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Old 10-24-2013, 11:09 AM   #18381
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Still not as nasty as the dickhole fish. **** that.
I am sure you would love to **** a dickhole fish.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #18382
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Well seeing as I switched my major from "Highest Earnings" to something not even on the list, probably not. Although starting pay for the career I'll be in fits in with those. It's actually hard to motivate myself to finish school when I get emails weekly from recruitment offices. But I need a degree, and if I don't do it now, I never will. The extra layer of job security is worth it. Plus it's free so really can't complain at all.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:21 PM   #18383
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I will be buying my 4th Miata in a little over an hour.

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Old 10-24-2013, 05:28 PM   #18384
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I will be buying my 4th Miata in a little over an hour.

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Sorry man, I just handed the guy cash. We're loading it up on the trailer right now.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:03 PM   #18385
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Sorry man, I just handed the guy cash. We're loading it up on the trailer right now.
You do have that pickup truck to tow with still. I was off on the times, guy does not get home till 7pm EST. So I will be over there then with cash and I have a buddy that can tow it all lined up.

Edit: The car is now mine. The owner was actually sort of a miata enthusiast. His father used to race spec miata and he had tracked that one several times down at Sebring. The car is pretty good body wise. The hood needs a repainting and there is a dent where the battery used to hit because it did not have a tie down strap. No rust anywhere as far as I could tell, as it spent most of its life down in Florida. He said it started to overheat one day on the highway. He pulled over and let it cool down and checked the coolant, it was murky brown and full of oil. It has sat for the last 10 months, he had hoped to fix it, but just did not have the time. Over all I am happy with the purchase. I will do timing belt, water pump, head gasket, and all new coolant hoses on it. Probably throw in an ebay aluminum radiator and call it good. Not sure what the plan will be after that.
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This describes us pretty accurate, no?

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Edit: The car is now mine.
Nice! And with it that sweet style bar.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:59 AM   #18388
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Nice! And with it that sweet style bar.
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:44 AM   #18389
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Yeah, NOBODY would let the car on Sebring with that bar. Drive it hot until head gasket pukes oil and water into each other is a total win. I'm sure the bearings are in awesome shape after using chocolate milk to lubricate them, but especially the cam to head surfaces.


BTW, Takeuchi excavator in background is worth more than the car.



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Old 10-25-2013, 07:51 AM   #18390
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BTW, Takeuchi excavator in background is worth more than the car.
You think? I would hope so. What's the car worth, $2,500?
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:03 AM   #18391
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Yeah, NOBODY would let the car on Sebring with that bar. Drive it hot until head gasket pukes oil and water into each other is a total win. I'm sure the bearings are in awesome shape after using chocolate milk to lubricate them, but especially the cam to head surfaces.


BTW, Takeuchi excavator in background is worth more than the car.



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The car I bought was never tracked. He would track his dads spec miata down at Sebring. Oil on dipstick is clean, just the coolant is oily. I will know more about what is wrong tomorrow when I get a chance to drain coolant and oil and then start trying to figure out of head gasket is it.
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My engine bay was a bit dusty, so I cleaned it up with simple green, and blasted the entire thing with water.

My baller JR plug wires don't seal on the valve cover worth a ****, and I filled the 'spark plug tube' with water on the rear 2 cylinders. I got multiple misfire codes for my efforts.

I soaked that **** up with some paper towels that I rolled into a cylinder and stuffed down there.

The engine bay is clean.

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I was eating mixed nuts today. It got me wondering. Have any new food items been discovered within the past 100 years?

Now, somewhere back in time, someone had to try eating something. It either tasted good or not, and poisoned the person or not. It both requirements were met, people began to regularly eat the item, which led eventually to cultivation. Some nasty things like avocado didn't poison the people, but they continued to eat it in spite of the horrible taste.

Some foodstuffs aren't quite so simple. Chocolate comes to mind. The husk is tough and nasty. The beans themselves are so bitter as to give an upset stomach from just a few. Yet fermented, dried, ground and pressed releases some of the most delicious things on earth.

