Besides being as cute as a button, I found the content of this little girl’s video to be important. Elise decides to do an experiment to see how long it takes a sweet potato placed in a glass of water to grow vines.

Time needed to grow vines for conventionally-grown sweet potatoes, sprayed with “Bud-Nip:” Forever. No vines will grow.

Time needed to grow vines for organic sweet potatoes from the supermarket: After a full month, the potatoes yielded a few “wimpy little vines.”

Time needed to grow about a bajillion hearty vines from organic sweet potatoes from a local certified-organic market: Less than a week, and the vines that have grown are close to taking over the kitchen!

Young Elise goes on to explain that Bud-Nip is the commercial name for common herbicide Chlorpropham, and that it works systemically within the plant, so washing produce treated with Bud-Nip has very little effect on reducing the amount of this chemical that one would presumably consume. Bud-Nip is commonly used on conventionally-grown blueberries, carrots, onions, spinach, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.

I think young Elise says it the best: “Which potato would YOU rather eat?”

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Bueno, no. Vamos.” I loved this! And I think the kid really thinks he won!

via Urlesque

I saw a funny tool at a kitchen store the other day. It was marked “Duck Press,” and I assumed it was some kind of old-fashioned tool used to squeeze out more fat from duck skin or something like that. Reasonable assumption, I thought.

In an effort to find the “real” answer (or maybe in part to congratulate myself for having such finely-honed deductive powers!) I did some research, and found I was grossly (emphasis on the ‘gross’ part) mistaken.

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O sea, Rodolfo Burgos. Oye, de verdad canta idéntico, ¡es increíble!

To my grand delight, I saw a video of the REAL Shakira meeting Rodolfo/”Shakiro” – and two things struck me.

1. Shakira seems so normal and nice!

2. Wait, Shakira’s only like 5 feet tall, that guy looks teeny next to her!

Silent Monks Sing Hallelujah

December 23, 2010

Been MIA around here these days – but don’t fret. All is well, just super-busy! This video cracked me up, and in the spirit of the season, I share it here. Enjoy!

Chistecito

November 2, 2010

Ja ja ja!!! Saber idiomas es fundamental en cualquier trabajo con el público:

Un hombre llega a pedir trabajo a una farmacia, y el dueño de la farmacia le dice:

– OK, le puedo dar el empleo pero si usted habla inglés.

A lo que el hombre le dice:

– Claro, yo hablo inglés.

– Demuéstrelo y atienda a ese cliente que está entrando.

El cliente dice:

– ¿Hay ampolletas?

Y el futuro dependiente le responde:

– Welcome Mister Polletas! I’m Jorge.

via: Compostela Virtual

Recently, I found out about Amazon’s book trade-in program, and decided it was high time for me to look over my bulging bookshelves for suitable candidates. I found one book in particular that I was willing to part with that Amazon told me was worth $30. $30! I was delighted, since the only other plan I’d hatched about thinning my books involved just giving darn things away to our local Goodwill.

I flipped through the books in the “yes” pile to ensure there were no hidden flowers, notes, pieces of lizard skin or dollar bills tucked neatly between the pages, and suddenly, I noticed the unthinkable.

In my $30 book, a textbook I’d used during my Masters work, I’d written in the book itself. Gasp! I had defaced a book, but was quickly relieved to see that my crime appeared to be erasable. Somehow, I had had the foresight to scribble on those $30 pages in pencil. “No problem,” I thought. “I’ll just erase all the evidence.”

I dug out one of those long clicky erasers, and got to work. Sadly, three hours later, I found that I’d grossly underestimated the staying power of the humble pencil lead. My deltoid, exhausted…My lungs, full of eraser bits. I won’t even tell you what the carpet looked like.

The only upshot (besides hopefully guaranteeing the receipt of my entire $30!) is that I saw a few minutes of Jimmy Fallon, and he showed a piece of this video: The funniest thing I’ve seen in MONTHS. I haven’ t stopped laughing since! Enjoy!

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