Random Neuron Firings

Nicotine, arsenic, tanning bed. How do you want to die?

Last night, I read about the latest report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which states that they have now upgraded tanning beds from “probably carcinogenic” to “carcinogenic” to humans. So I guess there really is a downside to lying under those lights. Or not. Mayhap most folks won’t mind eventually having Donna Versace skin (click at your own risk). This girl minds, which is why I never ever tan, indoors or out. I’ll take my Casper the Friendly Ghost-ish pall over melanoma any day. But hey, me no judge-y. It’s your thing; do what you wanna do. I can’t tell you who to sock it to…

Truthfully (and admittedly snarkily), I know a few people who would look down on smokers, but would never give up their tanning appointments. Still, I guess anything’ll kill you after awhile, so I really don’t view anyone as reprobate — unless you’re the front office staff of the Cleveland Indians, who, for the second straight year,  just traded away a Cy Young Award winner. But we shan’t go there today.


This made me laugh. From the LA Times:

A comprehensive review of research comparing the nutritional content of food that was organically raised with food produced with the use of synthetic pesticides has found no significant differences between the two.”

Innat just the way? Spend all that extra money for organic food (its sales rake in an estimated $23 billion per year) just to find out it’s not healthier after all. However, the study is a *trifle* misleading, in that it doesn’t address the pesticide issue. Obviously, foods grown without chemicals are probably better for you than those grown with them, ja? Still, it bites that the pretty food isn’t any better for you nutritionally.


We get Jake all day today. Fun! Tomorrow is the Thriller’s 58th birthday. I’d tell you what I’m getting him, but, you know, that would kind of give it away. Not that you’re dying to know or anything…

ANYWAY. Have a great Thursday.

Fink out (the door to pick up Jakey).

7 thoughts on “RNF XXIV

  1. Will

    Having a natural tan makes me so glad I never even have to look at a tanning bed. As for organic foods, the closest I come to that is a brand of juice I occasionally buy that claims to be all natural. Other than that, pesticides aren’t bad if you wash the food first.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      True, Will. And you being part Native American makes you soooo lucky on the tan front! I was stuck with paleface Irish on both sides…I’m doomed.

  2. RD

    Say “Happy Birthday” to the Thriller for Bobbi and me. What did you get him? :-) I’ve never used a tanning bed and I’m sure I never will, but I do try to walk when the Florida sun is shining so that I get a gradual tan. Does a tan make me look more suave?

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Hey thanks, RD! Wish you could join us for the feast tomorrow. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks, yes? When’s your Ohio ETA?

      And sweety, you’d look suave if your skin was bone china.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Wahoo! Girl after me own heart. I always tell people at family dinners, “This is all really a formality; I just came for the dessert.”

      Good fiend (and Hannah’s mom) Jane is baking SG’s cake, and it will be fab. But check out what I made for him 2 days ago. Chocolate Buttermilk Cakes with Cocoa Icing. You have GOT to get this recipe; it’s an emergency.

      1. Suzanne

        *drool* wow those look fab!!!! So where do I find the recipe? I hope there are no boxes involved, can’t get boxed cake mix here in TulipLand. :)

        Have fun today and over the weekend!!!


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