Fun facts

How to get an old-timey disease

The Black Death
Sciurus-vulgaris hernandeangelis stockholm 2008-06-04
Photo: Hernán De Angelis Campephilus (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons



Squirrels carry Bubonic plague:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-05-10-denver-squirrel-plague_N.htm



Leprosy
Nine-banded Armadillo
Photo: http://www.birdphotos.com (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons



Armadillos carry Hansen’s disease:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=armadillos-leprosy-humans

Consumption
Badger waiting
Photo: Marie Richie from Portland, Cascadia (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons



Badgers and Cows carry tuberculosis:
http://www.politicalanimal.org.uk/area/westminster/bovinet

Hydrophobia
Cute racoon
Photo: Korall (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons



Racoons, as well as many other mammals, carry rabies:
http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/index.html

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Time Out for Cheese: Poor Man’s Burrata

I like fat.  One reason I enjoy cheese so much is because I’m a fan of smooth, artery-clogging fattiness.

So this post, with its punchline of “Mozarella soaked in Cream” really caught my attention”

http://drizzleanddip.com/2011/07/25/chilli-and-garlic-prawn-pizza-with-zucchini-and-mozzarella-soaked-in-cream

I don’t go as gaga over burrata as some do.  Although I certainly enjoy its mild, creamy character, I’m not sure that its so elevated above regular fresh Mozzarella that its worth the  extra bucks.  However, making my own Burrat-a-like sounds like a fantastic thing to do when regular old fat amounts just won’t cut it.

Get fat
Image by The Gribler Bank Note Co. from photo by Bakers Art Gallery (Library of Congress[1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons