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9 Oct

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

mangalitsa shoulderThe Prize:

Heath Putnam Farms, formerly known as Wooly Pigs, was formed to produce pork equal to Europe’s best. So what did they do? They imported the Mangalitsa, a highly specialized breed that produces some of the world’s most juicy and flavorful meat and fat. And they haven’t stopped there. They raise their Mangalitsa with Austrian techniques, and process the pigs with special European techniques, producing pork and products very different from those generally available in the U.S.. If you’re looking for a new pork experience well beyond the joys of bacon, learn more about the wonders of the Wooly Pig, and check out Heath Putnam’s Wooly Pigs Blog. Today’s winner will get an 8 to 13 lb Curemaster’s Reserve Mangalitsa Shoulder worth $159.

Bonus #1: Wooly Pigs is offering a very special deal to MDA readers. You can get a live, 50 lb boar (male) or gilt (female) for only $280; they usually sell for $2400 and $900, respectively. You’ve heard of cowpooling, right? How about pigpooling? Heath Putnam of Wooly Pigs is extending this offer to MDA readers because he is a Primal convert and strong supporter of the movement. Additionally, this breed of pig is very rare. Without a market for them they risk becoming even more endangered than they already are. So contact Heath for pick-up (HP Farms is located in Iowa) and delivery options (which might be possible for large orders), and to place your order today.

Bonus #2: Heath Putnam Farms supplies their pork to Johnston County Hams for it to be cured. Get 20% off one item with promo code MANGA20 until 10/31 at Johnston County Hams. Limit one per customer.

The Contest:

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. See the comment board for the winning answers.

For today’s Brain Teaser, pay close attention to the next eight WLL passages below, and only them. Each contains a reference. It’s up to you to figure out what they each refer to, but I’ll tell you this much – they are people and there is a common theme. There may also be repeats. Figure out the theme and the rest will come a little more easily. Read closely. Eight stanzas, eight answers. The first to list all eight references in a single comment will win the prize; no partials are accepted. Only U.S. residents are eligible to win. Good luck!

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark: in order to “curb the obesity problem,” officials there have instituted a tax on items high in saturated fat, like butter, beef, and cream. (I’m sure this’ll go swimmingly!) Meanwhile, in Sweden, there’s actually a butter shortage.

Yikes. In what purports to be a modest proposal inspired by the Danes, “health experts” in Australia are also lobbying for a fat tax.

From BrokeAss Gourmet comes photographic evidence that you can eat Primal – and eat well – on less than $16 a week, without feeling like butter scraped over too much coconut flour bread.

When I say workouts should be more like playing, this is exactly what I’m talking about: some folks over at The Primal Challenge put together a quick video of themselves playing, climbing, and cavorting (while getting in a great workout, too!). They’ve obviously learned firsthand that while work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture is enacting a ban on antibiotics used as growth promoters in livestock. I like the sentiment, but you know what they say about incorporating good intentions when laying down pavement…

Dozens of health writers (including yours truly) weigh in on the subject of “safe starches,” a phrase coined in the Perfect Health Diet, on Jimmy Moore’s recent blog post. There’s no definitive answer, but that just means we’re still moving forward. So it goes.

Reebok assents to an out-of-court settlement in response to charges that it misrepresented the benefits of its “toning shoes,” but maintains that its claims stand. I think the multinational shoe conglomerate protests too much.

Give me odorous at sunrise a kitchen of beautiful bacon where I can eat undisturbed, and I’m a happy man. It’s safe to say that these artists feel the same way about cured pork belly.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

Two years ago (Oct 3 – Oct 9)

Comment of the Week

Are you single?

– Ginger cuts right to the chase.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. J.R.R. Tolkien
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Charlotte Bronte
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Lindsey wrote on October 9th, 2011
  2. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. Tolkien
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Samuel Johnson
    6.Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare (again)
    8. Whitman

    Chuck Grimmett wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • We have an early winner. Congrats, Chuck. The Worker Bees will be in touch this next week to make arrangements to get you your prize.

      Mark Sisson wrote on October 9th, 2011
  3. Someone didn’t read the BrokeAss Gourmet page very well. It is $16 plus a well stocked pantry which starts with flour! Doesn’t sound very primal to me…

    Sean wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • I noticed pasta in there too…but at least it makes a good point about fresh foods not being so expensive or difficult.

      Karen P. wrote on October 9th, 2011
      • that is what I took away from it. It’s a good link to send to my daughter who’s watching her pennies being young and a new Mom.

        bbuddha wrote on October 9th, 2011
  4. Well I figured it out, but I’m not a US citizen, so I guess I’m stuck eating my regular old bacon.

    Drag.

    Scott wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • Sadly I agree. There are so many awesome giveaways/comps on lots of these fantastic US sites. Why aren’t there any Aus sites? Come on Aussies, there must be some Paleo/Primal aussies who want start a great blog? Anyone?

