What You Didn’t Know About Starbucks Red Velvet Cupcakes

1 Jan

I know this isn’t exactly a funny post, but I thought people should know about this.

Looks delicious, right? Have any of you ever thought to look into the natural food coloring that makes the cupcakes their signature red color? I thought not. Anyway, if you look at their website, you’ll find that one of the ingredients in these cupcakes is carmine. Seems innocent enough. I had never heard of this before though, so I decided to look it up on Wikipedia, where it stated that:

Carmine, also called Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red #4, C.I. 75470, or E120, is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminum salt of carminic acid, which is produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal scale and the Polish cochineal, and is used as a general term for a particularly deep-red color of the same name.”

If you haven’t heard of a cochineal before, here’s a few pictures:

File:Dactylopius coccus (Barlovento) 04 ies.jpg 
The cluster of gray things… yeah, that’s what they look like.

If you’re not already grossed out, here’s more fun facts!:

“Carmine may be prepared from cochineal by boiling dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid and then treating the clear solution with alum.”

On top of being made out of bugs, carmine also has been known to “cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people” when used as a food dye!

The Center for Science in the Public Interest had an article titled, “FDA Urged to Improve Labeling of or Ban Carmine Food Coloring” so that people would at least be warned they are eating boiled bugs that could cause allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock. This was declined by the FDA because it found no “significant hazard” to the general population, and food-industries obviously didn’t want to write “insect-based” on their labels. All the FDA said people had to do was list it in the ingredients label!


So… do you still wanna eat that cupcake?


A Skier’s Dictionary

12 Dec

I thought this was pretty funny… and weather appropriate 🙂

Alp [alp]

 One of a number of ski mountains in Europe. Also a shouted request for assistance made by a European skier on a U.S. mountain. An appropriate reply: “What Zermatter?”

Avalanche [av-uh-lanch, -lahnch]

One of the few actual perils skiers face that needlessly frighten timid individuals away from the sport.
See also: Blizzard, Fracture, Frostbite, Hypothermia, Lift Collapse.

Bindings [bahyn-dings]

 Automatic mechanisms that protect skiers from potentially serious injury during a fall by releasing skis from boots, sending the skis skittering across the slope where they trip two other skiers, and so on and on, eventually causing the entire slope to be protected from serious injury.

Bones [bohn-s]

There are 206 in the human body. No need for dismay, however: There are two bones of the middle ear that have never been broken in a skiing accident.
Cross-Country Skiing  [kros-kuhn-tree-skee-ing]

Traditional Scandinavian all-terrain snow-travelling technique. It’s good exercise. It doesn’t require the purchase of costly lift tickets. It has no crowds or lines. It isn’t skiing.
See Cross-Country Something-Or-Other.

Cross-Country Something-or-Other [kros-kuhn-tree-suhm-thing-awr-uhth-er]

 Touring on skis along trails in scenic wilderness, gliding through snow-hushed woods far from the hubbub of the ski slopes, hearing nothing but the whispery hiss of the skis slipping through snow and the muffled tinkle of car keys dropping into the puffy powder of a deep, wind-sculped drift.
Exercises [ek-ser-sahyz-iz]

A few simple warm-ups to make sure you’re prepared for the slopes: *Tie a cinder block to each foot with old belts and climb a flight of stairs. *Sit on the outside of a second-story window ledge with your skis on and your poles in your lap for 30 minutes. *Bind your legs together at the ankles, lie flat on the floor; then, holding a banana in each hand, get to your feet.
Gloves [gluhvz]

 Designed to be tight enough around the wrist to restrict circulation, but not so closefitting as to allow any manual dexterity; they should also admit moisture from the outside without permitting any dampness within to escape.
Gravity [grav-i-tee]

One of four fundamental forces in nature that affect skiers. The other three are the strong force, which makes bindings jam; the weak force, which makes ankles give way on turns; and electromagnetism, which produces dead batteries in expensive ski-resort parking lots.
See Inertia.
Inertia [in-ur-shuh, ih-nur-]

Tendency of a skier’s body to resist changes in direction or speed due to the action of Newton’s First Law of Motion. Goes along with these other physical laws: * Two objects of greatly different mass falling side by side will have the same rate of descent, but the lighter one will have larger hospital bills. * Matter can neither be created nor destroyed, but if it drops out of a parka pocket, don’t expect to encounter it again in our universe. * When an irrestible force meets an immovable object, an unethical lawyer will immediately appear.
Prejump [pree-juhmp]

Manuever in which an expert skier makes a controlled jump just ahead of a bump. Beginners can execute a controlled prefall just before losing their balance and, if they wish, can precede it with a prescream and a few pregroans.
Shin [shin]

The bruised area on the front of the leg that runs from the point where the ache from the wrenched knee ends to where the soreness from the strained ankle begins.
Ski! [SKEE!]

