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September 18, 2011

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

By Mark Sisson
56 Comments

The Prize:

Tanka Bars. Snack food made of buffalo. That’s pretty much all that needs saying. In the pursuit of quick-fix meat-chunk eats, Tanka is offering up a variety of Tanka Bars, Tanka Bites, and Tanka Wild Sticks (valued at around $100) to the winner of today’s post. BONUS: Enter “30DAYCHALLENGE” when ordering from TankaBar.com for a 15% discount off of regularly priced items. All caps must be used when typing in the coupon code. Coupons won’t work on SPECIALS, only regularly priced items. This contest is only open to U.S. residents.

The Contest:

Today’s WLL contains a clue hidden within the text that begins with this paragraph and ends at “Recipe Corner”, a series of words that hints at an answer. Everyone who finds the clue must then figure out the answer. Don’t keep it to yourself; instead, post the answer to the comment board. A prize goes to the first poster. Nothing after and including “Recipe Corner” is fair game, but everything before (excluding “The Prize” section above) must be considered. Delay no more, for others are already figuring it out!

I watched in utter amazement as an Indonesian freediver made entirely of sinew, muscle, and bone and wearing only goggles took a breath, slipped out of his boat, and casually flutter kicked through 20 meters of ocean to reach the bottom, where he proceeded to walk along the ocean floor in search of his target, utilizing his negative body fat to keep him from floating. Not done yet, he spotted the fish, speared it, and swam back to the surface, where he finally took his first breath in almost three minutes. Ah, just another day of punching the time clock!

All this gateway drug stuff always sounded like nonsense to me, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that bacon is the premier gateway meat for vegetarians. Now let’s just hope this one stays legal.

Dr. Kurt Harris emerges from hiding (in the real world doing things that don’t involve the Internet) to appear on the longest episode of Robb Wolf’s podcast yet, so go listen.

“Knowledge acquired from recent studies indicate that standup desks are superior to traditional office chairs.” Employees at Facebook (and other Silicon Valley tech companies) like this. Not a bad “Facebook like” joke, if I do say so myself (okay, it was pretty bad).

Art of Manliness asks whether you could you keep up with a World War II GI. Read the post and try the fitness test (and enjoy those old-timey graphics, especially the one for squat jumps).

Experts regularly suggest laughter is the best medicine, but are they right? They may be, but it’s definitely a pretty decent Vicodin.

High-beaming might be doubly effective at waking sleepy nighttime drivers, as new research indicates that white light LED bulbs suppress five times more melatonin production than bulbs that give off a yellow-orange light.

It’s never been more clear that proper nutrition is contextual than now: fish oil reduces the effectiveness of chemotherapy by increasing the cancer cell’s resistance.

Side effects, shmide effects: are you Havidol-deficient?

Recipe Corner

  • A Worker Bee just got back from Hawaii, and he’s been raving about the Kalua pig. So, here’s a recipe, from nomnompaleo.
  • Chorizo mini meatloaves sound like they’d be good for portion control, but then you just end up eating the entire tray because they’re so good.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 13 – Sept 19)

Comment of the Week

>insert classic soap cliff-hanger organ music here<
“Learn the answers to these & many other questions on the next episode of ‘All My Bacon'”

Courtesy of reader Peggy. I’d watch that show so long as the centerpiece was a pastured pig farm owned by two twin brothers, one kindly and sweet, and the other cunning and ruthless. They would be played by the same actor, of course, and the lack of budget would probably never put the two characters in the same room at once. The meaner one would have a press-on goatee.

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Ware
5 years 2 months ago

Pullups: 15
Squat jumps: 68
Pushups: 64
Situps:69
300-yard dash: 40

So, yes. I am as fit as a WWII soldier.

Tony
Tony
5 years 2 months ago

Lmfao!

“Side effects may include mood changes, muscle strain, extraordinary thinking, dermal gloss, impulsivity induced consumption, excessive salivation, hair growth, markedly delayed sexual climax, inter-species communication, taste perversion, terminal smile, and oral inflammation. Very rarely users may experience a need to change physicians.”

If it were real, I can see recreational substance abuse!

EJM
EJM
5 years 2 months ago

Mustard?

A.B. Dada
A.B. Dada
5 years 2 months ago

Hmm, I see a lot of drug references… Gateway drug, Havidol, Vicodin, chemotherapy.

Also see a lot about activity — emerging, diving, stand-up desk.

The answer: it’s not about what we’re putting into our bodies if we don’t also take action WITH our bodies.

Claire EL
Claire EL
5 years 2 months ago

Nutrition is the best medicine, not fitness (or laughter).

Ben
Ben
5 years 2 months ago

the answer to the clue is “barefoot”

Ted and Ina and Ken are this is the clue

Caitlin
Caitlin
5 years 2 months ago

Yay Ben! 🙂

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
5 years 2 months ago

“barefoot runners” Clue is first letter of each sentence.

