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Guy vision, yeah right... (The Class Menagerie) [Mar. 18th, 2009|07:32 pm]
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Was/is the cartoonist female by any chance? I've noticed some bias in a few other strips too.

What a generalisation! As it happens I'm HIGHLY particular about expiry dates on products (foodstuffs & medicines). Far more so than my mother. I once contracted food poisoning from some museli she once bought at a discount. When I looked at the packet I discovered that it was more than 2 months past use by date, yet she not only insisted that there was nothing wrong with the museli but argued with the Doctor's diagnosis, saying that my symptoms were not actually those of food poisoning.

She was also notorious for buying fruit that had a "half-life." IE half of it would spoil before there was any chance of it being eaten. When my brother and I were young we happened to be watching a science program about time-lapse filming which included candles burning down in seconds, and snails moving at 100mph. One sequence showed fruit decaying. Bowls and plates of sumptuous fruit turning brown, then shrivelling up before our eyes. At one point there were a small bunch of bananas in view. Bananas that started out golden yellow, but became black and crusty on the TV in a fleeting moment.

At the sight of this, and without even breaking into a smile, my brother said "Yeah... they're the kind of bananas mom buys..."

...I on the other hand keeled over laughing. :D
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2009-03-18 09:57 am (UTC)
that reminds me i should clean out my fridge one of these days :P
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-03-18 10:08 am (UTC)
I saw an advertisment for a Canadian (yes I know you live in Alaska) brand of rum, or was it spirits...? Anyway, the guy talks to the camera and says "Come here and let me show you what's in the fridge." He opens a steel door, and it's actualy the rear door of the house overlooking a valley heavily laiden with snow. He and his friend then relax sitting in beach chairs, wearing eskimo suits and helping themselves to the bottles of rum(or spirits) out of a wooden crate.

I would really *LOVE* to know what it's like to be able to keep perishable items at below room temperature without the need for air-conditioning or refridgeration. Perishable items also includes me, of course... ;)
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2009-03-18 10:29 am (UTC)
lol i some times do that with food, well in till a wild animal comes along and i just put the food in a parts car in till spring :P

[IMG]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b185/siamiam/toms/CIMG2666.jpg[/IMG]
my friends outside freezer, he just took a frozen turkey out of it last weekend :)
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2009-03-18 12:44 pm (UTC)
I can't remember which brand that was. It may have been Russian because of the guy in it.

The Class Menagerie was drawn by a man. Unfortunately, in university I think this may be true for some.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2009-03-18 01:15 pm (UTC)
An LJ-er reported last year that his aunt insisted that cheese was still good more than a year after its sell-by date. She sounds like an all-around nutcase.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-03-18 07:39 pm (UTC)
...and he still posted the comic?!?

I can only assume she was talking about something like blue vein cheese or some other type of cheese that needs to mature, but so far as I'm concerned a use-by date is a use-by-date.

Question: I'm seeing the phrase "sell by date" which we don't have in Australia, it's "use by date" here. Is sell-by the conventional phrase in the USA?
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2009-03-18 09:00 pm (UTC)
...and he still posted the comic?!?

I wasn't talking about the cartoonist, just another LJ-er. It was tangential; sorry.

I can only assume she was talking about something like blue vein cheese or some other type of cheese that needs to mature

From the sound of it, she was just a cheapskate who got furious when told that the cheese tasted funny.

Is sell-by the conventional phrase in the USA?

Some products say "Sell by 3-18-09," some say "Best if used by 3-18-09," and I think a handful have said "Expires 3-18-09." The first is clearly a message to storekeepers. I occasionally see some not taken off the shelf in time.

Probably the most common American way to express it as a noun is "expiration date."
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-03-18 05:38 pm (UTC)
Strip: Seven thumbs up!

Muesli: By its nature, not likely to go bad two months past expiry date. It's mostly grains, which keep almost forever as long as they are kept dry. My totally *un*expert diagnosis: it was tainted at the factory by some other form of bacteria, which downed you.

Your decaying fruit put me in mind of the "Next Generation" episode where a shuttle keeps bumping into these time pockets and a bowl of fruit turns into mouldy mush in seconds. I can see why you laughed when your brother said that...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-03-18 07:46 pm (UTC)
I wasn't qualified to disagree with the doctor either then OR now. ;) I was just very glad she prescribed something that removed the gut ache.

Yes, that episode of NextGen was titled "Timescape" and it's one of my favourites because I love time travel and all temporaly themed stories. My great dissapointment is that Geordi La Forge was abruptly taken out of the story partway and you don't see him recover from his near-fatal contact with the alien.

I was laughing at my brother's humour because we were both sick of having to pick our way through half-rotten fruit looking for the edible stuff. I know my family was poor, but there's common sense. Chris and I have learned from the reverse examples of our parents. I always buy fruit at the freshest I'm able to, and my brother looks after his car (well truck actualy) like it was his baby.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-03-18 08:03 pm (UTC)
The bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of low price has faded...
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[User Picture]From: marmoe
2009-03-19 09:37 am (UTC)
Mold can be a problem with expired Muesli, too, especially if the package was opened. Nasty stuff.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-03-19 09:44 am (UTC)
> Nasty stuff.

The mold, or the Müesli?
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-03-18 05:50 pm (UTC)
Dang! How did I miss Class Menagerie? That was a superb strip. Sorry it's gone inactive...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-03-18 07:48 pm (UTC)
Same way I missed GoodCheese; the comics are out there... somewhere...
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-03-18 08:02 pm (UTC)
Good butter and good cheese is good English and good Fries...
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