For some reason, my fifth grade history teacher never taught the class about former British Prime Minister Bonar Law. Possibly because introducing a figure named Bonar Law would have had a more disruptive effect on the class than pulling the fire alarm. When I finally got around to looking him up today, I was shocked [...]
Entries from February 2009
February 13th, 2009 by Conor Lastowka · 22 Comments
February 12th, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 70 Comments
A Special Guest Blog, by Bridget Jones Nelson
My husband eats only bacon. Bacon in the morning. Bacon for lunch. Bacon at the family meal.
Sometimes he has a martini as a treat.
Old favorites sit untasted, unloved. Cheese, vegetables, Triscuit brand whole wheat snack crackers.
The children are shunned because they smell of breakfast.
And me? Oh, I get [...]
February 12th, 2009 by Conor Lastowka · 17 Comments
This wikipedia List of Unusual Deaths contains many interesting stories and could easily consume your afternoon. A quick scan did turn up the curious case of Robert Williams, who it turns out is the first human ever to be killed by a robot.
I, like many of you, thought we were doing pretty great having made [...]
February 12th, 2009 by Kevin Murphy · 64 Comments
Having just returned from a retreat to Mexico, I’m delighted to see that Michael J. has kept his word and embarked on a solid month of bacon stupidity. All week I broke my fast con tocino, and this morning in his honor I cooked up a batch of Nueske’s, which contrary to some east-coast prudes [...]
February 10th, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 44 Comments
Many people, obviously envious of the path I’ve taken for Bacon Stupidity Month have asked me how they might undertake a similar course. It may seem impossibly complex, almost Byzantine at first: you – what? – eat bacon? for a month? how? Where am I? Help! But it’s really quite simple. First, go get one [...]
February 9th, 2009 by Bill Corbett · 57 Comments
That’s it. Just… beware, OK?
(thanks to Scott Johnson at Extralife)
February 9th, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 44 Comments
Yes, I promised reviews of flashy bacons, but I got busy this weekend and had to rely on supermarket brands yet again: Safeway and Farmland brands, which were nestled together at my local Von’s like a couple of, well, see photo.
And just like the boys in the photo, these cured and smoked strips of pork [...]
February 9th, 2009 by Bill Corbett · 18 Comments
FYI, they were making them long before BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA and HOTEL FOR DOGS.
Below, a still from 1917’s TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE, starring the legendary Gloria Swanson (who was very convincing as the heroine’s dog.)
February 7th, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 75 Comments
Breakfast and lunch consisted of Smithfield thick sliced. My main impression: meaty. I’m not entirely sure I like my bacon to be meaty, but Smithfield bacon didn’t seem to care. It just went ahead and was meaty without concerning itself with my feelings on the matter.
If I were going to write a slogan for Smithfield [...]
February 7th, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 73 Comments
Late in day 6 of Bacon Stupidity I stopped to stock up, approached the check out and dropped eight pounds of various brands of bacon on the conveyor. The clerk, an attractive middle aged woman, smiled wryly and asked, “Cooking breakfast for everyone, no?” with an accent I guessed to be Eastern European. For reasons [...]
February 6th, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 28 Comments
I’m well into my 6th day of Bacon Stupidity the last couple of which have featured regular old grocery store bacon, i.e., utility bacon: Kroger’s, Ralph’s, and some off brand I don’t even remember. Like utility infielder Chris Gomez they’ve been dependable, if not flashy, and when properly prepared have been able to hit for [...]
February 6th, 2009 by Bill Corbett · 40 Comments
WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT THIS BEFORE?
UPDATE: Comment via Twitter —
@monkeystick replies: “these boots were made for Walken?”
February 5th, 2009 by Bill Corbett · 42 Comments
Confidential to Bacon Boy:
Loving and nurturing my child does not make me gay.
Working in the theater makes me gay.
Bill, when I saw that the female consensus seemed to be coming down strongly in their favor, I rushed off and bought one. I am currently trying to wedge my 6-foot 15-year-old into it now.
February 5th, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 52 Comments
Cool, hip, sexy? Or deeply, deeply unmanning? Like, gelding-level unmanning? Like, at least if he were wearing a tutu you’d know it was a joke-level unmanning? Like, he probably straps on those disgusting fake breasts so he can “nurse” the baby and he actually tells people about it-level unmanning?
I can’t decide. Please discuss.
February 4th, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 78 Comments
This morning’s meal consisted of a bacon face-off. On one side, Jimmy Dean’s Original Premium bacon (motto “Shine On”) and on the other Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked. The Niman’s was clearly still smarting from the pounding it received at the hands of Cook’s Illustrated – it looked down on the much smaller Jimmy Dean (exactly [...]