Scientists in Scotland Decode Potato Genome - and the question here is "Why?" Were they bored? Hungry? Are they trying to clone waffle fries?
None of the above - they were decoding it in order to boost potato harvests. Because there just aren't enough french fries in this world already...
In related news, there's this humdinger in the Washinton Post: Adult Obesity Increases in 16 States. It says, and I quote, "Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to an annual report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation." In other words, lay off the french fries, people! Or at least stop eating them while you are driving around in your cars.
I'm thinking those Scottish scientists should be decoding the celery genome instead, no?
Oh, ouch, now the BBC is telling me that Americans are fatter than Canadians. Or, more precisely, a higher percentage of Americans are fat than are our northern brethren. Well, la-di-da, you smug monarchy lovers, you - I'm sure if we were freezing our butts off from October until May every year, we'd be burning a lot more calories, too.
Also? Maybe the Canadians don't have waffle fries.
Time to go feed my poor, fated-for-obesity American children...too bad ChikFilA isn't open on Sundays...
[Waffle fries image: Freemania]
[Col Potter photo: The Supply Tent]