Anime Baka

Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool

Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.


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Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?

Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?

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KFC Honey Sauce
A year or two ago I noticed that KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) Honey isn't Honey. I found this rather disturbing. It is labeled "Honey Sauce" but it contains almost no honey. The ingredients listed are: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Honey, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color. Now this doesn't give you the percentages of each, but they should be listed in order of percentage. Now as you don't see any sugar crystals in the stuff, there is probably almost no actual Honey in this Honey Sauce.

So why the no Honey? Well I suppose you know that Honey is actually pretty cheap but Corn Syrup is so cheap they practically give it away. So in the interest of making more money KFC must have figured out how to mimic the taste of Honey to save a cent or two on each packet.

Honey is good for you, it has medicinal qualities. Man has made wine (mead) from Honey since about 7000 BC. Honey is good stuff. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is arguably bad for you. It very well could be what makes us so fat. It's in everything. It's even been suggested that it causes cancer. Wow, it's even in the RedVine that I'm eating right now, #1 ingredient.

I think this love affair the food companies has with it comes from the ease of production in the US. We have a surplus of corn. This makes the corn farmers poor as their is no premium on their product. But they can turn the corn into Corn Syrup and then change it into HFCS and viola they have a new market. Myself I prefer good old fashioned corn mash whiskey, but it's kinda the same thing. Take a voluminous product that spoils quickly and turn it into a condensed liquid that can be preserved and easily transported. You may remember this from your American History classes.

I wonder when the change happened. I'm sure at one point Kentucky Fried Chicken (did you notice they changed the name to KFC? A friend claims that it's because they no longer sell real chicken) stopped providing Honey and started providing Honey Sauce. Somehow I can't really see the Colonel doing that. It's just another indicator of the sad state of the world today. But then they were saying that thousands of years ago and will be saying it thousands of years from now.

Man, did you hear that new big mead company is using these sugar sticks to make cheaper wine? I remember when we made mead the good old fashioned way.

"Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers."

-- Socrates 400BC


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