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You had me at “bile”….

For the last few weeks, I’ve been bringing an “energy drink” (Clearly Canadian) to the games and I have to say it certainly feels like it works (during the second game last Monday I felt great). I was looking at the ingredients, and at number one was a something called “taurine”. Now, many foodstuffs have mysterious and chemically dubious sounding ingredients, but this was the primary ingredient, so my curiousity was piqued. One Google search later….

Taurine, or 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, is an organic acid. It is also a major constituent of bile and can be found in lower amounts in the tissues of many animals including humans….

That. Is. The. Awesome. I mean, beyond how would they find out drinking bile would boost your energy, here is a completely natural, if by “natural” you mean “chemically strip a naturally-occurring substance found in the internal organs of mammals down to it’s base properties“, energy boost. Turns out it’s the major component of most energy drinks, such as Red Bull, and so on. But wait…there’s more. The always reliable BBC reports:

When we drink to excess, fat builds up in the liver, causing it to swell and reducing blood flow to this organ so vital in breaking down the toxins alcohol. Even one night’s over-indulgence can cause fat to accumulate. But some studies have found that taurine not only prevents this, it can reverse it…..

and….

“According to our study findings, it is possible that adding taurine to alcohol during drinking could help to minimise liver damage and ward off a hangover”

Now, you forgive me if I’m beginning to think there is nothing taurine can’t do. Taurine, I’ve been looking for you ALL MY LIFE!! I will be like Taurus: Strong, like bull.

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Colossal squid caught

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A New Zealand fishing crew has caught an adult colossal squid, a sea creature with eyes as big as dinner plates and razor-sharp hooks on its tentacles…..

…Colossal squid, known by the scientific name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, are estimated to grow up to 14 meters (46 feet) long and have long been one of the most mysterious creatures of the deep ocean….

…. Colossal squid are found in Antarctic waters and are not related to giant squid (Architeuthis species) found around the coast of New Zealand. Giant squid grow up to 12 meters (39 feet), but are not as heavy.

“Colossal Squid”….BAH, HUMBUG. Architeuthis will always be number one in my heart.

Squid make inroads into fine dessert dining.

Squid Ink flavoured ice cream, which you'll naturally put on top of your Squid Gut ice cream.

Only in Japan.