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October 09, 2011

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

By Mark Sisson
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The 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.

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Lindsey
Lindsey
4 years 11 months ago

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

Chuck Grimmett
4 years 11 months ago

1. Shakespeare
2. Jonathan Swift
3. Tolkien
4. Mark Twain
5. Samuel Johnson
6.Vonnegut
7. Shakespeare (again)
8. Whitman

Sean
Sean
4 years 11 months ago

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…

Karen P.
4 years 11 months ago

I noticed pasta in there too…but at least it makes a good point about fresh foods not being so expensive or difficult.

bbuddha
bbuddha
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Scott
Scott
4 years 11 months ago

Well I figured it out, but I’m not a US citizen, so I guess I’m stuck eating my regular old bacon.

Drag.

Kellie
Kellie
4 years 11 months ago

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?

Misabi
Misabi
4 years 11 months ago

DIY? 🙂

Rachel S
Rachel S
4 years 11 months ago

1. Shakespeare
2. Jonathan Swift
3. Tolkien
4. Mark Twain
5. Sir Walter Scott
6. Kurt Vonnegut
7. Shakespeare
8. Walt Whitman

Dave Fish
4 years 11 months ago

1. Shakespeare
2. Jonathan Swift
3. Langston Hughes
4. Mark Twain
5. Samuel Johnson
6. Kurt Vonnegut
7. Shakespeare
8. Walt Whitman

Andy
Andy
4 years 11 months ago

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

Dave Fish
4 years 11 months ago

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

ryan
ryan
4 years 11 months ago

1.Shakespeare
2.Jonathan swift
3.Tolkien
4.Twain
5.Saint Bernard of clairvaux
6.Vonnegut
7.Shakespeare
8.Whitman

Allie
Allie
4 years 11 months ago

1. Shakespeare
2. Jonathan Swift
3. Tolkien
4. Mark Twain
5. Sir Walter Scott
6. Vonnegut
7. Shakespeare
8. Walt Whitman

Jacob
Jacob
4 years 11 months ago

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

Eva
Eva
4 years 11 months ago

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

Aaron Blaisdell
4 years 11 months ago

Shakespeare
Swift
Tolkien
Twain
Johnson
Vonnegut
Shakespeare
Masefield (I’m making a stab at a different response with this one)

Kim
Kim
4 years 11 months ago

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
Kim
4 years 11 months ago

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

ouis
ouis
4 years 11 months ago

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–

Chris
Chris
4 years 11 months ago

Hamlet, Gulliver, Bilbo Baggins, Tom Sawyer, Jane Eyre, Billy Pilgrim, Queen Gertrude, Walt Whitman

R Dunn
R Dunn
4 years 11 months ago

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

Jeremy
Jeremy
4 years 11 months ago

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
Jeremy
4 years 11 months ago

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
Jeremy
4 years 11 months ago

changed number 8

Ryan Ransom
Ryan Ransom
4 years 11 months ago

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)

R Dunn
R Dunn
4 years 11 months ago

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

Chris
Chris
4 years 11 months ago

Why do I get the feeling we are missing something?

Chris
Chris
4 years 11 months ago

1.Shakespeare
2.Jonathan swift
3.Tolkien
4.Twain
5.John Ray
6.Vonnegut
7.Shakespeare
8.Whitman

Lindsey
Lindsey
4 years 11 months ago

Linnet Juul
Bruce Neal
Gabi Moscowitz
Bob Ewing
Du Quinglin
Paul Jaminet
David Vladeck
Victoria Reynolds

Maybe?

MJ McMaster
MJ McMaster
4 years 11 months ago

Sure like to know what planet BrokeAss Gourmet is living on- that basket of food would cost 4 times that where I live.

Gabi Moskowitz
4 years 11 months ago

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

Joseph
Joseph
4 years 11 months ago

Shakespeare
Jonathan Swift
J.R.R. Tolkien
Mark Twain
Jayne Eyre
Kurt Vonnegut
Shakespeare (again)
Whitman

Joseph
Joseph
4 years 11 months ago

Shakespeare
Jonathan Swift
J.R.R. Tolkien
Mark Twain
Charlotte Bronte
Kurt Vonnegut
Shakespeare (again)
Whitman

Joseph
Joseph
4 years 11 months ago

1Shakespeare
2Jonathan Swift
3J.R.R. Tolkien
4Mark Twain
5Joanna Newsom
6Kurt Vonnegut
7Shakespeare (again)
8Whitman

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago

Just got here… has anyone won yet or should I take the time to try and win?!

Pearl
Pearl
4 years 11 months ago

Shakespeare, Swift, Tolkien, Twain, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Whitman

Kaylee99
Kaylee99
4 years 11 months ago

I would leap at the chance of buying a piggie but I’m in Oregon. Anyone want to haul one over for me?

alex
alex
4 years 11 months ago

No new taxes will improve human health or well being.

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
bbuddha
bbuddha
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Steven
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Mark
Mark
4 years 11 months ago

MANGA20 coupon code is not working at Johnston County Hams. No prosciutto make Grok sad. 🙁

John G.
John G.
4 years 11 months ago

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)

Andy
Andy
4 years 11 months ago

1.Shakespeare
2.Jonathan swift
3.Tolkien
4.Twain
5.Lord Byron
6.Vonnegut
7.Shakespeare
8.Whitman

Noctiluca
Noctiluca
4 years 11 months ago

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

Karen P.
4 years 11 months ago

This contest essentially confirms that Primal folks are total nerds. 🙂 Love it!

MadelynMc
MadelynMc
4 years 11 months ago

I would also like to know in what world you can buy a pound of carrots and cilantro for less than a dollar.

bbuddha
bbuddha
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Candice
Candice
4 years 11 months ago

Anyone have any luck using the MAGNA20 promo code? It’s not working for me and I really want to buy some bacon!!!

Kristin J
4 years 11 months ago

The offers for discounts on Mangalitsa just made my week. I have the sampler pack ordered already!!

Heather
Heather
4 years 11 months ago

Great post, here in Australia, the likelihood of another tax is slim (no pun intended). With a minority government in for some time, hopefully the downturn in health of the Danes will point out to all these so called experts how daft the idea is. It would be more interesting to see how the swedes health improves in the same time frame. Shame they are experimenting with a whole population!
This site is a great read, I am learning so much. Yep a Aussie blog would be fab, but where do we start?
Cheers

Milla
4 years 11 months ago

On the butter shortage & fat phobia – have any of you had trouble asking for cream in your coffee instead of milk? I swear I had to stop by a Pret, 2 Caffe Neros and 2 Starbucks until I found a starbucks that had pouring cream. Does NO-ONE ask for cream in their coffee/tea any more? I got to buy myself a thermos and carry around my own. They have vats of skimmed milk (bleurgh), but never any cream.

Dasbutch
Dasbutch
4 years 11 months ago

where do you shop brokeass gourmet, recalculate this with organic stuff and raw dairy.

Jane
Jane
4 years 11 months ago

I guess I’m not much into the classics because I don’t recognize half of those names, and wouldn’t have been able to pick out 3/4 of the lines.

Most of them would put me to sleep. Zzzzzzz.

Jane
Jane
4 years 11 months ago

Also, I’d love to purchase some pigs. Unfortunately, I don’t live in a place where I could raise them (yet), though that is a goal.

Matt
Matt
4 years 11 months ago

Tried the mangalista sampler pack, that was extremely disappointing, the bacon was a slight taste of smoky flavor, and the overwhelming taste of a salt shaker.

I had to throw most of it out.

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