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July 23rd, 2009: A few people emailed me to let me know (in relation to yesterday's comic) about Pica, an eating disorder where you crave largely non-food items, including chalk. And apparently sometimes dirt is sold in stores, but that sounds so crazy, you know? Dirt's everywhere, but I guess some tastes better than others.

In any case! Baglieg on LJ informs me that, as with most things, it turns out the food industry has beat T-Rex there with Olestra. Olestra is a fat substitute that contains no fat itself, but, you know, isn't actually food and can't be digested by the body. One side effect is that it coats vitamins in the food, so not only do you not get any fat in the food, but other vitamins that would otherwise be there also pass through you undigested. Finally, it causes you to poop more. Olestra can also be used, Wikipedia informs us, as "a base in deck stains and a lubricant for small power tools".

All of these efforts may be for naught, as Charlie let me know, because even if there were a new form of bacon that tasted exactly like regular bacon but had fewer calories, it might taste worse to us than the regular fatty version. Scienceblogs has more details with The Neuroscience of McGriddles.

Food's neat, you guys!

To make sure the best gifts ever in time get to you when you want them, here are the HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES. Orders placed before these dates will get to you in time for Christmas!

December 1st-4th: All shipping methods except U.S.P.S. First-Class Package International Service™ are safe.
December 5th: International orders made not selecting U.S.P.S. Priority Mail Express International™ shipping will likely arrive in January.
December 10th: USPS FIRST CLASS and STANDARD may not make it in time and neither will USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTERNATIONAL.
December 14th: ALMOST NOTHING IS SAFE. USPS EXPRESS is the only safe USPS option. For FEDEX HOME/GROUND shipping it depends on where you are: refer to this map!
December 17th: A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE (IF THINGS PLACED ON OR AFTER THIS DATE ARRIVE BY THE 24TH, THAT IS)

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– Ryan

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