Saturday, April 05, 2008

Sweet food of knowledge

1. I so wanted this to be true:

(via Serious Eats)

2. Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests.

"Caffeine appears to block several of the disruptive effects of cholesterol that make the blood-brain barrier leaky," said Dr Jonathan Geiger, who led the study. "High levels of cholesterol are a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, perhaps by compromising the protective nature of the blood brain barrier. Caffeine is a safe and readily available drug and its ability to stabilise the blood brain barrier means it could have an important part to play in therapies against neurological disorders."

And I really hope this one is true. I make a lot of jokes about getting old and my memory failing and does anyone else remember The Amazing Three because that was a very strange cartoon and what was I just saying a moment ago? But the reason I make such jokes is that my family history contains more than a few examples of dementia and it's something that scares the crap out of me. But I also drink coffee.

(via Daring Fireball)

3. Finally, an ad jingle for Rice Krispies by The Rolling Stones, circa 1964:

(via The New Yorker)

1 comment:

  1. I might be completely off-base on this, but is that Stones commercial mentioned in one of the Jerry Cornelius books?


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