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What are the haps my friends


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!


YOU LIKE TO READ: Probably, huh? Well GOOD NEWS: my book To Be or Not To Be (choose-your-own-path Hamlet!) is in the new Humble eBooks Bundle! Up to FIFTEEN books at a pay-what-you-want price, plus you support charity (and artists)! Definitely worth checking out, if you ask me.

NEW SHIRTS: As you may have noticed, I've spent the past all this year coming up with a new shirt design every month. Then I sold them for two weeks only! But now they're BACK... for two weeks only. Check them out! There are some PRETTY FRIGGIN' AWESOME shirts here. There's also a new one about dating, kinda?

One year ago today: 'speechifying' is a real word! you could be a speechifier, all you have to do is speechify

– Ryan

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