When you think about food in London, there’s a pretty high chance you think of fried fare like fish and chips (French fries to us Americans). Curry is also a much-loved dish despite not being the origin, but it turns out curry precedes fish and chips. Chicken Tikka Masala has been called a true British national dish.
Britain’s love affair with this spicy dish started with Queen Victoria, and everyone in the upper classes was quick to copy her. The tastes trickled down until it had saturated the entire country. A cookbook from 1852 – still years before fish and chips – stated that few dinners are complete unless curry is on the table.
Hard to Argue
Just like lots of other pieces of technology, Auto-Tune (or in its more general term, pitch correction) is a tool for musicians and singers. If you don't have a lot of time to burn in the studio and you flubbed a note, give it a little shift. Some might notice, but you might have to do it. The number of people who have come to rely on pitch correction to make their careers has led to some stunningly bad music.
T-Pain might get us to laugh, but putting on a new track and hearing a voice that sounds almost robotic is never fun, especially for those who have come to appreciate the beauty of a natural voice.
Where Do We Sign Up?
Everything that goes up on a rocket has to be perfect, and it has to be light, and it has to be well-tested. Spacecraft, with no way to get fresh air, end up smelling about as bad as you can imagine. That's why these brave sniffers clock in to sniff toilets.
They're trying to find the best way to reduce odors and keep those spacecraft comfortable. So far, the best odor-absorber has been activated charcoal, a form of powdered charcoal that whisks away odors without requiring any other chemicals or electricity. Ah, the future of spaceflight.
All in Good Fun
Colin Darch, a retired sailor, had written a book about his experience of being kidnapped by pirates in 2008 and was on the talk circuit. When he visited the UK Women's Institute, he found to his shock that numerous members had dressed up in their best Jack Sparrow looks. Apparently, the members thought he would be talking about the history of piracy, not his own recent experiences.
When the truth came out, the members were rightly embarrassed, but Darch took the opportunity to judge the costumes and hand out some accolades. He wasn't offended and happily posed for pictures with the dressed-up group.
They Can Smell You Right Now
You're probably familiar with the term stereo when it comes to music – the two speakers or headphones are different channels, able to play different sounds at different volumes. The word comes from “stereoscopy,” which means of or relating to three dimensions.
Our noses aren't strong enough to make use of our different nostril locations, but sharks have enough detection to determine where a scent is coming from, much like how we can tell where a sound is coming from thanks to the shape of our ears. This helps them find prey to chow down on while they're in the water.