I’ve done a little research and haven’t found the answer to my question, so please help. Where do all the bar/alcohol terms we use come from (like straight, neat, on the rocks…)? And more importantly, are you a rube if you still use them or a rube if you don’t?
Neat?! Who are you, Sinatra? [...]
Who invented oatmeal? [3583C]
I assume you mean the consumption of oatmeal as a breakfast cereal. Humans began eating oatmeal for breakfast thousands of years ago – most commonly in the British Isles – so it’s impossible to know who “invented” it (but I’m going to say it was a guy named Conor, who lived [...]
Why do leftovers taste better? [3586A]
[written in answer space: scarcity principle]
Good guess, Secret Scribbler, but I don’t think so. The correct answer is gristle. That’s right: gristle, that crusty, crunchy, delicious stuff that bakes around the edges of leftovers (especially those with cheese). Oh, yeah!
Do different color M&M’s taste differently? Why do people love red M&M’s if it isn’t their favorite color? [3581C]
The flavor – if there is any (see my earlier post: Soooooo delectable!) – is from the chocolate. If people love red M&Ms, it’s because the color projects strength and passion. Red is said to [...]
How many skittles are there in a bag? Is is always the same amount? What is the most preferred flavor? [3581B]
That’s impossible to answer, since Skittles come in a variety of bag sizes. I’m not sure what the most preferred flavor is, but my preference is for Orange Skittles Vodka.
Why are mashed potatoes with butter soooooo delectable? [3570A]
[written in answer space: "They ain't mashed potatoes ma, aight?!" --B.I.G.]
Americans, at least, are conditioned to crave the unholy trinity of fat, sugar, and salt. And mashed potatoes have them all!
How does one capture a feral feline? [3571B]
[written in answer space: with a feral net]
Strip down, slather yourself with bacon grease, and lie in the middle of Chapel Quad. You’ll get all the attention you desire and more.
I had no idea that vanilla extract could be made from soaking bean pods in vodka or brandy, or that commercial extract must be 35% alcohol. So, what does soaking it longer (say a year) do for the flavor?
Ah, I can see you’re someone who believes that anything worth doing is worth overdoing! Actually, [...]
Why are there never any water bottles in the vending machine? Can’t we have a regular vending machine refill-er on staff 24/7?
The Pepsi machine in the Link has one button for Aquafina water and of course you can purchase bottled water in the Perk during operating hours. But between the two beverage vending machines [...]
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