Funbag Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? [Email the Funbag](mailto:[email protected]). Today, we’re talking about pistachios, cults, Costco, crying, and more. Your letters: Kevin: Who are the top boring great athletes of all time? I’m not talking about personalities. I mean strictly based on their style of play, or lack thereof. Athletes with no flair or who actively make the games boring to watch, but are brutally effective. I actually wanted to do this based solely on personality, but then I realized that most athletes are boring anyway, so you’d have 5,000 guys all tied for first. Even actors are more interesting people. So yes, let’s do it Kevin’s way and salute the athletes who were able to achieve immortality by demonstrating a technical proficiency so consistent and so routine that watching them made me beg for the sweet release of a sledgehammer to the temporal lobe. You will see a lot … [Read more...] about The 19 Boringest Athletes Of All Time
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Your friendly Supper Club staff is at home sipping White Russians, and you’ll find us parked on our barcalounger for the rest of the year. We’ll be back with new stories in 2017, but until then, we’d like to thank you for reading us these last three months. Like with a new restaurant, we’re striving to work out the kinks and improve each day, but do know we’re grateful for your patronage. Here are a handful of stories from our first 100 days we’re especially proud to have published. What we know as “curry” has a long and curious history “Curry” is one of the more fascinating and vague terms in the food lexicon. How could one word reach so many corners of the globe—from Japan to England to Jamiaca—and be presented with such varied interpretations? We asked Michael Snyder to track the etymology of “curry,” and he returned with a seafaring tale. I quit all meats and fast food—except for the … [Read more...] about Supper Club heads home for the holiday, so enjoy our smorgasbord of favorite stories
Giz Asks In this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts. Surveying the whole scope of human history vis-à-vis food, a couple of themes emerge. One is that humans like their food to taste good. Another is that they like it to not kill them. These two qualities often cohere in the same foodstuff—apples, for instance, taste great, and are not to my knowledge toxic—but inevitably the tastes-good/won’t-kill-you ratio’s sometimes less than ideal. For some foods, this is a selling point—fugu, say, the poisonous fish you need a certificate to properly prepare. For others, lethality’s just an unfortunate byproduct—as with the alloy in early tin cans, which sometimes gave people lead poisoning. For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of food historians and anthropologists to nominate their candidates for the all-time most dangerous food. There was one … [Read more...] about What’s the Most Dangerous Food of All Time?
A new study shows a simple diagnostic test that involves flushing the fallopian tubes with oil can improve chances of conception for the infertile. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images When confronted with a seemingly unexplainable medical condition, the best-case scenario is that it goes away on its own. The second-best-case scenario? That simply running a test to explore the condition further is, in itself, the cure. And that's precisely the case for some infertile women who have their fallopian tubes "flushed." The inability to conceive after a year of unprotected sex puts about 1 in 6 couples in the U.S. under the large umbrella of "infertile." Because there are many causes of infertility that aren't immediately clear, women might undergo a hysterosalpingography (HSG), a century-old X-ray procedure that allows doctors to look at the uterus and fallopian tubes for any abnormalities or blockages. X-rays need a contrast medium, containing a dye, to highlight the internal structures of the … [Read more...] about Century-old Procedure Treats Infertility by Flushing Fallopian Tubes With Oil
The research out of Georgia Tech is promising for converting waste into nutrient-rich water for growing urban hydroponic veggies such as these. Georgia Institute of Technology On the one hand, flushing our waste down the toilet makes a lot of sense — it's a hygienic way of quickly getting the smelly stuff and all its pathogens, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals out of our living spaces. On the other hand, it's crazy. Our feces and urine are nutrient-dense materials packed full of environmentally friendly energy. Every day we use shocking quantities of perfectly good water to get rid of this valuable resource and then we use shocking amounts of energy to clean that water up. There must be a better way to manage all this. At Georgia Tech, Yongsheng Chen, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, has an innovative and ingenious plan to flip the script on wastewater. Put simply, his pilot project will deploy next-gen nanotechnology to … [Read more...] about Georgia Tech Using Campus Wastewater to Grow Veggies