October 27, 2009

"Say, are you feeling glum?"

27 comments:

reader_iam said...

**Smile**

traditionalguy said...

A torch singer from a jazz club room sounds a lot like a whistler, just add some Wynton Marsalis' high notes for the best effect. The world needs a cheering up right now. We have a President that lies about everything he says just when we need leadership desparately as unemployed men and women are running scared for a good reason. Obama is sure no FDR.

chickenlittle said...

Say, are you feeling glum?

No, but I just had the thought that goth should have been called glum rock as a backformation from glam rock.

blake said...

Before or after the commercial?

Penny said...

Chiclets as homage to our very own chicklit...chicklenlittle.

daubiere said...

one of those "beechies" is labelled "pepsin" flavor. pepsin?!?! stomach enzyme gum?!?!

chickenlittle said...

Hi Penny!

@daubier:
Pepsin would have been a good addition to gum to aid in breaking down any residual proteins in the mouth, but perhaps not as useful as a sparkling drop of Retsin.

Irene said...

Is that Dinah Shore? When I listen to the singer, I hear "See the USA in a Chevrolet."

Scapa14 said...

No, definitely not Dinah.

chickenlittle said...

@daubiere
On second thought, pepsin would only be useful in the mouths of those with really sharp tongues.

Lem said...

Beech-nut went from gum to making baby food?

that must have been some meeting ;)

wv melsk

daubiere said...

"Pepsins should be stored at very cold temperatures (between −20°C and −80°C) to prevent autolysis (self-cleavage). Autolysis may also be prevented by storage of pepsins at pH 11 or by using modified pepsins (e.g., by reductive methylation). When the pH is adjusted back to 6.0 activity returns."

!!!!

daubiere said...

i love it when my gum engages in "self-cleavage"...

chickenlittle said...

i love it when my gum engages in "self-cleavage"...

Well, many women aren't so well endowed and require the engaging gums of another. :)

Deb said...

"Cheer up with Beech Nut Gum"

If only it were that easy.

wv: grayac. Older person's kayak

chickenlittle said...

Pepsins should be stored at very cold temperatures (between −20°C and −80°C) to prevent autolysis (self-cleavage).

Seriously though, that is a fascinating problem: a protein that specializes in breaking down just proteins. How does it survive?
Sort of like primitive autoimmunity?

Penny said...

Does anyone remember Chlorets? They were those green chiclets, that kids avoided, but the adults seemed to buy. From their website,

"At that time, the Clorets brand became part of a trend often referred to as the ‘chlorophyll craze’ by Life Magazine. The magazine once published an article featuring a scientist giving a skunk a chlorophyll tablet! While this was all a publicity gag, chlorophyll was popping up all over the market and we were part of the revolution."

Marketers and junk scientists have been partnering for a long, long time, and it seems that "green" may be a favored color.

Chase said...

I remember Clorets.

Enough said.j

chickenlittle said...

@Penny- The Icelanders used to make a candy called Blue Opal that contained not chlorophyll, but chloroform.

Now chloroform is not dangerous in low dosages-it was considered a wonder drug when it was first discovered and used to enable the first anesthetized surgeries.

Maybe now that the Icelandic currency has tanked, we'll be seeing more exports of Blue Opal.

EDH said...

Is that like...

Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum?

Penny said...

Well you sure weren't chewing out rhythm on MY bubblegum, EDH.

I would share someone's toothbrush before I would share their bubblegum, but I'm fussy that way.

EDH said...

Maybe this guy should have tried some gum instead?

Psych patient killed after attack on Mass. General doc

A psychiatric patient was shot dead today after he stabbed his female doctor multiple times at the Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Treatment Center on Staniford Street, police said.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said an off-duty security officer came upon the bloody scene on the fifth floor of the office building and ordered the patient to drop his knife. When he didn’t, he opened fire, Davis said.

Police just identified the attacker as Jay Carciero, 37, of Reading. He is said to be 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighed about 300 pounds, first responders tell the Herald.

Carciero was shot three times by the off-duty guard -- once in the mouth and twice in the torso.


"Two in the chest and one in computer," as they say.

Penny said...

Geez, that sure was glum.

If you don't mind, I would much rather talk about beechnut gum, or beech trees or beaches. Even nutty b**chs!

Randy said...

I don't know what was really in it, but I remember liking the flavor or pepsin gum.

David said...

Penny said...
"Does anyone remember Chlorets? They were those green chiclets, that kids avoided, but the adults seemed to buy."

As I recall, they left the mouth a little green, as if algae were growing.

The 50's were good years to be young. It was before adults decided they needed to be cool. Stupid adults! (Hey, wait a minute, it was us what did that.)

Penny said...

"The 50's were good years to be young. It was before adults decided they needed to be cool."

You are half right, David. The half that isn't right is that most of us kids growing up in the fifties had no clue they were the "good" years, and precisely BECAUSE our parents never even thought about being anything other than parents who set down precious few rules that would, in fact, be followed.

The rules may have varied from one family to the next, but the one thing that never varied was that there were swift and sure consequences for not getting with the "family" program.

That gave us all way too many hours of sitting in our bedroom, grounded, vowing to never grow up to be like our parents.

And so, we weren't anything like them.

Sadly, our woo hoo's are turning into boo hoo's.

bearbee said...

Beech Nut is Swiss owned