Things People Think That Aren’t True?

        1. Getting cold will give you a cold/the flu. (It might weaken your immune system, but getting sick is all about germs, germs, germs! It is true that not wearing a jacket when it’s cold will make your mother cold. Really. Trust me on this.)
        2. Vikings wore horned helmets. (That came from opera costumes.)
        3. Carrots improve eyesight. (WWII propaganda.)
        4. Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis. (No, but it makes you annoying.)
        5. Goldfish have 3-second memories. (They can remember information for up to five months.)
        6. Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. (Things that attract lightning once are likely to attract it again.)
        7. Monsanto sued farmers when GMO seeds blew onto their farms. (No, they sued farmers who used various methods to circumvent paying Monsanto for patented seeds.)
        8. Jellyfish stings should be treated by peeing on them. (No, get out of the water, rinse the area with salt water and seek medical treatment.)
        9. “420” is the Los Angeles Police Department code for marijuana use. (No, it’s the code for juvenile disturbance.)
        10. We eat 8 spiders a year in our sleep. (It’s just 3. Not really, I kid, it’s zero. Spiders don’t want anything to do with you.)
        11. Marilyn Monroe wore a size 16 dress. (You’d like to think so, wouldn’t you Chubs? Nope, she had a 22-inch waist and weighed less than 120 pounds. If she were alive today, she’d probably wear a US size 4.)
        12. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. (Unless, of course, you can’t, then it’s…)


“Victims” of the Streisand Effect?

Can we call them victims when they brought the trouble down upon themselves? If you don’t know, “the Streisand Effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.”

– A Glasgow hostel owner fights back after a guest left a negative review. There was even a drinking game created for the comment fight (at the risk of alcohol poisoning). Sure, you can say, well, it’s Glasgow, what did you expect? But the hostel owner was originally Canadian! They’re supposed to be nice!

– Paul Christoforo of Ocean Marketing (a PR firm) did not handle a customer’s complaint about not receiving gaming controllers. There’s even an internet meme based on it.

– Beyonce’s publicist didn’t like the fierce photos from her Superbowl halftime show.

It did not go well.

Faith healer Adam Miller sues over a YouTube video.

You go, girl! It went from a barely noticed video to one with thousands of views.

– A Boston moving company called Casey Movers received a bad review on Yelp so they sent a letter threatening legal action. That led to the discovery of bogus positive reviews for the company.

– You might think that politicians would know better but Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson has experienced the Streisand Effect. The section of her Wikipedia page about how she granted scholarships to relatives and children of her congressional aide kept disappearing. That got the attention of the media. It didn’t matter in the long run, she was still re-elected. Having a (D) beside your name lets you get away with all sorts of funny business that would get you booted from office if you had an (R) instead.

Herbs to Grow for Cooking and Health?

Here are herbs that you can use to liven up your cooking. Some people claim that they have health benefits too. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can grow herbs in a planter on a deck, patio or balcony. Some will even do well inside on your windowsill.

Health: It’s supposed to reduce flatulence and improve the appetite. (I have to admit, that warm, spicy flavor is appetizing!)
Cooking: Use to season soups, stews, and sauces.

Tomato Basil Soup
Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette
Basil Pesto
Summer Chicken and Basil Stew

If you’re trying to grow your herbs in a small space – a planter or container garden – look for “Spicy Globe Basil”. It’s a more compact plant. Pick the leaves early, before it blooms, for the best flavor.

Health: They’re low in calories and high in Vitamin A, C, and K.
Cooking: They provide a light onion flavor. Chop them up and add to salads or scrambled eggs. Use as a garnish on potatoes or other vegetables.

Sauteed Chicken Breasts in Creamy Chive Sauce
Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Chrispy Herbed Shrimp with Chive Aioli

This is a grass-like perennial. You can grow it on your windowsill and just snip off some when you need it. Trim them back to soil level to keep fresh sprouts coming.

Health: It improves mood and sweetens your breath (which will improve the mood of those around you!) Traditionally, rosemary has symbolized remembrance and love. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” Perhaps because of this tradition, people believe that it will help improve memory.
Cooking: It compliments chicken, beef, pork, and fish. It also works well with some vegetables.

Garlic Rosemary Chicken
Olive Oil Braised Vegetables
Ginger Rosemary Lemon Drop Cocktails
Make rosemary infused oil. Wash some rosemary sprigs and pat dry with towels. Let them sit out and finish air drying for a day. Drop the sprigs into a bottle of olive oil. Let it sit in a cool dark place (a cabinet or the pantry) for at least several days. The longer it sits, the more intense the flavor. Use in sauteing or in salad dressings. If you need the flavored oil RIGHT NOW!, heat a cup of olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add a few sprigs of rosemary – around 5 or so. Heat for about five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a bottle or cruet. Keep refrigerated when not using. Keeps about a month.

It will grow in a little pot, indoors or out. I see them at Christmas time in the grocery, trimmed to look like little Christmas trees. There’s usually at least a few on clearance after the holiday. If you see one, grab it because it goes well with winter comfort foods.

Health: Relieves throat inflammation. According to WebMD, “Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. Women use sage for painful menstrual periods, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing, and to reduce hot flashes during menopause. Sage is applied directly to the skin for cold sores; gum disease (gingivitis); sore mouth, throat or tongue; and swollen, painful nasal passages.” Wow. I’m impressed, all that and it flavors sausage too!
Cooking: It’s used in stuffing for chicken or turkey, sausage, cooking with pork, or in omelets.

Butter and Sage Sauce to serve over pasta
Pork Roast Stuffed with Apples and Sage (It also has thyme in it.)
Steamed Vegetables With Sage

Sage needs lots of sun, so it’s best to grow it outside. It can also become very bushy, so if you want to grow it in a container, look for a dwarf sage that will only grow 10 inches high. If your sage blooms, cut back only to beneath where it budded, not to the woody part of the stem. If you cut back too far, it may not come back.

Health: Thyme oil is an antiseptic and may help bad breath. It’s also rich in Vitamin A and C. Drink a tea made of it for use as a diuretic (increases urine flow).
Cooking: Rub chopped leaves over roasts before cooking.

Slow Baked Salmon and Lemon Thyme
Garlic Thyme Bread
Potato Gratin with Leeks and Thyme

Thyme needs full sun and likes to be slightly dry, so don’t over-water and make sure that the pot or planter it’s in drains well. Plant some outside to attract honey bees.

Health: It has Vitamins A, C, E, and K and fiber and is a potential anti-oxidant.
Cooking: Use it to make marinara or pizza sauce – or add flavor to sauce from a jar. If you’re cooking anything that has tomatoes in it, chances are it will be good with a little oregano in there too.

Meatball Vegetable Soup
Pizza Margherita (Also uses fresh basil.)
Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Oregano

It needs sun (at least 6 hours a day) and will grow in a pot but will need its space – it can be a foot tall. Pinch off leaves regularly so it will continue to sprout new ones and so it won’t take over your window/patio/garden.

A couple of articles you may want to check out:
Chow: How to Grow Herbs Indoors
Burpee Seeds: Growing Herbs for Drying