Weston
5 years 2 months ago

I am glad to see standing desks are on the rise. I’ve been standing at my desk for over 2 years now and have been far more productive in those two years than any two years previous. If you have not tried it out, do so!

EJM
EJM
5 years 2 months ago

To clarify, my guess at the series of clue words are: clue, game, GI – answer: COL Mustard.
(Of course, I could be way off too…)

EJM
EJM
5 years 2 months ago

and yellow as another clue word…

kiss
kiss
5 years 2 months ago

I have the Kalua pig in my crockpot right now. It’s the second time in a week. Except mine is actually Himalayan pig because I didn’t have red Hawaiian salt so I used pink Himalayan instead. Good stuff.

Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years 2 months ago

Lot’s of drug references but…

Answer: We do not need drugs.

Ware
5 years 2 months ago

Well, at first I thought it was an answer to the question “Could you keep up with a WWII GI?” But the Ted and Ina and Ken thing is too well-crafted to be an accident. I think the prize is going to Ben or Funkadelic.

Zed
Zed
5 years 2 months ago

Oh! I got the clue but not the answer. It was still fun figuring it out, though.

Anne
5 years 2 months ago

So, so interesting about the fish oil and chemo. I never would have expected that cancer patients should back off the fish oil.

The Havidol “ad” is hilarious. “avafynetime”? Love it!

Karis
Karis
5 years 2 months ago

Hi Mark, I had been meaning to order Tanka bars anyway (and I have, now) but the discount code didn’t work –

Tony
Tony
5 years 2 months ago
So that standing desk article says standing desks are good because a bunch of people at facebook and google are using them. Then quotes from studies about why sitting is bad, but again no evidence that standing desks are good. I’ll take the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group over the latest trend among facebook employees. http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/CUESitStand.html “The bottom line: Sit to do computer work. Sit using a height-adjustable, downward titling keyboard tray for the best work posture, then every 20 minutes stand for 2 minutes AND MOVE. The absolute time isn’t critical but about every 20-30 minutes take… Read more »
Fritzy
Fritzy
5 years 2 months ago

Saw the “Havitol” add several years ago–this website was actually an art project–the link to the products are the art pieces for sale. The sad thing is that the artist actually received several serious inquiries from people wanting to learn more about this drug so they could bet a prescription from their physician.

Primal Toad
5 years 2 months ago

Living in Hawaii, I didn’t even get a chance at this! Oh well, I’m not complaining 🙂

fitmom
fitmom
5 years 2 months ago

I think living in hawaii= winning everyday, doesn’t it?

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
5 years 2 months ago

Who the heck are Ted and Ina and Ken? I don’t get it!

sqt
sqt
5 years 2 months ago

I’m not seeing it either. Guess I haven’t been here long enough…

Habitat
5 years 2 months ago

They’re all barefoot celebrities. Barefoot Ken has probably the longest running barefoot resource out on the web, Barefoot Ted reached fame by turning the vibram five finger from a designated “sailing” shoe to a mass marketed running shoe (and was also one of the big players in the book “Born to Run”, which did a lot to ignite the barefoot movement), and Ina is better known as the food network host “Barefoot Contessa”.

Jasmina
Jasmina
5 years 2 months ago

OOOH that took me a while to realize that Ina Garten doesn’t wear five fingers.

Shaun
Shaun
5 years 2 months ago

That diver is frigging awesome.

Jo
Jo
5 years 2 months ago
Just want to throw this out there: I recently came across some recommendations out of Cornell’s ergonomics lab that argue for sitting at the computer (for productivity as well as postural reasons), but making sure to MOVE around every 20 – 30 minutes. (From here: http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/CUESitStand.html ) Now, I don’t entirely buy that standing is as bad as they make it out to be. But is standing in one position all day going to be that much better than sitting in one position all day? I think that movement, insofar as it is possible, is key. I don’t think Grok… Read more »
Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 2 months ago
I know that if I stand at my desk without moving for >15 mins, I get stiff. But the thing is, unlike sitting, I don’t just keep fidgeting and slumping and ignore it. I move my feet, turn from one side to the other, walk to get water, drop into a few quick air squats, stand on one foot, switch feet, stand in Tree pose, switch again, grab my broom handle and loosen my shoulders, roll a lacrosse ball under my foot, etc. When I sit, I can sit without moving anything but my fingers and eyes for literally hours,… Read more »
Rob
5 years 2 months ago

the answer

Peter
Peter
5 years 2 months ago

OK, I few of us (me anyway) needs the clue and answer explained. Please talk slowly and use pictures if possible.

Looking forward to losing the confused look that’s on my face right now.

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 2 months ago

Clues are surrounded by asterisks for your convenience:

“*T*oday’s WLL contains… *E*veryone who finds the clue… *D*on’t keep it to yourself; instead, post the answer to the comment board.”

