Thursday, 18 June 2009

Yeast in the Middle East?

On numerous occasions (well, two..) this blog has championed the many merits of that dark, gooey, yeasty confection dubbed 'Marmite'. Great on toast, with roast potatoes or even possibly used as a deodorant, clearly Marmite is a genius invention.

Bearing this in mind, whilst it may be quite late news to many (the concept is nine years old!), we feel it's important to share Marmite's proposed role in the Middle East peace process with you, our intellectual, well-informed readership. One creative chap advising the foreign office has been particularly keen on the idea of our favourite half-crude-oil/half-sandwich-spread mix being promoted for sale round this troubled region. The logic behind this being a lack of zinc makes men irritable and belligerent. Zinc comes in yeast. No-one in the Middle East makes bread with yeast. So obviously give them Marmite!

Sadly despite this profound breakthrough (who could ever need two states, if you've got two slices of toast and some marmite?) the UN have yet to start dropping parcels of Marmite food aid...

Friday, 12 June 2009

Ask The Rabbi?

Like much of mankind's recorded past the origin of the sandwich is clouded in myth. Controversially, in common with a large portion of modern history, the sandwich may too have been a victim of poisonous anti-Semitic actions and denials.

We found it illuminating to discover a comprehensive and convincing body of evidence behind the invention, in-fact, being a creation of Rabbi Hillel the Elder, rather than the conceited Englishman the Earl Of Sandwich. Interestingly this would have been well over fifteen hundred years before the grand earl arrogantly added his title to the mix!

Evidence uncovered stems from a part of the Passover Seder, (the annual commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt), in the section of Korech, where the Haggadah, the ancient liturgy, instructs participants to take the matzo and wrap it around the bitter herbs and eat them together whilst saying in Hebrew: "This is a remembrance of Hillel in Temple times — This is what Hillel did when the Temple existed: he used to enwrap the Paschal lamb, the matzo and the bitter herbs and eat them as one."

Rabbi Hillel is also famous for once having been asked to explain the Jewish religon whilst standing on one foot, he is said to have quickly replied "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Law; the rest is the explanation; go and learn". Pretty much all you need to know right?

Monday, 1 June 2009

Free Rice!

Free Rice is seriously cool. Three mega things about it,
1. you learn stuff,
2. you donate rice to countries that need it most,
3. Bob Geldof's not involved anywhere,

It's also highly addictive. Not recommended if you should be studying for exams..