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Casu marzu

Wenn ihr mal wieder nicht wisst was ihr essen sollt: Ziegenkäse mit lebenden Larven ist auf Sardinien total hip.

Casu martzu (Sardinian pronunciation: [ˈkazu ˈmaɾtsu]; literally ‘rotten/putrid cheese’), also called casu modde, casu cundídu and casu fràzigu in Sardinian, is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that contains live insect larvae (maggots). A variation of the cheese, casgiu merzu, is also produced in some Southern Corsican villages.Derived from pecorino, casu martzu goes beyond typical fermentation to a stage of decomposition, brought about by the digestive action of the larvae of the cheese fly of the Piophilidae family. These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese’s fats. The texture of the cheese becomes very soft, with some liquid (called làgrima, Sardinian for “teardrop”) seeping out. The larvae themselves appear as translucent white worms, roughly 8 mm (0.3 in) long.

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Extreme ironing

Fallschrimsprung zu langweilig? Bitteschön.

Extreme ironing (also called EI) is an extreme sport in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron items of clothing. According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, extreme ironing is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.“Part of the attraction and interest the media has shown towards extreme ironing seems to center on the issue of whether it is really a sport or not. It is widely considered to be tongue-in-cheek.Some other locations where such performances have taken place include a mountainside of a difficult climb; a forest; in a canoe; while skiing or snowboarding; on top of large bronze statues; in the middle of a street; underwater; in the middle of the M1 motorway; race; whilst parachuting; and under the ice sheet of a frozen lake. The performances have been conducted solo or by groups.

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Polygraphia (book)

Frühe Kryptographie? Hier bitte!

Polygraphia is a cryptographic work written by Johannes Trithemius published in 1518 dedicated to the art of steganography.It is the oldest known source of the popular Witches' Alphabet, used at large by modern traditions of witchcraft.

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Pantone 448 C

Die hässlichste Farbe der Welt. Amtlich.

Pantone 448 C, also referred to as “the ugliest colour in the world”, is a colour in the Pantone colour system. Described as a “drab dark brown”, it was selected in 2012 as the colour for plain tobacco and cigarette packaging in Australia, after market researchers determined that it was the least attractive colour. The Australian Department of Health initially referred to the colour as “olive green”, but the name was changed after concerns were expressed by the Australian Olive Association.Since 2016, the same colour has also been used for plain cigarette packaging in many countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel, Norway, New Zealand, Slovenia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Thailand, Turkey, Belgium and the NetherlandsThe colour has also been widely but erroneously reported as being known as “opaque couché”; in fact this is simply French for “layered opaque”, in reference to being used on coated paper. The confusion may have arisen because “PANTONE opaque couché” is the French name of a swatch library (palette) used in Adobe Illustrator containing this colour and intended for printing in solid ink colours on coated paper; in English this library is known as “PANTONE solid coated”.

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Umlaufgesichertes Geld

Geld das selbst verfällt. Und wir beschweren uns über Negativzins.

Umlaufgesichertes Geld ist ein Konzept der Freiwirtschaft. Es soll dafür sorgen, dass sich der Umlauf des freiwirtschaftlichen Geldes verstetigt. Diese Umlaufsicherung steht, ebenso wie Negativzinsen der EZB oder der Bundesbank, im Widerspruch zur Wertaufbewahrungsfunktion des Geldes. Umlaufsicherung wird erreicht, indem die Kosten der Geldhaltung gegenüber konventionellem Geld erhöht sind. In der etablierten Volkswirtschaftslehre findet das Konzept allgemein kaum Beachtung.

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