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Those dryer sheets sure do good at cleaning coffee off the monitor.

Now can you help me explain to my spouse why I was laughing in the first place?
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Brewer,

You may have to explain to the uninitiated here what a Mohel is.

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You may have to explain to the uninitiated here what a Mohel is.

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Yeah, give us the skinny.

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I always thought Nords was a cut above the rest....
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NOt to interrupt the witty banter, but to try to add something of substance, I'm posting this link to a NYT article: http://tinyurl.com/g6hae

Very interesting studies that show a number of subconscious factors that stimulate people to eat more than they would otherwise.

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The Scene A Super Bowl party for 40 graduate students who attended a 90-minute lecture six weeks earlier on how larger containers can make people eat more.?The Test Do even educated eaters fall prey to mindless eating based on container size? ?The Setup Students in one group could serve themselves as much Chex Mix as they wanted from two one-gallon bowls. Those in the other group served themselves from four half-gallon bowls. ?The Result The students who ate from the gallon bowls dished up 53 percent more food.

The Scene The Spice Box, a fine dining lab at the University of Illinois. ?The Test Does a food or a wine label affect how people feel about their meal and how much they eat? ?The Setup Diners were offered a free glass of inexpensive cabernet with dinner. Half of them saw a fake label calling it California cabernet, the other half saw a label calling it North Dakota cabernet. ?The Result The people who thought the wine was from California ate 11 percent more food and stayed about 10 minutes longer at their table. Dr. Wansink thought that was because the label led them to expect a better meal, so they relaxed and ate more. In follow-up surveys none of the subjects thought the label influenced them.

The Scene A health and nutrition camp for teenagers in New England. ?The Test How hard is it to correctly estimate portion size based on container size, and how can the shape of a container make you consume more? ?The Setup The campers were given a tall, skinny glass or a short, squat glass and told to pour as much as they wanted to drink as they went through the food line. ?The Result Campers with tall glasses poured 5.5 ounces on average. Campers with short glasses poured an average of 9.6 ounces, or 74 percent more, but estimated they had poured seven ounces.

The Scene The test lab. ?The Test Do visual clues help slow down mindless snacking? ?The Setup Subjects were invited to watch a video and eat from cans of Pringles, some with every seventh chip dyed red, some with every 14th chip dyed red and some with no dye at all. ?The Result People who ate from cans where every seventh chip was marked ate an average of 10 chips. Those with every 14th chip marked ate an average of 15. Those with no marked chips ate 23. A similar test used bags of 200 M&M’s, half broken into smaller bags of 10 M&M’s and half with no extra packaging. People who had to open only one bag ate almost twice as the others.

The Scene A vacation summer Bible school. ?The Test Does how food is described change consumption rates? ?The Setup Children were told they could eat what they wanted at a small buffet. ?The Result The first day, the peas were largely untouched. The next day they were called “power peas”; the number of children taking them nearly doubled.
I do know that here in Italy the drinking glasses of all types tend to be smaller, as do the plates.. to the extent that my "normal" US dishware doesn't really fit well in the European-market dishwasher. And Italians have remarked on the "big" glasses and plates we have. I never thought about a possible relationship to subliminal overconsumption 'til now.

I used to think the "mini"-servings of Coke and fruit juice they served in coffee bars here were cute but laughable.200-250ml; 6.5-8.5 oz. roughly.... vs. a "normal" 12 oz. Coke can (itself now on the 'small' side in the US; more common is the 16- or even 20-oz. bottle). The "old" classic Coke bottles I think were 8 or 10 oz.?

Now I'm not laughing. 33cl (11.2 oz.) cans have recently become the norm here, so who knows what the scene will be in a few years..
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Brewer,

You may have to explain to the uninitiated here what a Mohel is.

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A Mohel is the guy who performs Jewish ritual circumcisions.

Classic Mohel joke:


A man has an antique watch that is broken. He looks all over town and finally finds a shop that has no sign, but has a collection of antique watches on the front window. So he walks in and tells the proprietor that he wants his watch fixed. The man behind the counter says, "Sorry, I don't fix watches. I'm a Mohel." So the would-be customes asks why he has watches in his front window. And the Mohel says, "If you were me, what would you put in the window?"
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I used to think the "mini"-servings of Coke and fruit juice they served in coffee bars here were cute but laughable.200-250ml; 6.5-8.5 oz. roughly.... vs. a "normal" 12 oz. Coke can (itself now on the 'small' side in the US; more common is the 16- or even 20-oz. bottle). The "old" classic Coke bottles I think were 8 or 10 oz.?

Now I'm not laughing. 33cl (11.2 oz.) cans have recently become the norm here, so who knows what the scene will be in a few years..
There were 10oz bottles, and 6.5oz bottles. My dad used to have a machine in his drug store and it had both sizes.
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