Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Not Just Plain Vanilla Trivia - Tonight at 8pm!

Do you like vanilla?

A relative of mine recently shared an article from the Food Babe ("Do You Eat Beaver Butt?")  that claimed that castoreum, a secretion from a gland near the anus of beavers is used in food production and is listed as "Natural Flavor" on ingredient lists.

My skeptic radar went off and to the Googles I went!

In about 27 seconds I had proof that this was BS.

So many debunks were already out there.
I was so happy that I didn't even post my evidence as a reply.

Am I growing up?

Probably not, because I still giggled like an 11-year old when I read these quotes from the National Geographic article:

“I lift up the animal’s tail,” said Joanne Crawford, a wildlife ecologist at Southern Illinois University, “and I’m like, ‘Get down there, and stick your nose near its bum.'”
“You can milk the anal glands so you can extract the fluid,” Crawford said. “You can squirt [castoreum] out. It’s pretty gross.”
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All this reminded me of a story on This American Life from a few years ago regarding doubles and substitutes.  One of their correspondents spent several weeks tracking down the truth of an urban legend involving counterfeit/imitation calamari.

Tonight's Question:
What non-seafood material was rumored to be standing in as calamari in that episode?

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