World’s Largest Brownie

A marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts cooked what it claims to be the world’s largest cannabis-infused brownie — an 850-pound THC treat.

MariMed, based in Norwood, celebrated the launch of its new brand Bubby’s Baked by cooking the brownie infused with 20,000 milligrams of TCH, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana…

The brownie measures 3 feet long on each side and 15 inches high. It dwarfs the Guinness World Record holder for largest brownie, a 234-pounder made by Alabama’s Something Sweet Bake Shop in 2013…

“Unfortunately, Guinness World Records rejected our entry because they don’t accept cannabis-related records,” Ryan Crandall, MariMed’s chief product officer, told McClatchy. “That was a disappointment, but we’re still very proud of what we accomplished.”

Wish these folks were in business when I was still living in New England. My home, almost 40 years ago, was only 8 miles away from where they opened their bakery/dispensary. Yum!

Look who’s back!


Thanks, gocomics.org

Now the Dems can trundle along – not only including the requisite bashing of any furrin’ land that competes with the GOUSA instead of kowtowing to our “proper place” – but, they have the opportunity to sweep up centrist positions abandoned by the Republican Party in the years dedicated to butt-kissing fascism.

Kids copping candy for Halloween or Easter? Check ’em for nut allergies, first!

Peanut and tree nut anaphylaxis in children spikes at Halloween and Easter…Most were previously unknown allergies, according to the Canadian study, which compares Halloween, Easter, Christmas, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Eid al-Adha.

“Identifying certain times associated with an increased risk of anaphylaxis—a serious and life-threatening allergic reaction—could help to raise community awareness, support, and vigilance…”…“This information would identify the best timing for public awareness campaigns to prevent allergic reactions.”

For peanut-triggered anaphylaxis, there was an 85% increase in daily average cases during Halloween and a 60% increase during Easter compared with the rest of the year. For anaphylaxis triggered by unknown nuts, there was a 70% increase during Halloween and Easter compared with the rest of the year. However, the researchers did not find an increase at Christmas, Diwali, Chinese New Year, or Eid al-Adha.

Sound reasoning for the differences between holidays in the article make sense. Parents or not, a worthwhile, brief read.

Ghosting in the land of surveillance


Using makeup as camouflage

Public opinion about the use and spread of drones is still up in the air, but burgeoning drone use has sparked numerous efforts to curtail drones. These responses range from public policies exerting community control over local airspace, to the development of sophisticated jamming equipment and tactics for knocking drones out of the sky…Anti-drone measures range from simple blunt force, 10-gauge shotguns, to the poetic: well-trained hawks.

The article develops analysis and then suggests techniques to disguise yourself…which is truly worthy and affordable. And fun.

The…most practical, thing you can do to protect yourself from drone surveillance is to get a disguise. The growth of mass surveillance has led to an explosion in creative experiments meant to mask one’s identity. But some of the smartest ideas are decidedly old-school and low-tech. Clothing is the first choice, because hats, glasses, masks and scarves go a long way toward scrambling drone-based facial-recognition software…

Artists and scientists have taken these approaches a step further, developing a hoodie wrap that’s intended to shield the owner’s heat signature and to scramble facial recognition software, and glasses intended to foil facial recognition systems.

And, not so incidentally, driving spooks from the FBI and your local Red Squad crazy is fun.

Xmas present I absolutely don’t want – but, find fascinating

❝ Designed for home or office, the new Ember Mug does more than simply keep your coffee hot. Our smart mug allows you to set an exact drinking temperature, so your coffee is never too hot, or too cold. Depending on the size, your beverage will maintain its chosen warmth for 80 to 90 minutes.

I can think of several fixated folks I worked with over the years who probably own one of these. After a number of years as retiree, I pretty much know just how long to nuke my coffee to bring it back to proper temperature. No batteries needed for any of my favorite coffee mugs. Just walk to the kitchen and back.

Pic of the day


Attack of the Giant Tinned Calamares — Click to enlarge — Tom Janssen

From a collection of Tom Janssen photos of unusual processions and parades in the Netherlands.

Calamari is near and dear to my heart and appetite in spring. Traditional in many springtime festival meals, my favorite is serving chunks and slice of squid in a garlicky tomato sauce. Often with just a little bit too much black pepper for everyone else sharing the meal.

Parasitic payback from a wild bear

A man, 47, presented with a myriad of symptoms that didn’t add up as he rapidly progressed to respiratory failure and a “profound” white cell count, reported Jason Lee, MD, of the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., and colleagues.

The patient presented with fever, swelling, and muscle pain that had worsened over the course of a week, they wrote in Chest. Antimicrobial agents were initiated, but the man’s condition deteriorated to the point of respiratory failure and ICU transfer…

The diagnosis remained uncertain.

After conducting a full patient history, Lee’s group learned of the man’s game hunting hobby, and that he’d killed and eaten a wild bear in recent weeks.

Investigations into potential parasitic culprits led to Trichinella antibodies, and he was diagnosed with trichinellosis.

Trichinella is a roundworm parasite that lives in infected raw or undercooked meat. The parasites release from their cysts upon exposure to stomach acid and pepsin, and subsequently invade the small intestine where they grow into adult roundworms. Once mature, they migrate to striated muscle, such as the diaphragm…

…Recovery from this type of infection is slow and can take several months to years to regain full muscular function…Sometimes you eat the bear; sometimes the bear gets posthumous revenge.

I’ll second that emotion. Poisonally, I don’t believe in hunting other predators.