from AP



STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe’s widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat.

Stores in the U.S. and Canada were not affected, Ikea said.

The company reacted after authorities in the Czech Republic said they had detected horse DNA in tests of 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) packs of frozen meatballs that were labeled as beef and pork. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said it tested two batches of Ikea meatballs and only one of them contained horse meat. It did not say how much.

Meatballs from the same batch had been sent from a Swedish supplier to 12 other European countries — Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland — and would be pulled off the shelves in all of them, Ikea said.

Later Monday, the company expanded the withdrawals to stores in 21 European countries and in Hong Kong, Thailand and the Dominican Republic, all of which were getting meatballs from the same Swedish supplier.

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“Sip in the nectar from between the lips of your love”

from Brain Pickings

The Art of Kissing: A 1936 Guide for Lovers


“Like a bee that settles on the fragrant pistils of a flower, and sips in the nectar for honey, so should you sip in the nectar from between the lips of your love.”

Between Edison’s scandalous footage of the first kiss in cinema in 1896 and Bill Plympton’s quirky animated guide to kissing a century later, the public image of lip-locking underwent some radical transformations.

In 1936, the year my grandmother was born, a man named Hugh Morris penned a small illustrated pamphlet titled The Art of Kissing (public library), in which he guided young lovers through the techniques, tricks, and “approved methods of kissing,” including such varieties as “the spiritual kiss,” “the nip kiss,” “the pain kiss,” “the surprise kiss,” “the eyelash kiss,” and “the French soul kiss,” as well as tips on how to prepare for a kiss and how to approach a girl.

Delightfully dated in its assumptions about love, heterosexuality, and marriage, it’s as much a charming time-capsule of a bygone era as it is a sure source of a good chuckle.

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Follow, Follow Reverso

from Shelf Awareness

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

by Marilyn Singer, illus. by Josee Masse

In Marilyn Singer’s fun, thoughtful and beautifully written collection, each of her 14 reverso poems spins a familiar fairy tale in a new direction.Singer introduced the reverso in Mirror Mirror. On one side of the page is a free-verse poem composed of short, simple lines and phrases; the same poem appears on the other side of the page, but with the lines reversed from top to bottom. Meanings alter, tones shift, and often the poem’s narrator switches. Together, the two form a single reverso. The results range from hilarious to ominous to poignant. Thumbelina declines the mole’s offer of marriage using the exact words he employed to propose; the Pied Piper turns the villagers’ insistence that he receive “no pay” into a dire warning; and although the Little Mermaid’s reverso begins “For love/ give up your voice./ Don’t/ think twice,” an inner voice warns her, “Think twice!/ Don’t/ give up your voice/ for love.”

Singer’s poems are evocative and moving even without the clever twist, but the playful puzzle element of the reverso poems will fascinate and delight children and grownups alike. Josée Masse’s acrylic paintings visually reflect and bolster the duality contained within each reverso, as in the image that accompanies “Will the Real Princess Please Stand Up?,” in which an excessively tall bedpost divides two wannabe-princesses–one sleeping peacefully, one tossing and turning. This versatile collection will appeal to fans of poetry, fairy tales, word puzzles and snarky narrators. —Allie Jane Bruce, children’s librarian, Bank Street College of Education

Discover: Fun, thoughtful, beautifully written poems that employ a poetic form called a reverso to spin a familiar fairy tale in a new direction.

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DeLeon DeMicoli’s “Les Cannibales” launches Project Orange Slice

from Project Orange Slice

About Project Orange Slice

Project Orange Slice takes a novel and applies it to a blog format (ad free). Chapters released daily. Dates and times announced via Twitter (we promise not to annoy you with multiple tweets). Once the last chapter is posted online, all chapters will be taken down and replaced with an ebook, available for purchase.

It’s like selling fruit at a farmer’s market. Cut up oranges and hand out slices to those willing to try something new. Hopefully, they’ll be back to buy your produce.

The first novel released under Project Orange Slice is “Les Cannibales” by DeLeon DeMicoli.

The first chapter will be posted once we reach 500 twitter followers.

