What do art theft, forest fires, chemistry, and murder have in common? If you said things that I participated in during my college years, you are no longer my friend (but you are also not very far off the mark.) All kidding aside, these are some of the subjects of books that will be discussed in Davenport Public Library’s new non-fiction book club, “Truth Be Told.” The goal of Truth Be Told Book Club is to offer a variety of books that span the Dewey Decimal System. This is a great group to join if you currently a member of another book club and you’d like to branch out, or if you are new to book clubs and are a fan of non-fiction. If you’re curious about the titles we’ll be reading, I have images of the book jackets below.
Don’t get me wrong, I love boiled eggs. Seriously, I like them way too much; I just prefer mine without feathers or beaks.
That sound you just heard is your soul dying just a little bit.
Balut is a fertilized duck egg that is boiled and eaten in the shell. Balut is commonly sold as a street food in the Phillippines and rumored to be an aphrodisiac.
The development of the egg before it can be cooked is a matter of local preference. In the Philippines, the ideal balut is 17 days old. The chick inside is not old enough to have developed a beak or feathers and the bones are undeveloped. The Vietnamese tend prefer their balut mature from 19 days up to 21 days, when the chick is old enough to be recognizable as a baby duck (cringe) and has bones that will be firm but tender when cooked (shudder).
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.