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Grotesque or Gourmet? #1: Escamoles

Grotesque or Gourmet? #1: Escamoles

All week you’ll be treated to posts on freaky foods from around the world. Here is your first foray into “Grotesque or Gourmet?”

Sometimes referred to as “insect caviar,” Escamoles are the larvae of ants that are harvested from the roots of the Agave and Maguey plants in Mexico. Escamoles are said to have a buttery or nutty flavor.

I'd be so into this minus the insect larvae.

The Eastern Avenue Branch Library has a new bulletin board in the Teen area with a “Grotesque or Gourmet?” display. Stop in to check it out (there may or may not be 3-D foam maggots on it) and stop back tomorrow for more gross food facts.

May 7, 20120 comments
Ugh, I’ve got an earworm

Ugh, I’ve got an earworm

The other day I not-so-subtly tried to infect you with an earworm of Lionel Richie’s “Hello”. Did it work?

An earworm is the state of having a song stuck in your head. Earworms can last for hours or even days. Think of it as a song playing on repeat in your mind without your consent. I was afflicted with LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” just last night (which is funny because I’m neither sexy or aware of it.) If you’re curious about the causes and cures for earworms check out psychologist Tom Stafford’s article, “Earworms: Why catchy tunes get stuck in our heads.”

May your weekend be fun and earworm-free…or go ahead and click on the video below. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.


May 4, 20120 comments