Apparently there was a transformer meltdown in New York last night. The whole sky lit up bright blue and social media went straight to aliens - when my wife showed me the video I started gibbering "Ooh, big fault! Arcing! BIG FAULT!"
So to understand this news, and to understand why this is so rare, and to understand the post-19th Century world in general, how DOES a transformer work, anyway? Well...
> to understand this news, and to understand why this is so rare, and to understand the post-19th Century world in general
CAN I PLEASE UNDERSTAND MY BREAKFAST CEREAL FIRST
@sydneyfalk reciprocal <3 but also on the subject of breakfast cereals OMG WHY ARE AMERICAN CORNFLAKES SO BAD. The Kellogg's in the UK is fine and I assumed the same brand would be good in the US too, but they're DREADFUL! They're tasteless and gritty like the nastiest 30p-a-box supermarket own brand crap. I have to buy the expensive organic cornflakes from Trader Joe's to get what I'd consider bog-standard Kellogg's quality. HOW IS THIS HARD I THOUGHT CORN WAS AMERICAN
because this is the United States, we have a film to explain
you see, Road To Wellness was a historical documentary, and John Cusack invented corn flakes by accident purely to make money after vilifying masturbation, and
okay, so the important part is that you have to remember the United States is basically shite start to finish, and if our elected representatives can get extra money for letting corn flakes have lead or asbestos in them they will, because
money money money
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@sydneyfalk by that standard, just about nothing we eat is "natural". :)
corn gets a bum rap because modern industrial ag & food systems have been optimized to produce a staggering quantity of it and it's become one of a handful of universal feedstocks for lots of food processes, so (like soy) it's in practically everything you can buy at a grocery store that isn't, like, just a plain vegetable.
(and also because people are freaked out by genetic engineering, but that's another question.)
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@sydneyfalk despite this reputation, it's a wonderful plant with many interesting properties and beneficial uses. it's a new world crop descended from a wild grass, and it's probably been in use for 10k+ years. i'm far from an expert on this, but as i understand it various strains are an important part of the agricultural heritage of native peoples all over the americas.
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> nothing we eat is "natural"
I know! And I'm peachy with it. I like spreading the word, in fact -- none of these plants are what we know now, they all have forms we're unfamiliar with, etc.
'Natural' is one of those unfortunate words that primal human minds still cling to as if somehow 'natural' for humans isn't 'being eaten by bears naked in the woods alone' and shit.
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