Archive for the ‘Wat Dat? / Any Kine Pics’ Category

Can You Spock 'Em?

February 4th, 2015

During da holidays, I posted a pic of a gift basket (Click hea to see da full basket) with local ties but upon reading one of da ingrediments on da back, was thrown aback by one in particular...... can you spock 'em? And yes, da ingrediment is pronounceable and da snack is "krackas".

I nevah seen dat ingrediment before and naturally da first thought in my coconut shell was "Wassup Wit Dat!"? Still intrigued by it, I did look it up and glad to see dat it was harmless but still wondered why dat particular ingrediment was needed since there were oddahs on da label dat appeared to do da trick.

There are tons of oddah products out there too dat use weird and "off" ingrediments dat really make you say WWD! like anti-freeze (propylene glycol) in ice cream, icing, sodas and artificial sweetners.

Check out dis list of some ingrediments found in our everyday foods ( Numbah four cracked me up and totally relieved dat those are NEVAH my first, second or third choice of flavahs! :lol:

Traces of arsenic in food are nothing new. The potent human carcinogen arsenic has been known to turn up in everything from rice to cereal to juice, and most recently German researchers found traces of it in beer, noting some levels found were more than twice than what is allowed in drinking water. Traces of arsenic can actually be found in both beers and wine that are clearer in colour. That's because they will have been filtered to get rid of plant matter and leftover yeast; most people don't want to drink a cloudy pinot grigio after all. To filter, beer and winemakers use diatomaceous earth, a natural product that contains iron and metals; hence the arsenic. Want less arsenic in your drink? Opt for drinks that are unfiltered.

Human hair
Amino acids are your body's building blocks, and while they can be good for your health, not all amino acids are created equal. L-Cysteine – an amino acid used to prolong shelf-life in products such as commercial bread – can be found in duck and chicken feathers and cow horns, but most that's used in food comes from human hair. It has been reported that most of the hair used to make L-Cysteine comes from China, where it's gathered from barbershops and hair salons. You can avoid L-Cysteine by buying fresh bread from a local baker, as it is not an additive in flour. Steer clear of fast food places such as McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts and Burger King too, who all use L-Cysteine as an additive.

You're not drinking straight antifreeze when you down a soft drink, but if your drink of choice has propylene glycol in it you're consuming a compound that's used for everything from antifreeze to cosmetics to pharmaceuticals to electronic cigarettes. Its properties are many, so it's no surprise that chemical companies such as DOW get excited about its potential in the corporate food world. It's also a minor ingredient in Corexit, the oil dispersant that was used after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Fortunately, if you live in the European Union, propylene glycol is not cleared as a general-purpose food grade product or direct food additive.

Beaver anal glands
If you're eating vanilla, strawberry or raspberry ice-cream, you may just be eating beaver's anal and urine secretions. Castoreum, which comes from the castor sacs of male and female beavers, is an FDA-approved food additive popular in ice-creams, and allowed to be called "natural flavouring", meaning you probably don't know that you are eating it.

Fish bladder
A round of beers may sound like the perfect way to celebrate with vegetarian and vegan friends alike, but watch what beer you're drinking. Isinglass is a gelatin-like substance produced from the swim bladder of a fish. It's added to cask beers and Guinness, to help remove any "haziness" from the final product - removing any residue yeast or solid particles in the beer – which means you could end up with a trace of fish bladder in your pint glass.

Coal tar
Many processed foods are known for including a long list of dyes, and many of those dyes are derived from coal tar. Yellow #5, also known as tartrazine, was linked to childhood hyperactivity in 2007 and since then any product in the EU that contains it must also come with a warning label. In the US, however, there is no such regulation. Concern over the food colouring recently prompted bloggers to petition Kraft to remove the dyes from their popular macaroni cheese product.

Breast implant
Chicken McNuggets from McDonald's aren't known for being the healthiest thing on the planet, but they're not really known for being "chicken" either. The nuggets are actually only about 50% actual chicken; the rest comprises synthetic ingredients, including dimethylpolysiloxane, a chemical used in silicone that can be found in Silly Putty as well as breast implant filler.

Boiled beetle shells
Natural Red #4 may sound harmless, but the food colouring – also known as carmine – is made by boiling female cochineal insect shells in ammonia or a sodium carbonate solution. It takes about 70,000 of the bugs to produce one pound of dye. Coffee giant Starbucks got slammed in 2012 for using the additive in their frappuccinos and eventually binned it, but it's a commonly employed ingredient in many foods. The European Food Standards Authority recently included it as an additive to research more. But while some may feel queasy at the thought of consuming bugs, the synthetic alternatives to this natural dye, such as Red #2 and Red #40, are made from petroleum products. Pick your poison.

Rodent hair
Producing food products in an industrial facility is nothing like cooking at home, and certainly a big warehouse space is sure to be home to a few rodents here and there. Maybe that's why the US FDA allows for certain amounts of rodent hair in various products, something they call an "unavoidable defects": one rodent hair for every 100g chocolate, 22 rodent hairs for every 100g cinnamon and five rodent hairs for every 18oz jar of peanut butter. Yum.

Banned in the US and Canada as a food additive but allowed in the EU, borax is also known for making its way into fire-retardant, anti-fungal compounds and enamel. E285, as it's known in the food world, is used to control acidity in products as well as assist in preservation. You'll find it in some caviars – including those imported to the US – as well as various Asian noodle and rice dishes as it adds a firm, rubbery texture to foods.

And now I read dat California drinking water has been contaminated for years by oil rigs being allowed to dump their waste into da aquifers.

Wassup Wit Dat!

