Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

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.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Pullups: 15
    Squat jumps: 68
    Pushups: 64
    300-yard dash: 40

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. the answer to the clue is “barefoot”

    Ted and Ina and Ken are this is the clue

    1. Good job, Ben! You made quick work of it. We’ll be contacting you for shipping information. Congrats on winning today’s contest!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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…)

  8. 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.

  9. Lot’s of drug references but…

    Answer: We do not need drugs.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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!

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

    1. Sorry about that. I’ll have to check with Tanka, Karis. That’s the code they gave me. I’ll update the post and/or comment board when I know more.

      Anyone else having the same problem?

  14. 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 a posture break and move for a couple of minutes. Simply standing is insufficient. Movement is important to get blood circulation through the muscles. Research shows that you don’t need to do vigorous exercise (e.g. jumping jacks) to get the benefits, just walking around is sufficient. So build in a pattern of creating greater movement variety in the workplace (e.g. walk to a printer, water fountain, stand for a meeting, take the stairs, walk around the floor, park a bit further away from the building each day).

    So the key is to build movement variety into the normal workday.”

  15. 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.

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

    2. 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”.

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

      2. Thanks for spelling it out, Habitat.

        I’ll add that Barefoot Ted has also been a PrimalCon speaker the last two years.

        1. I understand the clue and the answer as explained in the comments, I just… can’t find the clue anywhere.

          Even doing Ctrl+F to find the names on the page only highlights parts of other words and mentions in the comments. I’ really confused…

  16. 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 stayed particularly still all day, either 🙂

    1. 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, if I am absorbed in what I am doing. No way I could ever do that standing up.

  17. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. 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!

  18. 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.

    1. 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. (Should you skip your fish oil on days you eat salmon or other omega-3-rich fish? I suggest you still take your fish oil capsules, since the 4000 mg per day represents the minimum dose for benefit.)

      A secondary source of omega-3 fatty acids is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), found in flaxseed, walnuts, and canola oil. Only 10% of the linolenic acid ingested, however, is converted into active EPA or DHA, since much of it is simply burned for energy. Alpha-linolenic acid sources like flaxseed oil exert no measurable effects on lipids or lipoproteins, and they cannot serve to replace fish oil. (Nonetheless, flaxseed oil is a healthy form of oil to use in your food and cooking.)

      The 1200 mg per day of EPA + DHA in the standard 4000 mg of fish oil generates measurable reductions in triglycerides and VLDL, intermediate-density lipoproteins (IDL, the after-eating flood of fats), fibrinogen, and even C-reactive protein. If you begin with elevated IDL, VLDL, or triglycerides >200 mg/dl, you might even consider taking 1800 mg per day of EPA + DHA in 6000 mg of fish oil. (Of course, discuss the use of fish oil with your doctor.)

      Significant long-term benefits on heart attack and mortality occur at these higher doses, as well. The Italian GISSI Prevenzione Trial of over 11,000 participants showed that 850-882 mg of EPA and DHA (1:2 ratio) resulted in a staggering 30% reduction in death from cardiovascular disease and a 45% reduction in sudden cardiac death. The large numbers in the GISSI study make these observations virtually unassailable. Another study of 360 patients with symptoms of heart attack showed that patients given 1.08 g per day of EPA and 0.72 g per day of DHA (total 1800 mg EPA + DHA) suffered 48% less cardiac death and 76% less sudden cardiac death, as well as 54% reduction in dangerous heart rhythms.

      1. 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. Thanks.

    1. 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)

  19. 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 the bottom of one’s feet, via lacrosse ball (see Mark’s earlier post on adjusting to walking barefoot).


  20. 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.

  21. 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.)

  22. 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,