Clue: TED

“*I* watched in utter amazement as… *N*ot done yet, he spotted the fish… *A*h, just another day of punching the time clock!”

Clue: INA

“‘*K*nowledge acquired from recent studies… *E*mployees at Facebook… *N*ot a bad…”

Clue: KEN

These are all the first names of people who are well-known barefooters.

Peter
Peter
5 years 2 months ago

Wow, would have NEVER gotten that. Have never heard of any of those three people 🙁 Even though I did order Born to Run on Amazon last week…can’t wait to read it.

Noctiluca
Noctiluca
5 years 2 months ago

Glad I didn’t strain my brain TOO long looking for that clue cause I couldn’t find it even AFTER the correct answers until that nice explanation!

Lars T
5 years 2 months ago

Yeah I would have never figured this out! Nice. Good work.

Anna
5 years 2 months ago

I applaud the winner of this contest. That was very fast!

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
5 years 2 months ago

I stopped taking fish oil a while back. I think it’s benefits extend only to those who consume a SAD diet, with the fish oil moving to normalize the O6 )3 ratio. IF you eat fatty fish (wild caught) and beef that’s grassfed, and stay away from too many nuts, then youll be OK.
I may get my ratio checked in the next 2-3 months though to see if that hold true.
I’m also concerned that shipping fishoil in the summer heat oxidizes it.

H. L. Mc
H. L. Mc
5 years 2 months ago
You must take a minimum of 1200 mg of the effective omega-3 fatty acids, eicosopentaenoic acid, EPA, and docosapentaenoic acid, DHA, to take advantage of fish oil’s effects. This is generally obtainable by taking 4000 mg per day of fish oil if you have a standard capsule that contains 300 mg of EPA + DHA. 4000 mg of fish oil per day sounds like a lot, but it’s the same quantity you’d obtain by eating 4 oz. of farm-raised salmon per day. Most people do not eat salmon or other oily fish every day and so daily supplementation is required.… Read more »
Rod
Rod
5 years 2 months ago
Lot of good info and numbers in there, Dave. Can you pass along some sources especially for the 1200mg per day? I do take fish oil, but not in that amount. My tri’s are < 50 w/o this amount and I would like to read up more. And if there is one thing (there are many) that MDA and this forum has taught me, is don't trust CW or the latest fad. Read the research for yourself and make an informed decision. I am NOT questioning your information; it was well thought out and coherent. Just want to educate myself.… Read more »
Kel
Kel
5 years 2 months ago

Did a little web research and found these links. I would probably never have put this together, but I can see how Ben and a few others might. “Ina” is such an unusual name that if anyone here reads her cookbooks, they’d probably have guessed it at once.

Ted McDonald
http://www.barefootted.com

Ina Garten
http://www.barefootcontessa.com

Ken Bob
http://barefootkenbob.com

Ben
Ben
5 years 2 months ago

Yeah, I knew of barefoot Ted of course, I have a bit of a food network habit so I thought of barefoot contessa pretty quick then just googled barefoot Ken and saw that he was also a barefoot runner guy. I’m a math major (among other things) with a cryptography weakness so I found the clue pretty quick, looking forward to the Tonka Bars as I do a lot of outdoorsy trips with my school and all they bring is sammiches for everyone (I have celiac so I bring my own food or IF)

Susan Alexander
5 years 2 months ago
I LOVE my standing desk. It’s among the best home investments I’ve ever made. Here is the link to the website where I got it: http://bit.ly/nwUmhO Note: They come broken down and can be put together by 2 reasonably strong people (and/or 1 reasonably strong, super competent person who’s really good at assembling things). I can stand at this desk and work very comfortably for many hours. I like having my Swiss ball nearby so I can rest a bent knee on it, then switch. Standing at the desk is also a good time to loosen up the muscles in… Read more »
Marcia
5 years 2 months ago

Wow, that fitness test was really cool. No, I could not keep up with DAD, not grandpa in my case. My dad was in the army in WWII. He joined up when he was 18 in 1944.

He was tiny too. We found his uniform after he died…he was 5’7″ and I’d be surprised if he weighed more than 125 or 130.

Kathy
Kathy
5 years 2 months ago

These are our local barefoot heroes: young men who grew up in the modern world without ever regularly wearing shoes! (There is no nutritional content to this site. It’s about learning music by ear as a family tradition, and a unique Santa Cruz, CA family.)

Kathy
Kathy
5 years 2 months ago

oops- left off the website! http://toneway.com/abbottfamilyband

Mary
Mary
5 years 2 months ago

Hi Mark,

Can you please clarify the sentence in your post about the fish oil. Should we not be taking it?

Thanks so much.

All the best,

Mary

peggy
peggy
5 years 2 months ago

hahaha!! I love the addition of the twins in “All My Bacon”

Josh Frey
5 years 2 months ago

I never used to read these but now I look forward to them. Always something interesting =)

Martha Smith
5 years 2 months ago

Yeah! I got the clue and answer.

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