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Oh those Southern cooks!

I was reading this article about Southern biscuits and rolls and how a lot of people are using pre-packaged rolls/biscuits instead of making them from scratch.

Now having lived in the North Carolina for several years and been around my family from that area, I can tell you one thing: bread is important. Most of the older generation will not serve a meal without bread. Usually this bread is in the form of biscuits (probably made with enough butter to give you a heart attack) or rolls, and to not serve some form of bread with the meal is anathema.

And if you serve them a meal without bread? It's doesn't happen. I have seen some of the older ladies and gentleman get sliced Wonderbread from a bag to serve at a table covered with very nice, very fancy food because there was no bread. Usually they try to be nice or gracious about it, like you've accidentally forgotten the bread and they don't want you to be embarrassed in front of others so they'll just get some for you and hope no one notices. Other times they'll just come out and ask why there's no bread with the meal.

What really got me laughing though, was this quote. It's gracious Southern passive-agressiveness at it's best.

“A part of the placidity of the South comes from the sense of well-being that follows the heart-and-body-warming consumption of breads fresh from the oven,” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote in “Cross Creek Cookery” in 1942. “We serve cold baker’s bread to our enemies, trusting that they will never impose on our hospitality again.”

And yes, I have in fact watched one of my Aunts do this to a boy who was dating my cousin that she didn't like. In her opinion, he wasn't good enough for her to waste time making biscuits for. Nevermind that the biscuits in question were the frozen bake and serve variety. But she would never say something about it to him or her daughter. That would be rude. Not that we couldn't all figure out what she thought of the guy from her actions.

Oh family...

I <3 paleontology

Sabertooth tigers hunted in packs.

True story: we were discussing the Rancho La Brea fauna in my Terrestrial paleo class. In particular, we were discussing how Smilodon brought down its prey. I forgot what prompted the comment, but my professor made the following remark:

"Well obviously they were going after big prey. You wouldn't expect to see a sabertooth cat lunge after a bunny. It's teeth would be stuck in the ground and the bunny would just hop out between them."

I loved my paleo classes. These are the same classes that produced the "Oh shit!" turtle story and the "Man, if only I have 20 hours in a day" line.

This is why I love American history

Strangely enough, it was one of my friends in England (hi eslington!) that pointed me to 5 Presidential Elections Even Dumber Than This One and The 5 Most Badass Presidents of All Time. Reading these two articles was like being transported back to A.P. US History (APUSH) back in High School. This was the kind of crazy shit in American history we use to focus on in that class. We'd dig up the scandals and talk about it. Or our history book would provide the scandal fodder for us. (This was the book that when talking about the progress of the automobile in the early 1900's said it wasn't unusual for a person riding a horse, upon coming across one of the early, unreliable cars that was working, to yell at the people in the automobile "Get a horse!").

This is also the reason why I remember so much of that class. miome was talking about these people and I was telling "Oh yeah, he was the guy that supposedly slept with his slave and had an illegitimate child." or "Oh I know why he hates that guy so much. At the time the VP was the person who lost the Presidential election. So the opponent you just spent several months trashing was your vice president until they passed an amendment to stop that." So many tidbits.

I love my APUSH class. XD


Dear Senator McCain,

What the heck is up with that face? I mean granted you have just made my morning, but still. Dignity! Please have some.

And am I the only one going "Is he trying to goose Senator Obama?" Please tell me that my yaoi fangirl mind is not the only one who went there.