Eugene Wei listens to a podcast (Econtalk) with a fascinating guest (Rachel Laudan, author of Cuisine and Empire) and writes it up in an impressive way. One liner by Wei that should stand alone: “You can generate your own scarcity just by having a broad palate.” But Laudan’s argument that French haute cuisine conquered the world because of diplomacy is at least as good.
Obesity. Not just for humans anymore.
Turns out the People’s Liberation Army (aka, the military of China), have something resembling MREs. This guy lived on a diet of nothing but these things for a few days. Good times.