I'm in the mood for waxing poetic on the magical, mystical properties of chocolate. Ooooooo. Ahhhhhhhhhh. Oh, excuse me. Sorry, I got carried away for a second. Let me just grab a napkin real quick to take care of the drool.
I taste chocolate
And hear boom-shaka-laka...
Orgy of senses.
The darker it is,
The sweeter the sensation --
Ohhhhhhhh. Excuse me again. See, the girl can't help it. I received a decadently delightful stash of chocolate yesterday -- light, dark, darker, deepest dark -- and I'm a little OD'd on chocolate and deep in the throes of sweet sensory overload. I should perhaps stop eating it before I develop Bubble Butt Syndrome. I should give the remaining chocolate to homeless Transylvanian tech support people who moonlight as contortionists, shouldn't I? That would be the decent thing to do. Yeah, that'll happen.
The word "chocolate" comes from the Aztec, derived from the Nahuatl word xocolatl, which is a combination of the words xocolli, meaning "bitter," and atl, meaning "water." Yes, people used to drink much more chocolate than they ate. The Aztecs associated chocolate with Xochiquetzal, the goddess of fertility. Chocolate is also associated with the Mayan god of fertility, but the use of chocolate pre-dates Mayan civilization.
Chocolate comes from the cacao seed. Cacao trees grow only grow twenty degrees north and twenty degrees south of the equator, and the temperature for cacao trees cannot drop below sixty degrees Fahrenheit.
Chocolate contains alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which produce certain physiological effects on the body; e.g., it has been linked to serotonin levels in the brain and scientists claim that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure. Dark chocolate is a rich source of the flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acid, which are thought to be beneficial to heart health. Cocoa also has a significant antioxidant action, protecting against LDL oxidation, perhaps more than other polyphenol antioxidant-rich foods and beverages. Processing cocoa with alkali destroys most of the flavonoids, though. Some studies have also observed a modest reduction in blood pressure and flow-mediated dilation after consuming approximately 100g of dark chocolate daily. Milk chocolate or white chocolate, however, appears to largely negate the health benefits.
Chocolate has been used for centuries to suppress coughing (and more effectively than codeine), as a cure for diarrhea, as a stimulant, and as an aphrodisiac (though that may derive from the pure, simple sensual pleasure of eating it).
I'm slinking off now to sneak another piece of chocolat. I don't even care if my behind balloons to the size of Mont Saint-Michel.
Today's TWISTED LINGUISTICS were submitted to a sort of forensic linguist, with these results:-
wreck havoc - The chaos in the aftermath of an auto accident.
retorical - Restoration done with historical accuracy.
course language - The language of professors.
Weather you do or don't - You'll either get rained on or you won't.
Who'll be brave enough to tackle this one? Jepperdise
And from that wild and wacky "editor" person:
|You Are 24% Gross|
You're a tad gross, but generally you're a clean, hygienic person.
No one can be perfectly clean all the time, and it's better to be human than a neat freak.