      Kellie wrote on October 9th, 2011
      • DIY? :)

        Misabi wrote on October 9th, 2011
  5. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. Tolkien
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Sir Walter Scott
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Rachel S wrote on October 9th, 2011
  6. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. Langston Hughes
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Samuel Johnson
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Dave Fish wrote on October 9th, 2011
  7. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. J.R.R. Tolkien
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Joanna Newsom
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Andy wrote on October 9th, 2011
  8. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. Langston Hughes
    4. Mark Twain
    5.Charlotte Bronte
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Dave Fish wrote on October 9th, 2011
  9. 1.Shakespeare
    2.Jonathan swift
    3.Tolkien
    4.Twain
    5.Saint Bernard of clairvaux
    6.Vonnegut
    7.Shakespeare
    8.Whitman

    ryan wrote on October 9th, 2011
  10. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. Tolkien
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Sir Walter Scott
    6. Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Allie wrote on October 9th, 2011
  11. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. J. R. R. Tolkein
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Charlotte Brontë
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. William Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Jacob wrote on October 9th, 2011
  12. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. J. R. R. Tolkein
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Joanna newsom
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. William Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Eva wrote on October 9th, 2011
  13. Shakespeare
    Swift
    Tolkien
    Twain
    Johnson
    Vonnegut
    Shakespeare
    Masefield (I’m making a stab at a different response with this one)

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on October 9th, 2011
  14. Hamlet – Shakespeare
    A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
    Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit
    Tom Saywer – Mark Twain
    Rochester – Jane Eyre
    Slaughter House 5
    Queen Gertrude – Hamlet, Shakespeare (again)
    Walt Whitman

    Kim wrote on October 9th, 2011
  15. Hamlet – Shakespeare
    A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
    Bilbo Bagins – The Hobbit, Tolkien
    Tom Saywer – Mark Twain
    Rochester – Jane Eyre, Bronte
    Slaughter House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
    Queen Gertrude – Hamlet, Shakespeare (again)
    Walt Whitman

    Kim wrote on October 9th, 2011
  16. Brokeass Gourmet is an awesome site! When she first started out, she wasn’t primal, but now she is–so don’t let the pantry items throw you off. I love her recipes–thanks for sharing this Mark–

    ouis wrote on October 9th, 2011
  17. Hamlet, Gulliver, Bilbo Baggins, Tom Sawyer, Jane Eyre, Billy Pilgrim, Queen Gertrude, Walt Whitman

    Chris wrote on October 9th, 2011
  18. 1. The Queen (About Lady Macbeth)
    2 Jonathan Swift (Modest Proposal)
    3. BilBoa Baggins (Fellowship of the Ring)
    4. Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer)
    5. Rochester (Jayne Eyre)
    6. Billy Pilgrim (Slaughterhouse Five)
    7. The Queen (About Lady Macbeth)
    8. Walt Whitman

    R Dunn wrote on October 9th, 2011
  19. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. J.R.R. Tolkien
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare
    8. Walt Whitman

    Jeremy wrote on October 9th, 2011
  20. 1. Shakespeare
    2. Jonathan Swift
    3. J.R.R. Tolkien
    4. Mark Twain
    5. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. Shakespeare
    8. Lord Tennyson

    Jeremy wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • changed number 8

      Jeremy wrote on October 9th, 2011
  21. 1. Hamlet (Shakespeare)
    2. A Modest Proposal (Jonathan Swift)
    3. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkein)
    4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
    5. Capital (Karl Marx)
    6. Slaughter House V (Kurt Vonnegut)
    7. Hamlet (Shakespeare)
    8. Give me the Splendid Silent Sun (Walt Whitman)

    Ryan Ransom wrote on October 9th, 2011
  22. 1. The Queen (About Lady Macbeth)
    
2 Jonathan Swift (Modest Proposal)

    3. BilBoa Baggins (Fellowship of the Ring)
    
4. Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer)
    
5. Rochester (Jayne Eyre)

    6. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (As the narrator in Slaughterhouse Five)

    7. The Queen (About Lady Macbeth)
    
8. Walt Whitman

    and the theme is play or playing

    R Dunn wrote on October 9th, 2011
  23. Why do I get the feeling we are missing something?

    Chris wrote on October 9th, 2011
  24. 1.Shakespeare
    2.Jonathan swift
    3.Tolkien
    4.Twain
    5.John Ray
    6.Vonnegut
    7.Shakespeare
    8.Whitman

    Chris wrote on October 9th, 2011
  25. Linnet Juul
    Bruce Neal
    Gabi Moscowitz
    Bob Ewing
    Du Quinglin
    Paul Jaminet
    David Vladeck
    Victoria Reynolds

    Maybe?

    Lindsey wrote on October 9th, 2011
  26. Sure like to know what planet BrokeAss Gourmet is living on- that basket of food would cost 4 times that where I live.

