Welcome to Talking Points, a daily roundup of digital miscellany
Which way to hipsterville?
Looking to escape high-waisted denim shorts and unforgiving glares on your next lunch break? Yelp has launched elaborate heat maps that let users scan city maps using new and exacting search terms that include “hipster” and even the hipster’s main staples, “PBR” and “dim sum.” Pretty much all of Austin, Tex., and New York light up red hot, while in Toronto, much of the city’s west end glows with heat-seeking hipsterdom. Other new Yelp searches include “tourist,” “yuppie” and “frat,” as well as each community’s respective localizers, from “romantic” and “view” to “valet” and “bacon.” Now you know where you can join your people – or avoid them.
What’ll it be, baby? Vocal vegan and Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone has launched a breast-milk sharing group for new moms. Dubbed “The Kind Mama Milk Share,” the project unites moms who need milk with those who are sharing it. (Or, as Silverstone venerated them, “a community of beautiful souls.”) In line with Silverstone’s well-publicized green philosophy, potential donors specify their “lifestyle choices,” be that a vegetarian, vegan, raw or gluten-free diet for maximum milk customization. “There’s no reason why [moms] shouldn’t be able to give their babies the most amazing start in life with clean, mean, glorious breast milk,” Silverstone squealed from her blog, TheKindLife.com. “Think of all the babies we can help raise together!” I’ll take mine raw, non-fat, no foam, extra milky.
Biggest fish to fry
It’s been called “a heart attack on a hook.” A 1,350-calorie feast called “The Big Catch” has been rated as the worst restaurant meal in the United States. The deep-fried extravaganza comes courtesy of fast-food seafood chain Long John Silver’s and includes an eight-ounce slab of breaded haddock, onion rings and hush puppies – that’s fried cornmeal batter. All in all, the meal packs 33 grams of trans fat, 19 g of saturated fat and 3,700 mg of sodium, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocacy organization that focuses its efforts on health and nutrition. “Long John Silver’s Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea,” quipped executive director Michael Jacobson. He blasted the company for “entombing” 4.5 oz of perfectly good fish in nearly 3 oz of artery-choking batter. You do the math.
My mouth says salty, my brain says umami. Researchers have discovered that taste receptors – the proteins that enable humans to taste sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami flavours – aren’t just relegated to our tongues. Instead, scientists have found them popping up all over the body, from the brain, lungs and stomach, right down to the intestines, pancreas and testicles – yup. Worse still, the researchers have no idea why the taste receptors litter these traditionally non-taste-aware bodily zones. “Like much good science,” one of the Monell Chemical Senses Center researchers acknowledged, “our current findings pose more questions than answers.” Indeed. Like just how do your boys feel about the culinary merits of that Big Catch?
Tweet of the day
“#canadiansexeuphemisms Heritage minute.” – @p60m
Canadians erupted in awkwardly sexual patriotic odes on Twitter this weekend, taking up the hashtag #CanadianSexEuphemisms to celebrate their home and native land, in an adult way. From “gettin’ the ol’ Double-Double,” to “wreckin’ the Edmund Fitzgerald,” to “putting the Kids in the Hall,” Canada kept it sort of classy this July 1.