So, other than products which are eaten in other parts of the world, and are just now becoming more common in the US, are there any truly new foods in recent history?
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:08 PM   #18394
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Now, somewhere back in time, someone had to try eating something.
I've had this same thought as well. It occurs to me particularly to wonder who was the first person to pick up an oyster from the bottom of a lake, realize that it wasn't a rock, figure out how to pry it open, and then eat what was inside.

I mean, an oyster is one of those things where it's not at all obvious that it's food. It's not like an apple or a horse, where you can clearly tell that it's made of edible material. A slimy, moss-covered oyster just doesn't advertise itself with a big sign that says "pry me open and eat me!"



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So, other than products which are eaten in other parts of the world, and are just now becoming more common in the US, are there any truly new foods in recent history?
Do you mean new ingredients? Because I'd posit that new food is being invented all the time. Take the humble Twinkie, for instance. To a person in the late 1800s, the Twinkie would likely have been mistaken for a cleaning sponge. Nothing directly comparable to it existed until the early 1900s, when the concept of the factory-produced, cream-filled sponge cake sprang into existence.
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That wasn't my original idea. Not some new combination of things, but rather some seed/bean/plant that wasn't considered as food that now is.

There are dozens of kinds of rice, but they are all related. A new strain isn't too hard to imagine. But is there something that no one has discovered until recently?
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Jell-o was a bit of a strange thing to develop as a food item.
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I've had this same thought as well. It occurs to me particularly to wonder who was the first person to pick up an oyster from the bottom of a lake, realize that it wasn't a rock, figure out how to pry it open, and then eat what was inside.

I mean, an oyster is one of those things where it's not at all obvious that it's food. It's not like an apple or a horse, where you can clearly tell that it's made of edible material. A slimy, moss-covered oyster just doesn't advertise itself with a big sign that says "pry me open and eat me!"
A number of animals - think sea otters - eat shellfish, oysters, scallops, etc.. I'm pretty sure a good chunk of what we do today has come out of observation and imitation.

What actually stumps me is dairy products like cheese and yogurt. You really need to have a very specific chain of "accidents" to come up with that kinda stuff.

Also, I guess it was just a matter of coincidence for tea to end up as a base for a hot beverage instead of some exotic spice.
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A number of animals - think sea otters - eat shellfish, oysters, scallops, etc..
Huh. I didn't realize that anything was a natural predator of oysters, but you're right- sea otters do in fact consume them.

Well, that explains things a bit.



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What actually stumps me is dairy products like cheese and yogurt. You really need to have a very specific chain of "accidents" to come up with that kinda stuff.
The same goes for beer and wine, as well. And consider distilled spirits (rum, vodka, whiskey, etc). Who was the first person to ferment a batch of murky, foul-tasting horribleness and then decide to try boiling it and capturing and condensing the evaporate?



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Also, I guess it was just a matter of coincidence for tea to end up as a base for a hot beverage instead of some exotic spice.
Or coffee. Have you actually seen what a coffee cherry looks like in nature, before it's been stripped down to what we know as the bean?


I suspect that new ingredients for food are being discovered at roughly the same rate that new land is being explored for the first time. Which it to say, hardly at all. I suppose that if mankind ever colonizes (or even farms) the deep sea floor that we will discover new species of things to eat, but in terms of food which is grown on dry land, I would wager that new discoveries in this realm stopped being made several hundred years ago, about the time that Europeans were planting flags on the last of the undiscovered countries.
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The same goes for beer and wine, as well. And consider distilled spirits (rum, vodka, whiskey, etc). Who was the first person to ferment a batch of murky, foul-tasting horribleness and then decide to try boiling it and capturing and condensing the evaporate?
I'm not sure about distilling, but it's pretty interesting to read up on primative cultures and their use of fermented beverages. Lots of tribes will chew up certain veggies and spit them all in a pot full of water, then ferment, strain, and drink the resulting beverage. Alcohol has that nice disinfecting effect making their poop water potable.
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yogurt WAS an accident. leave milk out in warm weather and with free floating bacteria and....
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