    MJ McMaster wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • I live in SF–which is normally super-expensive, but I’m fortunate enough to live near a great Asian specialty grocery store with AMAZINGLY well-priced produce. Another favorite trick of mine is to visit farmers markets at the end of the day, when farmers are often willing to reduce their prices to get rid of their wares. Check out this post on smart farmers market shopping: http://brokeassgourmet.com/articles/fun-and-savings-at-the-your-farmers-market

      Gabi Moskowitz wrote on October 9th, 2011
  27. Shakespeare
    Jonathan Swift
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Mark Twain
    Jayne Eyre
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Shakespeare (again)
    Whitman

    Joseph wrote on October 9th, 2011
  28. Shakespeare
    Jonathan Swift
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Mark Twain
    Charlotte Bronte
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Shakespeare (again)
    Whitman

    Joseph wrote on October 9th, 2011
  29. 1Shakespeare
    2Jonathan Swift
    3J.R.R. Tolkien
    4Mark Twain
    5Joanna Newsom
    6Kurt Vonnegut
    7Shakespeare (again)
    8Whitman

    Joseph wrote on October 9th, 2011
  30. Just got here… has anyone won yet or should I take the time to try and win?!

    Primal Toad wrote on October 9th, 2011
  31. Shakespeare, Swift, Tolkien, Twain, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Whitman

    Pearl wrote on October 9th, 2011
  32. I would leap at the chance of buying a piggie but I’m in Oregon. Anyone want to haul one over for me?

    Kaylee99 wrote on October 9th, 2011
  33. No new taxes will improve human health or well being.

    alex wrote on October 9th, 2011
  34. Ok I’ve decided to click on the links and read/skim through the articles and, well, wtf?!?!

    A tax on saturated fat and butter?! If Obama does this to the US then I am most certainly moving out of this country. I won’t think twice about it for a damn second.

    I love the fact that Sweden has a butter shortage… it makes me smile because even if the supply is low, the demand has to be there for there to be a shortage :)

    Ok one of the countries I would possibly move to is Australia… maybe not? A tax on all fat? Really? How sad. But wait… they say “fatty” foods. This is different then foods with mostly fat, right?! Maybe they are going to tax things like pop, grains, vegetable oils, etc. Maybe?

    I’m about to watch that primal challenge play video but I first was intrigued by the $16 shopping trip….

    I don’t think I’ve ever been more inspired. I’m all about eating on the cheap while still eating quality foods. I’ll be creating Toadally Primeals. A primeal to me is simple, quick, affordable for the world, healthy and tasty. I’ve sold 26 copies but haven’t gotten started. This post has inspired me to move forward with this. It tells me how important this subject is – food budgeting.

    Eating healthy can be cheap. I’ll even be buying grass-fed beef. It will mostly be in the form of ground with some liver. I’m excited again. Thanks for linking to this post Mark!

    Primal Toad wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • very true, it’s a matter of keeping your eyes open. My SO and I got a whole ribeye at 4.99/lb. we had to take the whole thing but they did cut it up for us. we got it home and vac packed and we’re golden for a bit.

      bbuddha wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • The tax wouldn’t be crippling, but a move in the wrong direction. Australia is kind of similar to America as far as diet goes. From my experience most Australians have no idea that fat is a macronutrient (fuel source) and simply think ‘the fat you eat is the fat you carry’.

      Fortunately we don’t have the hearthealthywholegrains message all that much, although that’s starting to change. Most Australians agree with evolution.

      Compared to America, Australia is a more fertile ground for change, I think. hint hint

      One thing we should realise as a community, is that something happening in one country influences others. So helping Sweeden while educating Denmark is in our interests

      Steven wrote on October 9th, 2011
  35. MANGA20 coupon code is not working at Johnston County Hams. No prosciutto make Grok sad. :-(

    Mark wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • That’s the promo code we were given. Anyone else having trouble? I’ll check with Johnston and update this post when I hear back. Stay tuned.

      Mark Sisson wrote on October 9th, 2011
      • not working here either.

        Dasbutch wrote on October 10th, 2011
        • The code should be working now.

          Mark Sisson wrote on October 10th, 2011
        • It finally worked for me on Tuesday 10/11. Thanks very much.

          Mark wrote on October 11th, 2011
  36. 1. Hamlet (Shakespeare)
    2. Gulliver (Swift)
    3. Bilbo Baggins (Tolkien)
    4. Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
    5. St. Bernard.
    6. Kurt Vonnegut
    7. Gertrude (Shakespeare)
    8. Whitman

    (not seeing the common theme)

    John G. wrote on October 9th, 2011
  37. 1.Shakespeare
    2.Jonathan swift
    3.Tolkien
    4.Twain
    5.Lord Byron
    6.Vonnegut
    7.Shakespeare
    8.Whitman

    Andy wrote on October 9th, 2011
  38. Influential writers?

    1 – William Shakespear
    2 – Jonathon swift
    3 – J.R.R. Tolkein
    4 – Mark Twain
    5 – Karl Marx
    6 – Mark Sisson
    7 – William Shakespear
    8 – Walt Whitmann

    Noctiluca wrote on October 9th, 2011
  39. This contest essentially confirms that Primal folks are total nerds. :) Love it!

    Karen P. wrote on October 9th, 2011
  40. I would also like to know in what world you can buy a pound of carrots and cilantro for less than a dollar.

    MadelynMc wrote on October 9th, 2011
    • farmers markets. We did an internet search for farmers markets in our area and found quite a few that we’d driven right by. just a matter of looking :-) If you want to save money on herbs, grow your own. they don’t take up much space. I have parsley and rosemary going right now.

      bbuddha wrote on October 9th, 2011

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