We’ve been talking about patents in some classes this week, and the patents for novel and unusual ideas that sometimes garner Nobel and Ig Nobel Prizes.
This patent seems worthy of the Ig Nobel Prize. It’s a shopping cart that can read your pulse and temperature. Read the article to find out why Walmart thinks this is a good idea.
Today is 7/10 — which can be read as “natto” so it has become natto day, one of the “faux-lidays” Japan is so famous for.
Others: 11/11 is Pocky Day and here’s something about Meat Day and Cat Day, and here’s a list of many more. The humor is something akin to Star Wars Day (“May the 4th be with you.”)
Natto is inexpensive and healthy, but it’s definitely an acquired taste. And if you’re not a fan, maybe try something more palatable like natto spring rolls. Here’s a recipe.
What’s your favorite way to eat natto?
What other “faux-lidays” do you know about?
This article from Atlas Obscura explains about some of the food choices astronauts can make.
“Eating Like an Astronaut Means Kimchi for Koreans and Lasagna for Italians”
Of course, this is not to say that Koreans can’t have lasagna and Italians can’t have kimchi.
So what woud you take to space? Typical traditional Japanese foods like miso soup, rice, pickle and grilled fish? More modern Japanese foods like omu-rice, okonomiyaki or ramen? If you think that would be too hard to eat in zero-gravity, scan the article for “Space Ram”.
Skim the article for other interesting details like whether or not food in zero gravity is blander or spicier than it is on Earth, why crumbly foods like croissants can be dangerous, and how they dealth with kimchi’s strong smell.
My choice would probably be a different culture’s food each day of the week. Indian curry on Monday, Thai gapao on Tuesday, onigiri and miso soup on Wednesday, Korean bibimbap on Thursday, fish on Friday…
Unsung heroes get their song:
This would be a good starting point for a research project to profile these and other overlooked geniuses.