About “Les Cannibales”

During a robbery, Blinky sees police activity down the street. His crew assumes cops have the art gallery surrounded, unaware of their true presence, which is responding to a car accident that has left one man dead. The thieves shoot at the responding officers and take hostages. When Detective Reynolds arrives at the scene, he identifies the dead man involved in the car accident as Carlo Herrera. This becomes his main lead to hunt down the thieves’ true identities and work out a peaceful resolution before S.W.A.T moves in.

Each thief has a story explaining why he chose to take the job. Inky is a con artist repaying an old debt, Blinky is a stuntman in need of quick cash, Pinky is an enforcer that’s looking to move up in the ranks and Clyde is a sociopath / art aficionado that was recently released from prison.  When S.W.A.T teams get the “go-ahead” to overtake the gallery, it’s dog-eat-dog as thieves plan their escape.

About the Author

DeLeon DeMicoli lives in East Bay, CA. He writes a monthly blog called “This Fighting Life” for

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Why We Write – Thursday Night @ The Center For Fiction

Why We Write

Thursday February 21, 2013
07:00 pm

To celebrate the publication of WHY WE WRITE: 20 Acclaimed Authors On How and Why They Do What They Do we’re hosting a panel with contributors James Frey,Kathryn Harrison, and editor Meredith Maran.

About the book:
Any writer, aspiring or established, knows how difficult the creative process can be. There are more than one million manuscripts currently is search of a publisher and only one percent of those will get a nod, and of the books that actually get published, only thirty percent turn a profit. With occupational hazards like self-doubt, writer’s block, countless rejections, minimal pay for maximum effort, and bad reviews what keeps writers tapping away at their keyboards?

James Frey is from Cleveland. He has written four books. His work is published in 41 languages and 110 countries.

Kathryn Harrison has written the novels Thicker Than WaterExposurePoisonThe Binding ChairThe Seal Wife, and Envy. Her autobiographical work includes The KissSeeking Rapture, The Road to Santiago, and The Mother Knot. She has also written a biography, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and, most recently, a book of true crime,While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their three children.

Meredith Maran is the author of nine nonfiction books and the acclaimed novel A Theory of Small Earthquakes. She’s been writer-in-residence at UCLA and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell, among other artist colonies. Her writing appears regularly in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and People.

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Banksy Mural Hack

from The Sun

Banksy robbers

Mural hacked off wall set to sell for £450k

Banksy's Slave Labour mural
Hit … Banksy’s Slave Labour mural on wall


Banksy Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) was stolen at night last week.

A BANKSY painting is set to fetch up to £450,000 after it was mysteriously hacked off a shop wall and put on a US auction website.

Banksy Slave Labour (Bunting Boy) was stolen at night last week.

The mural — which shows a young boy hunched over a sewing machine making Union Jack bunting — then appeared on the US-based Fine Art Auctions Miami site.

The “unique street work”, which had been stencilled on to Poundland in Wood Green, North London, last year, is up for £250,000 but is expected to sell for nearly double that.

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They’ll Rise Again Like A Led Zeppelin

from Rolling Stone

Robert Plant Hints He’d Be Open to Led Zeppelin Reunion

‘I’ve got nothing to do in 2014,’ says singer

After their tantalizing one-off gig in 2007, Robert Plant has hinted that he’s open to a Led Zeppelin reunion next year. Speaking to Australia’s version of 60 Minutes, the singer deflected the notion that he’s the reason for Zeppelin’s dormancy. “[Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones] are Capricorns. They don’t say a word. They’re quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me,” said Plant. “I’m not the bad guy . . . You need to see the Capricorns – I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.”

40 Greatest Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time

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I Woke Up This Morning and My Penis Was Missing Again

from The BBC

Sea slug’s ‘disposable penis’ surprises

By Rebecca Morelle

A sea slug that is able to detach, re-grow and then re-use its penis has surprised scientists.

Japanese researchers observed the bizarre mating behaviour in a species called Chromodoris reticulata, which is found in the Pacific Ocean.

They believe this is the first creature known that can repeatedly copulate with what they describe as a “disposable penis”.