I guess we only live once yeah? :lol:

SHOUT OUT: I nevah properly welcome da Lurkahs who came out of hiding in da last blog. They posted once or twice before so E Komo Mai to WWD!:

Cook 'Em
st. anthony trojan

Glad you was able to get out of Kahoolawe and join in! :grin:

Stumped Me - Any Sherlocks In Da House?

January 7th, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was ragging on a co-worker who had just used da bathroom ahead of me. *** sorry, guess I'm stuck on a toilet theme dis week *** :roll: :oops:

While I know he nevah do it (logically deduced dat da time he was in there was "too short"), I had to show him da "proof" I had.

DISCLAIMER: For those who are touchy, sensitive, squeamish, no can handle graphic/real pictures or like to complain about how you're offended by every little thing...... NO LOOK 'DEN!!!

Ok, now dat we got dat out of da way.

Hea it is..............

Ok, maybe I not going show 'em on WWD! cause I not surah if can and no like get in trouble but if you CLICK HEA, YOU CAN. :grin:

Now if YOU can tell me Wassup Wit Dat! about da picture, you more sharp than me cause my co-worker was pretty quick to observe something very peculiar about it dat made me say WWD!....... and :shock:

You know I observe a lot of shtuff (literally and figuratively) and dis is one dat makes you go, "hmmmmm".

Da "answer" to follow latah.

Got You Now - Revealed

October 1st, 2014

Damn you bamboohouse808!!!!

I seriously thought I got Da Hui and it was already da second day and then you... you show up all know-it-all.

LOL :lol:

Nah, jus' joking. You too good and I'm kinda surprised not too many oddahs wen get 'em.

Hea's da real pic:

And E Komo Mai Benjy to WWD! for dropping in and guessing! We got anoddah suckah into da WWD! Hui! :lol:

Got You Now

September 29th, 2014

So with a brand new segment to WWD! started earlier dis year Sept.12, 2011 (ho wow lau lau dat was long time ago!), Da WWD! Hui has been pretty damn good about guessing da "Wat Dat?" pics.....

But I think I got you guys now! :evil:

There has been at least one person to have always guessed right but dis time I really think I got you guys now so go try 'em go try 'em go try 'em go.

I got you now huh? :lol:

Huh? - Follow Up

August 21st, 2014

Aftah a WWD! Hui Kwonic posted a link (Mahalos tksv) regarding the previous blog asking wat kine of animal/insect I encountered, I went and contacted "Report A Pest" via da website form and got this automated response:

Aloha Lance,

Thank you for submitting your pest report.

This pest report will be processed in the next 7-14 days. More information may be needed to verify this report; you may be contacted if you provided contact information.

You will receive an email notification when your report has been assessed. If your report is verified, it will be handed over to the agency responsible for dealing with this particular pest.

If you are reporting a snake, please immediately contact the police at 911 or the Hawaii Department of Agriculture 808-643-PEST.

Hawaii Early Detection Network

Da first thing dat caught my attention was dat da pest report would be processed in 7-14 DAYS!

Wassup Wit Dat!

I thought it uniquely weird in dat a department so intent on trying to stop invasive species/insects would take dat long to investigate or inquire further about a report of a possible encounter. Albeit I'm surah they don't have many in da department to begin with to investigate incident reports dat quickly but wouldn't an encounter "disappear" well before 7 if not by 14 days aftah da encounter? But then again, I am not an expert nor do I know how it works but just thought it was kinda weird dat it would take so long.

So being da pain-in-da-okole dat I am not wanting anoddah invasive species to infect our aina, I went ahead and emailed watevah email I could find from da website and I got two responses within two days and I cannot confirm if it came from da original website inquiry or da separate email dat I sent as da email identification did not correspond to who I sent it out to but regardless, below is da following two emails which I am very impressed to say was answered in fine detail and quashed any worries dat it was da rhinoceros beetle. Plus, it was answered so quickly dat it was actually pretty cool dat it wasn't brushed off or just given a generic response in addition to it being cc'd to multiple people as well to keep them in da loop.

Hi Lance,

Thank you for your email regarding the CRB. Larval stages of both oriental flower beetle and coconut rhinoceros look familiar, but rhino larvae try to crawl on their sides, and oriental beetle larvae wiggle on their backs, so the larvae you saw was probably the oriental flower beetle. Thank you for your effort and time in helping us eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle.

Beverly L. Akiona
Operations Deputy Chief
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
1849 Auiki Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
(808) 832-0585

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

Aloha Lance,

What you discovered is the grub stage of the oriental beetle. The quality of your photo and video was of excellent quality that it was easy to Identify it.

The oriental flower beetle is established in Hawaii and has been here since the early 2000's.

Please feel free to contact us if you come across any strange beetles or grubs. We are looking for the coconut rhinoceros beetle.

Wil Leon Guerrero
Plant Quarantine Inspector

On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM, wrote:

I am tardy in reporting as I didn't know/realize what it was but I believe I encountered a rhinoceros beetle larva... crawling in the middle of the road. Yes, crawling in the middle of the road. It was directly in front of the driveway in Pearl City at #### xxxxxxx St (yellow corner house). It was crawling on its back which I thought was strange and blogged about it at www. I have photos and video up on it asking my readers what it was.

One of my readers posted a response saying it could possibly be the rhinoceros beetle of which I immediately Googled the larva and with the exception of the legs not fully developed, the head, size, color etc all seemed to match. I'm hoping it isn't and it's just some sort of gnarly butterfly but my apologies for the tardy notice as I did not know what it was. Unfortunately had I known what it was I would have went back home and gotten a container and scooped it up. Sorry. I hope you're able to locate it.


Mahalos to da WWD! Hui for jumping in and helping solve our very first "mystery"!

Auuuuu' riiiiiight! :wink: