zeugma near the boarders of Syria."
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"For the Colonel, It Was Finger?Lickin' Bad"

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KFC Finger Lickin Bad

Here's a gem from the archive of the NY Times. One day in September 1976, NY Times food critic Mimi Sheraton and Colonel Harland Sanders stopped into a Manhattan Kentucky Fried Chicken. The Colonel, then estranged from the company he founded, strolled into the kitchen after glad-handing some patrons and proceeded to tear into the quality of the food:

Once in the kitchen, the colonel walked over to a vat full of frying chicken pieces and announced, 'That's much too black. It should be golden brown. You're frying for 12 minutes -- that's six minutes too long. What's more, your frying fat should have been changed a week ago. That's the worst fried chicken I've ever seen. Let me see your mashed potatoes with gravy, and how do you make them?"

When Mr. Singleton explained that he first mixed boiling water into the instant powdered potatoes, the colonel interrupted. "And then you have wallpaper paste," he said. "Next suppose you add some of this brown gravy stuff and then you have sludge." "There's no way anyone can get me to swallow those potatoes," he said after tasting some. "And this cole slaw. This cole slaw! They just won't listen to me. It should he chopped, not shredded, and it should be made with Miracle Whip. Anything else turns gray. And there should be nothing in it but cabbage. No carrots!"

Sanders sold his company to an investment group in 1964, which took the company public two years later and eventually sold to a company called Heublein. After selling, Sanders officially still worked for the company as an advisor but grew more and more dissatisfied with it, as evidenced by the story above. When the company HQ moved to Tennessee, the Colonel was quoted as saying:

This ain't no goddam Tennessee Fried Chicken, no matter what some slick, silk-suited son-of-a-bitch says.

And he got sued by a KFC franchisee after he commented:

My God, that gravy is horrible. They buy tap water for 15 to 20 cents a thousand gallons and then mix it with flour and starch and end up with pure wallpaper paste. And I know wallpaper paste, by God, because I've seen my mother make it.

To the "wallpaper paste" they add some sludge and sell it for 65 or 75 cents a pint. There's no nutrition in it and the ought not to be allowed to sell it.

And another thing. That new crispy chicken is nothing in the world but a damn fried doughball stuck on some chicken.

Colonel Sanders: serving up chicken and sick burns with equal spiciness. (via @mccanner)

Tags: food   Harland Sanders   KFC   Mimi Sheraton   restaurants
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digdoug
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I love this town. And all it's beskeleton'd closets.

(KFC is based in Louisville now)
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fxer
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My father still mentions this interview every time he passes a KFC, 40 years later.
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Dang.

An Explorer’s Ode to America’s National Parks (20 photos)

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Mark Burns spent five years visiting all 59 of the United States' national parks. Captured in stirring black and white images, his landscape photography project was completed just in time for the National Park Service's centennial celebration. “It's a time to reflect on the rich history of our national parks,” Burns said of his 160,000-mile journey, “but it's also a time to plan wisely for the next 100 years.” Glacier Bay's wild coastline, Death Valley's parched terrain, and Yellowstone's surging geysers are all pictured in searing detail. One image from each park is currently being exhibited at the Houston Museum of Natural Science until September 5th. A selection can be found below.

"Topeka Glacier," Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Mark Burns)
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Science is real.

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h/t to didiandgogoforever on tumblr!

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Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
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A friendly reminder.
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We signed a treaty with a king whose head is now in a basket....

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We signed a treaty with a king whose head is now in a basket. #louisxvi #louisville #notthesunking #outofyourgoddamnmind #franklyitsalittledisquieting (at Louisville, Kentucky)

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digdoug
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I got to tell some kids (20 somethings) yesterday that Louisville was named after a guy in Hamilton.
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WorldMaker
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Also, LaGrange, KY is not named after the astronomer, but after the titled home of America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman (Lafayette!). Also I find it fun trivia that all the things named after Jefferson in KY are from when he was Governor of Virginia (and let Virginia and Kentucky separate) and all the things named after him in Indiana are "later" from when he was President of the US.
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A Supercut Tribute to Some of the Most Iconic, Weird Characters in Movies

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Filmmaker Jon Lefkovitz has created a great supercut video tribute to some of the most iconic, weird characters in movies. Jon features classic scenes of Crispin Glover as George McFly in Back to the Future, Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse in Beetlejuice, and more.

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