The study is published in the Royal Society’s journal Biology Letters.

Male and female

The sex life of the sea slug is complicated even before detachable organs come into play.

Almost all of these creatures, which are also known as nudibranchs, are thought to be “simultaneous hermaphrodites”. This means they have both male and female sexual organs and can use them both at the same time.

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You So F†cking Valentine! @


‘You So Fucking Hot’ Lets You Tweet Anonymous Valentines to Your Internet Crushes

By Jessica Roy

It’s Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re in a steady relationship or planning to cap off the night watching porn and eating ice cream, you’re probably having a lot of feels. With no desire to express them in a mature adult fashion, why not unleash anonymous Internet compliments on unsuspecting semi-strangers?

You So Fucking Hot lets you tweet anonymously at people you have Internet crushes on, just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s basically a modern way to send a secret Valentine, minus the construction paper and glue. “Be Nice…” instructs the site, and so far it has been. “You’re hotter than NSYNC live in concert. Happy Valentines Day!” reads one tweet. Aw.

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Transmogrified Cat Wins Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

from The New York Times

No Ordinary Affenpinscher, Banana Joe Is Named Best in Show

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Banana Joe, a black [alleged – Ed.] dog with a monkeylike face, became the first affenpinscher to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night. He defeated six dogs, one a Portuguese water dog on the same night that Bo, who is the same breed, watched his master, President Obama, deliver the State of the Union address.

“He’s won a lot of big, big shows, but none like this one,” said his handler, Ernesto Lara, who held onto Joey, as he calls him, during a postshow news conference.

Joey sat calmly, as if he could have gone back onto the floor of Madison Square Garden and taken on his challengers again. He stuck his tongue out as Lara answered questions. He didn’t appear to need any celebratory drinks or snacks.

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Asteroid Definitely

from ExtremeTech

Finally confirmed: An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs



A team of American and European researchers have confirmed that the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction — the event that wiped out roughly 75% of the planet’s species, including almost every dinosaur — was caused by an asteroid impact in Mexico 66 million years ago. The Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction was the last great extinction event to occur on Earth, and is most notable for causing the diversification of mammals that eventually resulted in Homo sapiens.

66 million years ago an asteroid roughly 15 kilometers (9 miles) wide hurtled into Chicxulub, Mexico. The collision, which left behind a 180-kilometer (110-mile) crater, released 420 zettajoules of energy — 100 teratonnes of TNT, or roughly two million times stronger than the largest thermonuclear device ever used (the Russian Tsar Bomba). The impact created a huge dust cloud that blocked out the Sun, starting the extinction ball rolling by killing off much of the world’s plants, and thus the herbivores soon after. Due to high levels of oxygen in the Cretaceous atmosphere, the impact may also have caused intense, global firestorms that killed off many other species. Because the asteroid landed in the ocean, megatsunamis would’ve swept the world’s coasts, too.

Until now, though, there hasn’t been enough evidence that the Chicxulub impact actuallycaused the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction.

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Happy Birthday FT

from The New York Times

With a Focus on Its Future, Financial Times Turns 125


It was a time when the financial markets were growing and globalizing rapidly. Gossip, speculation and misinformation abounded. There was a need for a “friend to the honest financier and the respectable broker.” From 1888, when it began publishing under that motto, The Financial Times has seen continuity in its mission.

On Wednesday, The F.T. is celebrating its 125th birthday. The newspaper’s London headquarters along the south bank of the Thames will be lit up in pink, the color of the paper on which it has been printed since shortly after it was founded. There will be a few parties — understated, of course, for these are straitened times in the City of London, and challenging ones for the newspaper industry.

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Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard

from MESSY NESSY chic

So Ben & Jerry’s has an actual Graveyard for their Discontinued Flavours

Surrounded by a white picket fence on a grassy knoll, lie the headstones of especially beloved flavours or particularly despised flavours, some that were introduced as early as the late 1970s when the ice cream company was founded, but sadly met their untimely fate.

The folks at Ben & Jerry’s are pretty good at word play and each flavour has its own poetic epitaph.

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