A shout to alert people ahead that a loose ski is coming down the hill. Another warning skiers should be familiar with is “Avalanche!” – which tells everyone that a hill is coming down the hill.
Skier [skee-er]

One who pays an arm and a leg for the opportunity to break them.
Stance [stans]

Your knees should be flexed, but shaking slightly; your arms straight and covered with a good layer of goose flesh; your hands forward, palms clammy, knuckles white and fingers icy, your eyes a little crossed and darting in all directions. Your lips should be quivering, and you should be mumbling, “Why?”
Thor [thawr]

The Scandinavian god of acheth and painth.
Traverse [trav-ers, truh-vurs]

To ski across
 LOL. =)

Foxes Jumping on a Trampoline… LOL

24 Nov

Aaaand OMG! I totally forgot about writing a Thanksgiving post! Oops :/

Well anyways I had an awesome Thanksgiving! There was the usual, turkey (duh!), pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, pistachio baklava… well maybe not completely the usual but it was good anyways :P. My grandparents came as well as a few family friends, and we all had a great time. The desserts this year were ESPECIALLY amazing… pumpkin pie (like I said before) apple pie- which was amazingly delicious especially with vanilla bean Haagen Dazs ice cream. YUM. But the best part was the chocolate sauce. My grandma made it and it was SPECTACULAR! I poured it over everything, including the pumpkin pie which was surprisingly delicious… Creamy spiced pumpkin filling with rich dark chocolate sauce… Mmmmm…


What did you guys do this Thanksgiving? Feel free to comment 🙂 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!


Cool Optical Illusion

14 Sep

Green and Blue

Believe it or not, the “green” and “blue” colors in this spiral are exactly the same. They appear different because of the way our eyes perceive them in relation to the contrasting orange and pink stripes. Our eyes contain millions of ‘cones’ which decode light wavelengths to determine colors. When certain colors are combined, our brain is unable to process the information properly.

How Children Perceive Their Grandparents

10 Sep

She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before.   After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, “But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!”  I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye….

My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 62.   My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, ”Did you start at 1?”

After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair.  As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin.  Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings.  As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice,
“Who was THAT?”

A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like.  “We used to skate outside on a pond.   I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard.  We rode our pony.  We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”
The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in.  At last she said, “I sure wish I’d got to know you sooner!”

My grandson was vi siting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo and I said, “No, how are we alike? ’You’re both old,” he replied.

A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather’s word processor. She told him she was writing a story.
“What’s it about?” he asked.
“I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”


I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her.  I would point out something and ask what color it was.  She would tell me and was always correct.  It was fun for me, so I continued.  At last, she headed for the door, saying, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!”
When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin,  we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.   Still, a few fireflies followed us in.  Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, “It’s no use Grandpa.  Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”
When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.”  “Look in your underwear, Grandpa,” he advised ”Mine says I’m 4 to 6.”
Children’s Logic: “Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said a teacher. The small boy wrote:  “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.”   The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked.
“Sure,” said the young boy confidently. ‘It means carrying a child.”
A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past.  Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog.  The children started discussing the dog’s duties.
“They use him to keep crowds back,” said one child.
“No,” said another. “He’s just for good luck.”
A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrants.”
A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived.  “Oh,” he said, “she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her.  Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”

Can You Spot the Hidden Images in These Famous Logos?

27 Aug

… Can you find the arrow?

…How about two people standing around a bowl of salsa?

…Maybe a man riding a bike?

… a to z

…Can you find the Hershey Kiss in the word “KISSES”? Hint: Look sideways…

Baskinrobin2… see the 31?

Pretty cool, right?





I don’t really know what to name this post…

1 Jul

Their facial expressions are EPIC… Especially the one on the left.


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